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Returning strong cast, Graham girls soccer had high hopes for this season

Bluefield Daily Telegraph, W.Va. — Eric Walker Bluefield Daily Telegraph, W.Va.

March 26-- Mar. 26--BLUEFIELD, Va. -- The 2020 soccer season for the Graham High School girls has been an unusual year.

The weather early on was nice enough that they were able to practice outside but then both of their scrimmages were called off, one to snow and the other to rain.

Then the season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic and is now pushed back until at least May when the Virginia High School League will make a final decision on whether any games will be played this season/

"We never got a chance to go against an opponent, we had one inter squad scrimmage on a small field against each other and that was their game," head coach Hank Furry said.

There is still a sliver of hope that Graham will play games as the VHSL will make a final decision in May on whether spring sports will be able to play even just a few games. The VHSL has already decided that there will be no state championships for spring sports.

Graham had high expectations this year after advancing to the Region 2D semifinals last year with seven seniors on the roster and returning the vast majority of its starters.

"Our expectations were extremely high because we had a team that was very senior oriented," Furry said.

The large roster for the G-Girls was balanced and was not only reliant on the seniors to lead the team. Sophomore goalkeeper Peyton Terry started last season and spent a week in the offseason learning from the Virginia Tech women's soccer head coach while junior Tara Wyatt was a key contributor last year after moving from California.

Due to some changes in classifications for schools there was room this year for teams like Graham to contend for region titles and state tournament appearances.

"We had a lot of pieces in places that we felt like we had the right things coming online to make us one of the top teams in the state in our classification," Furry said.

While Furry believed his team was going to be good this season it would not be an easy path to accomplish their goals with strong teams in the district and region.

"We knew that there was going to be some good teams in our region especially based on the teams we saw last year and there was a lot of great teams even in the district," Furry said.

If no games are played this year every player will never know how what they could have accomplished as individuals and teams this season.

"In every one of those student athletes from all over the state of Virginia your on this team you never knew what the outcome was going to be," Furry said.

There is still a slim chance that games will be played in the summer if the pandemic is resolved.

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