By: Delaney Chase
Even though the start of fall sports was questionable at the beginning of the season, they are now officially in full swing. Girls soccer, volleyball, and cross-country, are all off to strong starts this year and are working hard to keep their seasons going as long as possible.
Back in August, as athletes were preparing for a promising fall season to begin, it was announced they would be put off for a little while longer due to Covid. This led to one less week of crash week than teams have had in previous years. Hard work and dedication were a must to get the season back on track. Even as the season began, threats of cancellation occurred often, but they didn’t seem to bring the teams down.
Girls soccer has been very competitive in the last few years and has been keeping that up this season. With a region change due to Covid, tougher teams now stand between them and playoffs. Playoffs are looking very promising right now, as they have a winning record. The Squire interviewed captains, Ellie Strausser and Leah Peterson, about how the season is looking so far. “We have a solid team, but have some things we need to work on; otherwise we are playoff bound,” Strausser stated. We also asked how the team made the most of the offseason. Peterson explained, “When we were not allowed to have coaches at kick-arounds, we went to Werner Park to prepare and work on skills we were not able to in the spring season.”
The volleyball team has had a tough break this year with a record of 0-6. The Squire interviewed freshman, Julia Gesing, about how the team will continue to improve and the team’s biggest rivals. She explained, “Some rivals we hope to beat would be Youngsville and Sheffield. We’ve come so close to beating them a couple times and it’d be a huge weight lifted off our shoulders if we could just get ahead.” With a young team, the only way to go is up. As of recently, it was announced that fans would not be allowed at indoor sporting events until further notice. This is a big upset to the team, as they will have to play with no crowd cheering them on.
Girls cross country has kicked off the season with a record of 1-3 so far. The Squire interviewed Captain, Julia Haight, to get the scoop on the team. When asked about their strengths, she explained that they are a very young group, but have developed a great team bond. “We are all very encouraging and supportive to each other as we run.” When asked how COVID has affected their season, Julia said, “It made our region smaller and we now run against each team twice. This will lead to more races than in previous years.” Their biggest rivals this year include Rocky Grove and Youngsville, but the team hopes to be competitive at all their races.
Good luck to all our fall sports this season! Check out our boys fall sports article also on The Squire. Make sure to stay up to date on all the Eisenhower sports news through our Twitter and Instagram!