Longtime soccer official Randy Croteau winding down spectacular career

Longtime soccer official Randy Croteau winding down spectacular career

In 2007, longtime soccer referee Randy Croteau earned a plum assignment for the third round of the NCAA Division 1 men’s tournament. While some of his partners packed their bags to work games in warm climes like Virginia and North Carolina, Croteau headed to UMass for the Minutemen’s matchup with Central Connecticut State.

“It was a cold day in December,” Croteau, an Auburn resident, recalled last week.

Indeed, the temperature that day was below freezing, it was snowy and icy, and slippery field conditions delayed the game for more than an hour in the first half.

“The NCAA said we had to get the game in,” said Croteau, who ran the field in his uniform shorts, a number of upper-body layers, hand warmers and gloves. “It was scary, but it was very memorable, just one that stands out.”

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