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From The Pitch: Defeat Provides Motivation
September 10, 2012 - When the NJCAA Division I poll came out last week, we all got a taste of how it could feel to be number one. We were ranked as the best team in the nation. We received the news with excitement, but at the same time the pressure got stronger and the target on our back even larger. With that in mind, we packed our bags and flew to the home state of Dorothy.
In Kansas we played two of the highest ranked teams in the country. Going in to the first game against Butler Community College we were confident and determined to win. The game was rough, it was like playing soccer on a battlefield, but we fought and we were stronger. We won the game, 2-1, in overtime and I have to tell you, that win felt amazing.
The next day we played Tyler Junior College, the reigning national champions. We lost that game, 4-1, to a team that played really well, but in a way I still felt we could compete at their level. We learned we are still not where we want to be and we yet have many things to work on.
I think losing the game gave us motivation to practice harder to become the team we want to be. We may not be the number one team in the nation this week, but what really matters is the last poll of the year.
Hard work lies ahead.
Lois Edvardsson, a native of Gothenburg, Sweden, is co-captain of the Brevard Community College women's soccer team. The sophomore forward will be a key player as the Titans seek to earn a berth in the Nov. 12-17 NJCAA Division I national tournament, which will be held at Melbourne Central Catholic. She is documenting the Titans' season in a weekly web column called From the Pitch that will continue throughout the 2012 campaign.