Cougar passion, pride
Inside the Lines
By Laura Repp
Inside the Lines is a look from within
the world of college athletics, written by student athletes. Players from
different programs will contribute
every week, giving their perspective on
game preparations, weekly routines and life as student athletes. Today
soccer player Laura Repp offers
her take on the team and the start of
The team is back! After a long summer the
women's soccer team is back and stronger than ever.
We opened our training camp on a typical
humid and hot August morning along the Houston bayous. If that wasn't a
horrid enough way to begin
a new season, the dreaded Cooper made
up for it.
For those of you who don't know what the
dreaded Cooper is, it's a running test we do prior to our first practice
every year. We're expected to run
two miles in twelve minutes.
I am happy to say that the whole team did
extremely well, but the best news for us seniors is that we'll never have
to run it again.
The following day we packed some gear and
headed for the woods for some time together.
This year we decided to get away from Houston
and really bond with each other. That may be a tired cliché, but
team chemistry is important for a
Our preseason was at T Bar M sports camp
in New Braunfels. Although our most important issue was training, the experience
The team, all 20 of us, worked extremely
hard each and every practice. I definitely noticed a big change in the
For one, we have depth. Can you believe
I remember my freshman year, when the program
first started, we had only 15 girls on the roster. Fifteen girls that had,
and still have, a lot of
heart. That will pay off this year because
we have 12 seniors who play with passion, and that's what makes our team
strong and deep.
Depth is as important in soccer as in any
other team sport.
We literally have first- and second-string
players in every position, and in some positions we have enough players
for a third string.
But I wouldn't necessarily consider our
depth as "strings." We simply have girls who have a "coachable" mindset
who listen, learn and react to all
the situations on the field.
That's another reason this team's chemistry
is different this year. Everyone is and has become extremely "coachable."
The five "freshheads" have really gelled
with our team. They all brought excellent attitudes and a lot of talent
to our team!
The team is very in shape, too. It appears
everyone worked hard over the summer to stay in shape and get ready for
The most important quality we have is heart.
Speaking for the seniors, I can assure
you that this is the year. This is the year for us to capture the beautiful
Conference USA trophy and rings.
For most of us seniors, this is our last
chance to experience true victory in our college soccer careers.
The Fall 2001 season is a season for victory.
Come support us when we open the season versus Army at 7 p.m. Sunday here
at John O'Quinn
Then, on Tuesday, we travel to Rice to
play the Owls at 7 p.m.
This is a game you must attend. Rice is
an old rival and our ex-coach is now a Rice Owl. See you there.