This morning I type watching the frost melt off of Tate Field knowing this evening feet are going to trod all over it with hopes of our Bobcats coming out victorious in our first round of the Conference Carolinas Women’s Soccer Tournament.
I was thinking of what it is like to be a student-athlete on game day, especially one that is played at home. A good night’s rest is needed, breakfast is had, classes are scheduled, and then maybe a walk-through practice, pre-game meal, locker room to get dressed, pre-game drills and then the whistle.
The reality is there is soon going to be a finality to someone’s season and all of the hard work and sacrifices will be faced.
On our campus we have been spoiled with recent soccer success, so I am sure our fans, friends, and families will come in full force tonight, Halloween of all nights, to cheer on our young women and give them all the support they need to be on the good side of the game’s final score.
We’ll look to those young women to showcase character and sportsmanship as they wear the Green and Gold with pride.
But still there is something very special about game day.
Is it the competitive juices?
The desire to prove why all this time has been spent practicing?
The love of the game?
I know as I type this I am getting hyped up about the contest, and I won’t be lacing my soccer boots up tonight!
So, good luck men’s and women’s soccer teams and make us proud.