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Soccer Teams vs A Global Pandemic
Jack Newman

Doane Spartans vs A Global Pandemic


In early November, the traditional Senior Games arrived for both the Spartan Boys and Girls soccer teams, and both were thrilled to be able to celebrate their graduating seniors as well as a season that almost wasn't.

As the pandemic swept the nation, there were many questions to be answered and many obstacles to overcome before a fall season could be considered. Across the summer, Doane Academy and the Athletic Department sought the answers to these questions, and how to build a way forward; one that put the safety of everyone ahead of all other considerations.

Once all of the state and CDC guidelines were published and reviewed, it was discovered that this outdoor sport could move forward, with a number of specific measures put into place. But with many schools canceling all fall sports, the season was still in doubt.

The coaches and the administration worked tirelessly to contact other schools, make sure that all safety protocols could be met or exceeded, and to build out a schedule, even if it was a limited one. By September, both the boys and the girls squads had a season to look forward to.

Even with all of this set aside, the girls knew that this was going to be a tough fall for them, due to the fact that six dominant players had graduated in June of 2020. Coach Mary Ann Williams said, "We knew it was going to be a rebuilding year," but praised her squad for coming in with the right mindset that, no matter what, they were going to "...get better every day, and the girls did just that." The team finished with a record of 0-3-1 but they have every right to be proud of all that they experienced and overcame this year. Each has committed to hard work over next summer in order to come in even stronger next fall.

The boys had to adjust as well, including to an ever-changing schedule. They still managed to put together an in-league record of 3-3, and averaged about three goals per game. They were scheduled to move on to the State Tournament when orders coming down from Trenton led to the cancelation of all playoffs.

Coach Chris Updike remarked, "It was great to see them each day show up to play and leave the stresses of whatever the current times were dealing them at the sidelines. I'm thrilled with how hard the boys worked for the successes they achieved and proud of how they supported one another as a family."

In the end, each team and each team's seniors were able to make the most of a tremendously difficult situation, to find refuge and some sense of normalcy in their sport, and to support one another as a family. The seniors were rewarded for their persistence, each with a presentation of gifts, thanks, well-wishes, and other tokens of appreciation at the conclusion of their high school soccer careers. All were gratified and relieved to see this tradition continue, even under such unprecedented and trying circumstances, in 2020, the year they battled against a global pandemic.















The boys had to adjust as well, including to an ever-changing schedule. They still managed to put together an in-league record of 3-3, and averaged about three goals per game. They were scheduled to move on to the State Tournament when orders coming down from Trenton led to the cancelation of all playoffs.

Coach Chris Updike remarked, "It was great to see them each day show up to play and leave the stresses of whatever the current times were dealing them at the sidelines. I'm thrilled with how hard the boys worked for the successes they achieved and proud of how they supported one another as a family."



In the end, each team and each team's seniors were able to make the most of a tremendously difficult situation, to find refuge in and some sense of normalcy in their sport, and to support one another as a family. The seniors were rewarded for their persistence, each with a presentation of gifts, thanks, well-wishes, and other tokens of appreciation at the conclusion of their high school soccer careers. All were gratified and relieved to see this tradition continue, even under such unprecedented and trying circumstances in 2020, the year of pandemic.







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