Kickin' It With Kendyl

Nov. 7, 2008

It just wouldn't be a proper road trip without something going wrong. So as we set out on our one-game weekend to Pullman we kept the tradition alive... which is more than we can say about our bus.

The bus ride commenced with everyone in pretty good spirits despite another early morning departure. Although Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were absent from this trip (Lesle officially banned them for life), we enjoyed the light-hearted romantic comedy, 27 Dresses, and a personal favorite, Baby Mama, as our sources of entertainment. As we progressed through each movie, we headed further away from UW, Seattle, King County and basically civilization, into...well, Eastern Washington. For the California girls on the team, whose closest contact with a cow is their leather purses, it was a major culture shock.

Being an Eastern Washington girl myself, even I found the farm fields and endless tumble weeds disorienting. However, I was apparently seen as the expert in all things Eastern Washington, so as people started to ask 'Are we there yet?' I replied with 'Ya, it's just beyond the farm field.' To better explain the situation: it was like being the only astronaut who has been to the moon and back.

And like a bad omen, just as we were about to enter Pullman, a loud bang came from the back of the bus. As we started to slow down, I began to re-live our first road trip back from Portland that left us stranded on the side of the road for hours. I quickly thought, 'Are their wind shield wipers on the back of the bus?' However, the girls sitting close by exclaimed that the noise had come from the bathroom, and that it was beginning to smell.

Good thing we had Jim on board!

After careful examination, and confirmation that the toilet didn't explode and was in fact still intact, it was concluded that we had blown a turbo...or the turbo? I'm still confused of exactly what it is, but I do know that it can't be blown by pouring coffee down the sink (apparently Chelsea didn't want her Starbucks anymore). Only a few minutes from Safeway, we parked the bus and took advantage of the opportunity to get some more snacks. Stranded yet again this season, we waited for a new bus to arrive. I tried to start a sing-along to pass the time, but apparently people only like to sing when a) we're driving b) people are trying do homework and c) people are trying to sleep. Therefore, I sat quietly and admired the corn fields.

When our bus finally came, we boarded up and headed to our hotel in Idaho. We were on a time crunch so as soon as we arrived at our hotel we dropped our bags and headed back to Washington for a light practice at WSU and then straight to dinner. By this time, we were use to long days of travel so we were prepared to call it night when we finally arrived back to our rooms.

The next day the weather was dark and dreary; the perfect Halloween setting. As we arrived to the field, we all grew more excited for the match. The Apple Cup is something we look forward to every year and this year in particular it was especially important. It was a high-stakes game and we expected a hard battle. Right from the first whistle, WSU proved to be physical. However, what they might have had on us in physicality we matched with composure and skill. We dominated the game, linking passes together and creating opportunities, but were unable to put the ball in the back of the net. We defended well against a strong WSU attack, and even a couple scary breaks were shut down by Kari Davidson in goal who made key saves throughout the game.

While we worked hard for 90 minutes, the score was still 0-0 at the end of regulation. Going into our fourth overtime of the year, we were determined to keep attacking and defending like we had throughout the game. The two overtime periods were similar to the rest of the game in that we dominated possession and created goal-scoring opportunities. A shot from Alex Webber almost closed the deal, hitting the upper corner of the goal, and then again with McKenna Waitley following through with a shoot just high of the crossbar. A number of shots, a couple corner kicks and a few saves later we ended the game with our first tie of the season. While we felt we deserved the win, we were content with a tie, especially on an away weekend against our biggest rival.

With our spirits lifted, we cleaned up and boarded the bus, all of us eager to get home. While the ride back wasn't as eventful as the ride up, there was an air of excitement as girls planned the rest of their Halloween night. Our soccer team consisted of two beach volleyball players, a member of Grease, a vampire, a Greek Goddess, Pippy Longstocking and various other characters. With all the planning and arrangements to keep us occupied, the bus ride went by in no time at all. And just as we arrived back in Seattle ready to take off and enjoy our night, Lesle casually announced that everyone was to meet in the training room at 10:15 in the morning. Everyone gasped in shock to this new revelation, which is probably why Jim added, 'or else no balls at practice on Monday.' With that threat in mind we celebrated our night with frightful thoughts of the Warden looming over us.

Now if that doesn't make for a scary Halloween....

One final note, we want to give a shout out to Amy Griffin, who is in New Zealand with the Under 17 U.S. National Team. We all miss you, Amy and I hope this blog makes you feel closer. Wish you were here!

~Kendyl

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