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Postgame interviews with the seniors of the women's soccer team on Senior Day: Nicole Canning, Nicole Pasciolla, Anna Torregiano and Raelynne Lee. St. John's played Rutgers to a 0-0 2ot tie in its final home game of 2010.
STJ rookie Kristina Quan gives her thoughts about the game vs. West Virginia (Oct. 10, 2010). St. John's lost 1-0 in overtime to a team that is currently receiving votes in the national polls.
Senior Nicole Canning previews this weekend's road trip to the midwest prior to their afternoon flight.
Senior Nicole Pasciolla previewed this weekend's games against UConn and Providence before she boarded the bus to UConn on Thursday.
Senior Raelynne Lee previews this weekend's BIG EAST game at Syracuse.
Junior forward Jen Leaverton recaps last weekend's tournament victory at JMU, previews this weekend's games against Fordham and Rhode Island, and fills us in on the first week of classes.
Redshirt-senior Nicole Pasciolla stops by to talk about the first week of women's soccer practice and the new freshman class. St. John's will scrimmage against Maryland on Wednesday, Aug. 11, at 4 p.m.
Even though I am working, my soccer career at St. John's still comes first. The more I am away from everyone the more I miss them. I truly cannot wait for pre-season to start. During the summer, all of us are working really hard to get ready for the season. We have running groups and support groups to help motivate each other and keep us on track. Every time I get up early to run or come back from work to train I think of all the great girls on our team working so hard and the great season we have ahead of us. This helps me get through the hard days. I love playing for St. John's and the more time goes on the more I realize how special our women's soccer team is.
The people on this team are truly inspiring, and I know the girls coming in are going to love being part of such a special program. This past Saturday I did a really hard run on the track. I almost was going to stop, but what helped me keep going was thinking of all my teammates and how they were all running through pain and working hard. I thought about how bad I wanted to win and how I needed to keep going. My teammates truly inspire me and without them I would not have gotten through the run.
- Nicole Pasciolla
St. John's women's soccer senior Nicole Canning shares what she's been up to this summer and discusses the World Cup.
I'm home in Iceland for my summer "vacation". I´m trying to use my time wisely. I started working at my old kindergarten and it´s awesome being around all the kids. I am also practicing with my old club team and we play in the premier league in Iceland. We practice six days per week for about two hours. We usually have two games per week and I´m playing a lot. I try to get some extra sessions in and I try to lift at least two times per week. Outside of soccer and work, I'm also taking one online course from St. John´s. The course starts next week so I´m going to be even more busy than I am today, but at least I´m not bored.
Because my season is ongoing, I'm not allowed to travel outside of Iceland, but I try to travel around my beautiful country when I have a little time. There is a lot going on in Iceland right now with the volcano and politics and so much more. These are interesting times and even though it´s complicated and sometimes not fun I feel lucky being alive and experiencing everything.
It's hard explaining my life in Iceland to people that have never visited. I almost feel like I live two different lives. In New York, I'm a STJ soccer player, a student and I work hard in achieving my goals. In Iceland I´m a daughter, sister, girlfriend, soccer player and a nanny trying to make the most of the time I have. The two lives mix, of course, and I try to grow both in New York and Iceland. Everything that I learn here I feel can be useful in August when I travel back to New York.
I feel I'm getting ready for the 2010 season everyday in practice. The soccer here is not that different and I´m working on what I need to improve. Mentally I´m trying to relax and gain strength because I know that next season is going to be difficult and I want to be prepared.
I am looking forward to coming back in August and I encourage everyone to explore my beautiful country and maybe visit one day.
Rúna Stefánsdóttir #27
Now back in the Evergreen State I have begun my summer training in preparations for August. My summer training is very unique because I like to incorporate all types of outdoor activities into my program. Last week I lifted and did some ball work on Monday, went on a hike and practiced with the women Sounders Tuesday, lifted again and did a bike workout Wednesday, took a six mile kayaking trip Thursday, completed a small lifting workout, a swimming workout, and got some more touches on the ball Friday, played in an indoor tournament with some friends on Saturday, and took today off. I'm trying to have fun and stay healthy this summer as I prepare myself for the 2010 season.
