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"Front & Center" w/ Candace Rushing
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Looking back over our 30 hour or so bus ride to and from Indiana and Illinois this past weekend, I have difficulty finding just a few concrete words to sum up the five days we spent with one another. From frustrating and never-ending, to relaxing and productive, a multitude of words can define bits and pieces of our time together and the events that occurred.

We left last Wednesday night at 8:00 pm and drove through the night, arriving in Indianapolis, Indiana around 10:00 am the following morning. Thursday, we found a field for a stretch and run, relaxed, and ate a good dinner to prepare for Friday night's game at IUPUI. Friday morning rolled around slowly. After a continental breakfast, a great lunch delivered to the hotel by Honey Baked Ham, and a full day of rest and homework, we were finally off to IUPUI's stadium.

IUPUI won the conference tournament last season so we knew we had a good team ahead of us. Pre-game, survivors of breast cancer walked out with the referees, one being a mother of a player on IUPUI. Showing respect for the survivors, each of us starters gave the women hugs and congratulated them on such an accomplishment. Shortly after, the game was underway.

IUPUI proved to be a solid team, having a few technical players with a lot of speed. The Jaguars found the back of our net in the first half; we were not without chances on their end. Many opportunities were created for ourselves but unfortunately, we could not secure a goal. IUPUI came out strong in the second half scoring a goal quickly. Down 2-0 we fought and fought through the second half but came up short. With just a few minutes left, IUPUI finished us off with one more goal. We played great soccer throughout the game's entirety and walked off of the field satisfied with our effort, yet frustrated.

Saturday was another traveling day, taking us to Macomb, Illinois to prepare for Western Illinois. "Real" donuts from Catlin Orschel's family in Michigan started our morning off right. After a four hour trip of studying and sleeping, we made it. Our hotel was conveniently located next door to a shopping mall, so many of my teammates quickly found their way there. After a team dinner, we were ready for bed to prepare for a 12:00 pm kick off the following afternoon.

Sunday began early with an hour trip to Western Illinois before the game. It was their senior day so field festivities began early as well. Western welcomed a Marine to the field, a brother of a senior, who earned a Purple Heart for his bravery. Remaining respectful, my team all acknowledged and thanked him individually for his duty. Western proved to be the better team throughout the game, beating us with not much problem. Talent, skill, and most of all, speed helped them secure a conference win over us.

Like I said, many words can be used to define our fall break get-away. Many words can also be used to define our senior class for this year. Kortney Causey, Catie Depew, Emily McManus, and Erika Rautio will be celebrated on Friday night against UMKC during halftime. Also this weekend is another conference game against Southern Utah on Sunday at Noon. Don't miss out on recognizing four of my great friends and teammates. Each of them truly is one of a kind and deserves to be celebrated with.

Before you go, meet two more of my exceptional teammates below.

Haleigh Coffey- Freshman/Houston, Texas

CR: Major/Minor
HC: Right now, Biology but that's not a for sure.

CR: Favorite movie?
HC: I am a movie junkie and will honestly never be able to choose only one. A genre I generally love is dark comedy.

CR: 3 words to describe yourself?
HC: Quirky, open-minded, caring

CR: On road trips...
HC: I usually listen to my I-pod while staring out the window enjoying the scenery.

CR: Favorite color?
HC: Bright ones

CR: You are most happy when...
HC: I'm just sitting, hanging out with my closest friends

CR: A place you hope to visit one day...
HC: Everywhere- but if I had to choose just one, Ireland

CR: What is something you cannot travel without?
HC: My I-pod

CR: If you could be one place right now, where would it be?
HC: Europe

CR: Laughing is...
HC: Crucial to life.

CR: A TV show you can't miss?
HC: With the power of hulu this truly is not a problem.

CR: You would definitely sing ____ at karaoke night.
HC: Any Spice Girls song

CR: Dream vacation spot?
HC: Ireland

CR: Why the number you have on your jersey?
HC: Because I'm a goalie and "1" is a common number for us, if not "0"

CR: Favorite food?
HC: Tex-Mex all the way!

Courtney Cleveland- Sophomore/Owasso, Oklahoma
CR:
Major/Minor
CC: Double major psychology and art

CR: Favorite movie?
CC: Pride and Prejudice

CR: 3 words to describe yourself?
CC: Tall, creative, and sarcastic

CR: On road trips...
CC: I like to find a comfy spot and fall asleep

CR: Favorite color(s)?
CC: Green and Red

CR: You are most happy when...
CC: I have time to do whatever I want

CR: A place you hope to visit one day...
CC: Italy

CR: What is something you cannot travel without?
CC: I-Pod

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

CR: Laughing is...
CC: Something I do a lot

CR: A TV show you can't miss?
CC: "Gossip Girl"

CR: You would definitely sing ____ at karaoke night.
CC: "Somebody to Love" Justin Beiber

CR: Dream vacation spot?
CC: Colorado

CR: Why the number you have on your jersey?
CC: I chose it freshman year because my high school/club number was taken

CR: Favorite food?
CC: Pasta!

-Candace Rushing