Editor’s note: This story appears in the July-August issue of New England Soccer Journal.
The Northeast-10 Conference decided, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, that it would cancel the fall 2020 sports season and not play a shortened spring season, which led to a surreal moment for Emma Slade.
The midfielder from West Kingston, R.I., was coming off a tremendous first-year experience with the Stonehill College women’s soccer team, as she scored five goals and earned NE-10 All-Conference first-team and All-Rookie team honors.
“When we were notified in the fall that we weren’t going to have a season, I was trying to think back to the last time I didn’t play a full season, and I was probably 6-years-old,” Slade said. “I’d say weird is the only word that describes it, and it was almost uncomfortable in the sense that I was like, ‘I don’t even know what to do.'”