An Incredible Season for Byram Hills Varsity Soccer: A Look Back

Video and Writing by Markian Nychka

From practice all the way to the games, the pandemic has drastically changed what a season looks like. Like most teams, the season for both the Girls and Boys Varsity soccer teams has been a wild ride. The new set of restrictions greatly limited the players. During practice and games, masks were required at all times. Additionally, players and parents needed to, as best as possible, socially distance. While these new measures took some time to get used to, the players did not let it hinder their game. After a 9-0 season, the Boys Varsity Soccer team went undefeated and won the Putnam Northern Westchester Small School Champion title. Girls Varsity Soccer progressed to the finals of their section, but unfortunately the deciding game was canceled due to a positive case of COVID on the opposing team. Below, I provide a closer look into the great season of both teams.

After a pass by senior Bailey Goldstein, junior Ross Eagle passed by two opposing defenders and scored a fantastic goal!
After a pass over the top from Benny Rakower (junior), Ross Eagle easily tricked his defender and slid the ball right past the hands of the goalie. Here you can see two angles, one that was actively shot by me and the other from inside the goal
Assisted by senior Craig Buonanno, this goal was scored from the other side of the field.
After a pass from senior Bailey Goldstein, sophomore Aiden Heffner smashed the ball into the back of the net. Once again, the two separate angles provided a closer look.
With two different angles, this clip gives a look at another goal, this time by senior Ben Weinhoff.
After the ball was headed out by an opposing team’s defender, Rhys Healy (senior) followed up with a soaring shot into the top of the goal.
This is the final full length video I made for the 2020-2021 season. It is a compilation of all of the best moments of the Girl’s Varsity season. Throughout the video, I have various goals and plays, but also memories that were created by the girls. This was a heartfelt video that will serve as a reminder of a great season for years to come.

The fall season showed that we have to be ready for anything. Whether it’s adapting to last minute changes or accepting season ending deductions, the winter season has already taken a turn with basketball being postponed until further notice. All the low to mid-risk sports such as track, swimming, and skiing have been given state clearance to start their season; they have been practicing for a week or so. Guidelines for the winter season should look very similar to the fall ones. There are strict measures to ensure safety, including no shaking hands with referees, players or coaches, and only two spectators per athlete. Additionally, all athletes must maintain a six-foot distance whenever possible. Additionally, temperature checks will occur before every practice and game. We are assuming that once these low risk sports start competing, very similar rules will be in place. It is clear that similar to the fall, the winter season will look different from past years in many ways.