Aug. 8, 2010
Hi Lobo Fans,
My name is Gianna Cavuoto, a rising junior defender on the Lobo women's soccer team. Over the next few months I will be posting a weekly blog to give you a player's perspective on the 2010 fall season. I hope to be able to share some of my personal experiences and give you an insight into the life of a student-athlete.
I've been extremely busy this summer, training, playing, traveling, participating in urban inner-city ministry, coaching youth soccer camps and representing UNM at the Mountain West SAAC (Student-Athlete Advisory Committee) conference. It often feels like an extension of the school year, and less like a "break", but the experiences have been very fulfilling and worthwhile.
So let's rewind to the end of the Spring. After concluding another demanding spring semester, I jetted out to North Carolina to join the Charlotte Lady Eagles (a summer team that competes in the USL W-league). The W-league is currently the second highest level of women's soccer in the United States soccer pyramid, and is recognized as North America's main women's developmental organization. I decided to return to Lady Eagles for a second summer, after growing immensely from the experience last year (Summer 2009). The Lady Eagles are unique in that they are a division of Missionary Athletes International (MAI), an organization committed to sharing the message of Christianity through sports ministry.
I was fortunate to have the opportunity to help my team to a play-off appearance, finishing the season with the least goals conceded and the most shutouts in the W-league.
A couple playing highlights: beating the defending Atlantic conference champions, the Atlanta Silverbacks 2-0 (they were undefeated until they played us); and winning 5-0 on the road against the Hampton Road Piranhas (after being kicked out of the locker room pregame due to a conflict with the men's team playing before us).
While I was busy out on the East Coast, several of my Lobo teammates were playing in various leagues around the West Coast. Liz Lambert and Amanda Collins spent the summer playing for the Santa Clarita Heat and Colorado Rush respectively. Kate Wyrick returned home to Southern California to play for the San Diego Sea Lions, a prominent team in the WPSL (Women's Premier Soccer League). Sophomores Lauren Irwin and Rachel Montoya represented their club teams, the SoCal Blues and Alameda Flash at Far West regional U19 competition. Competing at the U18 age group were incoming freshmen Brianna Webster, Brooke Ellison, and Liz Nare for the Laguna Hills Eclipse White. The frosh went on to win the regional final and the U18 National Championship. All the returning players are excited for the talented freshmen class to arrive on campus this week, and bring their winning experiences and enthusiasm to the group.
On returning to Albuquerque, I was very encouraged to see the tremendous work ethic of my Lobo teammates (who have been working out around their summer school schedules). Led by senior Rachel Fields, the girls have been lifting, running and playing small-sided games in order to prepare for preseason camp and the coming fall season.
So final pre pre-season preparation looks good and the last few players have arrived in town as we get ready to begin- LOBO PRESEASON 2010.