Soccer Sisters United players, coaches, parents and fans returned to Vernon Park last weekend for the program’s 16th annual Halloween Soccer Party.
On Saturday afternoon, players dressed up in costumes and played on a “haunted soccer field” featuring “ghoulies” rather than goalies, tombstones and jack-o-lanterns lining the field and, among other holiday decorations, cornstalks for corner flags.
It was a fun moment amid a recent rough patch which saw the program lose a $1,000 goal frame and net to thieves who stole it from Vernon Park, where it was secured.
In the wake of NewsWorks story about that theft, however, an anonymous donor reportedly contacted the Friends of Vernon Park group with a generous offer.
“A donor has offered to contribute $1,000 to Soccer Sisters for a new goal frame in exchange for players and families helping with two Vernon Park clean-ups,” wrote Friends of Vernon Park head Ruth Seeley on Facebook. “We are just so delighted.”
That news came as another effort was launched to raise money for SSU. It raised $825 by Wednesday morning.