I am really excited for the upcoming season. I do not know what it will be like exactly, but I do know what I am going to bring to the team. I also know that we will continue and grow in the legacy that the graduating seniors have left behind and build of the successes of last year. Well that's all for now. Keep it real.
Outside of preparing for next season, I am home in Massachusetts and working at a soccer camp at a nearby college. With all of this going on, I am excited to relax and go to the Bahamas with 10 of my teammates who graduated this past year!
Although I love having time off and being at home, I can't wait to get back to school and start the season as soon as possible! It's going to be a new experience for everyone, but I know I'm excited for the road that lies ahead. Happy Summer!
Hey this is Kristin Russell from the women's soccer team. For the past couple of months we have been doing a lot of offseason training so that we can become fitter and stronger leading into the fall. During the week, we have two lifting days, followed by two conditioning days, and then two days that we go to Cunningham Bubble to do ball work. I will admit, the spring isn't the best time of year for soccer, but it does help us to get better as individuals and as a team. In the fall, we don't have as much time to work on the things we are struggling with, but in the spring we have more time to get better. With all of the time that we are spending on improving, it will certainly benefit us when we enter the fall season.
This past Saturday was Women In Sports Day, which is a day for breast cancer awareness. We had a clinic with young children, teaching them the basics of soccer. After spending a few hours with the children, all of the women's teams from
Over and out!
Many people think that being a college athlete is absolutely dreadful: waking up extremely early in the morning for practice, going here and there for team meetings, and running around like a chicken without a head because you are always too busy. Well, speaking as a freshman on the women's soccer team, I can disagree with that. Yes, being a college athlete at the Division I level is not easy, but the program here at
Once I got back from an early-season injury, there was nothing that could stop me from getting back to full strength. Our team worked hard all day, every day for the goal that we all dreamed of achieving: the NCAA Tournament.
By finding the fire within ourselves we were able to live up to our team motto: "When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too." We were able to make it to the BIG EAST Semifinals, and for the first time ever, the NCAA Tournament. As a freshman, I felt so accomplished and proud. This past season was a tremendous victory not only for our seniors, but also for the rest of us.
As we move along further on our journey this spring as a new team, we will certainly encounter struggles. However, I know that we will overcome them, and I know that we will be right back on that beautiful green pitch in November at the BIG EAST Championship and the NCAA Tournament. Hard work is not an issue for us because it is our middle name. I believe that each and every one of us defines what it means to be a successful player. Therefore, when speaking of my experience as a college athlete I can only say that it is amazing.
"Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming." - John Wooden
- Christina Chai Chang #3
For the past few weeks we have been lifting and doing cardio, however, this Friday we are going to the bubble for the first time so we can play on turf and get our touch. I am REALLY looking forward to that! It will be so nice to be able to play soccer now that my knee is finally feeling better.
Although it has been a major change without the seniors, I think we are doing a great job with leadership and everyone seems to be focused on our goals for the program. One major advantage, since we do not have that many people, is that each of us is getting a lot of individual assistance from the coaches. We are all excited to get back and start playing. This spring is going to be a lot of hard work, but come preseason we will be ready to make it back to the NCAA Tournament.
When we arrived, our fantastic bus driver Don took us around to see the different areas. It was truly shocking how there was still so much devastation five years after Hurricane Katrina. In some areas, there were still couches, mattresses, and rubbish outside the houses waiting to be picked up. There were many houses with holes in the roofs, which were used as escapes from the high water levels. We were able to see how high the water line was in certain areas by looking at the water stains on the siding of the houses. Being there to witness the devastation (5 years later) was a huge eye-opener.
