The 2010 NCAA Runner-Ups will may be the biggest test for the Bears during the regular season, as senior captain and goalkeeper Allie Shropshire can attest. We caught up with her earlier this week, so here's what she had to say about the match up.
David Seawright: What kind of mental focus are you carrying into such a big game?
Allie Shropshire: The mental focus is that we'll have to outwork them in every aspect of the game. We may not be more skilled than them but the one thing we can control is how hard we work.
DS: You guys are traveling to the east coast for the second trip in a row - what kind of challenges does that present?
AS: It definitely takes a bit out of you with the jet lag and everything. We actually [had] a five o'clock leave time [Thursday morning] so we'll get adjusted to the new time zone real quick. We'll have a practice Thursday and then the game Friday. It'll be nice to have a little bit time to get used to the time zone though.
DS: As a goalie, what type of individual challenge are you facing against the Wildcats?
AS: The individual challenge is that they'll shoot anytime from anywhere, with looking, without looking, behind the cage, in front of the cage. I'll have to be ready at all times.
DS: As a senior and captain, what are you emotions heading into what may be the toughest challenge of the season?
AS: My emotions are that this is one of 7 or 8 games that we have in the next three weeks so this is the tone that'll be set for those games. I want to set a good leadership example and work hard myself and hopefully everyone else will follow suit.