While the focus was mostly on the denial of sports in California to soccer players and other male high school athletes for the past 10 months due to coronavirus restrictions, let’s not forget the athlete impact on girls’ teams .

They also have dreams and aspirations and are looking for scholarship opportunities. Although many are less focused on becoming professional athletes, they continue to try to train on their own while waiting for the chance to play again. And many focus on academics to keep their college options viable.

El Camino Real has had one of the best football programs for girls in the City Section in years, and coach Eric Choi is impressed with how his players have given top marks to COVID-19 and distance learning.

A total of 19 soccer players had a grade point average of 4.0 or better in the last semester. There were 19 others with GPAs ranging from 3.5 to 3.9.

“The girls are pretty motivated about their academics,” said Choi. “They know that football is a potential market for their future, but after that it could be limited. I think boys may think they will make it to pros or have a chance, but girls are more realistic that there is an end to the line and [they] must still have something to do. “

El Camino Real’s senior senior undergraduate athlete was sophomore Erin Lee, who had an A in Advanced Internship Biology, Spanish 2, AP World History, English and Algebra 2.

Choi said he was picking up notes with his players when they met via video conference. He hasn’t seen his players in person since March, but hopes conditioning can begin next month.

“At least my children are very self-motivated and know what their future is about,” he said of their academic success.

Nice job from the ECR Girls Soccer Program. The student athletes demonstrated their competitive spirit and resilience in completing the virtual learning environment in the 2020 fall semester. pic.twitter.com/2QiTvLEQoS

– ECR Athletics (@ecrathletics) January 20, 2021