"On the Sidelines with Candace Rushing"
Friday, November 6, 2009
For those of you who have not heard, our season is over.  Although it ended much too soon for our liking, we made a very good run toward the conference tournament.  Throughout the season, adversity was thrown at us from many angles.  From the Division III decision in late summer, to the death of one of our biggest supporters, Dean Womack, and finally to the letting go of our assistant coach, Glenn Evans, nothing stopped our desire to persevere.  Recording one of the best winning percentages yet, we made a name for ourselves. 

Surprising many pre season polls and opposing teams, we were a legitimate threat on the field this season.  Scoring thirty four goals in only eighteen games, our offense finally kicked in.  In my previous years here, freshman year we won zero conference games, my sophomore year we won one, and finally this year, we won three with a double overtime tie and a double overtime loss.  It is obvious that we are getting better, that the coaches are doing their jobs recruiting, and that the girls are putting in the work. 

Because teams work together in order to succeed, it is hard to recognize players for their achievements in team sports.  However, this season, we had not one, not two, but three players recognized by the conference for outstanding play during the week.  For each of their first times, freshman Courtney Morris, senior Kate Donnelly, and sophomore Katie Valdez all received Summit League honors.  Morris and Valdez tallied their honors on the offensive end while Donnelly was recognized for her efforts between the posts.  In addition to these few, newcomers and seniors alike played some of the best games of their careers.

Regardless of the obstacles we had to overcome this season, we found a way to win.  Monday morning was six seniors last collegiate soccer game ever.  Within these seniors lie tons of talent, leadership, heart, and desire.  Because they will no longer be a part of the program, the girls have to step up and the coaches have to fill their spots for next season.  Although it is going to be tough to retain girls to play here next year due to the Division III decision, we are going to do our best to make another strong run toward the conference tournament next year in our very last year as a Division I school. 

Stay tuned in the spring for more updates on the Ladies and how we are doing.  Although our spring season is fairly laid back, we will still want to fulfill our competitive desires.  Finally, I will no longer be "on the sidelines", but on the field playing the game I love, as I am due to get released the end of this semester.  Keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we take a break from season then jump into morning workouts, weights, and practices next semester.

Before you go, I want to say thank you for being a part of this wonderful soccer program.  It is because of supporters like you that we progress and continue to enjoy our privilege as student athletes.  And lastly, make sure you get to know me below.  I have enjoyed keeping you all updated weekly and can not wait to see you all in the stands in the spring.  Thanks again, for everything.

Candace Glynn Rushing, "Crush", "C-Rush"
Birthday: December 7, 1988
Hometown: Memphis, Tennessee
Favorite athlete: Cindy Parlow
Favorite Cafeteria food: Spaghetti
Biggest Pet peeve: Slow drivers, liars, quitters, smacking food, and people who dislike Christians "just because"
Best soccer memory: Playing at Centenary; every game.
Funniest Memory of Chase: All the comments he makes towards the referees, how excited he gets about Hannah Montana, and how obsessed he is with deer.
Favorite Inspirational quote: "So don't worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:24
Pre-game routine: Get dressed, stretch, pray, watch crazy dancing, pee with the team, and prepare myself mentally.
Favorite pump up song: "Party in the USA" Miley Cyrus
Something No one knows about you: I want to be a famous country singer one day.
If you could play any other sport what would it be? Basketball or Softball
Favorite professor: Amy Hammond