VESTAL (WBNG) - For the first time this fall, the Binghamton women's soccer team is back on the field.
"We've been waiting on this day since March, just counting down the days until we can get back on the field," said Binghamton sophomore Olivia Mcknight.
"Just to be back, getting on the ball again and getting to see one another, it means a lot," said Binghamton head coach Neel Bhattacharjee.
For now, the girls are training in small groups and are easing back into game shape.
"Right now we're going to get touches on the ball, right now that's a big component for us is working on the technical piece," said Bhattacharjee.
Protocols include wearing a mask at all times on the field and keeping their space during training.
"It's just been a fluid transition," said McKnight. "It's definitely weird but having to do these protocols since March you start to get used to it and we're just blessed that we are even practicing at all."
No matter what protocols they have to follow, the girls are happy to just be seeing each other in person again.
"We're such a close knit team, we're best friends. When we were at home we were zooming a lot trying to stay close but it is nothing compared to being back together," said McKnight.
"Us being together, that is just a big part of our team, you know we talk about a family environment and how important team chemistry is and that is just hard to do over zoom," said Bhattacharjee.
The team is looking at these extra practices as a positive thing, with their eyes now set on one thing."
"Our goal is to win an America East Championship in the spring, that's our focus," said McKnight.