The Yellow Armband: Big Start in Big Ten
Clare Stachel

Sept. 19, 2012

Periodically throughout the 2012 season, tri-captains Holly Hein, Haley Kopmeyer and Clare Stachel will provide an inside look at the University of Michigan women's soccer team through this blog, The Yellow Armband. In this entry, Clare writes about the team's Big Ten-opening win over Indiana, her perspective on the team due to her injury, and the changing weather.

Hey Michigan fans!

Well, what a great start to the Big Ten season! The girls were more pumped up for this match than usual. Of course we had the football game against UMass on in the locker room during pregame, but I have to say after the first half, we opted for loud pump-up music instead. Our pregame typically consists of some dancing and singing, and sometimes an occasional scare of one or two teammates. People have become very cautious when opening their lockers seeing as how that is a good hiding place to scare someone.

Everyone played great against Indiana. Nkem and Shelina, our resident Canadians, provided the offense, but it was our team defense that secured that win. That back line has been unbelievable all year, and I'm sure Haley appreciates it more than anybody! But as good as we felt after that win, all it did was leave us hungry for more.

For me, it felt amazing to be back on the field. I find myself wanting to say, "It's great to be back!" but I never really left. I was just experiencing a different role on the team. Although my injury has kept me from playing on the field as much as I'd like, I've been able to see our team from a different perspective and really appreciate the true definition of a team. Off the field, these girls support each other through thick and thin. On the field, so many players have had a part in winning the games we have. I have never experienced so much talent coming from so many different individuals. It's phenomenal!

Most of the talk on the team this week has been centered around fall. I cannot speak for all of us (especially not the California girls) but I sure am glad that it is starting to get a bit colder! As Tori McCombs would put it, "It's fleece weather!" Haley Kopmeyer and I have been ever anxious to head to Wiards and get some apple cider and my personal favorite, donuts. I kid you not; donuts are the best remedy for any ailment. I am sure we will hit some colder weather as we head west to Minnesota and Wisconsin for our matches this weekend. Both teams are very good and will provide us with a challenge, but we are ready for it, and above all, we're looking to bring back some more W's!

That's all for now. I am sure we will have some entertaining stories to report upon our return from the road trip.

Go Blue!

- Clare

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