"Tearing Down the Net" w/ Tate McIntyre
Monday, September 20, 2010
Hi everyone and thanks for reading this week.

After an eventful week last week in which we had three games, it was nice to have only one game to prepare for this time around. The team had a few light practices throughout the week which gave us the chance to rest our legs while also preparing us for our next opponent, Houston Baptist University.

After a team breakfast at Strawn's, we departed for Houston Saturday morning. The bus ride was very relaxed and everyone seemed ready to go when we arrived at HBU at about 4 p.m. We arrived in the middle of a thunderstorm which quickly subsided, and it was time to prepare for our game.

Warm-ups went very well. We arrived a little early which afforded us the time to work on some things individually. Everyone seemed relatively healthy for this point in the season and there was a good sense of focus within the group. Game time rolled around, and when the lineups were announced over the loud speaker we braced ourselves for what we knew would be a very physical encounter with HBU.

The first half was a back and forth affair, with both teams keeping their share of possession and looking for openings in the opposing defense. Both teams had their share of scoring chances but in spite of that fact, halftime rolled around and the score remained tied at zero. The second half saw HBU take the upper hand in terms of possession and scoring opportunities, but our defense withheld and remained un-breached until late in the game.

With about fifteen minutes to play, HBU earned a free kick in our end of the field. We cleared the first attempt out of our penalty box, but upon the Huskies' second attempt into our area, we made a defensive mistake close to our goal and HBU capitalized. The rest of the game consisted of us attacking HBU with everything we had and them subsequently counter-attacking us and creating chances of their own. All of this activity led to no more goals, however, and the game ended 1-0 in favor of HBU.

Although we lost the game and dropped to 2-5 overall, there were some positives that we were able to take away from Houston. This was the first game that we were able to play together as a team for 90 minutes, which bodes well for the rest of the season, especially with the beginning of conference play just a few days away.

I would like to congratulate senior goalkeeper Rennie Diesel Walker on his game Saturday. Rennie made a number of astounding saves against HBU and singlehandedly kept us close and gave us a chance to tie or win the game.