Highlander soccer teams get new home field

Thursday, April 1, 2021
The Eureka Springs High School track is now a true sports complex, suitable to host soccer games. The first soccer game on the track was held on Thursday, March 18.
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For the first time in 21 years, the Eureka Springs Highlanders high school soccer team is playing on school property at the track, now a true sports complex.

Michael “Shreya” Smith, who was responsible for the start of soccer in Carroll County and coach of the very first Highlander soccer team in the mid-1990s, was on hand to welcome the Highlanders to their home turf as well as keep score on their new scoreboard.

Highlander soccer was originally played on the track field under coach Shreya for three years until the completion of the fields at Leatherwood City Park.  At that time, because the track field was very rocky and subpar, Highlander soccer was moved to Leatherwood where it stayed for 21 years.

In 2017, then-freshman Preston Hyatt presented a rough plan to EAST teacher Adam Louderback. The plan was to excavate the field in the center of the track, lay topsoil and make it more suitable for play. Louderback helped Hyatt with his plan, including discussion with contractors and school officials. 

In 2019, superintendent Bryan Pruitt, with the support of the Eureka Springs School Board, took the reins and began making Hyatt’s plan and dream a reality.

It was with great pride and gratitude that Shreya and the Highlander soccer team stepped on the new and much improved soccer field for the first game against Lifeway Christian Academy.  While Lifeway was victorious over the Highlanders, the excitement of the first game on this beautiful field was not overshadowed.  

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