The students were split up into four groups where we all worked on different projects. I was assigned to the Green Dream House No. 2. It's called the Green Dream house because the materials, such as paperless drywall and ceramic floor tile, were used in preparation for a future flood. In other words, if something like Hurricane Katrina hits New Orleans again, the house will be better prepared and will not need to be completely rebuilt. We worked from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day. Within these hours, we painted ceilings and walls. We also learned how to tile the floor- which was our main job. It was extremely satisfying to see our progress each day.
Every morning, we were eager to get going because we wanted to complete the flooring. While working on the house, we listened and danced to music. We spent our lunch breaks sharing stories and learning about one another. It was amazing to see how a quickly a group of strangers could become such good friends. My group was very lucky because we were able to meet the man who was going to move into the house. This wonderful man's name was Cornelius Brown. Courtney and I ate lunch alongside Cornelius one day. We asked him to share his story with us. He basically told us that his entire family had to evacuate. Everything he had, everything he's worked for, in one day, was gone. Family and friends were missing and some were found dead. Now he was left to rebuild his entire life from scratch. Because of this devastation, many families fled New Orleans and never came back. Listening to Cornelius's story was truly inspiring. His courage and faith was gleaming out of his eyes when he spoke of his hopeful future. It was such a blessing to meet this man because he showed me that even when you lose everything, literally everything, if your faith is strong and true to your heart, you can do anything.
Aside from working on the house, we were able to take part in other activities which really helped give us of the flavor of what "New Awlins" was all about. We met Leah Chase at the Dookey Chase Restaurant. She is an amazing 87-year-old lady who has fed the President of Mexico, the President of Columbia, Michael Jackson and his family, President Bush, and even our president now, Barack Obama! We were able to taste some taste delicious home-cooked Cajun food, such as Gumbo and Jambalaya. Leah Chase told us that our generation is different; she said it is inspiring to see that our generation is more active and not afraid of change or taking risks. I liked that! We went to Rock N' Bowl where we danced with the locals to the jazz band's unbelievable music. We were able to spend time on Bourbon Street. It was so awesome to see how much live bands and music plays such a pivotal role in understanding the "sense" of New Orleans. We were also able to visit a place where they displayed dozens upon dozens of colorful Mardi Gras floats. The locals made it perfectly clear how Mardi Gras is "the celebration" of New Orleans.
I can really go on and on. But, overall, the experience of the New Orleans Plunge is one that I will never forget. In just five days, I was able to experience a new world. I learned more in five days than I could have ever imagined. Words can't express how truly grateful I am to have been a part of the experience. I can honestly say it has been one of my Best experiences here at St. John's. I highly recommend this plunge to all students because I promise you it will be an extremely fulfilling experience.
- Jessica Simonetti
Hey! This is Raelynne Lee, again reporting the on-goings of the team. Now our regular season is over and we are currently in BIG EAST Tournament. We ended up being the second seed in the American Division, so we got a bye the first round, which gave us an extra day of rest last week, and went immediately into the quarterfinals. I felt that the days leading up to the quarterfinal game went very well. I enjoyed myself at every practice, not because they were easy, but because we were all working hard and pushing each other to get better and prepare for the game against Georgetown.
Before the game on Sunday, I honestly felt a deep sense of connection between everyone and a deep mental focus that we were ready to fulfill our destiny. The game was probably a nail-bitter for the fans sitting in the stands and no it wasn't a picnic for the girls on the soccer team, but the outcome was exactly as we had been envisioning it all week...St. John's victorious over Georgetown.
Monday was our day for celebrating the excitement over the win, but now its back to work. We have to put the same, if not more, work in for Friday's BIG EAST Semifinal game I'm very excited for this upcoming week, but I will be taking it one day at a time like I always try to do. The FIRE is growing stronger and hotter.
Peace, Love, and Soccer
~R. Lee #11
Hello. This is Jen Leaverton. Since you last heard, the team's emotions have been running high. After coming off of two huge victories in California, we stayed on track taking care of New Hampshire the following Friday (Sept. 4) Nonetheless, we suffered our first major setback of the season, being defeated by Princeton that Sunday. We evaluated this loss and figured we could look at it one of two ways; we could let it deflate our spirits, or use it as motivation, something to push us to our limits day in and day out from that point forward. Needless to say, we opted for option two.
