The Camdenton Lady Lakers moved back to the home grass of the Camdenton High School Soccerplex last week after playing more than half their season on artificial turf. Spring showers should have the grass soccer field ready for Camdenton to host a tournament this weekend and the district playoffs in May. The fall season of wear and tear left the field too torn up for the ladies to use this spring. "During the boys' season it was so wet and rainy that a lot of quickcrete went down to help them get games in, which you have to do. It just really thwarted the grass coming back," Camdenton girls soccer coach J.D. Hunter explained.


The Camdenton Lady Lakers moved back to the home grass of the Camdenton High School Soccerplex last week after playing more than half their season on artificial turf. Spring showers should have the grass soccer field ready for Camdenton to host a tournament this weekend and the district playoffs in May.

The fall season of wear and tear left the field too torn up for the ladies to use this spring.

"During the boys' season it was so wet and rainy that a lot of quickcrete went down to help them get games in, which you have to do. It just really thwarted the grass coming back," Camdenton girls soccer coach J.D. Hunter explained.

Maintenance crews put down new sod on the field's problem spots. The soccer team decided not to go on the field for six weeks, so the sod's root system could establish itself and take hold.

The Lady Lakers took their game to the artificial grass of the football practice field next to Camdenton High School. They went 2-1 on the surface, which is shorter and more narrow than the grass field at the soccer stadium.

In a 10-0 win over West Plains, the Lady Lakers looked like a team that missed playing on the 75-yard-wide Soccerplex pitch. Haley Baker scored a natural hat trick in the first 25 minutes, largely because her counterparts in the midfield could make wide crosses to center the ball in front of the opposing goal.

"We talked about trying to maximize the space," Hunter said.

The sod also changed the pace of play. The Lady Lakers had grown used to the artificial turf, where a ball will roll further on the ground and can also skip and slide rather than bounce.

The longer grass also changed players' passing rhythm and running speed.

"We didn't look very fast at all in that first half, we looked pretty methodical, but we got the job done," Hunter said. "I think they adjusted well to it and had a good time."

The Lady Lakers are scheduled to be back on their home grass when they host the Lady Laker Invitational tournament on Friday and Saturday.