Sept. 14, 2005
I hate losing. I hate the feeling after the final whistle blows, I hate the feeling the next day, and, mostly, I hate the feeling of knowing that there were certain things we could have done in order to prevent that loss. For those of you who don't know, Nebraska beat us 3-1 this past weekend. Two of their goals were identical: loft the ball into the huge, six-foot target and have her head it into the back of the net. Effective, yes, but I almost feel like it's cheating when you have a girl that is three inches taller than our tallest player (shouldn't she be playing basketball?). The loss (while disappointing) definitely showed us a number of things that we will take with us as this season continues. 1) We CAN play with the top-ranked teams, we just need to keep playing with them for 90 minutes. 2) Our fitness can always be better. If it took a loss to Nebraska to learn all of this, I'll take the loss any day.
On a higher note, we did beat Stephen F. Austin on Friday, 2-0. We had numerous opportunities (especially in the first five minutes) to go up by a couple goals, but we were unable to put the ball away. The game remained close until the last 20 minutes, when their defense broke-down and we capitalized on two opportunities. I actually scored this game; which is hilarious to me because every goal I have ever scored at Rice has been the ugliest thing you could ever imagine. I know our website says I "blasted a shot" into the back of the net, but in all actuality, I was just so relieved to have not missed the ball or the goal. Our second goal was amazing: Clory fed this beautiful ball across the 18-yard box to Lennie, who just knocked it in far post. She made it look effortless.
As for this weekend, I am so excited to play North Texas and then the University of Texas. Both games are against extremely strong opponents. Texas is ranked and UNT beat SMU earlier this season (a feat we have yet to accomplish) so we know we have to be ready to play both games. Wish us luck and we'll hopefully be returning to Houston with two great wins under our belts.
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