I never have trouble writing twelve page papers over theories leading to the revolution in Russia, or a fifteen page paper over the Iranian hostage crisis — so why has it taken me so long to figure out how to put my own feelings directly into words about the end of my senior season? Not to say that the former aren’t important issues to me, but they have in no possible way had any thread of an effect on my life as the Texas A&M soccer program has. For some teams, the girls are friends because they are on the team together, but soon after they have finished their careers, they fall into life and lose touch. However, our team is more than that, and has been more than that to me for four years. When coaches recruit players and select them to play on a team, team chemistry is definitely a part of that recipe. However, I do not believe our coaches would have ever imagined that their selections for each girl on this team would have bonded as quickly and strongly as this team and this program have year-in and year-out. This program and team are a part of my soul, an experience that I would not trade for anything in this world. I am so blessed to have been given this opportunity that so few individuals ever experience, and if I could do it again, I would run every one of those fitness tests with a smile on my face.
I love each and every one of these girls, this program, this university, and all of the fans around the world. I have learned so much through triumph and tribulation over the past four years that I will carry with me as I venture out upon the future endeavors the Lord has planned for my life.
I guess all I can say is Thanks and Gig ‘em! It has been my pleasure to be on this team and to represent this school and community.