Gananda girls beat North Rose in one of first local events since COVID-19 shutdown

Updated: October 02, 2020 11:29 PM
Created: October 02, 2020 10:54 PM

GANADA, N.Y. (WHEC) — Friday night was a long time in the making. It's been more than six months since a high school sporting event was allowed to take place in New York State.

On Sept. 21 kids were allowed to begin practice. Friday night was their first chance to actually compete.

There were plenty of health regulations out in Gananda for the first soccer game of the season, limited amount of fans allowed, masks on everyone and even some reminders on the scoreboard.

Ganada was on the attack during the second half, Yadleen Gill with the one-touch to bury the shot and Gananda took the lead.

North Rose raced back, Tori Cooper's shot was stopped by Lyndsey Valetta.

Back to the Blue Panthers, 8th grader Isabella Hoffmann snuck behind the defense and beat the goalie.

Gananda won 2-0. Welcome back sports!

"It's a great sensation, I know their adrenaline was going but mine was going just as much because I'm so excited for these seniors, for these girls to come in and have that opportunity, it's a great feeling." Head Coach Betsy George-Jones said.

"When Cuomo said we could play I was excited, but I didn't want to get too excited in case it gets shut down. I was standing on the field before the game and was like, this is real right now," senior Kerry Prinsen said.

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