Courtney Crane on ASU Soccer: First Home Weekend

Sept. 10, 2007

Coming off of a disappointing loss to UNLV last weekend, the team was very pumped up to play the No. 4 team in the nation, Texas. We worked hard all week at practice, even pumping out 15, 120 sprints to, let's say, get that loss behind us. As cliché as it may sound, it actually felt really good to do the sprints and then be able to move on to our next focus, which of course was Texas.

As Kevin said, playing Texas was kind-of like a 'carrot on a stick' for us. It was chance for us to prove to the country what we were made out of, you know, being that we're not ranked and all...I truly believed that we could beat them and I know the rest of my teammates did as well. Come game time on Friday night, you could see in our eyes that we were ready to take them on.

The atmosphere in the locker room that night was very fun. I mean who doesn't get pumped up singing the inspirational words to Journey's, Don't Stop Believin'? Oh and I can't forget about our unbelievable dance performance to Crank That by the infamous Soulja Boy. 'I gotta new dance for ya'll, I call it Soulja Boy!' I mean, if soccer doesn't work out for us, I definitely think we should consider taking up some kind of team dance competition thingy because we're good, real good. Without a doubt, Rachel and Canada have the best moves, especially when it comes to get'n down. Anyways, what I am trying to get is that, we had each other ready to go. When the whistle blew to start the game we came out strong and hard with that same energy and togetherness that we had in the locker room.

Technically, we lost that game 1-0 but I gotta tell ya, we gave them a run for their money. I think we played the most amazing game that night. We really came together as a team and we created a blueprint for how we want to play the rest of the season, except of-course, our blueprint has us on the winning side. At the end of the game Kevin insisted we keep our heads up and reminded us that if we continue to play like that, no doubt, the wins WILL come.

As tough as it is to once again work so hard and not come out victorious, we still did a very good job of keeping our heads held high. After all, it's better to go down swinging, right? I think that might be a baseball saying or maybe boxing, I don't know... but you get the idea. My point is that we may have lost the game but we weren't beat.

As we moved on to our next focal point, Charlotte, we still were very confident. Our play had continued to improve and we knew we had what it would take to win. Again it was a low scoring game but this time we came out on top! The wonderful Karin Volpe sent a little chipper to far post... I'm sure she was looking for me, right Karin? However, she didn't need me despite my valiant effort to get my foot on the ball. It went in all on its own and we would hold the 1-0 lead the rest of the game. Oh yeah, there was this one time during the game where I headed the ball over the net and thenKevin yelled at Carly, 'Carly, head the ball down!!!!!!!!' and I was like, 'yeah Carly, head the ball down!'...I thought it was funny, but Carly was just confused. Anyways, that was a big win and I think it was definitely well deserved.

At the end of the game, we began a new tradition. Anytime we win on home turf, as a team, we will sing the ASU fight song for our fans. It felt really good to be there huddled up as a team chanting our school pride with all our fans looking on. Fans, feel free to learn the words and sing along!!!

Next up, we head to Texas to play SMU and TCU. I think that our win against Charlotte puts us in a good place coming into these next games.

P.S. I've posted the words to our fight song for anyone interested in learning them, come on parents, I know you want to sing along!!

Fight team on down the field,

Fight with your might till victory is ours

Long may our colors wave over others

Sing to the tune of hoorah,

Maroon and gold, so

Cheer, cheer for A-S-U

Cheer for the varsity

For it's Hail, Hail, Hail, Hail the gangs all here

As we march on the victory!

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