February cold doesn’t deter soccer players at Mabel Lee fields

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    Soccer isn't all that serious.
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    Joel Schroeder at Mabel Lee fields.
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    Joel Schroeder shoots the ball as Ian Shaffer tries to stop him.
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    Ian Shaffer puts a shot on goal as Joel Schroeder get in the way.
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    Joel (left) and Ian (right) enjoy a day of soccer at Mabel Lee fields.

Story, photos and audio by Doug Lowery, NewsNetNebraska

The thump of the ball can be heard from beyond the gates of Mabel Lee field on a recent Saturday afternoon.


Every now and then the crash of a ball off target. Still the thumps continue.

Thump. Thump.

Ian Shaffer and Joel Schroeder take advantage of the brisk outdoors as much as they can.

“It’s nice to get a little break from studying,” Schroeder said, “and get away from school and have some fun playing soccer.”

Both sophomores, neither Shaffer nor Schroeder were the best soccer players on their soccer team in high school. They just enjoy the game — and always have.

“I started liking it when I was little,” Shaffer said, “and I never really grew out of it.”

Never growing out of it is the reason someone would kick around a soccer ball on a 41-degree day. Schroeder wears a hat and Shaffer is wearing gloves. The cool temps weren’t going to stop them from an afternoon of putting shots on goal.

“I try to get out at least once a week and kick it around,” Schroeder said.

“It’s nice that you can either play in a big team of 11, or if just two of us want to come out, we can play and just have fun either way.”

Even as you leave the field you can hear the sound of the ball being kicked from a few blocks away.



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