Oct. 7, 2013
The past three weeks have been a blur. Traveling to the East Coast was a new experience and moving to the American Athletic Conference is showing us an entirely different part of the country than we saw with C-USA.
With the game against ULL getting cancelled due to torrential downpour (Thanks, Houston weather), we struggled in the Temple game from being off the field for so long. Despite the results I think that we played much better against UConn and were starting to get our rhythm back.
Before leaving Pennsylvania were able to go to downtown Philadelphia for the day. We got to run up the rocky steps, see the Liberty Bell and have the most amazing Philly cheesesteak I could have imagined. We didn't have time to explore NYC, but Darius, our saint of a bus driver, took us on a tour through downtown. We got to see Times Square and the Empire State building and where they built the new freedom tower after 9/11.
I thought Houston was big, but wow, New York is huge! I love skylines and America so seeing so much U.S. history in Philly and the buildings in N.Y. pretty much made it the best day of my life.
This weekend, we faced the Cincinnati Bearcats in our conference home opener. We had more than a few flashes of offensive brilliance, especially from Alexis Weaver, who had a beautiful goal in the first half. We fell 2-1, but it's safe to say we had finally found our offensive stride. Lexa Green was definitely a playmaker in the Cincinnati game. She is tenacious and goes in for the hard tackle every time. She has definitely made her mark within our program and will continue to do so this season.
On Sunday, we fell 1-0 to the Louisville Cardinals. They are a powerhouse offensive team that definitely gave our defense, and myself, a run for our money. We played incredible possession all game and it was clear our team as a whole stepped up. I was very proud of the way we matched the level of play of the Cardinals. They are averaging four goals a game -- and we kept them to just one.
I couldn't be more proud of the way this squad has grown this season. We are creating chances for ourselves offensively and we are taking teams by surprise by our tenacity and aggression. The caliber of play is significantly higher in the American Athletic Conference compared to Conference USA -- and I can confidently say that the Cougars are ready for the challenge.
Thanks for reading and be sure to come out on October 24 to watch us take on the UCF!
Until next time,
- #0 Cami Koski