Organizers for the Naugatuck Youth Soccer said they are reeling after someone stole numerous goal posts.
Officials said they are scrambling to figure out how to fix the problem with practices taking place this weekend. The travel league will start on Sept. 11 and the recreational league will start on Sept. 12.
“Unfortunately, this year, we had to raise fees to cover costs and to have this on top of it is just going to be detrimental to our club,” Roger Simoes, who is the purchasing agent for Naugatuck Youth Soccer, said.
Simoes said it is unknown when the thefts occurred and why anyone would want to remove certain parts of the aluminum posts, leaving the rest.
“The bottom parts of the goals, which are the legs that stick out, are missing here,” Simoes said explaining the theft. “There would be another 90 degree angle that comes off of here.”
The damage was done to 10 goals at two separate fields and found by volunteers over the weekend.
“Volunteers came down Saturday to start setting up the nets on the goals when we started looking for the pieces that were there we noticed there were a lot of them missing and the goals would not be able to be put together,” Simoes said.
The small goals cost $1,500 to replace. The total cost, could be north of $10,000 for a league that’s already struggling to cover costs.
“I mean seeing this… [I’m] sick to my stomach, we're all volunteer organization,” Simoes said.
Simoes told Eyewitness News that Naugatuck Youth Soccer checked with the town’s parks and recreations department and was told none of its staff touched the goal posts during the past two months that they parts were sitting there.
The soccer group has filed a police report and is now waiting to see if insurance will cover some of the costs to replace the posts.
Anyone with information on the goal post thefts are asked to call Naugatuck Police Department at 203-729-5222.
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