(WLOS) It was a simple question with a complex answer. Moments after T.C. Roberson head girls soccer coach Josh Martin spoke to his team following a 2-2 draw with Hendersonville, I asked him, "How do you feel?"
He took a deep breath and said, "You've got to have faith in the people around you. It's sad, everybody's hurting."
The match will be the last for his team for almost a month. On Thursday the NCHSAA announced all spring sports will be suspended starting at 11:59pm Friday night and ending April 6th. The action comes amid concerns over the COVID-19 virus.
"Once again we've asked these young people to be very adult at a very young age," exhaled Martin. "So it's a big day."
The match featured two of last years top teams from Western North Carolina. Both seemed on pace to have another stellar season and it showed on the pitch at Guy Ensley Stadium.
The Bearcats tallied first, in the 7th minute from Nikki Schedivy. Roberson would equalize exactly nine minutes later when Isabelle Ingle converted a penalty kick after being knocked to the ground inside the box.
Less than a minute later, in the 17th minute, Becca Carr collected a carom on the left side of the goal, took a couple dribbles and snaked a shot past the diving Hendersonville keeper.
The 2-1 Rams lead would last all the way until the 70th minute. Bearcats forward Ellie Bowen chased down a long feed that bounced over the TCR defense and pounded a rocket into the back of the net for the tying goal.
Neither side would score again, ending in the 2-2 final. "We stepped on the field tonight like this could be the last game," explained Hendersonville head coach Kayla Lindsey. "We wanted to play with everything that we had and I think that we reflected that. We worked really hard and just going to power through."
All softball, baseball, and soccer games scheduled for Friday can be played; after that, all practices and training sessions will end until April 6th.