ASU women’s soccer team prepares for possible upcoming season


After the cancellation of their fall season, the Solar Satan soccer staff seems to be forward to what’s subsequent

The ASU ladies’s soccer staff has put aside their as soon as tightly packed calendars in alternate for face masks and not-so-normal practices. 

Ever for the reason that Pac-12 introduced in August that every one competitions could be postponed till subsequent yr as a result of coronavirus pandemic, groups have been combating a scarcity of construction, and the ASU ladies’s soccer staff is not any completely different.

“I’ve at all times had this constant routine, and with out that I needed to make up my very own,” mentioned ASU senior defender Taylor Culver. 

Though there was no official announcement concerning a spring soccer season, head coach Graham Winkworth and his staff are making ready as if it can occur. 

However for now, there isn’t a season. And with out a schedule to work round, practices look starkly completely different, Winkworth mentioned. 

“We’re being dished a bunch of lemons proper now and it’s essential that we attempt to make the sweetest lemonade potential,” mentioned Winkworth.

To start out the semester, the Solar Satan soccer program is coaching along with new security protocols — sporting masks and practising social distancing — to organize for a possible spring season. 

UA’s ladies’s soccer staff has not loved the identical fortunes. 

Late final week, the Wildcat’s soccer staff was shut down because of false constructive COVID-19 outcomes among the many gamers. They’re anticipated to return to practising collectively this week. 

With the security precautions in place, coaching classes have been altered and never each drill is attainable. In flip, ASU’s teaching employees has change into extra inventive within the planning course of by adjusting their coaching classes to be centered round technical abilities and ways. 

“We’re not doing any contact, which provides us a possibility to work on our abilities against brute drive and physicality, we’re being extra technical and tactical,” Culver mentioned. 

Winkworth famous that his gamers have responded with resilience to the modifications they’ve needed to make in coaching. Even when the staff wasn’t collectively final spring, gamers nonetheless discovered methods to remain in form.

“Some gamers have managed to return in the very best form they have been in since being Solar Devils,” Winkworth mentioned.

Winkworth and the gamers mentioned they’re simply comfortable to be again coaching collectively and doing what they do finest. 

“On the finish of the day, it’s simply one other alternative to get higher,” Culver mentioned.

Exterior of soccer, gamers are having to regulate to their new regular. Earlier than the pandemic, gamers’ schedules have been crammed with exercises, courses, coaching classes and staff bonding actions. Now, ASU’s gamers are at dwelling taking their courses on-line and should not allowed to get along with the staff outdoors of practices.

“Proper now, we nonetheless get to go to observe, however the remainder of the day we’re in the home. Daily is a problem,” mentioned junior midfielder Alexia Delgado. “It’s very completely different as a result of you possibly can’t go wherever else however we are attempting our greatest and residing daily.”

As these COVID-19 associated challenges proceed to current themselves, ASU is adjusting to their new regular and stay hopeful that they may face opponents this upcoming spring.

“It’s a nice segue to what my life goes to be like sooner or later,” Culver mentioned. “Navigating on-line faculty and staying match has been bizarre as a result of I’ve had a lot construction in my life after which it was taken away.”


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