"Front & Center" w/ Candace Rushing
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Getting through last weekend, playing Mississippi Valley State University and Jackson State, was tough; this past weekend with just one contest against Summit League opponent, Oral Roberts, was worse. Our last three games have been winnable, however once we get a goal against us, for some reason or another, we cannot seem to pick ourselves back up.

Playing big, rough, and athletic teams is a challenge. MVSU and Jackson State were both very physical and fast, wearing our bodies into the ground. Coach Evans found it necessary to give us two days off after our trip to Mississippi rather than the usual one day off. With these days off, most of us visited the trainer to heal injuries while others made sure to get long distance runs in.

Our heavy practices for the week fell on Wednesday and Thursday with a light practice on Friday to prepare for Oral Roberts. A lot of touches on the ball, high tempo game-related activities, and walk throughs to defend a 4-3-3 formation, were all crucial parts to our preparation. When Friday arrived, we felt ready to take on our first conference game of the season the following day.

Oral Roberts has always been a good team since we have been in the Summit League. Every match against them has been hard fought and a battle for both teams. This season we did not expect anything different.

We came out strong on Saturday, playing great soccer for the beginning of the match, scoring the first goal of the game around the twenty minute mark. I was fortunate enough to find an open Kortney Causey on the wing who then crossed the ball to a great run made by Erika Rautio who found the far post of the net open. With that, we thought we were on our way to a successful rest of the game.

As our confidence increased however, Oral Roberts' tempo picked up. Just nine minutes after our goal, the Golden Eagles tied the game up at ones. Two minutes later, Oral scored again, taking the lead at 2-1 to go into halftime. Although halftime was full of encouragement, after going down a goal, we could not come back. The Golden Eagles scored once more in the second half to seal the deal at 3-1.

Losing to a team that we were beating was upsetting. Having a lead and not being able to hold onto it or increase it is something that we need to work on, as well as digging deep in order to come out of a deficit. Although this weekend only brought us one loss as compared to last weekend with two, the Oral Roberts game hurt worse. With this season being our last in the Summit League, we will most likely never face the Golden Eagles again. No more redemption. No more re-dos. That was it.

Going along with the scouting report against us, the Oral Roberts coach commented on how hard working my team was. The odds may be against us during this conference season; we are aware that hard work can beat talent on any given night. With that said- our goal for the remainder of this season is to surprise teams with our hard work, hopefully pulling off some conference wins.

Like every week, take some time to meet two more of my teammates. Catlin comes all the way from Michigan, bringing a great spirit with her. She is full of kindness and care off the field as well as talent on the field. Mai comes from Catie Depew's neck of the woods in Katy, Texas. Mai has quickly become a team favorite everyone loves to be around. Her smiling face and giggly mood are always fun to have along. Get to know these great girls.

Catlin Orschel-Junior/Elk Rapids, Michigan

CR: Major/Minor?
CO: Biochemistry/Spanish

CR: Favorite professional athlete of any sport?
CO: Steve Yzerman-Detroit Red Wings

CR: If you could sing a duet with any musician, it would be...
CO: Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum

CR: A food you can't live without?

CR: Favorite movie?
CO: 10 Things I Hate About You

CR: Favorite quote?
CO: "We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give." -Winston Churchill

CR: Favorite color?
CO: Green

CR: A place you hope to visit one day?
CO: Ireland

CR: Favorite professional team?
CO: Detroit Red Wings

CR: If you could be one place right now, where would it be?
CO: Home

CR: A TV show you can't miss?
CO: "One Tree Hill"

CR: Why the number you have on your jersey?
CO: Month I was born (#10)

CR: If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be?
CO: My grandpa, Franklin Otto Orschel

CR: Favorite food?
CO: Italian

CR: If you were an animal, what would it be and why?
CO: Horse; they are beautiful, strong, and incredibly smart

CR: You must always have _____ on road trips.
CO: Non-school related books

Mai Ha-Freshman/Katy, Texas

CR: 3 words to describe yourself...
MH: Weird, awkward, and funny

CR: Favorite professional team?
MH: Manchester United

CR: Dream vacation spot?
MH: Anywhere where it is not ever cold

CR: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
MH: Working with sea animals

CR: A secret most don't know about you...
MH: I'm addicted to chocolate and seafood

CR: Favorite movie?
MH: House Bunny

CR: Favorite color?
MH: Lavender, only because it sounds pretty

CR: What is something you cannot travel without?
MH: My star pillow

CR: A TV show you can't miss?
MH: "Jersey Shore"/"The Office"

CR: Something you fear most in life?
MH: The roaches in front of James

CR: Favorite food?
MH: Seafood

CR: If there is one song that describes your life at the moment, what is it?
MH: "Cotton Eye Joe"

CR: If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
MH: A fish, so I wouldn't have to blink

CR: Happiness is...
MH: The key to make someone jealous or successful

CR: On road trips...
MH: I like to be the center of attention in Coach Kristen's van just to annoy Candace

-Candace Rushing