In the Life of a Fish: Mark Cabrera
September 18, 2008
Below is the latest installment of a Palm Beach Atlantic University student-athlete blog as men's soccer player Mark Cabrera shares with readers about the team's most recent game versus Delta State University.
Ahh, team trips. The more we travel the more efficient our methodology for passing through security becomes. In order to ensure that we didn’t lose our luggage, we carried our soccer bags with us onto the flight. Unfortunately our toiletry bags needed to be checked, so we all placed our individual toiletry bags into one of coach’s bags to be stowed under the plane. Seeing as we only travel with eighteen players and two coaches, there should be a maximum of twenty separate bags… Right? Wrong, Juan decided to bring half of Sally’s Beauty Supply with him on the trip and was personally responsible for three toiletry bags and eight pounds of the allotted fifty pounds per checked suitcase.
This morning we woke up to a sweet Mississippi breeze and began our mental preparation for the day’s game with a quick walk and stretch (fairly standard procedure). Delta State was ranked nationally in the week prior to the match so we knew we would have our hands full today. We came out flying and Dan “Daredevil” Dodge scored two goals in quick succession as we jumped out to an early lead. Those two goals were all we needed and we were able to hold on throughout a physical game. The referee kept the game interesting with a few interesting calls and a random stoppage in play that made Caleb Roberts say, “What? I am confused.”
The testimony of our guys showed through their actions as we kept our cool in heated situations and stayed level headed through adversity. Oh yeah, one more thing, Nick Rasek has a new nickname on the team, “Klepto”. Late in the second half, Cheyne Roberts was sprinting towards the mouth of the goal and Nick stole the ball right off his foot and starts dribbling towards midfield. All jokes aside, today proved that we can win in a close game and that we can play with heart. Things weren’t going are way and we were able to pull out a victory. Not our greatest performance but it can be built upon for future matches.
As we approach our meeting with perennial powerhouse Christian Brothers University this Saturday, it is important that we stay mentally focused and get physically prepared for a game that is sure to be a battle. We know what we have to do; now we just have to go out and… Do work.