Erin Droeger Diary

Aug. 15, 2005

Preseason...what more is there to say? Each year my body goes into shock from training twice a day in the heat and humidity that is in Houston. Needless to say, it is completely different from my hometown of Huntington Beach, California, where the temperature is a constant 80 degrees and the word "humidity" is not known, let alone used. Yet I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. Although we've only been practicing for four days, this preseason has been completely different than any other I've ever experienced in my four years at Rice. The team chemistry is stronger than ever, the work-rate is amazing, and it seems that everyone is on the same page. The new freshman class is unbelievable: they work their butts off day-in and day-out; they each have amazing skill, and each of them bring something different to the team.

Preseason started off with the "never-ending" Cooper (16 of us passed), followed by 120s on Thursday. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Cooper, consider yourself lucky. It is one of the fitness tests we run each preseason--you have 12 minutes to run 7 laps around the track. For 120s, we have 18 seconds to get from one endline of the field to the other, with the remaining 42 seconds to get back. We do a total of ten, with an extra 15 seconds of rest after #3, #6, and #8. Besides fitness tests, we've been doing a ton of playing and small-field scrimmages, which has allowed us to get use to the new players and their style of play (and vice-versa).

I truly believe that this season will be the best in Rice history. We have the strongest squad that has ever put on a Rice uniform and our determination to win and make a statement this year is undeniable .Our opening game is quickly approaching and I am so eager to start my final season as a Rice Owl. With each passing day, the excitement and anticipation for the 2005 season is rising. Rice University Women's Soccer 2005. It is going to be an unforgettable year.





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