Heidi Hershberger Journal No. 4

Heidi Hershberger Journal No. 4

Oct. 6, 2006

Its been a bit of a roller coaster ride of results and emotions the past few weeks, with the team hitting some very high notes but also finding ourselves in a place where we haven't been in a while having now dropped four games of the season.

We started off strong two weekends ago with a convincing win against one of our traditionally tough opponents, James Madison. It was another one of those tough physical games but we stuck to the game plan to earn a 6-2 victory. After a day off to recover and go over film we faced off against Richmond on Sunday. Another of our traditional rival teams, Richmond is always a rough game, and this one proved no different. Despite losing with a final score of 3-2, I'm pretty happy with the way our girls played and continued to go with heart even after we fell behind.

The weekend also brought us two weekly Patriot League honor awards, with Savannah earning rookie of the week and Irene receiving offensive player of the week. As well, some might have noticed from the website that Steve has left us for a short time, joining the US woman's national team as an assistant coach for a portion of the World Cup in Spain. The US has made a strong showing overall, initially losing to Argentina and Australia before tying Japan and beating South Africa and Korea. They play Germany on Friday in the beginning of the 5-8 classification matches. While it's always difficult to suddenly have your head coach leave midseason, it has been fun to have a couple weeks of practice from a different perspective under Sarah and Tiff, who are doing a wonderful job. (I hope you're reading this you two).

Speaking of Tiff, a big thank you to her family for hosting a team dinner for us last Friday after a long bus ride up to Colgate! Playing in the cold weather (well, maybe it just seemed extra cold to this California girl) we came out a bit presumptive against Colgate falling from a 3-0 halftime lead to a 3-2 game before finally winning 4-3. Perhaps not the prettiest game of our season, it's nonetheless a win and our first Patriot League one of this year. The next day rain clouds loomed literally and figuratively as we lost a tough contest to Albany 1-0. I think we showed a marked improvement from our play the day before and I'm proud of the team's effort, but it still just wasn't enough to pull off the win.

While it's hard to go from last year's 20-2 record to being 8-4 I am still incredibly proud of all the girls on the team and all the effort they've put in. I think perhaps the fact that we've lost a few games is forcing us to recognize and fix the areas of our game that we may have overlooked otherwise, and is giving us even more fire for the next time we step onto the pitch. Which, incidentally, is this Saturday at noon, at home, against Bucknell. It's just our second Patriot League game of the season and our first one at home, and the team is looking forward to another chance to prove ourselves and take another step towards a fourth consecutive Patriot League Championship. Hope to see everyone there!