Girls Soccer 2020-2021 Season
On top of their game: Girls Varsity Soccer ends season with 8-0 record
There’s been jokes and memes about how terrible 2020 has been due the disruption in our daily lives related to the COVID-19 pandemic. For the Port Chester High School Girls Varsity Soccer Team, 2020 has been a good year.
The Rams ended their season with an 8-0 record and juniors Ashley Reyes and Andrea Flores were ranked number 1 and number 5, respectively, for scoring in Section 1.
Contributing to the team’s success was the willingness of players to train on their own as they awaited word as to how, or if, their season would be played.
“I know that even though we were remote teaching since last March and no sports were in season, the girls with parent’s permission, started training on their own through the pandemic. We also got three girls back from Academy soccer and they were Ashley Reyes, Andrea Flores and Megan Sical my keeper,” Coach Danny Alvarado said.
The season got off to a late start, beginning on Sept. 29 and later was cut short when the Village of Port Chester was designated a “orange zone” due to the percentage of active COVID cases. Following guidelines from the New York State Department of Health and the governor’s office schools throughout the district returned to remote learning and interscholastic athletics were put on pause beginning Nov. 7.
“The team did not get to participate in the postseason regional tournament due to the updated status of a school district in the ‘orange zone,’ but is one of our most successful teams in many years,” Athletic Director James Ryan said.
Despite the untraditional season, Coach Alvarado said his team was ready to play and came into the season with the mindset that they may have to make adjustments.
“The team actually was the closest as unit/team as ever due to this pandemic,” he said.
“I believe the girls' unity and willingness to play every game as if it was their last game played a big factor,” he continued. “We always talked and had in the back of our heads that maybe at any point the season could be stopped due to COVID. We also planted the mindset that this was our year since we have such a big senior class that have been putting lots of hours on the field as well as out together.”
Coach Alvarado said he always assumes his team can play with any team in the section. It is a mindset he instills in his players — they are united and have a common goal.
The pride he feels for his team extends beyond the soccer field.
“Also, that when in time of unknown and uncertainty with COVID we were able to bring joy to our ourselves, families, school and community,” he said.