Section II soccer players prefer masks over not playing


Senior Day celebrations are usually reserved for late-season encounters simply earlier than playoffs start. Saturday morning, the Maple Hill varsity ladies’ soccer quartet of Meghan Bennett, Mia Fleck, Kylie Roloson and Alexis Tedford skilled Senior Day actions previous to the staff’s season-opener vs. Taconic Hills.

That was removed from the one change the Wildcats and Titans handled. The primary recreation of the seven-game Patroon Convention schedule not solely occurred far later than regular; the gamers competed whereas sporting masks because the nation continues to cope with the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s a completely different expertise sporting the masks. I’m simply glad we received the possibility to play,” Tedford stated.

“It’s positively more durable, however you get used to it,” Maple Hill junior striker/midfielder Alayna Fletcher stated. “Simply having the ability to play, I’d play with 10 masks on if that’s what it took to play.”

The Patroon Convention and the Suburban Council are the one two of eight Part II soccer leagues to be conducting play through the fall. Maple Hill opened its season in a formidable 6-Zero victory over the Titans. Fletcher netted three targets and junior midfielder April Jacobs tallied two targets.

“We knew we weren’t going to have any scrimmages, so we actually put the time in throughout apply,” Fletcher stated. “That work actually paid off in the present day. We labored nicely as a staff.”

Tedford, who is about to play midfield this season after enjoying protection as a sophomore and junior, performed the majority of her time Saturday within the again. The senior stated sporting masks is one thing that she and her teammates are getting accustomed to.

“It’s a big adjustment. It makes it a lot more durable to breathe,” Tedford stated. “If you find yourself by your self, having the ability to pull it down for a second feels wonderful. We positively know learn how to play with one another as a result of so many performed collectively final yr. We talked much more than we did. We made the changes (sporting the masks) and it’s working.

“I’m very glad we have been given the possibility to play. Being my final yr, I wish to make it a enjoyable yr. That is method higher than nothing.”

Maple Hill led 2-Zero at halftime on targets by Eva Hirschoff and Fletcher. Within the second half, Fletcher scored the primary two targets — the second approaching a penalty kick that gave her a hat trick.

“You may’t overthink it. I simply needed to put it away,” Fletcher stated of penalty kick alternative.

Maple Hill coach Sheila Golden was happy with the way in which her gamers dealt with coping with the masks and coping with all the protection protocols in place.

She was not alone.

Shaker boys’ soccer coach Dan Foutain got here away thrilled with how his Blue Bison handled the brand new regular Saturday afternoon in a 5-1 conquer Albany.

“I believe they’re doing very well,” Fountain stated. “The masks are a problem, however what we put to our youngsters from Day 1 is the one factor worse than sporting a masks will not be having a season. It was easy: put on your masks and we’ve got a season or do not put on your masks and we do not have a season. When it was put to the youngsters that method, we have had no issues in any respect with the masks.”

“Positively bizarre to have a masks break,  however it’s positively a sacrifice we’re keen to take to get again on the sector,” Shaker junior goalie Malcolm Robinson stated.

“It was positively completely different, a bit of sweaty and uncomfortable,” Shaker junior striker Colin Brant stated.

Shaker junior striker Ben Inglee, who scored the primary two targets of the sport towards the Falcons, stated communication with teammates was not a difficulty Saturday, however there was some adjustment.

“If you find yourself making a quick run, it’s a lot more durable to make a sign verbally. You must have extra eye contact,” Inglee stated.

jallen@timesunion.com • 518-454-5062 • @TUSidelines



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