My name is Kat Toomey, I am a first-year here at MHC and I volunteered, along with my teammates Emily and Pam to blog about the activities of the MHC soccer team! The season has kicked off to a great start with preseason being just about over, and the first Varsity home game taking place on Saturday at 1 p.m.! The Lyons will be playing Colby-Swayer College. Preparation for this season has included everything from mile-runs, tactical ball-work, intense fitness, to mini-golfing and eating ice cream at McCray's Farm. Although the first day of preseason was interrupted by Hurricane Irene, we have managed to choose the varsity team, get in shape, and take care of most of the details surrounding the preparation for the season. There have been two scrimmages so far, one where the Varsity played Westfield State, the outcome being a loss of 3-1, but an exceptionally better second half that showed the team coming together and figuring what needed to be done. I am on the JV squad, and we had a scrimmage against STCC where we won 1-0 in a well-played first game where we discovered our strengths as well as our weaknesses. We had an activity called "Scary Fun Fitness" a couple days ago, and let me tell you while it was fun it was a little more scary. We went on a scavenger hunt in the dark around campus, and the team that finished all the areas in the fastest time won. Sounds just like fun and games right? Not exactly. We were given sections to do, and after completing each section we had to run back to Kendall and get the next section. This resulted in backtracking, and running around campus to places even as far as the Equestrian Center. We had to have run a total of like 7 miles that night! Not to mention that for every wrong answer we got 5 minutes added to our time. Oh the things Coach thinks of... ;)Yesterday the team embarked on the Skinner Mountain Run, pushing to the top to enjoy the amazing view and to feel the accomplishment of running up a mountain in the rain, only to be told how long it took in the end! Everyone did a great job, and the several injured players had a nice walk up the mountain. Once again we were treated to ice cream by Coach Kanae after the run :)
Last night at our team activity, each team came up with team goals for the season. I have no doubt that both teams will achieve these goals; through hard work, team-bonding, and communication. That's all I can think of for now!