Kickin' It With Kirsten and EJ #8

Junior defender Amy Harrison is a native of Colorado Springs, Colo.

Oct. 9, 2012

Hello Blazer Fans!

After a tough weekend at home we were looking forward to going on the road to play UTEP and Colorado College. We began the week with a little fitness and then went straight into to 2 vs. 2 to big goals. The remaining practices were used to focus on offense vs. defense. This allowed both the offense and the defense to work on aspects of the game that each group struggled with the weekend before. For both groups it was simple the offense focused on scoring goals, while the defense focused on keeping goals out of the back of the net. This made for and extremely competitive week of practice going into a tough road weekend.

Our trip began at 5 a.m. on Thursday morning. We were all excited for our first conference trip on the road. It had been quite awhile since our last away trip, and I think most of the team members were looking forward to going out of town for a few days. This trip is always a fun one because we get to go to two very different states, Texas and Colorado.

The freshmen and sophomores were really looking forward to this trip because none of them had ever been to El Paso, Texas. El Paso is probably the closest you can get to Mexico without actually being in Mexico, so it was almost like we were going to another country. You could actually see Juarez, Mexico from our hotel. Thursday afternoon we had practice, and we celebrated being so close to Mexico by incorporating the word "Ole" into our warm-up whenever possible. We worked on possession in Thursday's practice, and tried to get a feel for UTEP's field and atmosphere. It is much dryer out in El Paso compared to ever-humid Birmingham.

On Friday morning, we got up for breakfast at the hotel and a quick jog and stretch. The team spent game day in the usual fashion, either studying or just relaxing. It was UTEP's first conference game at home and the atmosphere was wild. They had a ton of fans and even a mariachi band that played music during the game. The game was close for the most part. We had several opportunities to put in an equalizer late in the game, but we just could not find the back of the net.



We spent most of Saturday flying to Colorado. In the afternoon we went to Colorado College to practice. The weather in Colorado Springs was completely opposite from El Paso. El Paso was dry and hot, while Colorado Springs was 35 degrees and cloudy. Many of us had trouble feeling our toes and hands during practice on Saturday. We were relieved to find that the temperature would be 20 degrees warmer and sunny for our game on Sunday.

The team played well on Sunday, but we couldn't pull out the win. It was heart breaking when Colorado College scored the only goal of the game in the 81st minute. We still have 5 conference games left and there is still a good chance that we can get into the conference tournament. We will continue to train and play hard as we have two very important home games this weekend against Houston and Rice. We hope to see everyone out at the games next weekend!!! Kirsten #9 and EJ #17