SPOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- With several star players returning from last year's squad that went to the state finals, girls varsity soccer coach Kevin Ewing again looks to have a strong team.

Coach Ewing noted several key contributors are back this season, including Corinne Lyght, Leah Klurman, Lily Camacho, Faith Price, Holly Nelson, Kat Zikas, Ashley DeFrancesco, Jamie Valian, Giorgio Vaca, and Alexa Fazio. The group will be led by co-captains Lyght, Nelson, and Price.

Nothing is a guarantee, of course, since many strong players from last year's team have graduated. Among them were Gabby Aloe, Rachel Schoss, Lizzie Ley, goalkeeper Maya Kessler, Brooke Klurman, and Sarah Dill.

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Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the preparations for the season have looked a little differently across all fall sports teams.

"The season was dramatically affected because of COVID. The summer session began July 13 and ran up to almost Labor Day. The NJSIAA mandated this period be mostly for conditioning and allowed for minimal contact," Ewing said.

After the NJSIAA called for a mandatory two-week break, the team began practicing again and picked up where they left off. 

"We began September 14 and like other organized sports it allowed for a short training camp until the team's first scrimmage and game. Not ideal circumstances -- we have had to really create a quick learning environment for the players," added Ewing.

Looking forward to the season ahead, Ewing says he and the team hope to be competitive at all levels of play throughout their stint.

"We hope to be competitive in our league and county and whatever the state playoffs provide. We plan to play our best and play to win," Ewing said. "We are happy to be out there competing and look forward to representing the Scotch Plains-Fanwood community."

Tentative schedule:

  • Thursday, 10/01/2020, 4:00 p.m., vs Cranford, @ Cranford Memorial Field
  • Tuesday, 10/06/2020, 6:30 p.m., vs Governor Livingston, @ SPFHS- Wexler Field
  • Thursday, 10/08/2020, 4:00 p.m., @ Oak Knoll, @ Oak Knoll-Chatham Fields
  • Tuesday, 10/13/2020, 4:00 p.m., @ Westfield, @ Tamaques Park
  • Thursday, 10/15/2020, 4:00 p.m., vs Summit, @ SPFHS - Wexler Field
  • Tuesday, 10/20/2020, 4:00 p.m., vs Oak Knoll, @ SPFHS - Wexler Field
  • Thursday, 10/22/2020, 4:00 p.m., @ Summit, @ Memorial Field/Park
  • Tuesday, 10/27/2020, 4:00 p.m., vs Westfield, @ SPFHS - Wexler Field
  • Saturday, 10/31/2020, 11:00 a.m., vs TBA, @SPFHS - Wexler Field
  • Tuesday, 11/03/2020, 4:00 p.m., TBA, SPFHS - Wexler Field
  • Thursday, 11/05/2020, 6:30 p.m., TBA, SPFHS - Wexler Field
  • Saturday, 11/07/2020, TBD, vs TBA, @ TBA
  • Tuesday, 11/10/2020, TBD, vs TBA, @ TBA

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