The Queen’s women’s soccer team hasn’t dressed since October 27, 2019.

The team returned to training camp this month after the 2020 season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and is kicking off the season this weekend against Carleton University.

Head coach Dave McDowell said it was important to have a game on the calendar that his players can circle.

“I can’t tell you how important it is,” said McDowell.

“First of all, the lack of any pre-season scrimmage or playing against anyone but us was very frustrating.

“Finally getting a game where we can see where we stand is extremely important for us to move forward.”

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The Gaels are full of talent, starting with fourth year forward Christy Gray.

“It’s just so exciting to be back on the field,” said Gray, a Vancouver business graduate.

“We looked good in a 2-0 win over Ryerson and I can’t wait to see how we do this season. We have the talent to seriously fight for the OUA championship. “

Another fourth year player who will see plenty of play time is midfielder Jamie Foot.

“It’s a short 10-game season so every game is extremely important,” said the North Vancouver midfielder.

Foot says the goal is to take one game at a time.

“There are 30 points available and we will do everything we can to get all 30 points.”

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The Queen’s home game will take place on Sunday 26 September at Richardson Stadium against the Carleton Ravens. The women play at 1:00 p.m. and the men start at 3:15 p.m.

“I can’t wait to hit the field on Sunday,” said Jason Cho.

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The Quispamsis, NB sophomore winger says it’s been a long two-year wait.

“We trained so hard to prepare for this season,” said Cho.

“With Carleton we immediately had a major test behind us, but coach Christian Höfler prepared us well and was up to the challenge against the defending champions of the OUA.”

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