A little over two short months of high school remain for the 2021 senior class. Within that time, spring athletics including track, baseball, and girls soccer are all expected to take compete despite months of waiting for approval. With this exciting news, CSPA athletes are eager to jump back into their sport, especially seniors whose seasons were canceled in the Spring of 202 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Although it is a huge relief that students can resume athletics this spring, many seniors have found the struggles to “get back into things” while wrapping up their final weeks. Senior Karina Floyd spoke on this feeling saying that “it’s been a bit difficult with so much time off the field, but something that helped me was personal training throughout quarantine.” This is understandable as the 2020 spring season was completely canceled and many athletes found their club and rec teams had canceled as well. Senior Jordan Campbell explained; “losing my Junior high school and club team seasons were very difficult. So to hear we have a chance to play this spring is super exciting. Although the season is not guaranteed, I want to push myself and the team to put everything into this final season of high school varsity soccer.”
Athletes have been working during their time off to prepare for their long-awaited spring seasons by putting in extra work on their own. For example, Varsity Girls Soccer Seniors Karina Floyd, Olivia Lee-Lehner, and Jordan Campbell all planned and ran after-school pre-season workouts for girls interested in playing on the team this year. “We have one year to make the most of our high school soccer careers. With so much time off, this conditioning is crucial to get the team back in shape and bonding before we hit the fields later this month.” Explains Senior Olivia Lee-Lehner. After school conditioning for the team is being run by Seniors and consists of dynamics, endurance runs, workouts, and basic drills designed to get players back into the sport after so much time off.
The participating girls are finishing their last week of conditioning before tryouts on March 22nd followed by immediate practices leading up to the first game on April 9th. The team agreed that their time together helped make them feel more confident going into the new season. “As someone who has never played soccer before, I’m really grateful to have the opportunity to condition with the girls and get to know the sport a Karina was here a little better before official practices. It’s been very beneficial and has created team cohesion before the season has even started” explained Senior Ella Seibert.
Although this season will be special for seniors who will be playing on their high school field one last time, the team is excited throughout. With an entirely new team, coach, and home field to work with, the CSPA high school varsity girls soccer team has a fresh start to a promising 2021 season.