Fargo Davies breaks in new artificial turf field with boys soccer win over West Fargo

The Eagles’ soccer and football teams, who trained on the pitch for the first time on Wednesday and Thursday, brought the first game action to the new surface. Davies ran away with a 5-0 win over West Fargo in boys’ football at the Eastern Dakota Conference.

“The guys were under extra pressure tonight and I told them it took some getting used to,” said Davies soccer coach Ian Costello. “It’s still early in the season, but I think we’ll have a goal behind us. I told them, ‘Hey, you have that extra pressure and I’m sure West Fargo wants to come in here and ruin this for you. So let’s see what you have. ‘ They came out and were executed. “

Sam Saye relieved the Eagles somewhat when he scored a goal in the third minute and became the first player to score a college goal on the new field. Drew Beiswenger added a brace a few minutes later and Davies was ready to go.

The Eagles showed their goal strength with goals from five different players, including Bill Mukundiyese, Charlie Metzger and Leon Hidanovic.

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Eagles junior goalkeeper Esteban Nunez scored his first shutout of the season in defeating the Packers. The Eagles won their first two games this season 4-1 each.

“After our last game we had a hat trick from a kid Patrick Lawrence and he had a couple of posters tonight but he didn’t score,” said Costello. “We have a lot of children who can throw the ball into the net. It just does it now on a consistent basis. “

The soccer team completed their first training session when they braved the 95-degree heat on Wednesday afternoon. But the soccer team decided to wait out the heat and hold an evening practice session. They will use the field in a game second when they open the season against Fargo Shanley next Friday, August 27th.

“Going here to practice was a cool atmosphere,” said Costello. “We got a picture of the team on the Eagle (on the lawn). This Red Hot Chili Peppers song is our victory song after a win, so I turned that on. It was carefree because we just played on Tuesday in a 90 degree heat. It was two fun days. “

The lawn finished laying on Sunday, but there was still some fine-tuning and clean-up work that needed to be completed earlier this week. The soccer and football teams were only released to use the new surface on Wednesday, and the wait was excruciating for the players and coaches.

“When they watched it earlier in the week, the kids said, ‘Why can’t we be out there? It looks done, ‘”said Davies soccer coach Wayne Werremeyer. “So last night we finally said, ‘Okay, let’s get on the lawn.’ And they said, ‘Really?’ They were all very excited to continue there. “

The Davies Turf Committee was founded in 2018 and recognized the need for a lawn for soccer and football. The committee raised the necessary $ 1.3 million entirely through private donations.

“I don’t think we can thank everyone too often for making this possible.” said Werremeyer. “People think I played a big part in that. But I was kind of a spectator. I sent a few emails trying to help out as I could, but it really was the lawn committee, the patronage, the administration. We can’t say thank you enough. We have wanted that for a long time. “

With a grass surface, the teams were too vulnerable to the unpredictable and often harsh weather conditions in North Dakota. Rain or snow could push the teams off the field. The Eagles lost more than one home game over the years because the turf simply wasn’t in good shape to play on.

“On the girls (football) side, I think this will be fantastic this spring,” said Costello. “This field was in bad shape in this spring weather. That is a nice facility. “

The construction process took about two months, starting on May 17th and ending on August 15th. Werremeyer said he was on the soccer field almost every day checking the progress. He was amazed at how fast almost every step in the process went.

“You got the dirt out so quickly,” said Werremeyer. “The amount of dirt they got out of there was incredible.

“People kept asking me how the lawn was going, but I had to tell them that I am not an expert. They had the roller machine – I don’t know what they call it – to smooth the dirt and make it even “I guess they have some GPS and electronics to make sure we have it for the entire field too. As When the actual carpet showed up, it took about a week to lay it. The first time I walked on it I thought, ‘Oh, man, we can feel all the pebbles and rocks below.’ And then when they filled it again, everything was soft and everything. “

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