I can’t believe it's November already and my senior soccer season is over. So much has happened since the last time I wrote and I’m sorry to my readers for being MIA for so long.
Looking back at the beginning of this blog and the expectations and goals that I had for myself and the team it’s sad to say that we fell really short of those objectives. We fell so short that we ended up having a horrible losing season and did not make the NEC tournament like we did in the previous two years. As disappointing as this season was I am not too upset about it because at times we as a team showed how well we could play and thus why coach Clarke had such high expectations for us. I believe the downfall of our season was that we were not consistent enough as a team and as individuals. Dave always prepared us properly and broke down every team that we were going to play, he always told us what we needed to do, but at the end of the day it’s the players who walk on that field, not the coach, who have to perform, do their job and play for the team. I hope that the juniors, sophomores, freshman and the incoming new recruits learn from this season’s short coming. But I know Dave and he already has an idea in his head and how he’s going to approach next season and so I wish him and the girls the best of luck, I know for sure they will be a really strong team to play against since I already have an idea of the type of formation they are going to play and what Dave wants the girls to execute next season.
I’m going to miss being part of this team and program so much. It’s because of Coach Clarke that I can sit here and write that I’m a more mature individual and that I’ve become a multidimensional soccer player. It’s at Quinnipiac that I’ve learned how to be more of team player and how to be a good teammate. Sadly I hate to say this but I do feel that underachieved at Quinnipiac, but I’m very happy to have been part of this program in helping QU reach the NEC semi’s twice. When I look back on my last four seasons, I see so many happy memories (Niagara falls, freshman freestyle, team manicures, road trips, practice banter, scavenger hunts, dirt naps, GB’s) some amazing goals (My goal against Mount St. Mary in double overtime with one second left is by far my favorite, my hat-trick freshman year against Robert Morris where I scored two goals to tie the game with 10 min. left and then scoring the golden goal in overtime, my five goals against NJIT, beating Monmouth after 10 years in their home field this year, scoring a hat-trick against Dartmouth, beating and scoring two goals against LIU 3-0 at home after they beat us my previous year as a freshman ) and great friendships. I love my teammates, my coaches Dave and Steve and the Quinnipiac Athletic staff. They have shown me so much support and have helped me to be the happy individual that I am on and off the soccer pitch.