Summit soccer: a new homefield advantage?

Remember when it used to be a big deal to play soccer on a field turf field?
Well, when I was covering Summit-Ontario girls soccer on Wednesday, Summit coach Steve Jennings pointed out that in some places, momentum has swung the other way.
While Summit played several preseason games at Ralph Lewis Park (with field turf) all of its Sunkist League home games will be at the high school, on grass. This is due in part to the fact that Ralph Lewis Park is having work done, but last year, Summit also moved its league home games to campus.
So, in the six-team Sunkist League, only two schools play home soccer games on grass: Summit and Fontana.
So, perhaps, Jennings reasoned, Summit might have an advantage playing at home because most other teams in the league won’t be as used to playing on grass.
My, how things have changed.

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