Jan. 23, 2014
Florida State’s Dagny Brynjarsdottir is a junior midfielder on the Seminole women’s soccer team. Throughout the spring semester, Dagny will provide fans with an in depth look into the world of soccer both at Florida State and at the national level through her experiences with the Full Icelandic National Team. We hope you enjoy the `Dagny Diaries!’
The quest for a championship begins…
Good morning everyone!
All of us returned to Tallahassee on January 5th and 6th to go back to school. There was a team meeting on the 8th to discuss the spring semester and then we started our first training session of the year on the 9th. Every semester starts with fitness tests so we finished the beep test and the 300-yard shuttle test in our first two training sessions.
The beep test is a timed run that involves continuous running between two lines, 20 meters apart. After about a minute, a sound indicates that the pace of the run will get quicker, shorting the amount of time one has to reach the line. If the line is not reached before the beep sounds, the subject is given a warning and must continue to run to the line. If the subject fails two times in a row to touch the line before the beep that person is out and the test is complete.
Everyone did pretty well on the test and it is obvious that everyone came back from the break focused on accomplishing our team goal, to finish that final game in 11 months with a victory and this time win the national championship.
As you know, we had a pretty good season last year, but we could have done better. We won the ACC Championship with an exciting 1-0 victory over Virginia Tech, but then lost in the National Championship game. We lost 1-0 on a golden goal in the first overtime against UCLA. We did not bring our `A-game’ that day as UCLA played better and got the result that led to the title. All of us still remember how it felt to see the ball going in our net, and all of us remember those painful feelings that went through our bodies when we knew the match was over. Once the season came to a close, we had a lot of mixed feelings floating around, but all of us knew that we never wanted to end up in that situation of experiencing those painful feelings again.
Now it is a new year with new possibilities and as I said earlier, we have 11 months to get back to the final game and win it! Over the next five weeks we will work on our fitness, continue to improve our strength and agility and fine tune our individual soccer skills. Some of us need to get faster, others stronger; others need to work on their fitness and others on their soccer skills, but all of us are working hard and putting in the extra training to make sure we will be the best we can be when are season starts in August, all the way through to December.
All of us are holding each other accountable and making sure we are pushing each other every day. We have limited time training with our coaches during the spring, so a lot of times the team comes together on their own to play a little soccer and to work on getting better. Throughout the spring, we also continue to watch video with our coaches as this helps us learn from the mistakes we made last year.
I cannot wait to see how we continue to improve this spring. I have faith that we will do better this year. We have all different kinds of good players and we have seven months before our season starts in August to make all the pieces come together.
I hope you liked this week’s blog. I look forward to sharing more about my soccer adventures in the coming weeks.