In Finding Nemo, Dori famously advises Nemo’s Dad, Marlin, to “just keep swimming.”
I think the analogy applies to our team and program right now. We have had some serious setbacks this year - injuries, absences, and heartbreaking losses. Indeed, all three of our losses have come despite playing really well in those games, having taken Northfield, Ralston Valley, and Green Mountain to Overtime or the last minutes of regulation before surrendering the winning goal. But…we have also gotten better with each game, showing great heart, determination and discipline in the process. We have made outstanding opponents sweat it out, and had our chances to sneak away with a win in a game in which I am pretty sure we were not favored. And note that all three of these are top programs in the state - purposefully scheduled to help strengthen us.
My message to the girls this week is simply this - Just Keep Swimming.
We have three choices - to keep swimming, to tread water, or if we do neither, we will sink. I trust in these players to have the character to bounce back and keep swimming forward, trying to get better every day and for the next match. That mindset will help us as we push towards more competitive games later in the season and in the playoffs….and…ultimately, it will have the effect of getting the result we want in these big games down the road.
This week features two great matches - first, a home match Monday versus Littleton at EHS Turf Field. It will be a great afternoon, complete with an acknowledgment of our favorite teachers at EHS at 3:25 PM. (A side note - thanks once again to these girls for always providing for the coaches an absolute clean sheet when it comes to your grades and eligibility, and thanks as well go to EHS’ teachers for the hard work they put in to helping you succeed.) Then on Thursday we travel down to NAAC to play longtime rival Golden. In between those two games, we will train Tuesday and Wednesday.
Just Keep Swimming!