Nov. 20, 2013
CHICAGO - Senior men's soccer player Josh Beard will be providing Flames' fans with an inside look into the 2013 squad with a weekly segment called `Blogging with Beard'. Beard will blog about team traditions, traveling, memorable moments and many other aspects that make the UIC men's soccer squad unique. Aside from being a starting defender for the Flames, Beard is also a communications major with an interest in creative writing.
This past weekend was a very difficult time to be a UIC soccer player. We had to play Wright State at the drop of a hat on Saturday, despite the Horizon League already telling us we were in the final. Then after beating them, the craziness of Sunday ensued.
On Sunday, the weather came through Illinois like a wrecking ball, with tornadoes destroying towns, extremely high winds, and torrential rains that flooded our field. This caused our game to be postponed until they could find a time we could play. We all hung out in the locker room and sang some tunes together, little did I know this would be the last positive moment we would have this season together as a team.
We ended up having to play the game at Northwestern, where the wind was swirling and made it difficult to play. We fought hard but fell just short as Milwaukee defeated us 2-0. At this moment, my heart dropped knowing that we did not win the tournament, but we didn't give up thinking we would get an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The emotions you typically feel after losing your last game in college were halted, because we still had a breath of life in us. As we sat there on Monday watching the selection show, the nerves started to settle in as our name did not appear. Then the last two spots were filled and our name did not appear, the emotions of your college season being over hitting you suddenly.
As my eyes began to well, I found myself wishing I could be back in the locker room singing with the guys, laughing and enjoying each other's company. Instead, we must face the harsh reality that the season is over, but still hold our heads high knowing that we had a season to be remembered.