In the Life of a Fish: Brandi Bianco
August 25, 2008
As a part of a new feature on PBASailfish.com, we are proud to introduce a series of blogs by different student-athletes throughout their pre-season, regular season, and post season. These online "diares" will allow each of you to get a better understanding of what it's like to be a Palm Beach Atlantic University student-athlete.
Our first blog of the season comes from senior women's soccer player Brandi Bianco. Entering her fourth season as a standout forward, Bianco looks to lead her team to new heights in her final season on the field.
Pre-season is now season.
I remember a few weeks back thinking about pre-season. All of the pain, soreness, tiredness and everything that goes along with it. I was about to dive right into that. I was excited for a new season but not excited for the heat, the running, the bruises, and the stress. However, this season was a little bit different. We were starting out with 6 new girls, losing some quality playes, and we gained a new coach. Since the transition from coaches was made so late in the summer, we were not sure what to expect for pre-season. We did not get a summer workout so we had to train on our own. A few days before pre-season we found out that we had a coach and the practices will be intense. I remember getting worked up and ready to start. I knew that the two weeks of pre-season were going to be long and pretty miserable. As I thought, our lives included eating, sleeping and playing soccer.
Well two weeks later I can say that we have successfully survived! Although we lost some girls toward the end due to injury and fatigue, they should all be back in the playing field in no time. I believe that as a senior this is our year to shine. Last season we had some frustrating games. Although we lost many games, the stats don't show how we had the ball majority of the time, or we gave up a silly goal last minute. All you see is the L by our name. This year we are starting fresh. We have all changed our mind set, put the past in the past, and we are striving forward.
I know that God has great plans for this team. I have already seen the girls mold and grow together in such a short amount of time. Now that we have a new coach, we will have a new line up and we will be playing a different style then the routine we were used to. Today starts the first day of school and I know that this will add some stress to the girls but as soon as we get to the field, we leave everything else behind. I believe that after these four days of training, come Friday, our team will be ready to put on those cleats and face our first challenge of the year.