Cowley College players, coaches relieved to get soccer back

By: David Marcus - Email
By: David Marcus - Email

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ARK CITY, Kan. - The Cowley College Tigers are roaring again.

The decision Monday night to reinstate the mens and womens soccer programs has players and coaches relieved. They credit supporters in Ark City, for turning the tide

"They were ready to come to war, at that point and time, which they obviously did," said Dane Straight, womens soccer coach at Cowley College. "The community has just been fantastic in support of us. And I can't express enough how thankful I am that I have my job because of what the community wanted."

For the players, it's been a confusing time. Some were on the verge of deciding to transfer to other schools. Now, their futures are changing, again.

"Going from not having a team to having a team, we have to recuperate ourselves," said womens soccer player Julie Guzman. "Get not only mentally prepared for the season but obviously, we're going to do more recruiting and we're gonna have to do a lot in a short period of time to get ready for the Fall season."

The controversial decision last month to eliminate soccer at Cowley college lead to the resignation of the school's president, and a lot of bitterness in the community.

But now, for, Cowley College, perhaps healing can begin.

"We have our campus back and our community back," said Straight. "It's going to take some time to rebuild some of the things we've lost- the trust and what not. But I think we're headed in the right direction."

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