Things were different across the street at where the defending Class 2A state champion Maple Grove girls’ soccer team took to the glistening fields at Fernwood Athletic Complex. If soccer would be played was more in question than sports such as tennis and cross country due to the heavy contact and closeness of the athletes.
Once the MSHSL gave soccer the green light, it meant coach Ben LeVahn sprung into preparation mode. Among the biggest challenges is keeping a group of tight-knit friends from congregating.
“When the girls get here, they like to get together and tight and chat with their friends,” said LeVahn, who is in his 19th season as Crimson head coach. “If they’re going to be close, they have to have a mask on or they’ve got to space out a little. They’re all things were willing to work through. Just watching the girls, they missed their spring at school. They missed their club soccer seasons, so this is their first chance to compete in a long time. They’re just happy to have something that, as a kid, feels normal. It’ll really different once we get to games because there will be so many restrictions on what can happen before, during and after the match…..”