DURHAM, N.C. -- Coming off of a 10-day preseason, an exhibition game against Missouri, a team bonding trip to a nearby lake, and our opening weekend games where we took on Wofford and Central Florida, I find myself extremely excited about one particular idea: potential.
The word potential seems to haunt so many clubs and programs by provoking fear, a fear of falling short of expectation. However, in my mind, and in the mind of this Duke women’s soccer team, potential does not equate to expectation. Yes, last season’s successes of a NCAA College Cup run and returning 10-of-11 starters has stirred a lot of talk about expectations in the soccer community; but, that’s not the focus.
This team is committed to reaching our potential; that is, improving the way we prepare, improving the way we train, improving the way we play, improving the way we recover, and improving the way we interact. For us, potential refers to growth.
I have been inspired by the way this team has already grown, continues to grow, and will ultimately grow down the road. I am enamored with this team’s dedication to become better: to fix what isn’t working, and to perfect what already works well, both on and off the field. I am impressed with the standards, we as players, have held, for ourselves, and our teammates.
As we travel to our first away game to play Arkansas, I am eager to see what new challenges we will face and the obstacles we will have to conquer in order to continue to develop as a team and individuals. While there is always promised to be many ups and downs in every season, my excitement stems from the fact that I think we have only begun to reach the cusp of our unbelievable potential; potential that is not feared, rather welcomed with the open arms of a team focused on progress. I can only hope we keep moving forward with each coming day, each practice, and each game, taking experience from the past, but concentrated on the current 2016 season.