GHS soccer kicks off modified season


Charlie Groleau

Keith Horne and Jack Patten battle for the ball during boys soccer practice

GHS soccer team looks forward to starting their season after an extended preseason. The Gloucester School committee voted on the approval of fall sports on September 16th and the team has been preparing for a modified season ever since. 

Teams will play 10 games against the teams in the NEC that have voted to allow this season. Last year’s boys NEC champs, Lynn English, along with Lynn Classical, will not be playing due to Covid restrictions. They hope to have a season in February during “Fall II.” 

The MIAA has introduced new game regulations in order to keep the players, coaches, and everyone around safe. Players will wear masks at all times, no throw-ins to prevent contact, no headers, and the ball must remain on the ground during set pieces.


After their 2 time NEC MVP graduated last year, they’re looking to rebuild as a strong team this year. 

Senior captain Owen Hardy is ready to compete, “This is going to be a very unique season. This being said, we are very grateful to have the chance to compete this year despite the unusual conditions.” says Hardy. Despite the unnormal season, he also has high expectations this year: “We have a talented roster and have potential to do quite well this year. Now we just have to execute.”

On October 13th, the team will travel to Salem to kick off their season against the Witches at McGrath Park at 4:00 pm. 


After losing 7 key seniors, this team is looking to rebuild this year with a young and promising team.

 “Our team is so excited to have an opportunity to get back on the field. We had a huge graduating class last year, and we’ve been working hard all summer to get to know all our new players and learn to play as a team in the wake of such a major transition.” says Senior captain Mila Barry. 

Although they do have a young team, this isn’t going to stop them, “I’m certain we’ll see a lot of growth this season, and I’m also optimistic that we’ll see success in competition.” 

Coach Jessica Boardway is entering her 4th year as head coach and is ready for this year. “We’re happy to be able to have a season, even if it’s modified, and to have this opportunity to keep the program going. I’m also excited for seniors to get this opportunity to end their high school soccer careers.” says Boardway. “The competition will be steep, but we definitely have a chance for a great season.”

They will have their season opener at Newell Stadium against Salem at 4:00pm on October 13th.