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The Jefferson Academy Jaguars boys soccer team must feel like it is Christmas Eve.

Although they already knew the gift they were receiving, the Jags are still giddy with excitement about finally being able to break in their brand new turf field on the school’s campus.

“They are so thrilled,” Jefferson Academy athletic director Michael Wilson said. “And to have a game under the lights, we feel like we are a D1 university.

“They are just tickled about it and it is fun to watch.”

After all the I’s had been dotted and the T’s crossed, coach Matt Cassell’s team was finally able to practice on their new field on Tuesday. The first game, which will also be senior night for the Jags, will be Friday night at 6 p.m. against Colorado Academy, a game that could go a long way in determining the Jags’ playoff fate.

The project which has been in the works for some time was approved by the City and County of Broomfield and Wilson is hopeful that with the schools proximity to US-36 and with the lights being on, that it will bring interest to the passers by.

It may be a little late in the season, but Wilson for one is happy to finally have a field that the Jags can call home.

“We’ve been playing over at the Broomfield Commons, we’ve played over at our elementary school fields for a while and practicing where we can. It has certainly been a challenge,” said Wilson, who through it all has watched his boys go 11-3 this season and a No. 8 ranking in the latest CHSAANow.com poll. “It’ll be nice.”

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