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A Message From the Seniors


WOMEN'S SOCCER BLOG
By Shannon McNamara for WVUsports.com
October 18, 2013 11:21 AM

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The No. 6-ranked West Virginia University women’s soccer team has a lot to play for tonight when it meets Kansas on the pitch at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium at 7p.m.

The Mountaineers (11-2-2, 5-0) will look to extend their win streak, which sits at seven matches, and to preserve their top spot in the Big 12 Conference standings.

Most importantly, the Mountaineers will be playing for four seniors that have been a part of some of the most successful years in the program’s 18-year history. The 2013 senior class has amassed a four-year record of 57-17-7 under coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. The group also has been a part of three team conference championships and looks to lead the Mountaineers to another title this season.

The Mountaineer seniors took time out of their busy prep week to share their thoughts on the WVU women’s soccer team – a program they feel privileged to call their own.

Kara Blosser
Midfield
Spotsylvania, Va.

I knew I was a Mountaineer when…


The third time is a charm!

There have been so many great moments at WVU, but my favorite moment so far has been…..

Seeing the Stanford players’ faces after we beat them 1-0 in 2012.

When I put on my WVU uniform, I feel…….

Like I can fly. I feel honored and blessed to be a Mountaineer.

Senior Night is always special! I’m most looking forward to……

The cake!

I wouldn’t be a Mountaineer if it wasn’t for…….

Nikki Izzo-Brown. She never gave up on me.

There are so many people that have helped me get to where I am now, but I especially want to say thanks to……

My parents and sister. I look up to my sister more than anyone in my life. My parents have been so supportive throughout my college career.

If I could leave the team one message, it would be…..

Never take a day for granted. Four years flies by. As much as you (will get frustrated during workouts) at times, it will only make you a stronger lady.

I know I will always be a Mountaineer because ….

I have a heart and “WVU” tattooed on my lip, and the memories will last me a lifetime.

Sara Keane
Goalkeeper
Mt. Laurel, N.J.

I knew I was a Mountaineer when….


Nicolette DeLaurentis and I came for a visit together, and I instantly fell in love. The players, coaches and overall environment was exactly what I wanted.

There have been so many great moments at WVU, but my favorite moment so far has been…..

It’s hard to pick just one. I’d say my top three are:
1. Beating Stanford in 2012
2. MoMo’s (Morgan Betscher’s) senior-day goal against Syracuse
3. Winning the Big East Championship in Morgantown in 2011

When I put on my WVU uniform, I feel…….

Like the prettiest girl on the team and in the country! I also feel extremely proud to represent such a great program that is going to continue to grow and become more successful.

Senior Night is always special! I’m most looking forward to……

Maggie Bedillion waiting on me hand and foot. I’m also looking forward to seeing my family and all the alumni that will be in town cheering us on.

I wouldn’t be a Mountaineer if it wasn’t for…….

The amazing support of my friends and family. Nothing that I have accomplished would have felt as good if I did not have those people supporting me.

There are so many people that have helped me get to where I am now, but I especially want to say thanks to……

My family more than anyone. My parents, brother, grandparents and a lot of other people have all been supportive throughout my time here. I also wouldn’t be the person I am without my friends; a few in particular have been my rocks since I’ve gotten here, and I am so grateful for them.

If I could leave the team one message, it would be…..

Don’t take anything for granted! This experience flies by, and you should cherish every second of it.

“For the love of God, cherish it! You have to cherish it!” – Billy Madison

I know I will always be a Mountaineer because ….

I’ve made friends here who I’ll have for the rest of my life. Our team is like a family.

Frances Silva
Forward
Overland Park, Kan.

I knew I was a Mountaineer when….


I put on the uniform the first time and walked on to the field.

There have been so many great moments at WVU, but my favorite moment so far has been…..

MoMo’s (Morgan Betscher’s) senior-night goal and the fantastic celebration.

When I put on my WVU uniform, I feel…….

Pride and excitement because I know I get to represent a great team and University.

Senior Night is always special! I’m most looking forward to……

Being out with my teammates on our home field one last time. I’m also happy my family will be there.

I wouldn’t be a Mountaineer if it wasn’t for…….

The great coaching staff and everyone I met on my visits that made me feel at home 1,000 miles from my actual home.

There are so many people that have helped me get to where I am now, but I especially want to say thanks to……

My family, of course, for supporting me through all this, and all of my teammates for making me better and getting me to where I am now.

If I could leave the team one message, it would be…..

I love all you guys. If I say anything more, I will start to cry!

I know I will always be a Mountaineer because ….

This is home, and the memories I’ve made at WVU will last me a lifetime.

Caroline Szwed
Midfield
Oakville, Ontario

I knew I was a Mountaineer when….


I was in Grade 11.

There have been so many great moments at WVU, but my favorite moment so far has been…..

My favorite moment on the field has to be assisting Morgan Betscher’s goal on her senior night. Off the field, my favorite moment would be going to Pittsburgh to watch the Pens play with Frances, Kara and Schwin.

When I put on my WVU uniform, I feel…….

Proud and honored to be representing the school and the program.

Senior Night is always special! I’m most looking forward to……

THE CAKE!

I wouldn’t be a Mountaineer if it wasn’t for…….

(Former assistant coach) Nikki Goodenow. She is the one who recruited me, and she has always been helpful and extremely good to me. I am very lucky to have met her.

There are so many people that have helped me get to where I am now, but I especially want to say thanks to……

My parents. They go above and beyond for me, and they have been my rock through these past two years with my knee injury.

If I could leave the team one message, it would be…..

Play every game like it’s your last, because this experience goes by too fast. Work every chance you get because we are all privileged to be a part of this program.

I know I will always be a Mountaineer because ….

This program isn’t only about soccer; it’s also about family, and I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else.
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