"On the Sidelines with Candace Rushing"
Friday, October 30, 2009
Standing on the sidelines rather than playing on the field this season, I have come to appreciate many aspects of not only the game, but of my life as well. From simply appreciating the art of soccer to appreciating a gift I have been given, the list is near unending. For six seniors, the appreciation of being a college athlete grew stronger in their hearts last Friday night at halftime. 

Seniors Kortney Causey, Lauren Cheaney, Kate Donnelly, Lauren Stanley, Kristine Weaver, and Mattie Weatherspoon all encountered their last Friday night game on Mayo field ever.  Sunday afternoon, their last game on Mayo field period was played. Although there were quite a few tears in their eyes, tears revolved around the underclassmen as well. We are truly going to miss not only their talent and skill on the field, but their personalities and spirits off the field.

As I write, the last game series for the 2009 Ladies soccer team is underway.  Due to an under par weekend last time around at home, the Ladies are in a bind to win out every game played. Although Friday night's game verse Western Illinois was exciting, ending in yet another double overtime game, the golden goal fell in the back of our own net. On Sunday, IUPUI brought with them not only a lot of talent, but a lot of luck as well. Scoring two of their three goals off deflections, it was obvious the odds were against us.  Regardless, coaches Chase Wooten and Glenn Evans, along with the girls, are going to do what they can to find victory on the road.

Beginning with Southern Utah then moving onto UMKC and finally North Dakota, each game is going to be a challenge; the girls are taking them one at a time. One obvious element that we do not have to overcome here in Louisiana is snow. Receiving not one, two, or three, but four feet of snow, Southern Utah's field is under conditions that some of my teammates have never witnessed before.

Coming into my freshman year here at Centenary, I was paired with junior defender Emily McManus to room with. A day I will never forget was when she saw snow stick to the ground for the first time in her life. Recruited from Lafayette, LA, she claimed that was just the way it was down there. Although there are girls from California, Colorado, and Michigan on the team, the majority have never experienced such snow before.  After receiving text messages about snow angels and snow ball fights, I was comforted knowing that the last road trip for the 2009 season and the last game series of their lives for six special seniors is going to be unforgettable.

While my teammates are making their way all over the United States, keep them in your thoughts and prayers. If we win out all three games, the girls will stay located up north and drive on to South Dakota, where the conference tournament will take place. Regardless of the outcome, this 2009 season has truly been remarkable. In one of the best season yet winning percentage wise, this program is going places. Stay tuned next week to see how my teammates did.

Unfortunately, my introduction of my teammates has come to an end. Last, but certainly not least, I introduce you to four of my wonderful teammates: Freshman Allie Cortes and Hisa Turner and Sophomores Catlin Orschel and Laura Immenschuh. Each residing in a different state, these girls bring a lot of uniqueness to our program. Speaking not only for myself, but the twenty three others on the team, these girls are worth getting to know. Meet my special teammates.

Allannah Jane Cortes "Allie"
: March 11, 1991
Hometown: San Antonio, Tx
Favorite athlete: Abby Wambach
Biggest pet peeve: People who don't push their chairs in after they get up and leave
Favorite pump up song(s): "Hotel Service"- Pitbull or "Sweet Dreams" -Beyonce
Something No one knows about you: I like to dance in my room to music for hours on end.
Favorite professor: Mr. Griffey (Duke Griffey)

Catlin Nicolle Orschel
Birthday: October 17, 1990
Hometown: Elk Rapids, Michigan
Best soccer memory: Teaching my 5-year old nephew, Landon, how to dribble and shoot.
Favorite Inspirational quote: "We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give." -Winston Churchill
Favorite pump up song: "Champion In Me" by 3 Doors Down
Something No one knows about you: I have a hidden talent for playing the violin.
Favorite professor: Dr. Lawrence

Laura Marie Immenschuh
Birthday: 2/12/1990
Hometown: Leawood, KS
Favorite athlete: Fernando Torres

Favorite Cafeteria food
: Cupcakes
Biggest Pet peeve
: Popping knuckles, backs, necks, etc
Favorite pump up song: "Futures" by Jimmy Eat World

Something No one knows about you: I played the violin for 8 years.
If you could play any other sport what would it be? Volleyball

Sarah Hisano Turner "Hisa"
Birthday: 11/11/909
Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA
Biggest Pet peeve: People telling me not to do something they just did.
Funniest Memory of Chase: Chase slamming on the breaks on a highway overpass when someone yelled "Deer". Then doing the same thing a couple of minutes later when Miley Cyrus's, "Party in the USA" came on.
Favorite Inspirational quote: Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called present.
Something No one knows about you: I used to take piloting lessons.  I hate chocolate.
If you could play any other sport what would it be? Horse Jockey