Due to overcast skies and soggy fields, the Robinson Rams' boys and girls soccer teams have not been able to play a game since April 1 – a double header with Lake Braddock. The Rams’ Concorde District opener against Westfield on April 3 and a Monday night game against Centreville were both cancelled.
“We are getting tired of practicing in the gym,” said girls head coach Jim Rike.
Because of the spring season restraints, both games have been rescheduled for the week of April 21, the same week that the Rams are scheduled to face off against Chantilly. This give Robinson the unenviable task of facing three district foes in four days.
“You have your three biggest competitors all in one week,” said Rike.
The Rams will battle Westfield on April 21, Centreville on April 23 and Chantilly a day later.
“It is the nature of high school soccer in Virginia. It is what it is,” said boys head coach Jac Cicala. “Every other program is in the same boat, other than the schools that have artificial turf.”
The only school in the Concorde District that has artificial turf is Fairfax, which played their games uninterrupted over the weekend.
“It is definitely an advantage to play on a rainy night when everybody else is sitting at home because their fields are too wet,” said Rike. “It is coming back to haunt us.”