"On the Sidelines with Candace Rushing"
Friday, September 11, 2009

September 11, 2009

Beginning his thirty-fifth year at Centenary College, veteran Coach Glenn Evans knew this 2009 team was going to be special before the Ladies stepped foot on Mayo field. With years of experience, wisdom, and love for the game, Coach Evans is certain this season can be a successful one. Evans attributes these hopes to the qualities each and every twenty-eight of us bring. "The great start to our season reminds me of my teams in the 90's...great chemistry between a highly dedicated and motivated group of upperclassmen and a very talented freshman class," said Evans.

These dedicated upperclassmen and talented freshman have truly proved to be special. Putting in nineteen goals and only allowing four against in 5 games, the 2009 Ladies soccer team has taken it upon themselves to make this already significant thirty-fifth year for Coach Evans an unforgettable one. 5-0 leading into our I-20 rival, Louisiana Tech, we are on our way.

Joining the ten freshmen this season is newcomer Erika Rautio. A junior transfer from Louisiana Tech, she is familiar with the rivalry feeling for the game Friday night. "My Tech coach hated playing you guys because y'all are always so physical," she said. Adding to that, Rautio mentioned that she "is excited to be on the Centenary side of the game and am hoping to leave my old field with a win for my new team." Rautio is not the only one pulling for a 6-0 record into the Texas State game on Sunday. Head Coach Chase Wooten commented on never getting as many "good luck" and "keep up the good work" e-mails as he has been in the past week. Regardless of the stir we are causing in the headlines, our goals and challenges have remained the same.

After viewing tape of the UT Brownsville and Mississippi Valley State games, Wooten yet again reminded us to stay grounded. Preparing for Friday night, Wooten reinforced us to "take one game at a time." He instructed us to, "walk onto the field with a bit of arrogance and with a chip on your shoulder, however the only game you can control is yours; and that is what we need to remember each game." An already hard day to swallow, September 11th will be a challenge for the Ladies to persevere yet again. Make the forty-five minute drive to Ruston, Louisiana and see what the hype is all about.

Lastly, let me introduce you to three of my teammates: Lauren Stanley, Kortney Causey, and Erika Rautio. Seniors Stanley and Causey have been leaving their mark on the Ladies program for four years now while newcomer Rautio has just begun. Get to know these remarkable Ladies.

Name: Lauren Elyce Stanley
Birthday:
June 16th 1987
Hometown: Mesquite, TX
Favorite Cafeteria food: Sloppy Joes
Best soccer memory: Being 5-0 this season
Favorite Inspirational quote: "Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
Something No one knows about you: I am awful at basketball
Favorite professor: Mike Thomas

Name: Kortney Leigh Causey "Causey"
Birthday: May 8, 1988
Hometown: Wylie, TX
Favorite athlete: David Beckham
Biggest Pet peeve: Being unorganized
Best soccer memory: Playing in my first collegiate career game
Pre-game routine: Focusing on what I need to do during the game and I gear up in a specific order; tying my cleats last
Something No one knows about you: I have a twin who is majoring in Music Education at Texas A&M Commerce; and he happens to be a genius.

Name: Erika Kay Rautio
Birthday:
June 24, 1989
Hometown: Grapevine, Texas
Favorite Cafeteria food: Chicken Fried Rice
Favorite Inspirational quote: "Victory happens when ten-thousand hours of training meet one moment of opportunity."
Favorite pump up song: Nelly "Here come the BOOM!"
Something no one knows about you: I feel like no one knows I'm a Junior transfer from La Tech and everyone thinks I am a freshman.
If you could play any other sport what would it be?: Basketball

-Candace