Though Thursday turned out to be a sunny day, a Tracy Unified School District maintenance crew, assigned to cut the grass and stripe the field, recommended closure of the Tracy High soccer field after a lawnmower left ruts in the field and had to drive through standing water in front of one of the goals.
Bob Corsaro, the district’s facilities use manager, said recent top dressing on the field turned out to be too soft after this week’s rains and made the field hazardous. He said the field will be playable again once the standing water soaks into the ground.
“It probably needed another day of dry weather,” he said. “It looks great, but there’s just too much water on the field.”
The wet weather forced cancellation of other contests earlier in the week, but soccer teams play rain or shine. Tracy High coach Joe Perry said his team was ready to play, and a wet field is a condition his team could manage.
“In 17 years of coaching, I’ve never canceled a game,” he said, adding that he was notified of the cancellation only a few hours before the game. “They were wet but weren’t unsafe for soccer. We went to Oakdale and played in the rain and played all weekend at St. Mary’s in the rain.”
Rain and wet fields will not be a factor Tuesday, when Tracy High visits West High’s Steve Lopez Stadium, which has artificial turf, for a crosstown match between the West and Tracy girls. The junior varsity game starts at 5:30 p.m., and the varsity game begins at 7 p.m.