Women’s Soccer Player Blog and Weekend Warm-Up
A VERY busy weekend in Fairfax gets started tonight over at the RAC as the women’s volleyball team hosts Georgia State in a battle of the only two unbeaten teams in the CAA. Both Mason and the Panthers are 3-0 and Mason already has wins over James Madison (2-1) and Northeastern (2-2), so a win tonight could put the defending CAA champion Patriots in the driver’s seat. Win or lose, there will be no rest for the team as they will play UNC Wilmington on Saturday at 5 p.m.
The swimming and diving teams started the year last week at the Potomac Relays and both the men’s and women’s teams placed second. This weekend, the Patriots host both Loyola and Navy with action getting underway at the Aquatics Center at 11 a.m.
Capping things off at home is the men’s soccer match against William & Mary. The Patriots have lost back-to-back games for the first time this season and need a big home crowd to support them as they take on the third-place Tribe.
One team competing away from home this weekend is the women’s soccer team. The Patriots suffered their first CAA loss their last time out, losing at James Madison. Mason and Madison are in a four-way tie for second in the CAA with Georgia State and UNC Wilmington. All four teams are tied at 3-1. Northeastern is right behind at 2-1-1 while Hofstra sits along in first at 4-0. This weekend’s road trip is to Northeastern and Hofstra. Here with this week’s installment of the women’s soccer player blog is junior Zania Barnum who has a goal and two assists on the season. Tonight’s match is at 6 p.m. and Sunday’s is at 1 p.m.
“Last Sunday we battled against James Madison. We intended to carry the momentum we’d gained after our gritty win against VCU two days prior with us to JMU. Last year, we weren’t able to participate in the conference tournament because we shared the fourth place position in the conference with JMU. Unfortunately, due to the head-to-head tiebreaker, the opportunity to compete for the conference title in post-season play was awarded to them.
“So, there we were, Sunday afternoon, in Harrisonburg, Virginia, waiting for the starting whistle to notify us that it was time for us payback the Dukes. When the whistle sounded, we got off to a rough start that left us trailing only four minutes into the match. About twenty minutes later, we equalized—or, at least we thought we did until the referee disallowed our goal due to an apparent offside call. We recollected and outplayed JMU for the remainder of the ninety minutes. However, we failed to outscore them—and in the end, of course, that’s all that matters. We lost. The final score: 3-0. We were bitter; we knew the final score did not reflect the momentum of the game.
“Tonight, we play Northeastern. We want the win. We need the win. And by 9 o’clock tonight, we’re hoping we’ll have it. We don’t expect it to be easy. We’re away from our home fans and we’ll be playing on a fast field against an athletic team. But lucky for us, and unfortunately for Northeastern, we’ve lugged our athleticism and technical abilities to Boston with us—all the way from Fairfax. 😛 And, to add to that, we’ve brought the bitter feeling we experienced after we lost to JMU last weekend—a feeling we intend to transfer to Northeastern. Again, we don’t expect it to be easy. We never want to play a good team after a bad loss and that’s the situation we’ll fight to overcome tonight.
“We left campus yesterday at 10:30 in the morning. We took a bus and spent most of the ten-hour trip chattering as if silence was something to fear. Away trips force us to become even more synchronized with each other. We learn more about each other and find new reasons to want to fight for each other come whistle-blow. After the trip up here, the team knows it’s where it needs to be in order to seize our goal for the weekend—six points.
“Sunday afternoon, we’ll play Hofstra. Another away game. Another turf field. Another win? Time will tell.”
Good luck to all of Mason’s teams this weekend and make sure to check GoMason for results.