A hollow thud resounds across the fields as the forward’s foot makes contact with the ball. With one quick move she drives the ball into the net.
Sundays at Quinnipiac are a busy time for the university’s intramural soccer program.
This fall 54 teams registered for the intramural soccer program. The unexpected increase left the directors unable to accommodate all the teams.
Mike Medina is the director of the intramural program. According to the program’s Web page: “The intramural sports and recreation program provides an opportunity for all students to enjoy satisfying experiences according to their particular needs, which may vary from highly competitive to recreational.”
Kathleen Checca, a sophomore communications major, plays on a division.
“I played soccer all through high school and I loved it,” she said. “I missed being a part of a team when I got here. Playing on a team again is a lot of fun.”
The university employs students from the work study program to referee the games, which are split into two divisions based on competitiveness. The students referee different intramural sports throughout the week with shifts lasting up to six hours.
Scott DeMarco, a sophomore business major, works as a referee for the intramural sports programs.
“Most of the time we have a lot of fun,” he said.”I mean it’s work, but it’s better than most jobs.”
Typically the conversation between the referees and students is friendly. But confrontation is not unusual in division one.
“It gets interesting when the players start to talk back. They’ve yelled at the refs before over calls, but most of the time players just joke around with us,” DeMarco said.
You don’t have to be a player to enjoy an intramural soccer team. Games are played on Sundays in the early afternoon and continuing until 6 p.m.
“Even though I’m not playing it’s still fun to watch. They all seem like they’re having fun. They’re laughing and joking around with each other and the refs,” said Anjelica Shiromani, a sophomore physical therapy major.