Sunday morning the weather was less than ideal and it was easy to see rain was on its way. Despite the imminent storm, the team stayed focused in a quiet calm throughout warm up. We may not have been our usual, loud selves but each of us was thinking about the game ahead and what we could contribute to the 90 minutes of play. Little did we know the game would take much longer than 90 minutes thanks to some weather delays. As the game started we came out ready to play. One of our team goals is always to get a goal in the first ten minutes and we were able to achieve that goal (okay, ten minutes and 30 seconds, but who's counting?) With nineteen minutes left in the first half the game had to be postponed due to lightning. We were able to take the field again about half an hour later. By the end of the first half more lightning was on its way and we were hoping for another strike of our own.
Second half was tough and unfortunately, Houston was able to finish off one of their corner kicks. Regulation time ended and the score was still 1-1 so we played two ten-minute overtime periods. We may have had a little lull in the second half but by overtime we were focused. Those twenty minutes were intense, and we had a lot of great opportunities to seal the deal, but were unable to capitalize on our chances.
Swallowing a tie with Houston was hard, but now we have to look forward to UAB on Thursday night. Our upcoming game is important for many reasons. Of course we want to end the regular season with a win, which would guarantee us a bye in conference tournament, and this Thursday is also senior night. For graduating seniors, myself included, this is the last time we will have the opportunity to play on our home field. After traveling to schools throughout the country and playing on many different fields, I can say Mike Rose Stadium has one of the most pristine fields out there and we are lucky to call it home.
Although we will be honoring the seniors this week, this game is important for everyone. Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, coaches, anyone who supports Lady Tigers soccer...we all want and deserve a win. Here we are at the end of regular season with the chance to send our seniors off right and set ourselves up for conference tournament. Being a champion the past three seasons has been amazing, but I know the team is hungry for a fourth title. If we work hard this week at practice and remember what's on the line come Thursday there's nobody that can beat us. Let's finish the season off right, ladies!