Dec. 7, 2005
It's all come down to my final diary entry. I know it's been awhile since my last entry and the end of our season, but I really wanted to take some time and let the past couple of months sink in. I still haven't fully accepted the notion that my career as a soccer player has finally come to an end. I've been playing this sport since I was five years old and, while I knew it would eventually be over, I can't image my life without it. Whenever I run the outer-loop or drive down Main Street, I always look at the field and convince my stubborn self that it's all done--I will never feel the thrill or the nerves of a Friday night game; I will never again push through a 90-minute match on a Sunday when the heat index is somewhere in the 100s; and I will never again feel the rush of adrenaline after we score a goal or win a championship. Amazingly, even with all that I am leaving behind, I know I am ending my career in the best position possible: on top. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect senior year: we won conference for the first time, we beat SMU for the first time, and we went to the NCAAs for a second-consecutive year. I have seen such amazing growth in this program over the past four years and I am so excited to watch where it s goes in the future. There isn't a doubt in my mind that within the next couple of years we will be in the top 25, even the top 10. My best advice to my teammates I am leaving behind is this: savor every moment you have, it will all be over before you know it; and, work your butt off; you don't want to leave with any regrets.
A lot of people asked me if I cried after our final game. No, I didn't. And it's not because I am some heartless person who has no emotion; it's simply because I ended my career the way I always wanted. I can't wait to pick up my ring in the Spring!
Fichera & Chaiken Lead Six Owls In C-USA Soccer...
11/01/2016 - On the eve of competing in the annual Conference USA Soccer Championship, the Rice duo of Samantha Chaiken and Jenny Fichera led a total of six...
Rice Tops FAU In Overtime For 7th-Straight Win
10/28/2016 - Sophomore Annie Walker scored the game-winning goal in overtime to lift the red-hot Rice soccer team, now winners of a school record-tying seven-st...
Soccer Closes Out Regular Season Friday At FAU
10/25/2016 - The Rice Soccer team wraps-up the 2016 regular season schedule on Friday (Oct. 28). The Owls travel to Boca Raton, Fla., to face Conference USA foe...
Isokpunwu Named C-USA Soccer Defender of the Week
10/24/2016 - Senior Jasmine Isokpunwu has been named the Conference USA Soccer Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced from its headquarters...
Rice Blanks Charlotte 2-0 For Sixth-Straight Win
10/23/2016 - Goals by Marissa Topolski and Jasmine Isokpunwu paced the Rice soccer team to its sixth win in a row with a 2-0 Conference USA shutout victory over...
Owls Win Fifth-Straight, Punch Ticket To C-USA ...
10/21/2016 - Second half goals by Aliza Wolfe and Nia Stallings helped lift the Rice soccer team to a 2-0 Conference USA shutout victory at home Friday night at...
Owls Host Crucial C-USA Matches This Weekend
10/19/2016 - For the first time in three weeks the Rice Soccer team is back home for Conference USA league matches.
Soccer Wins 4th-Straight; Claims Share of 1st...
10/14/2016 - Junior forward Nia Stallings assisted on the first goal of the game and then scored the match-winner with less than five minutes left in regulation...
- Top Videos /
- Online Store