The Yellow Armband: Learning from Losses
Meghan Toohey

Oct. 3, 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. Meghan writes in with her second entry, looking at how the team is learning from last weekend's setbacks.

Hello everyone again!

As the weather picks up and fall finally feels like its setting in, our team also felt the first cold wind that the Big Ten Conference can throw at you. Last week did not at all go how we expected. Last Friday, our team fought hard for 110 minutes against Wisconsin in a 0-0 draw. Two days later, we played Minnesota and despite outshooting the Golden Gophers, we unluckily couldn't find the back of the net where they did, losing, 1-0.

We've all played this game long enough to know that sometimes in this game, the ball doesn't always bounce your way. If you recall, our team's motto this year was to be relentless. There are two ways we could let this weekend affect us. We could let the outcomes bring us down and sulk about the unforeseen setback or we can do what we said we would do from the very beginning of this season and that is living up to our motto. The dictionary defines being relentless as, "showing or promising no abatement of severity, intensity, strength or pace; continuing without becoming weaker, remain determined." That's what we strive to be every time we play a match or have a practice.

Our team is not looking at last weekend as anything less than a learning experience. It's important to remember how we lost, but at the same time, we have to recognize the things we need to change. Our coaches and our players know that we are a very talented team that is going to work hard every match. Yet, in a way, losing reminds us all how hard it is to actually win. We believe in each other and we are coming out of the weekend the same way we started the season ... striving to be relentless in all aspects of the game. Only difference is that now, we have even more to fight for. Who better to play next than our in-state rivals from Michigan State.

Last year, we beat Michigan State for the first time in a long time on an unbelievable header goal from Emily Jaffe in overtime. We know they want revenge for that, but I have faith that this team can handle anything they throw at us. I am proud of this team for never giving up last weekend, but I am even more excited to see how it can light us up today in East Lansing.

Let's go Blue!


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