Still Uncertain About Fall Sports in Ohio

APS Athletes Back on the Field
Posted on 07/09/2020
Image of Soccer Ball(Bob Jones for News5Cleveland.com)

The Firestone High School women's soccer team is getting their kicks during summer training and hoping all of their hard work leads to a successful season, but the coronavirus continues to cause a lot of uncertainty.

"It's a little confusing, and it's definitely a little challenging," said Ellie Roper, a senior on the team. "We just continue to work hard. We continue to put in the work and put in 100% the entire time because if we do have a season, we want to make sure that we're prepared."

Coach Amy Gaynor said her team has followed changing COVID-19 guidelines through the summer conditioning program, which included not sharing a ball for a few weeks.

She stressed keeping the teens healthy is the top priority, but added competition with other teams is the end game. Mandatory practice begins on August 1. The team's first game is scheduled for the third week in August.

"I feel like that's what we're playing for. That's what we're keeping in our sights," Gaynor said.

A short-term Ohio Department of Health order through July 15 allows games in contact sports to take place. Read more here >>.
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