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Hosting big games 'very special' time for soccer club

June 10, 2000|By JOSH POLTILOVE

It cost $120,000 just to buy the land. It took nine years to earn the money and to develop the area after it was purchased. It took energy and effort and fund raising.

Now the fields are ready.

When Hagerstown Soccer Club President Rudy Krumpe thinks back to what it took for all six fields to be put in use at the club's location on Cearfoss Pike, he's glad it's done.

"We've been interested in doing this for a long time," Krumpe said. "It's very special, and we're very proud of what we've accomplished."

As the club hosted the 10th annual Mason-Dixon Cup this weekend, it was only the second time all six fields had been used at the same time.

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The competition, also held at North Hagerstown High, started Saturday morning and will continue today, with championship rounds beginning at 11 a.m. Trophies will be awarded to the top two teams in each age bracket.

The tournament included 56 teams from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia and brought about 2,000 fans to Hagerstown. Teams competed in a World Cup-style format, with every team playing at least three matches.

There were nine boys' age brackets and six for girls.

Twelve Hagerstown squads competed, four of which were girls' teams.

"There's just a lot of people playing soccer in town," HSC registrar Susan Rocco said. "The demand rose, and there were just more soccer players than fields."

One of those players, 14-year-old Hagerstown native Jenna Shenk, is just happy to play on the fields. She said they mean a lot.

"These fields show we're really important to the soccer club," she said.

The club plans to continue fund-raising efforts.

"It really is a major accomplishment. It took a lot of hard work, but it's going to take a lot of work to keep it maintained," Rocco said of the long-term upkeep of the facility.

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