In a press release from Milwaukee Athletics, the Sports Info Department let the cat out of the bag, stating that Engelmann Field will not be ready in time for the beginning of the season.
The bad news comes just two weeks before the women’s soccer team is slated to open its schedule against the New Mexico Lobos in the women’s Milwaukee Cup. That game, as well as the second match against Auburn, will be moved to Marquette’s Valley Fields, where the other Cup games will be hosted. Game time for the UNM contest is 5 p.m. and kickoff against Auburn will be 11 a.m.
The women’s team will also move games against Michigan State and Wisconsin. The MSU game will be at noon at Shorewood High School, just a few blocks north of campus, while the Wisconsin game will move to the UW campus in Madison.
The biggest blow comes on the men’s side, as the Milwaukee Cup match against Marquette will move to Valley Fields. No word on whether or not the team will play at home next season against MU or if it will be considered a “home” game on the MU campus.
The women’s soccer team has an annual series with UW, and it is unclear whether or not this game on September 12th will be considered a home game in Madison or if UW will gain a home game and come to Engelmann in 2011.
In the press release, head women’s coach Michael Moynihan talked about the benefits. “We are really restricted as far as space. We really haven’t had a practice facility since I’ve been here and the men have been in the same situation,” Moynihan said. “Both teams have been moving around and finding different solutions, which all involve travel off-campus. This is detrimental to the student-athletes as far as class time. With this field, we’ll be able to train on-campus and give our players more flexibility in their class scheduling, as well as give them a place to work on things outside of practice. We’ll have access in the spring, as soon as the snow melts, and that will be a huge advantage.”
The press release can be found here.