13 games unbeaten
11-0-1 in the MAAC
MAAC Regular season champions
MAAC Tournament Champions
And we were 9 minutes away from defeating Brown in the NCAA Tournament.
I’m not going to write on the loss to Brown because it wasn’t a fair reflection of how our season had gone up to that point. Looking back to that first day of preseason on August 14th, its incredible how much we’ve grown as a group and as individual players. If you had told me back when we were 0-4 and after a 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Stony Brook that we would go on to win 12 of our next 13 games and win the MAAC Tournament in Disney, I think everyone on our team would’ve laughed. Deep down I think we all knew that we could do it, but I don’t think anyone believed it until it actually started happening.
The bar has now been set for Fairfield soccer. As good as this year was, we want to do even better next year. Making the NCAA Tournament was the goal this year, now the goal is to go as deep as we can in the tournament and put Fairfield on the map. After spending most of this season playing 20 minutes a game and coming off the bench, it’s a personal goal for me to do it all again, except this time as a starter. Our coaches always say, “After the game is before the game”, and now this time period of winter-spring is the time before the next important game. Now’s when I need to work on my technique through indoor and any extra training I can get in with my teammates.
Before I end this blog, there are a few people I want to thank. The first are my parents for always believing in me. They were the first people I ran over and hugged after the final whistle had blown against Manhattan. I wouldn’t be here writing this blog without their belief in me and their support. I also want to thank Tiff Weimer, who always volunteers her time to train me extra if I’m going through a rough patch, and has always pushed me to become a better player. Lastly, I want to thank the coaches at Fairfield. It sounds stupid, but anytime I don’t agree with something in practice or in a game, I always remember that Fairfield took a chance on me when no other school would, and I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for that. God Bless, and see you next fall.
PS. Play some indoor over the winter, I used to hate it and now I can’t get enough!