Before we get into details, we want to introduce ourselves individually.
My name is Federico Sucre, but everyone calls me Fede (or Feds if you’re part of the team!) I was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. I started playing soccer when I was 5 years old, and since then, I have never stopped. After I graduated from high school in Venezuela, I had the opportunity to attend the United World College of the American West in New Mexico. This two-year academic program opened my eyes to the world. I shared the experience with student leaders from over 80 different countries. Fun fact: our soccer team had players from 15 different countries. It was so much fun! After two wonderful years, I knew I wanted to stay in the United States for a few more years. During my college search process, I was looking for a combination of two main factors: great academics and great Division III soccer. That’s how I ended up at Amherst. And after three years, I couldn’t be happier.
Okay, let’s do this!
Right now we’re on the bus, headed to Bates. The season feels like it is just beginning now, even though we've been playing together for almost three weeks and already have two games under our belts. League games are just different. I'm nervous and excited. Anything can happen tomorrow, but for now it's all familiar. Domino's pizza and a brief scouting report await us at the hotel, followed by some TV and pre-game nerves. If we're lucky, there might be a Cold Stone within walking distance -- anything to occupy the empty time before bed. The team seems calm despite the psychological thrillers we keep watching on the ride.
Bates is a good team. They lost to Williams on two set pieces last weekend, but their start has been relatively strong, and tomorrow is their first home NESCAC game under a new head coach. We know they will come out flying. I wouldn't be surprised if you could count the number of passes connected on one hand in the first ten minutes of tomorrow's game. The energy should be outrageous. At an away game in Lewiston, ME, it is not easy to get much fan support -- that's where our bench comes in. We pride ourselves in having a crazy bench to lift the energy on the field. Most teams sit, but we stand. Bates stands too. It seems like a trivial detail, but I think the battle of the benches could be huge tomorrow. There’s nothing like having everyone standing, shouting, celebrating, pulling their hair out, and eating it all up together. Tomorrow will be a great day to be a Lord Jeff.