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Perkins, Overbeck Dedicate UT Tyler Soccer Field

The joke between the UT Tyler soccer players is that their field of dreams was once the just a big pile of dirt and the second largest hill on campus. 

Now, it is considered one of the nicest fields in their conference.

The Citizens 1st Bank-Perkins Complex was officially dedicated Saturday. The Perkins donated more than $400,000  to help with the field's construction.

Congressman Louie Gohmert, state senator Kevin Eltife and representative Leo Berman attended the dedication as well as the people who will come to know the field the best, the Patriot players.

"Four years ago I came to UT Tyler from League City, Texas with the promise of one day playing on an outstanding field," said women's soccer player Jana Cruce. "Thanks to the dedication of Mr. and Mrs. Perkins to athletics and fitness, we are not standing on that field."

The Patriots had some big name athletic power on campus to help dedicate the field. Former captain of the united states women's national soccer team Carla Overbeck.

Carla won two world cup championships and the gold at the Olympics. She is a member of the national soccer hall of fame. She said UT Tyler has a top notch field, so much so she wanted to suit up.

"I wish we had this when I was growing up," Carla said. "This facility is unbelievable. What UT Tyler has done for their student athletes, it's incredible. I've been walking around looking at the facilities, and like I was telling the president and AD, I wish I could kick these shoes off and play the game today."

That game today was the fourth ranked UT Tyler patriot women playing the number team in the region, Hardin-Simmons. The Patriot women entered the game 7-2 overall.

Hardin-Simmons had not lost a conference game in 74 tries. The Cowgirls would score on a free kick to get the 1-0 win.

In UT Tyler Men's soccer, it was the Patriots men picking up the victory, 3-1.
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