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February 26, 2014

Jacksonville College comes to rescue of NSHS soccer


Assists, the pass or passes made preceding a goal, are a vital component of soccer.

Jacksonville College earned a different type of futbol assist when it came to the rescue of the New Summerfield High School soccer program.

New Summerfield is fielding boys and girls teams for the very first time this winter and when the grass at the New Summerfield Sports Complex's soccer grounds was deemed to not quite be ready to withstand the rigors of competitive play, Jacksonville College officials stepped up and did the neighborly thing and offered New Summerfield the use of Bill McRae Field on the Jacksonville College campus as a venue to host the Hornet and Lady Hornet home matches.

“We want to be good community-minded citizens here at Jacksonville College, so we have been more than willing to provide New Summerfield a suitable site for its home games,” Lynn Nabi, JC Academic Dean, said in a recent interview.

“We've only charged them (New Summerfield) a very nominal fee to cover our expenses. The arrangement has been all about providing an acceptable solution, so that the New Summerfield kids can play in front of their families and friends and not have to play all of their games on the road.”

Bill McRae Field, located southwest of the Curtis Carroll Fieldhouse, opened last fall and is the home of Jacksonville College soccer.

It is fully lighted and has an electronic scoreboard and bleacher seating.

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