College soccer is in their vision, but pandemic interrupts the recruitment process

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Evan Hannibal has focused on playing soccer at the collegiate level since the beginning of his freshman year of high school. He ramped up his recruiting process this past January and received interest from Division I coaches. Then, the COVID-19 pandemic brought his dreams to a near halt, as it has done to so many in the world.

a man holding a football ball: St. John's Prep senior Owen Siewert had his eyes on attending recruiting showcases this past summer, but because of the pandemic, those events were pushed to 2021.

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St. John’s Prep senior Owen Siewert had his eyes on attending recruiting showcases this past summer, but because of the pandemic, those events were pushed to 2021.

“It’s out of my hands, it got taken away from me,” said Hannibal, now a senior at St. John’s Prep. “It’s heartbreaking, you know?”

When the pandemic upended American life in March, the NCAA instituted a recruiting dead period — coaches were forbidden from going to see athletes in person, but they could still communicate with them. The NCAA has since announced that this policy has been extended at least through the end of 2020.

The result is countless high school athletes unsure if college coaches will be able to see them play, or if there will even be slots available on college rosters.

Hannibal said it’s good to be able to communicate with coaches, but there’s no substitute for being seen in-game.

“I was really banking on this spring and this fall to get seen and get in front of these college coaches,” said Hannibal, a 5-foot-10-inch forward from Ipswich. “Unfortunately, that hasn’t really been the case. I’ve been home a lot of the time.”

The ban on college coach visits isn’t the only obstacle for collegiate hopefuls. High school coaches say the drastic rule changes meant to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among players have made it hard for players to showcase their talents on film.

“If college coaches


Boston College Women’s Soccer Blanked 2-0 in Season Opener Against Notre Dame

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The Boston College women’s soccer club began their brief 2020 campaign Thursday night against ACC foe Notre Dame in a very rainy South Bend, IN.  The Eagles coming off an 8-8-2 and season last year had a brutal end to their 2019 season winning just one of their last ten matches.  With all eight of their losses last year coming in the ACC this Boston College women’s soccer club is looking to change what happened a year ago.

For the home squad, Notre Dame’s season didn’t exactly end they way they wanted it to either. The Fighting Irish won four of their last ten before bowing out in the ACC quarterfinals to UNC.  Though Notre Dame did manage a win in the first round of the national tournament against St. Louis before losing to South Carolina.

Notre Dame came into this matchup with two matches already under their belt going 1-1.  Both games being played on the road, the Fighting Irish lost to Florida State 5-0 then came back in dominant fashion beating Miami 6-0.  Tonight was their first home game of the brief eight game schedule.

Game Notes

Notre Dame had a good look inside the 18 just 90 seconds in with a loose ball but BC was able to clear.  BC struggled to establish possession in the early going going up against a squad that already had two contests under their belt.  But 11 minutes in, the Eagles had their first chance of the first half.  With a good feed into the box, Jenna Bike couldn’t quite knock it home for the Eagles.

1-0 Notre Dame

Sammi Fisher broke open the scoring with 31:45 left in the first half splitting two Eagle defenders with her shot that got past Augur towards the far post after another solid Notre


New Soccer Coach’s Sample Letter To Parents

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