SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (KION) The primary varsity soccer recreation in Santa Cruz County occurred Thursday evening between St. Francis Excessive Faculty and Scotts Valley Excessive Faculty each taking part in at Santa Cruz Excessive Faculty.
“It feels nice usually because we put in all this work within the low season, we’re simply hoping for a season that we did not know was certain to come back, and simply realizing that it is right here lastly simply makes all of it price it,” stated Diego Gomez, a junior at St. Francis Excessive.
“Very glad to be again out right here, tremendous comfortable for our youngsters. Very comfortable we received different sports activities like Cross Nation up and operating, tennis going subsequent week, swimming going quickly, volleyball going quickly,” stated Adam Hazel, the athletic director at St. Francis Excessive.
The street to this soccer recreation was lengthy. All these soccer gamers and employees and coaches needed to get COVID-19 examined.
“We examined only a couple days in the past for COVID-19. Our workforce additionally examined final week. Scotts Valley additionally had two rounds of testing that they did. Fortunately, every part got here up adverse,” stated Hazel.
Stands that might usually be filled with households and mates sat principally empty on Thursday. Everybody not taking part in soccer had been carrying masks: coaches, cheerleaders and the drum line.
Whereas the pandemic’s presence didn’t disappear from the sport, it appeared like everybody was simply comfortable to be out right here having fun with one thing we had as soon as taken as a right. And this time, they’re hoping it can final some time.
“There’s numerous children which have sacrificed loads and completed loads to try to higher themselves of their particular person sports activities. And this pandemic has damage all people, so hopefully all of it comes collectively right here sooner,” stated Gus Paz, a father or mother at St. Francis Excessive.
Scotts Valley Excessive gained the sport in opposition to St. Francis.