Communities reach out to help team after soccer goals stolen

NAUGATUCK, Conn. (WTNH) — On the field, Naugatuck soccer teams learn hard work, teamwork, skills and hustle. This week, they learned an important lesson off the field when somebody stole and dismantled their goals for scrap metal.

Anissa Siomes plays on one of the teams and was one of the first to find the goals dismantled.

“We went to the field to check out the goals and there were pieces missing,” said Siomes.

With their season in jeopardy, friends, businesses, rival soccer teams, even complete strangers from across the state offered help. Some of the clubs offered up spare equipment, other teams invited Naugatuck to play in tournaments this weekend for free.

George Siomes of Naugatuck Youth Soccer says it’s a lesson for the young athletes that coaches couldn’t teach, but had to be shown to them by others.

“When you’re on the field, you’re competitors, you work hard and you try to win, because that is what it is about. But when you’re off the field, you’re friends, you’re family and you help each other,” said Siomes.

The outpouring of support has come from as far away as Groton and New London. Amy Keach, Vice President of Naugatuck Youth Soccer says the phone calls, emails, and offers for funding is overwhelming and incredible, but it will still take some time to recover from ten stolen goals.

“They are calling up and saying, ‘Hey, this is what we can do to help. Use us,” said Keach. “There’s a lot of moving parts, a lot of logistical things that need to be figured out.”

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