Women's Soccer

    Preseason Blog - Nikki Bonacorsi

    Go Hoosiers! Nikki Bonacorsi is one of two sophomore transfers on the Hoosier squad this year.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Nikki Bonacorsi is one of two sophomore transfers on the Hoosier squad this year.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Aug. 19, 2007

    Throughout the 2007 preseason, members of the IU women's soccer team will be giving fans a daily insider's look at what it's like to be a part of the squad. Today, sophomore transfer Nikki Bonacorsi tells her experiences as a newcomer who isn't a member of the freshman class.

    Preseason has been very intense for me for numerous reasons. As a transfer, I have experienced several obstacles similar to the freshmen. However, one difference that the freshmen had was a thorough introduction to the team and school. Since my commitment was later in the semester, I did not have a sufficient amount of time to become familiar with everything. I was very nervous about this upcoming year.

    I arrived on campus early to attend captain's practice in order to better prepare myself. Well, my so-called "fresh start" could have been in a movie. We played a short-sided game goal-to-goal, and within the first five minutes, I unintentionally blocked a cross with my face. As you can probably deduce, my nose started bleeding uncontrollably. So there I was, the transfer, that no one knew, sitting on the sidelines. While attempting to stop the bleeding with the only pair of soccer socks I had in my bag, I kept thinking about what the other girls thought of me. I was hoping they were not questioning my toughness. After some time had passed, my nose finally stopped bleeding and I participated in the last few minutes of the game.

    After that fantastic introduction, I was eager to see what else could happen. We went to Katy Stewart's house for a cookout, where her mom had prepared some delectable food. At the cookout, I was able to get to know the team a little better, and simultaneously, become more excited for the upcoming weekend at Jessica Boots' lake house.

    Slowly, these team activities were making my transition a little easier. At the lake house, we went tubing, swimming and watched some television (new season of "The Hills!"). Overall, it was a great team bonding experience!

    Of course following this casual event came the nerve-wracking preseason. We had fitness tests, which are always fun, soccer practices and more. Nevertheless, we have made it through a good amount of preseason, and are looking forward to the season! After playing an intense intrasquad game today, Coach rewarded us with an exciting trip. I am sure if you stay tuned you will find out what our adventure entails! Get excited for this year! Go Hoosiers!

    -Nikki Bonacorsi




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