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Hawks Hit The Turf: QU holds first practice at Mackenzie Field

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The field turf installation at Mackenzie Field was finished and ready for training on Saturday afternoon. The field turf installation at Mackenzie Field was finished and ready for training on Saturday afternoon.
QU head coach Mike Carpenter looks on as his team practices at Mackenzie Field for the first time on Saturday night. QU head coach Mike Carpenter looks on as his team practices at Mackenzie Field for the first time on Saturday night.

QUINCY, Il. (WGEM) -- It's an exciting time for Quincy University soccer, who is gearing up for a season that starts in a matter of weeks.

On Saturday night Mike Carpenter and the men's team got a little something extra for their evening practice.

The installation of turf at Mackenzie Field was completed earlier in the day on Saturday, and was ready for play.

The Hawks had been training on the grass fields at North Campus since the beginning of the practice season on Wednesday, and roughly five minutes before Saturday nights session began, he told his team they wouldn't be on the grass any longer.

His players couldn't have been more excited to start training on their new home turf.

"Ever since I was six or seven years old watching the Quincy Hawks, I always wanted to be a Quincy Hawk," said senior defender and Quincy native Zach Venvertloh.

"They used to have the stands filled every game. This place was awesome back when it used to have the nice grass pitch, so this new coming of the turf, is kind of like we're going to re-build that atmosphere out here hopefully."

The Hawks had been anxiously waiting for the turf to be completed ever since the announcement nearly a year ago.

"Obviously this is awesome because we've been waiting for it from the time they told us about it last October," senior defender Eddie Ragsdale told WGEM Sports.

"There's was only one team in the conference that had turf just for soccer, but other than that it's mainly for football. Now, it's ours and that's a lot more exciting."

The Hawks will open the exhibition part of their schedule on August 21st at Hannibal-LaGrange.

The first home game at Mackenzie Field will follow a couple weeks later with a night game against Southwest Baptist on September 10th.

Kickoff is set for 7-o'clock PM.

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