After the Syracuse game, I caught the live feed of the University of Bridgeport Purple Knights’ last game of their regular season, which they won to conclude their undefeated season. Congrats, who knew the Trailblazers would amount to anything? I’m framing a University of Bridgeport purple jersey signed by the studs of the team, the Trumbull United Lazers. Here’s a shout out and best of luck to my U9 buddies and fellow seniors; Andrea Young at Richmond heading into the A-10 semifinals, and Kaitlyn Mawicke playing in the NEWMAC semifinals for Wheaton… making the fat swede proud.
It’s amazing to look back at my soccer career here at Georgetown. Coming in as one of the last recruits, I didn’t expect to see the field at all as a freshman. I loved the game but I never would have thought I’d be making an impact on the program, nor did I think the program would develop into a top team in the Big East by my senior year. Playing in the Big East as a freshman was a huge transition from Trumbull United Lazers’ soccer. These girls were thick, tall, fast and had leg three times the size of mine… oh, and they’re real good at soccer... I remember playing UVA in an exhibition match my freshman year and feeling like a deer in headlights the entire game. Facing all these great soccer teams freshman year, losing to Notre Dame, West Virginia, all the Big East power houses, lucky to get out of those games 2 or 3 -0, I never would have thought in my four years, we’d be able to compete with those soccer dynasties. Nor, would I have thought we would be heading to the Elite Eight by my junior year or the Final Four of the Big East my senior year. I used to walk off the field after playing Notre Dame wishing I’d never have to play them again, I used to feel like I was running around aimlessly, chasing them around the field. Well, what I “never would have thought” would have happened, happened. We’ve come a long way in four years and this is the year I know we can beat anyone. There is not one team in Big East I am scared of or would not want to play again. The teams we’ve lost to, I feel we shouldn’t have. I want to face them again because I know we can win. The Big East is a tough division and anything can happen in the tournament. Heading to the Final Four is a great accomplishment, but no one is satisfied with just making it this far, this is our year to win it. We’re ready to leave it all on the field…Go Hoyas!