Editor’s note: As part of a running New England Soccer Journal series, we’re profiling Division I programs in the region. Even with the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting college soccer, there’s plenty going on behind the scenes.
Under normal circumstances, Yale head coach Sarah Martinez would be gearing up for a postseason push during her first season in charge of the Bulldogs.
Promoted from assistant coach in early-December after former head coach Brendan Faherty (Guilford, Conn.) departed his post amid allegations of sexual misconduct and impropriety at a prior position, the Fall 2020 semester was supposed to represent a fresh start.
But, as well-chronicled by now, the COVID-19 pandemic upended those plans. The Ivy League cancelled its Fall 2020 season in July, and only one of New England’s 23 Division I women’s programs (Boston College) is still competing.