Munoz: East Coast Trip Will Include Special Visitor from Spain
The first few weeks have been up and down here in Palo Alto. There has been a roller coaster of rain and sun, where you don't know which one is going to come out each day. Although, I will not complain about the little rain, when people on the East Coast (especially my home) have almost a foot of snow! We won our first two games, and then lost this weekend to a team we beat 15-4 last year.
We have yet to come off a game feeling satisfied, and this last game was the final wake-up call. On both ends of the field we felt we didn't do enough. Especially as a goalie, 16 goals is not something that I can accept at all and the defense and coaches felt the same. However, we will watch film, learn from this, and move on. If this was our slip up, then I'm glad it happened now and not later down the road. The most important thing is that we learn from our mistakes and ensure our teammates the same ones won't happen again.
Looking ahead, we have a tough road facing Fresno State at Fresno on Wednesday night and then head out early Thursday morning to travel east to face Towson Friday night and Georgetown Sunday afternoon. However, we also have an awesome week ahead. We have three opportunities to prove to ourselves and others what we are really made of. I'm really looking forward to these next games in excitement because I have seen our talent in practices, and I know it's going to shine throughout each 60 minutes. I have no doubt that we're going to rebound from this loss and show ourselves what we can really do.
I'm very excited not only for the games, but that we are going to my home state of MARYLAND (yes, all caps is necessary). I know it's going to be drastically different with the weather but I love when we go to Maryland. It's also awesome that the coaches were able to schedule this trip since all four (true) seniors are from Maryland. Along with getting to see my family, I'm especially thrilled to see my baby cousin Felicity who will be turning one year-old in a few weeks. Also, my grandmother is visiting from Madrid, Spain. I haven't seen her in about two years. In case you couldn't tell from my last name, I'm Spanish. My dad was born in Spain and came to the United States in about third grade. He and two of his sisters ended up staying in the D.C. area, while his other four siblings and mom went back to live in Spain. Although we have video-chatted a lot, it's been awhile since I've actually seen my "abu", as we call her. When we were little no one could say abuela, and abu stuck. But this is also her first time seeing me play lacrosse, which makes me really happy that she'll finally get to see the game I tell her about.
I will be seeing even more familiar faces this weekend. As I have said in my previous posts, my goalie coach from high school is Mike Molster. He's a great person and coach, but he is also a volunteer assistant coach for Towson. We played them in the fall, and we have before, but I have never played against him in a real game. I know he won't like it but I plan on making him very angry! Overall, I'm just really pumped to get out there and playing again. Despite the familiar faces, our objective is to play hard and come up with three wins, and that's exactly what we're going to do.