New net keeps balls out of the woods at soccer field
Volunteers with the Litchfield Soccer Club erect one of the poles that is supporting a net behind a goal at the White Memorial Field on Route 63. Contributed photos
Coaches and members of the board of directors of the Litchfield Soccer club have installed a netting system behind a goal at White Memorial Field on Route 63 that will keep errant shots out of the tick-infested woods.
Mark Spelman and Shawn Sepples spearheaded the project and were assisted by Than Southard, Krystine Lebrie and Dave Foss.
“We want to limit lost soccer balls but more importantly we want to prevent a player from contracting Lyme disease because the wooded area behind the goal is loaded with deer ticks," Spelman, the club’s treasurer, said.
Sportsmen’s of Litchfield and the Northwest District of the Connecticut Junior Soccer Association provided financial support for the project.
The soccer club would like to purchase several more of the nets. Anyone interested in making a donation for the effort can write a check to Litchfield Soccer Club (write “backstop" in the memo field) and mail checks to Mark Spelman at P.O. Box 1282, Litchfield, 06759.
Below, the nets and support poles are in working order.