Road Trippin' With The Tigers
Oct. 12, 2009
Auburn took on the top two teams in the SEC East in South Carolina and Florida. Freshman Ana Cate recaps the road adventure.
Thursday, October 8
Friday, October 9
It's Game Day! We're up bright and early at 9:15 for breakfast at the hotel before we head out to the USC fields to scope out their digs. Everyone's already pumped for the game tonight, and even some loyal Kentucky fans here for the football game wish us luck as well. After breakfast we headed out to the fields, where we played an extremely intense game of skill ladder between the underclassmen and the upperclassmen, aka the old ladies. The grandmas benefitted from some questionable officiating, but it was a good intense way to get everyone's spirits up and adrenaline pumping. Following practice we headed back to the hotel, where we had the whole afternoon to chillax and get ready for tonight. Lizzie and I watched TV and snoozed in our room until we were off to Firehouse Subs for pregame meal. Maddie Barnes, Christine Schweer, Jess Wolfe, and I ate our subs together and discussed Halloween costumes and what we wanted to be, and everyone else joked around until it was time to leave. Back at the hotel, our trusty trainer Cindy Campbell had set up her makeshift training room in 808. Pretty much everyone popped in and out while Cindy hustled to make sure everyone would be at their peak performance for the evening. As usual we were all more than taken care of, and before we knew it it was time to head to the fields.
Final Score: 0-1 in overtime. Another heartbreaking loss for us. We played hard and gave it everything we had for 98 minutes but just couldn't capitalize on our chances to end it. Yet another game to learn from, but they keep getting tougher to swallow. Amy added a few more highlight reel saves to her record but this is another game that just got away. We head back to the hotel, trying to refocus and get ready for Sunday and the Florida Gators.
Saturday, October 10
Following our literal walkthrough, we checked into our Hotel in the heart of gator country- literally, there were gator sightings in the lake behind the hotel- and made our way downstairs for a refreshing water aerobics extravaganza led by our very own Tammy Waine. After we got done splashing it up we got in our study groups for our favorite time of the day, study hall a la hotel. Lydia Townsend, Caitlin King, Lizzie, and I went out of our way to soak up as much knowledge as we possibly could in those two hours, and time just flew by while we were having so much fun. Dinner couldn't have been better, as we dined at a delicious Carrabbas to carb up for the Florida swamp weather we'd face tomorrow. When we were done we scooted on back to the hotel, rooted for LSU football for the first time in our lives against Florida, and fell asleep.
Sunday October 11
At the end of 90 the score stood at 0-4. Unfortunately that didn't reflect the hard work and effort we all put in... once again, the chips just didn't fall our way. On the bright side of things we aren't out of the conference race by any means, as wild things are happening and we still have five games left. We're heading home focusing on two huge games at home this weekend- Vandy and Kentucky. Thanks to everyone who came out this weekend, we appreciate you!
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