October 27, 2004
10/27: Kristen Stangl
10/18: Meghan Racette
10/12: Christine Nagel
10/7: Lindsey Vossbrink
9/27: Ashley Sheppard
9/22: Darci Ferrell
9/02: Mari Gomes
As we look to end our regular season, we would want it no other way than to play our final conference game against New Mexico at home, in front of our fans, and go out with a bang, or in my case, just a pop. I write this not as a player working my butt off everyday to do well in conference like all the rest of my awesome teammates, but as the biggest fan of this team.
After a really exciting weekend against BYU and Utah our conference record moves to 2-3. We played outstanding the first half of the BYU game with everything clicking the way that it should. Our defense was unwavering after moving the freshman Jess Brown to the back line where she looked right at home amongst crazy Besty, the girl in the goal Carolyn, and the heart of the defense, Kara. Not only were we amazing in the back, but through the midfield and the forwards we played as a team and worked for each other. It paid off when Mercy put a goal in off a perfect play that started with Mego in the middle and her perfect through ball to Lindsey who found Mercy. It was amazing to watch. To finish out the half, Melissa found Lindsey open on the far side, where she put away her first goal of the season. I was so happy, I cried. In the second half, the dreaded 2-0 lead came back to bite us in the butt. We finished regulation tied 2-2. Why wouldn't we be tied and have to go into overtime? It must be our common theme this year. At least this time we only played for a little bit when Nagel had a monster throw in (thanks to coach Crowe) and found Mercy who burnt her defender by turning and hitting a bomb, to give us our first ever win over BYU, 3-2.
We went into the Utah game on a high after the BYU victory, but things didn't go as planned. We struggled connecting, we got fouled (ok it was
Mercy that got fouled), and they put two goals in on us that we ultimately weren't able to recover from. The LIVESTRONG band just didn't have it that day, huh Skinner? The season doesn't end here though. The team is working exceptionally hard this week to seek revenge on the team that took away our conference hopes last year, New Mexico. I have every confidence we will come out on top.
With the recapping complete, I just want to remind the team that this is what we work hard for all year. It comes down to how bad every player wants it. We get to rest in a few weeks, but let's not be a team that is resting when other teams are still playing. Some of us are resting before we want to be. This year let's be a team that finishes at the end. Remember our goals and work hard for yourselves and each other. Accept nothing but greatness, and don't settle when it isn't going the right way.
To all my teammates, I just want to say thank you for the season that you have already put into the record books, 8-6-4 (probably the most ties ever), and for the history you will make as we take the conference and have our first seed into the NCAA tournament. But not looking too far ahead, good luck this weekend, and don't look past New Mexico.
And to the seniors, Darci, Mego, Skinner, Bowman, Mari, and Lindsey, my older sisters, I want to applaud, congratulate, and thank you, for you were the ones who created and carried this program throughout your four years here. Your work ethic, presence, and friendship will be greatly missed for my next 7 years, until I finally graduate. Ok enough rambling, I have to go to rehab now, again, for the eighth time today. Love you all and best of luck against the Lobos and at Conference.
Kristen Stangl #14