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"Cherish every moment, because these four years will go by so fast and before you know it, you'll be a senior playing in your last collegiate game." These were the words I heard countless times from coaches, upperclassmen and alums since the time I entered this program three years ago. And like most people, I didn't believe them until I found myself beginning my last preseason ever as a Badger.
It was disappointing that we didn't get the result we had hoped for this weekend. We battled for 90 minutes, and unfortunately came out on the losing end. But, in the words of our coaches, "As soon as the whistle blew for the end of the game, the 2010 season began." This harsh realization was hard to swallow, but then I looked around.
I still get another shot, another opportunity to play the sport I love... the seniors don't. For them, the ride stopped at the sound of that whistle. A ride for many that began during youth, evolved into a love through adolescence, and resulted in a passion by adulthood. What's left is a lifetime of memories, of moments that define the women we've become today. The harsh realization became a little easier to accept once I thought about the seniors.
The team started its Sweet 16 journey over 24 hours ago, check it out here.
Let's just put something into perspective real quick:
T (Taryn Francel): Game-winning goal in OT to defeat UW Green Bay
Darcy (Riley): assist to T's goal
Flann (Meghan Flannery): Lost count of own corner kick goals/how many assists off of corners and crosses??
Whit-O (Whitney Owusu): Header goal vs. Santa Clara in last minute
"Hockey" (Alev Kelter): Two (Yes, two) consecutive header goals to come back and defeat DePaul with how many minutes left??
EJ (Erin Jacobsen): UNREAL first time volley into upper 90 to defeat Northwestern with 52 seconds left
Roxy (Roxanne Carlson): Lone, game-winning goal to send Wisconsin into the Sweet 16!!
Nos (Laurie Nosbusch): Hat trick against Indiana, game-winning goal in double OT vs. Iowa
Paige (Adams): Crazy goal vs. Penn State AND lone goal vs. Michigan State
Gundy (Lauren Gunderson): Two shutouts
Moni (Monica Lam-Feist): With 18 seconds left ties Ohio State!!!
Leigh (Williams): SICK goal vs. ASU 1:39 into the game
LJ (Lindsey Johnson): BING! Enough said...
Krista (Liskevych): PK vs. North Dakota State
(Lauren) Cochlin: Second goal vs. Marquette
EVERY single individual has impacted the University of Wisconsin women's soccer teams' success this season!! If a name wasn't mentioned, it's probably due to my short-term memory loss... not to take away from any single person's accomplishment. The list above is nothing less than incredible. Look at the stats from any other team in the country and I seriously doubt you will see that many players have a substantial impact in a game, in a season, in a career.
There are very few words that can describe the emotion from the game last night. Everything, from the lights, the crowd, the bench, the entire game, is indescribable and only the people that were there will truly know what it felt like. For me, nothing to date in my life can compare to last night's victory.
Emotions and adrenaline were high through the entire 110 minutes of play. During the penalty kicks, they were raging! It could have gone either way. I knew as soon as I stepped left that I would make the final save... and that's just what happened. The rest is history.
Joyful. Elated. Ecstatic. Emotional. Nervous. Excited. Accomplished. Delighted. Thrilled. Relieved. Overwhelmed. The list of emotions I feel right now is exponential!
After learning that we have accomplished our goal of reaching the NCAA tourney this year, and after the tears of joy had subsided, I felt motivation, determination, and perhaps most important: pride. Never before had I been so proud to see the "W" appear on the screen. For three years, I've watched football games, basketball games, hockey, etc. and have seen the "W" before (obviously) and have been happy for my fellow athletes, but this time was different. This time they could think of us and smile at what we had accomplished. Representing the "W" is something I've always been proud of, but today I couldn't be MORE proud. The best part... I can help to bring a smile to every Badger out there for at least another week.
The sweetest, most satisfying feeling in the world HAS to be a hard fought victory! Certainly the game Monday night was nothing less than a battle. Northwestern, in my opinion, was the game with the greatest amount of energy we've experienced all season. It was nothing less than electric. During an injury in the second half, I took a deep breath and had a minute to collect my thoughts. I looked to my right and both benches we're on their feet incessantly encouraging us to stay in it. I looked up and realized how dark the sky had become and how bright the lights were. I closed my eyes and realized how loud the crowd was yelling. Perhaps the stats didn't reflect the energy. Two and three saves respectively for the goalkeepers isn't a very impressive statistic, but that doesn't mean both sides didn't have solid chances. Luckily, we were the team that used the energy the most to our advantage.
By Michele Dalton, women's soccer goalkeeper
Hello Badger fans! I'm hoping this blog is able to give you some better insight into what it means to be a Wisconsin student-athlete and how it feels to chase an NCAA berth! For us, this is the first time any of us would have an NCAA experience, and for the seniors it is their last shot at this opportunity!
Laurie Nosbusch gained another award to her list of honors this season being named to the first team academic all-district on Thursday, Oct. 29. The sophomore is currently on track to major in Biology and has a 4.0 GPA .
As the returning leading scorer from last season, Nosbusch leads the team with six goals and four assists to total a team high 16 points. She recorded her first hat trick against No. 19 Indiana for the 3-2 win and has three game-winning goals this season.