Since losing to Princeton, we have worked twice as hard in practice, not settling for anything less than perfection. Every member of this team knows what we are capable of, and we had now experienced how quickly it could be taken away. This team possesses a unity and trust that does not come along often, and we know that we have to take advantage of it. Due to dedication and hard work, we have gone 4-0 in the past two weekends defeating the likes of LIU, Indiana, Syracuse and Columbia.
It has been a team effort this season, with seven different players scoring the game-winning goal. This alone shows the significance of every player on the team. From starters, to people coming off the bench, there has been nothing but support, motivation and encouragement from each member of this team. With this group, nothing can hold us back.
What's up? This is Raelynne Lee. Although this is only our first full week of school it already seems like we've been going to classes for much longer. With school starting, another element is added to our already busy schedule. Let me just tell you that the balance between soccer and school is tough, not to mention attempting to try and find some time for yourself. But I know that every girl on the team does an excellent job of time management and we all find the time to get all of our work done on and off the field.
The weekends seem to come and go so quickly. It's amazing that we're on our fourth weekend of the 2009 season and that BIG EAST play starts this Friday. This past weekend we came out on top with two big wins over LIU and Indiana and we are now preparing for our next challenge. As a team we are improving each game and things are really coming together. It is so much fun to be on the St. John's women's soccer team and I feel so blessed to be a part of this family.
That's all for now. I have to go study for the Spanish test I have tomorrow!
Peace, Love, and Soccer
-R. Lee #11
Hello. This is Tatiana Duggan, a senior on the St. John's women's soccer team. Spirits are high after beginning the season with two great wins on the road. This past weekend we were challenged both physically and mentally as the travelling party of 22 girls fought through heat, jet lag and some extremely debatable calls. Our intensity and dedication throughout the two grueling weeks of preseason may have seemed overwhelming and even unbearable at times, but proved to be the necessary preparation for overcoming the tangible and sometimes intangible obstacles we faced in California.
There were moments in the Cal State Fullerton game when distractions got the better of us, but our desire as a team to refuse to step off the field without a win manifested into a force strong enough to make that vision a reality. On Sunday, every person who stepped foot inside the gates of McAlister Field could feel the force we were carrying with us. Voices from the bench were proud and encouraging. The effort and hard work on the field was present in every player and even the wind carried a bit of Red Storm spirit as the anxiety of the players back home whispered prayers of good luck as they awaited text message updates.
I've never felt a chemistry this strong in our team before and I'm excited to see how our newly fortified mental presence will compliment our persevering physical presence. We've set a tone for this season. And with the energy and passion that we brought to the West Coast, I'm confident that back home at Belson we're going to come out strong as ever. We meet New Hampshire on Friday and I'm not much of a meteorologist, but I got a good feeling that a storm is rolling in.
- T. Duggan #25
Hello. This is Courtney Curby, a senior on the St. John's women's soccer team. Today officially marks nine days of preseason, but if you ask any of the girls on the team they will say it feels like we've been here for weeks. Since we have multiple practices or meetings in one day, it becomes very hard to keep track of days.
The current heat wave here definitely contributes to making everything a haze in my mind. It seems that summer has saved all its scorching temperatures for our preseason. Luckily, we've been doing many concentration activities and breathing exercises to keep us focused on our tasks. Amidst all the challenges that preseason presents, the entire team has kept a great attitude. More than ever I feel our team is playing together as one unit.
On Monday, we had an exhibition game against Stony Brook at home. It felt so good to be back playing a game at Belson under the lights. Our team definitely gets a rush from that feeling. We tied 0-0, which was probably not the result we would've liked, but we were happy with our defensive play as a team, considering that's what we have been concentrating on most. From there, we continue moving forward. This season there is no looking back.
- C. Curby #5