COLUMBIA — The bleachers were empty at the start of the Columbia College team's 3-0 victory against William Woods University on Wednesday night at R. Marvin Owens Soccer Field.
Fans were asked to avoid the bleachers as a safety precaution because of thunderstorms in the area. There was continuous light rain throughout the night, creating a slippery field.
Cougars coaches John Klein and Jon Desha were not fond of the rain, but some of the players enjoyed the unique conditions created by the wet field.
"I've always thought it's fun to play in the rain," Cougar defender Dan Rapp said. "It's easy to slide. It doesn't hurt as bad."
The players got soaked as the night went on. Water sprayed from Rapp's hair as a ball skipped off of his head.
With 4:14 left in the first half, lightning struck in the distance. When officials heard the sound of thunder, they stopped play with the Cougars leading 1-0. Most of the crowd left during the 40-minute delay. Meanwhile, the Cougars waited in their locker room.
"It was kind of cold," Yudai Yamaguchi said.
Rapp and teammate Yamaguchi agreed it was difficult getting back out on the field after a long break of sitting in wet uniforms. Rapp said he had to put on gloves and long sleeves before returning to the field.
Both teams agreed to combine the remaining time from the first half with the second half. Columbia College added two goals in the longer second half to secure the win over its AMC Conference opponent.
The Cougars have another conference match at 7 p.m. Friday when they play Williams Baptist College at R. Marvin Owens Soccer Field.