Then, with 55 seconds left, Ryan Perkins, a freshman who had been subbed on in replace of me, brought down a ball on the corner of the 18 yard box. With great composure, he played a ball across the box to Jack Burridge, who turned instantly on his left foot and put in a low driven shot into the bottom corner to tie the game at 2. Last year, we would be on the other end of this type of comeback. I remember last season we conceded a goal to Rhode Island when their goalkeeper came up for a corner and toe poked the ball into the net with 10 seconds left. I remember how down we felt after that moment and I knew Rider must be feeling that exact same way. Rider thought the game was over, and I knew we weren’t going to be denied the three points now.
Its amazing how powerful winning is, it really does make everything better. I’ve always had this idea that it’s important to keep the three S’s (School, soccer, social) in balance, and if one of these areas is lacking, the others suffer too. When I wasn’t playing because of my bad ankle, I was less enthusiastic about my schoolwork, even though I had more time and I wasn’t tired from training. It was such a relief to play most of the game against Rider, and even better to end the weekend with six points and at the top of the MAAC conference. After starting the year 0-4, it’s the best feeling ever to win 3 straight and no longer have the cloud of losing hanging over your head. One of my friends made the comment, “Wow! Why can’t we just win all the time. This is great!” It’s moments like these that keep me coming back to the game of football – it can be gut wrenching, and glorious, and the beauty is you never really know which one its going to be!