Wyvern athletics push on despite shortened schedules

Sports

KO sports teams have all recently started to play games, which came as a welcome surprise to the many athletes straining at the leash to play their respective sports. With the restrictions due to COVID-19, most players and coaches weren’t even expecting to play any games, yet some have been lucky enough to play one or two games already. 

Volleyball hasn’t been able to play a game yet due to inclement weather, but they are continuing to work hard. “While we haven’t been able to play a game yet, I think we’ve done a great job of working hard during practice and also having fun and improving individually and as a team,” junior Lindsay Bailey said. 

Boys soccer has come out to a hot start this year, winning 6-0 at Greenwich Country Day School, and tying St. Luke’s 2-2. Against Greenwich, junior forward Brio Aslan and senior midfielder Chris Sienko both scored two goals. Junior midfielders Aaron Rotter and Roberto Correa both added one goal apiece. 

The team started off with a bang, with Rotter scoring one in the eighth minute, followed by two goals by Sienko, and Aslan scoring the fourth goal all within the first 20 minutes of the game. In the second half, Aslan added another goal and Correa scored another one in the last five minutes to finish the game strong. At St. Luke’s, Rotter added another goal to his total this year, and Aslan scored a penalty kick late in the game. The team started off with a quick goal by Rotter and then let up a goal near the end of the first half. St. Luke’s scored a quick one again in the second half, and Aslan tied the game late after getting fouled in the box.   

Football looks a little different this year, playing seven vs seven rather than 11v11. “This year it’s more about giving us a competitive outlet rather than keeping score and knowing who wins or loses,” senior quarterback Mike DeMio said. “We have a lot of new players who are just learning about the game this year.” The football team has matched up against both Greenwich Country Day School and St. Luke’s, competing well in both games. 

Field hockey had a rough start in the win-loss column, losing 9-0 to Sacred Heart. The team had been looking to bounce back on their senior day until it was unfortunately cancelled due to a recent spike in coronavirus cases. “Losing our only game was really disappointing,” senior forward Captain Cici Chagnon said, “especially since we had a good chance against Chesire for senior day, but we’re still going to make our last practices as fun as possible.”

Girls soccer has also jumped out to a good start, winning their first game against Christian Heritage 1-0 and following it off with a 0-0 tie to St. Luke’s on their senior day. KO’s goal was scored by sophomore forward Sammy Azia and assisted by freshman forward Georgia Louis. This is soccer’s first year with Dean of Students Krista Sahrback as their coach, and her experience in the sport is showing. “The team this year is very close and strong,” senior Captain midfielder Annelise Vaughn said. “We’ve been able to come together and trust each other, which is something I haven’t experienced on a soccer team before.” 

Boys cross country has not been able to compete, but they have been training just as hard as they usually do. They can be seen running all around campus following their leader, senior Captain Matt Bzowyckyj. “Even though we’ve been pretty limited in what we can do, the team has adapted really well, and we’ve been training very hard for our upcoming meet,” Bzowyckyj said. Fellow athletes can be heard yelling words of encouragement from their respective fields as the team continues to run for endless periods of time without missing a beat. 

Girls cross country also hasn’t had a competition, but they can be seen running across campus with seemingly limitless stamina. They continue to train as if they have a meet tomorrow. Junior Captain Stella Risinger described what they’ve been doing to still compete. “This year we have a really strong team, and it’s been great to watch everyone get stronger and faster,” Risinger said. “Although we don’t have actual meets, we ran a 5k race for times, which was super fun and gave us a chance to compete.” The team can continue to run amid all the restrictions from Covid-19.