Sports Junkie: “You Just Got to Have Fun”

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Black and white photo of a soccer ball found on Coast ink: The Future of Apparel Printing website, http://cisports.blogspot.com/2010/09/soccer-ball.html.

Caitlin Dorsch ~ Co-Editor in Chief

     Such a simple phrase, “You just got to have fun.”  But, honestly, I found this to be one of the hardest things for me to remember throughout some games and practices over my four years on the women’s soccer team at the University of Lynchburg.  Sometimes, at practices and games, I would find myself so stressed and anxious to make that one save as a goalkeeper that I forgot to “just play.” The coaching staff told me multiple times to “just play” throughout my years, yet I would always think, All I ever do is play.  What do they mean?  

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Sports Junkie:  Why I Chose To Be A Goalkeeper 

 

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Photo taken of fourth-year goalkeeper and co-captain Caitlin Dorsch by fourth-year photographer of Lynchburg Hornets Sports Network on Sat., Nov. 2.

Caitlin Dorsch ~ Co-Editor in Chief

     Throughout my sports career, both at the club level and collegiate level, I am often asked, “Why did you decide to become a goalkeeper?”  Typically, their statement is followed by a quick remark like, “You must be crazy. That position is too stressful for me. You are like the last person to stop a goal from going in!”

     In response, I say, “Yes, you are right.  It is a very stressful position, but that is why I love it!”  To be honest with you, I have a love/hate relationship with my position.  It is a ton of pressure knowing that you are the last person between the opponent team scoring and the sacred goal.  It is hard knowing that one mistake by you could inevitably lead to a loss for your team. For me, having the trust and love for my teammates and coaches on the women’s soccer team at the University of Lynchburg was the most important aspect for me to want to do well.  Without feeling supported and wholeheartedly trusted by my teammates and coaches, I would not have had the confidence during my final year of eligibility to believe in myself as a goalkeeper.  

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Sports Junkie: Experiences of a Student-Athlete:  The Student-Athlete Team

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Caitlin Dorsch ~ Co-Editor in Chief

     On November 6, 2019, my collegiate soccer career at the University of Lynchburg came to a close, losing in the quarterfinals of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) tournament by a score of 1 to 4.  

     To be completely honest, it was so weird for me the first few days that we were back from winter break.  I did not know when I was going to see my soccer family again. I was worried about how much I would be able to see them since I know how busy the off-season spring schedule is for all fall student-athletes.  

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Sports Junkie: Chicago Welcomes Mack

Chris Snan, Staff Columnist~

The former Oakland Raider, Khalil Mack, has a new home in the Windy City this upcoming season. It was made official Saturday when the Raiders and the Chicago Bears came to an agreement with the trade, which now makes Mack the highest-paid defensive in NFL history. A record breaking 6 year $141 million dollar contract was more than enough to land one of the best pass rushers in the league today. Continue reading “Sports Junkie: Chicago Welcomes Mack”

Sports Junkie: Lebron James or James Harden?

Chris Snan, Staff Columnist~

This past regular season was arguably one of the most entertaining seasons in NBA history, due in part to the star power in the league. Several players stepped up in big ways on game day, improving the quality of the competition. It was even sweeter to see rookies like Donovan Mitchell, Ben Simmons, and Jayson Tatum make use of their playing time and put up good numbers in their first season. Continue reading “Sports Junkie: Lebron James or James Harden?”