Fox Creek High School’s soccer team and fans finally have a place to call home.
The co-ed team of 23 played its first home game of the season on its new field March 19 against Blackville-Hilda High School, which won 4-1.
Even so, Fox Creek players are glad to play real home games.
“It feels cool to have an actual home now,” said the team’s co-captain, Christina Thomas, 18. “We always go to other schools and play on their fields, which are usually right behind the school. We feel like we finally have one of our own now.”
This school year, Fox Creek’s practice football field was transformed into the soccer field for home soccer games and new soccer goals were purchased.
Practicing and playing on the same field has its advantages, said fellow co-captain Ginny Simmons.
“You get to know the field a little bit better because not all soccer fields are the same,” she said. “Since we’ve been practicing on the field, I think it will help us out knowing the size of the field.”
Another advantage of having a home field is increased school pride, said Meghan Woodruff, the head soccer coach.
“I think it will encourage a lot more people to come out and support the team because they know where it is and know that all home games will be at the school,” she said.
Having a field at the school will also save money, she added.
Now that the team has its own field, it will no longer have to pay for use of other fields. In the past, the team would play on the soccer fields at Riverview Park or on Lions Memorial Field.
“We’ve always had to play over at North Augusta Parks and Recreation and they have always been wonderful to us, opening the doors to us,” said Russ Schneider, the athletic director. “But still, your goal is to play everything at your own school.”
An irrigation system was installed to help grow grass on the field to prepare it to be used for soccer, he said. The school also hopes to get better turf and add bleachers and lights.
Soccer is the third sport to be played on the Fox Creek campus. Baseball and softball have been played on the campus for two years. Football, basketball and tennis games and matches are held at off-campus locations. Golf, as it is with most schools, is also played off-campus, Schneider said.
With only 25 of the school’s 64 acres being used, there’s plenty of room to continue to build its athletic complex, he said.
The soccer team is currently selling Fox Creek lanyards as a fundraiser. People may also make donations to help with the soccer field’s upgrades or to benefit the school’s athletic program and facilities, Schneider said.
“We encourage anyone who is interested to come out and check out our facilities and see what we’re doing,” he said.
Anyone interested in making donations to the athletic program or for its facilities should contact Schneider at (803) 613-9435.