KATIE HENRICKS - WOMEN'S SOCCER
It is already October. Time seems to be flying by. We are already six weeks into school and tests and midterms seem to be looming over everybody's heads. I've always heard that time flies as you get older, and as usual, adults usually know what they are talking about.
This past weekend we played our final regular season game against Evansville in Evansville, Ind. We had about a six hour bus ride there that really flew by. We use our bus trips for either studying or catching up on sleep. For the first part of the trip, Coach Harbin put on a documentary about Steve Prefontaine, a long distance runner from Oregon who also competed in the Olympics when he was only 21 years old. The film was very entertaining and just astounding how good naturally was, but how hard he also worked everyday to try to be the best.
Friday night rolled around and everybody seemed pretty excited to play and try to get our wins back on track before conference play. The first part of the game was great. We came out fired up and played like we wanted to be out there. As the game seem to slowly progress, our team looked to hit a wall. That is the only way to describe it and I'm not quite sure what happened, but Evansville took advantage of their opportunities and capitalized by putting three balls in the back of the net. It was pretty frustrating because we haven't had any luck lately. After the game, Coach Harbin and the team was pretty upset and we knew that the effort that was being put out was not good enough and that we would have to step up our game and competitive mentality to succeed in Conference USA.
We had the remainder of the weekend off and we had practice Monday. We knew that an intense, competitive attitude was the key for us to make it through our practice. I believe we succeeded in this. We had one-on-one battles and then we played after. I have not seen us practice like that in quite some time.
We all realize that this is just the beginning of what will take us from a good team to a great team and that we must continue having these practices where the competitive attitude is there and the only option is to win. Going back to the documentary of Steve Prefontaine, he is well known for his quote that says, "To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift". Coach Harbin put that quote on our weight lifting shirts and is constantly reminding us of that.
We play at Memphis this Friday, which is our first conference game. Unfortunately, they have had a rough week losing a football player. I pray for his family and the University of Memphis. It is a big game and we are going to leave it all on the field. So loyal fans and readers, keep cheering! We appreciate it more than you know! Have a great week and GO BLAZERS!