When is home not home? When it involves the New Mexico Highlands University women’s soccer team.
For the second year in three, the Cowgirls will be forced to play their home games outside Las Vegas because of field conditions. Three years ago, the school installed new turf at Sanchez Family Stadium, where the soccer team also plays. But weather delays dramatically pushed back the timetable of the work, forcing the football team to play at West Las Vegas High School and the soccer team to play in Taos.
When the work was completed, the drains were too close to the soccer touch lines, creating a potential safety hazard. It cost the team a home game last season when Eastern New Mexico packed up and left shortly before kickoff, and, this season, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference gave teams visiting Highlands the option of declining to use the field, said interim athletic director Jim Deisler.
At this point, only Adams State and Fort Lewis have agreed to play at Highlands on the closing weekend of the regular season. Attempts to find a nearby field failed as the high school fields are too small and the World College would not allow use of its field, he said. That leaves Highlands negotiating with the city of Santa Fe for use of the Municipal Recreation Complex, which just re-opened last year after an 18-month closure to bring it back up to safe playing conditions, Deisler said.
UPCOMING THINGS TO SEE OR DO