Hello everyone! My name is Jessie Stewart. I am looking forward to blogging about my experience out it Phoenix. I hope you find my incite interesting and entertaining! 🙂 I have not done this before so bear with me! First, a little bit about myself. I was born and raised in Fort Collins and played Arsenal U11-U19. Soccer has always been a passion of mine and it was an honor and delight playing for such an incredible club. Currently I am playing soccer and studying Exercise Science at Iowa State University and loving it. GO CLONES!
For those of you who are unaware, our journey to Regionals and Nationals was far from typical. Originally we did not even think we would be able to field a team and our dreams of claiming the national title were hindered. However, after combining with a Real National team from Denver the desire was rekindled. As a full team we only practiced together for about a month before we were in the State Cup championship game. After a rough loss to Academy we ended up receiving a wild card to the Regional Tournament. Upon arriving in Boise we played two pool play games and won both somewhat unchallenged. From there we advanced to semifinals where we beat Sereno, a team from Arizona. Bounding into the quarters we found ourselves matched against our longtime rivals, Academy. After a heart wrenching game we pulled out a stunning victory (3-2) in overtime to advance into the finals. There we faced the only Idaho team to advance into the finals this year, Super Nova. Surrounded by crowds numbering in the thousands we persevered to win 4-3 in regulation time. Joyful, elated, and relieved we returned to Colorado where we have been training hard in preparation for Nationals which will be in Phoenix, Arizona.
Until next time, stay cool… because we most definitely will not be!