by Dave Warner

The Little Falls Girls Varsity soccer team lost their opening game 4-2 to Poland. It was the first time any Little Falls team had competed in athletics since the March shutdown, and there were lots of rules and procedures to put in place before the season could begin.

Bart Tooley, Assistant Superintendent/Athletic Director said, “It’s been like anything else, there has been a lot of preparation. Our league has worked closely together with us, as well as all the other athletic directors so that we have some consistency in the process and what we’re doing.”

He said that they’ve tried to think of every detail from the sign-in procedures to the passes and screening. “We really had to think of the details and make sure that everything is the way that we need it to be to keep everyone safe and have a successful athletic year in terms of nobody getting sick.”

One of the new things this year for boys soccer is a combined Little Falls/Dolgeville team. “We added a JV team this year for the boys as well because we had enough players from Little Falls and Dolgeville to do that. It’s a good thing. That’s the way to build that program with modified, JV and Varsity,” he stated. “We’re excited about that.”

Tooley said that the kids have been great in working out the new arrangement. He said that they had to make sure that the Dolgeville kids were able to get to games and practices. “We’re fully remote, so we don’t have anyone on campus and all our kids have to find a way here,” he stated.

He said that Little Falls is the host for the combined team.

Olivia Lindsay and Shayna Straney each had goals in the loss to Poland. The team is now 0-1 and will play home again on Saturday, October 10th at 11 am.