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Sophomore goalkeeper Meg Patten contributed blogs throughout the 2012 women's soccer season.

Posted November 20, 2012

Yikes! It feels like I've set a new record in terms of not writing in forever. November has passed by in the blink of an eye and I cannot believe Thanksgiving is in a few days. The past few weeks have consisted of early wake-ups, late study nights and enough work to make the inner-nerd in me cringe (and to think that I'm busy in-season).  I realized after looking at my blog I never fully went into details about the Emory game, so I feel it's appropriate to blog about that today.
WE BEAT EMORY!  That needed to be in all caps because that's how I would tell you - I would be in your face and screaming it from the top of my lungs. Just going back and thinking about that moment makes me smile.
Going into the Emory game, our team knew we had our work cut out for us. The previous weekend in Chicago and St. Louis was rough on all of us. On the following Tuesday, we lost 2-0 to Mt. St. Mary in a game we should have won. Then on Friday morning we tied Carnegie Mellon in a 0-0 draw that was extremely physical. I came back to recovery Saturday morning needing some TLC and a lot of ice after punching a ball out of the box (and taking out a forward) in the final seconds of overtime. The game Sunday just seemed to be a mounting situation, an almost impossible task.
Each of us knew that in order to even be considered for the NCAA selection bid we needed to beat Emory. It was one final push that could make or break us, and to be honest I didn't know how much "fight" we had left in us. For those who don't know, Emory is always our big game of the year. Last year we lost to them 3-2 in overtime and we have never beaten them in our program's history (they were 18-0 against NYU). Prior to our game, Emory was undefeated in both the regular season and in the UAA for TWO YEARS. They had the longest active winning streak in all of Division III and were (at the time of our game) ranked #1 in the country.
The night before Emory, my dad flew into the city from Paris on the way home from a business trip. I was beyond excited for him to be in New York and to catch the biggest game of the year. After grabbing a quick bite to eat with him on Saturday night, I found my place between the covers and tried my hardest to get a good night’s sleep. Though I got a solid amount, I unfortunately slept through two alarms and rushed out of my room, bee-lining straight towards Coles. As soon as I got there, I grabbed my jerseys and headed down to the trainers to get all taped up to play. After changing into some warm sweats, I grabbed a banana (yum) and Gatorade, and then hopped on the bus.
The air was much more brisk and the sky had settled into a grayish haze over Gaelic Park by the time warm-ups began. The sound of Lion King echoing throughout the stadium indicated it was time to get moving. The battle was about to begin. I had an "okay" warm-up, which is usually pretty indicative of how I usually play in the game. That made me very nervous going up against top-ranked Emory. Without going into much detail, we played two very tight, scoreless halves and entered into overtime confident we could come out with the W. Our team kept composed and didn’t panic. We knew we were going to win.
The first overtime began and ended quickly, and the second period was well on its way to being over when Erin Ahmed slotted a ball into the back of the net. It was unreal. I think I went into shock and her goal didn't really register into my head until much later. I ran past girls who had fallen to the ground, shocked by their loss to us - a dark horse in the UAA, and jumped onto my teammates. Hugs were endless, and I think I may have lost my voice in the celebration. We were told during our cool down that class was canceled the following day because of the impending hurricane, but we didn't care. It was just a perfect ending to one of the most grueling weeks of the season.
The more I think about the season and the more I set and reset goals for myself, the more I realize that it's less about the individual accomplishments and more about the team. The team is the ultimate champion. and we proved that that weekend.
We beat and shut out Emory. I'll never get sick of saying that.

Sophomore goalkeeper Meg Patten will be contributing blogs throughout the 2012 women's soccer season.

Posted October 16, 2012

Greetings from somewhere between St. Louis and Chicago. We’re currently three hours into a five-hour bus ride and have been occupying ourselves with movies because the Wi-Fi hasn’t been working. I just finished watching “Miracle” – a personal favorite of mine, but “Finding Nemo” was on earlier and “Monster’s Inc”. is being played now.  What can I say? Our team loves kids’ movies.
Last night was a disappointing result for both the men and women’s teams, but there are so many positives to be taken away from our loss. The first half was great. We were strong and resilient under the Wash U attack. Our back line was tested multiple times and Mary, Karli, Monica, and Maddie cleared some very dangerous chances. They kept us in the game to the end. 
During the second half, we made some mistakes on set pieces and they punished us for that. Minutes after Wash U scored, Menta fed the ball to Amelia, who slotted a great goal past their keeper, cutting their lead to only one goal. The game was absolute chaos, a beautiful frenzy, but we stay composed.
We train for games like last night. We train to come back when we’re down a goal, or two. We are fighters on and off the field, and we believe that we’re going to win the game from the moment the whistle blows all the way to the final buzzer, no matter the odds. I think that’s probably the best thing about our team – every single one of us is invested 100% in everything we do in every practice, for the entire 90 minutes and in all aspects of our lives.

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Sophomore goalkeeper Meg Patten will be contributing blogs throughout the 2012 women's soccer season.

Posted September 27, 2012

Hey Everybody – sorry for not posting in a while. I‘ve found myself to be busier than before (if that’s even possible). It’s crazy to think that it has already been three weeks since our first game and that UAA’s begin this weekend! 
At the beginning of the year, Michele quoted Paul Elrich “The fluttering of a butterfly's wings can effect climate changes on the other side of the planet,” which explained to us that everything we do is connected and influences everything else we do, either directly or indirectly. Now that we’re a few games into the season, it’s amazing to see everything starting to come full circle since our first day. The things we have been working diligently on in practice are showing in our games, and I’d like to believe we’re playing with a lot more creative “flow” and energy. From my position on the field, I have a great view of everything going on in front of me. I get so excited in games watching our forwards making new runs and seeing our midfielders challenging every 50/50 ball.
One of the most important things we’ve been working on since our first game against Stevens is confidence and composure, both on and off the ball. Defensively, it has been one of our goals to stay composed in the back while maintain high pressure. There has been a drastic transformation since game one in our defensive shape, poise and presence, and I cannot wait until this weekend to see how far we’ve come since last year.
I keep finding myself spotting butterflies everywhere I go, and thinking about how just the slightest flap of the wing can change the weather in South America. The same holds true for this season, and for seasons to come. Every ounce of sweat we put in now will affect us down the road, hundreds of miles away at a UAA game.

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Sophomore goalkeeper Meg Patten will be contributing blogs throughout the 2012 women's soccer season.

Posted September 1, 2012

There’s nothing like coming home. Familiar faces, an established routine, and a few turf pellets have made their way back into my crazy life in New York.
Last week at team camp, I once again found myself filled to the brim with excitement, not only for the upcoming games, but also for everything else that comes along with soccer season.  The sweat staining our grey NYU dry-fits, the bruises up and down our legs and even rolls of prewrap are welcomed back into our lives, for it has been way too long since our last turf burn.
I cannot even begin to convey how motivated we are as a team for the 2012 season. Although we won the ECAC Championship last year, we are hungry for an NCAA qualification and so much more this year. We came back fitter, stronger, and more technically sound. But, there is still a lot of work to do. On Thursday we had a goal-setting meeting as a team, and it was great to hear that everybody (including the newcomers) had similar goals for this season athletically and academically.  NYU women’s soccer will be a force to be reckoned with this year.
As I sit here writing the first blog of the 2012 season, I’m getting into game mode. I’ve gone through my pre-game routine and am about ready to grab some lunch before we head over to Coles.
It’s game day and it’s like I’m coming home again. Finding myself once more on the field – my home away from home.