The following entry comes from freshman defender Erica Chisholm. For a complete list of this year's entries, including those from the 2003 season, check out the side bar on the right side of the page.
Tuesday, October 26
Now that our season is coming to an end, I have a chance to reflect back on what I've been through in these last three months.
It's been a wild ride, definitely like nothing I've dealt with before. I feel like I have been through it all: preseason training, intense practices, long traveling trips, early-morning weights, conference games and also keeping up with classes.
It can definitely be an overwhelming experience for a freshman. I know adjusting to the collegiate level was a challenge for me.
Coming to Fresno State turned out to be just as demanding mentally and physically. The freshmen must come in ready to compete at any level. Since I was only familiar with club and high school soccer it was hard at first, but I eventually got the hang of how college soccer really works.
There are times when I was so fatigued and the last sprint feels like it's going to kill you, but you find a way to get through it and keep going with your team. It's a huge adjustment from club and high school soccer. Of course club and high school were hard, but not nearly as demanding.
Going from two or three practices a week to three-a-days in preseason was a huge shock. Soccer becomes your life, literally. You really need to have a desire to be there working as hard as you can. When the end of the day rolls around I know that I've done my personal best to be the strongest and best player I can be.
Knowing that all ten freshmen and the upperclassmen will mesh together throughout the spring and into next season gives me high hopes for next year.