Soccer Captain's Diary: On the Road in Tennessee
Sept. 7, 2005
Our trip to the Volunteer state was one of excitement, fun and, unfortunately, a little bit of disappointment. Our first game against Tennessee was amazing. Not only were we playing in front of 1,000 plus fans but the field was huge and the weather was hot and humid. We didn't let this environment get to us and we played our game. After going down by two goals we were in a must score situation. We didn't stop working for 90 minutes and that hard work eventually paid off. With six minutes left in the game we got a penalty kick opportunity which put us just one goal behind. Most people would say there is no way to score another goal with only 5 minutes or so left, but we proved them wrong. We put another goal away with less than three minutes remaining. Talk about adrenaline and excitement! We played with more heart and determination during the first over time than we had played all game, and it sure paid off. With about 13 seconds left in the first overtime, we ended the game. The celebration and the game is something we will all remember forever.
On Sunday we played Vanderbilt in Nashville on another very hot and humid day. We were prepared for a battle because we knew Vanderbilt was going to come out strong and physical. We battled, but we couldn't find the net and they kept coming at us as well. They slipped a goal in and we were unable to answer. We know we are better than what we demonstrated on Sunday and we learned that mentally, we need to be in tune and that we need to play our game and not fall back on bad habits. The loss isn't what we are disappointed about, it's the fact that we beat ourselves and didn't play like we know how.
Our next game is against Wake Forest this Friday, which we all know will not be an easy task. We are thrilled to play our first home game, but we know that we will have to be at our best this week, not just in the game but during our few days of practice as well.
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