It starts. The 2002 Indiana womens soccer season has now officially begun.
While womens soccer programs across the country were still asleep, the Hoosiers began their run for a return to excellence.
At 12:01 this morning, the 2002 squad entered Mellencamp Pavillion prepared for the early-morning beep test, a fitness test that allows the coaches to know where their players rank in terms of physical ability early in pre-season.
Weve set very high standards to give the team a challenge from day one, said head coach Mick Lyon. Tonight gave us a good chance to see how they will respond to the challenges we have set forth.
These are the hours most people do not see and never hear about. Nights or mornings - like Wednesdays showcase the dedication of a team fighting for the common goal of victory.
Several athletes ran beyond the goal, others did not. The excitement existed in seeing the determination to succeed - for an entire team to prove themselves not just to a new coaching staff, but to each other.
As the team filed out of Mellencamp Pavillion and the hour approached 1:00 a.m., a review of the mornings events replays. One player stopping just shy of her goal with no excuses only self-reproach. As each girl finished, physical exhaustion setting in as she reached her goal, the cheers for those still running, still pushing the limit and setting the standard for the team, echoed through the rain-dampened night.
This mornings event was more than a test, it was a challenge given to the players by their coaches. Mornings like these dont just make teams they make champions.