COVID-19 works hard but varsity soccer works harder

COVID-19 works hard but varsity soccer works harder

By Araceli Galarza Posted March 19, 2021

Coronavirus impacted many things and sports was one of those things. Luckily soccer is still a go with the downfall in cases the Lady Bucks have been able to play. This year for Varsity soccer the girls have been very excited for the rush that comes with the game. Jordan Hornbarger, a senior on varsity is excited to push herself and to see the team push themselves.

“My expectations for this season are overall good. I think we will do well and be able to push ourselves more considering the circumstances,” said Hornbarger.

Hornbarger is proud of her individual strength as well as her teams. She says that they have a good bond that allows them to play well together.

“Our team’s biggest strength is being comfortable with each other and getting along well, we are all able to confidently ask for help and give each other input on the things we are struggling with,” said Hornbarger.

However, in order to play the game, there had to be some compromise with COVID-19 restrictions. Bailee Brinkerhoff is deciding to make the best of what she can. She sees some difficulties but is pushing past them to have a good season.

Kenzi Dowd intecepts a pass. /Ron Espinola • The Brand
Kenzi Dowd intecepts a pass. /Ron Espinola • The Brand

“Some things that will be different from normal years are that we are limited to the number of people that will be attending our game and also we will have masks on the sideline,” said Brinkerhoff. “We are going to make the best out of what we have.”

The girls will also be having a much shorter season than they would have normally.

“Things will be different this year because we have a shorter season, we will have to push ourselves and work harder in a shorter amount of time than we would have to from previous years,” said Hornbarger.

Brinkerhoff is expecting to have a good season and work hard with her team as well as individually to achieve her goals.

“My expectations for this season is to work on all of our weak areas on the soccer field after this first game we will have a better idea of what we need to do as a team,” said Bailee Brinkerhoff.

Ella Peterson tries to outrace a Spring Creek player to the ball. /Ron Espinola • The Brand
Ella Peterson tries to outrace a Spring Creek player to the ball. /Ron Espinola • The Brand

Lesley Martinez, a senior, explains that being vocal is a vital part of her work ethic. She works hard and is vocal about what’s going on during the game that in turn helps the team.

“I would say my biggest individual strength is my ability to communicate well with others,” said Martinez. “This benefits my team because I’m very vocal on the field and it encourages the team as a whole to communicate.”

The Lady Bucks are 0-3-1 on the season, losing their last game at Dayton 1-0. They will be playing against Elko on April 2.

Mackenzie Swensen dribbles up the field. /Ron Espinola • The Brand
Mackenzie Swensen dribbles up the field. /Ron Espinola • The Brand

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