Aug. 31, 2004
Since so much has happened since my last journal entry, why keep everyone in suspense? Let's get to it ...
BOILERMAKER CHALLENGE CUP CHAMPIONS!
Yeah, that's us. We definitely had some stiff competition this weekend though. It started off with the University of Cincinnati on Saturday. It was probably one of the top five hottest days in history. We won the game 2-1, thanks to an amazing last minute shot by freshman defender Kristin Hetzel.
Cincinnati gave us a tough time, and I'd like to congratulate my high school teammate Amy Mink on making the all-tournament team. Way to represent Lakota West High School.
The next game we matched up against the University of New Mexico, who had also defeated Cincinnati. The weather was much cooler for the Sunday game, making it the only time I've ever felt better for the second game than the first. We played much better against New Mexico, resulting in a 3-0 win.
So many people played well this weekend, but I have to give a shout out to Kristen Lichtenberg, for not only being a beast in the back line, but also for scoring a sweet headball goal off a free kick by specialist Jayme-Lee Biamonte.
Licht was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, so I'll now expect her to achieve this honor every week for the rest of the season.
We've already wrapped up our first week of classes, which weren't too bad. Yes, I found my way to all my classes. Although I'm a senior, I'm pretty notorious for not knowing where I am going ... EVER. It's a good thing all my classes are in the same two buildings.
Anyways, it's only the second week of school, but we already have some traveling to look forward to. This week, we have games at West Virginia and at Nebraska. Both of these programs are powerhouses every year, so this will be a great opportunity for our team to get some fast-paced competition before our Big Ten season ýstarts.
We play WVU on Wednesday and Nebraska on Sunday. I get to compete against my former Club Ohio teammates Rachel Minnich and Leslie Barden, who both play for West Virginia. It's always exciting to play against people you know and used to play with. Plus, I just like traveling...there's always stories to tell at the end of a trip.
Lastly, I have my usual list of little shout outs to give. Happy birthday to Chelsea Ferrie, who turns 21 while we are in West Virginia, and also happy birthday to my sisters, Kate and Steph. I'm sorry, I can't give you a victory against Purdue for your birthday, but the presents I sent home should do.
Most importantly, thank you to all the fans we had at our games this weekend. I always appreciate friends and family coming, and I especially enjoyed our rowdy student section. You guys were AWESOME! Our team loves the support, not to mention the interesting cheers.
The band also played at our game...who needs a warm-up CD when you have the fight song being performed live? Thank you so much to everyone and we hope to see those previously mentioned people at every home game!
"We dont have control of everything in our life but we have control of how we react to it."