This year, the 2020 girls varsity Soccer team started off with a slow start to the season because of COVID-19. There was no preseason for the team this year which caused the girls varsity team a late start to the season, kicking it off in late September. This year, the team was coached by Campbell Fee and Mike Solazzo, with seniors Catie Woods and Emma Carew leading as captains. The girls team ended their season with an overall record of 7-4-2, and made it all the way to the semi-finals in the playoffs. They had a huge success in defeating rival Mamoroneck in the quarterfinals with a final score of 1-0, with the lone goal coming from freshman Laura Shelton. Having lost to Mamoreneck earlier in the season, it was a satisfying victory for the team.
Junior Amelia Koff said, “COVID made our season really unpredictable and we didn’t know if we would be able to compete, which motivated us to work harder each game.”
Koff also felt that, with the late start to the season, the team still managed to power through.
“We were close off and on the field which helped out our team chemistry, and we put in a lot of effort during practices,” said Koff.
The 2020 boys varsity Soccer team also had to face challenges because of COVID-19. Their season was shortened with fewer games played than usual. This year the team was led by Coach Daniel Nassar and senior captains Benjy Schneider, Cole Keough, and Josh Goldman. The team finished their regular season with a 4-2-2 record and had one postseason loss.
The boys team was unfortunately exposed to COVID in a game against Rye, and therefore had to quarantine, which ended their already shortened season even sooner than anticipated. The student athletes were not allowed to go to school, have practices, or meet with their team. The quarantine could not have come at a more devastating time for the team, since playoffs were just around the corner. Luckily they were still able to play.
Captain Benjy Schneider said, “During the regular season, I really couldn’t have asked for much more. We were not only competitive but we kept fighting to the end in every game.”
Schneider also addressed the situation that the team was put in because of their quarantine.
“Although we did our best to keep in shape during the quarantine, we came out slow, which hurt us,” Schneider said.
Overall, the team had a pretty solid performance this year, looking to hopefully make it further in the playoffs next year.