The Yellow Armband: A Positive Start
Shelina Zadorsky

Aug 28, 2013

Every Wednesday throughout the 2013 season, captains Nkem Ezurike, Holly Hein, Meghan Toohey and Shelina Zadorsky will give the public an inside look at the University of Michigan women's soccer team through this blog, The Yellow Armband. In this second entry, Shelina discusses the two wins on the team's opening weekend and goes in-depth about the team's self-prescribed motto of 'being relentless'.

Hello Michigan fans!

After a solid start to the season, we are thrilled to be playing at home again this upcoming weekend!

We play cross-town rival Eastern Michigan on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and San Diego State on Sunday at 2 p.m. We'd love for you to join us at U-M Soccer Stadium!

This Friday's match is a special one, as our men's side plays right before us in their season debut. Join us in cheering on our men's team as they take on Loyola-Chicago at 4 p.m. to kick off the Michigan soccer doubleheader. Our teams have done a great job of supporting each other and we're excited to watch the men begin their journey for the 2013 season!

As Holly Hein explained in last week's blog, our team motto of being relentless is very important to us. I'm proud of the team for showing this relentless attitude in our opening weekend through our determination to score goals, our incessant pressure and our intensity to win the ball. These are just some of the qualities we need to bring to every practice and every match.

There are many positives to take from our opening weekend. First, the number of impact players that stepped on the field in both contests is more than we've ever had before. A solid performance from so many players is what helped us keep our high pressure on both UW-Milwaukee and Oakland. Secondly, our freshmen had an excellent weekend. It's amazing to see players like Nicky Waldeck, Madisson Lewis and Taylor Bucklin, to name a few, add such great attributes to our team.

We know Friday's match against Eastern Michigan will be a great challenge. They are a very hard-working team and we know they will be fired up to play us. As for Sunday, we need to be ready to play a very talented San Diego State team. They were one of the best teams in college soccer last year and will be an extremely tough test for us. I'm confident we'll be able to find success if we focus at the process at hand and maintain our focus from the first whistle to the last.

Thank you to all the fans that made our opening weekend so special! Hope to see all of you this Friday and Sunday. And of course, good luck to our football team in their season opener against Central Michigan on Saturday at the Big House! Here's to a great weekend for Michigan Athletics!

Go Blue!

-- Shelina

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