Aug. 31, 2006

Entry #3

This past weekend we started off our season with the best possible result... two wins! The first game on Friday night at TCU may not have been the prettiest display of soccer talent but we pulled it out 1-0. After a long ride back that evening, and practice the next morning, we had our annual-kickoff dinner (that occurs before our first home game). This was a chance for us to thank our supporters and try to raise some money for the program. It was definitely a success!

Sunday's game was a little more exciting. After waiting in a dungeon-like shed underneath our bleachers for about 30-45 minutes because of a lighting delay, we got the go-ahead to begin playing. We found ourselves down 1-0 in the first half and matters only got worse. One of our players was red carded and the stage was set for us to play a man down for the rest of the game. We walked out on the field in the second half ready for a true test of character. Could we come back with all odds against us? Quite early in the second half Mississippi State scored again making it 2-0. For the rest of the forty minutes our team really dug deep and we found a way to score three second half goals to come back and win the game. This was one of the most exciting games I have played in. It took the entire team working together to do what we did on that field on Sunday. Everybody made such a big contribution and our team was brought together because of it. With those two wins we made history by starting off our season 2-0! This has not been done since the program started five years ago!

Now, after a day off (finally!), a few intense 6am weight sessions, and two good hard practices, we are ready for our second weekend of battle. We leave early in the morning to go up to West Point to play Army at their place and then continue on to the University of Pennsylvania. This weekend will again be another test. As a team we are focusing now to do great things on the field this weekend and only hope to be able to upset two tough teams on their home soil and increase our winning "streak" to 4-0! It will be a long road trip but nothing that the Rice Owls can't handle!





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