June 20, 2014
ATHERNS, Ohio - The Ohio University soccer student-athletes will be checking in with OhioBobcats.com throughout the summer to update Bobcat Nation on their lives. Senior midfielder Annie Beard (Mason, Ohio) continues the summer blog series.
A two-time Academic All-Mid-American Conference Honorable Mention selection, Beard has started 14 of the 36 games she's played in, logging 1,541 minutes. She has totaled three points off three assists.
Annie Beard's Blog Entry
After about a month of summer, it is definitely the busiest one I have had yet. It will be tough to sum this past month up into one blog post, but I will do my best to accomplish it without putting you to sleep.
I will start by saying I have become quite the adventurer since finishing up my junior year. I guess I think I'm pretty cool now that I'm a senior, and I'm attempting to do grown up stuff.
I went to Europe and did European things for the first two weeks of my summer. My boyfriend, Logan, and I joined a tour group and traveled all of Europe for 14 days. We went to London, Amsterdam, St. Goar and Munich in Germany, Austria, Florence, Venice, Rome, Switzerland and Paris. It was amazing, and I learned so much about the world and different people within that two weeks; probably more than I have learned in my short life of 21 years. I don't want to be cheesy and say that it was life changing, but... it was definitely life changing. I did things I never thought I would do, such as touring the Arsenal stadium, white water rafting through the Austrian Alps, taking a boat cruise through the canals of Amsterdam, going into Anne Frank's house, hanging out with locals in Munich, riding a gondola through Venice and talking soccer with the gondolier, or seeing all of Paris from the top of the Eifel Tower. Clearly, I could go on for days talking about this trip. One of the best parts, you ask? (I know you didn't ask, but I will tell you anyway). One of the best parts of the trip was seeing soccer EVERYWHERE. The stores were full of jerseys, the people knew more about soccer players than their own family members and soccer fields lined every highway. It was pretty cool to see.
Once we got back from the trip, it was back to reality. And, unfortunately, that reality was pretty tough.
Three days after we got home, Logan's mom, Sheri, passed away after a two-and-a-half year battle with pancreatic cancer. I will keep this part short, because it is still tough to talk about. One thing I will mention, however, is what I have learned through all of this.
Sheri was a fighter. She taught me how to fight through pain, adversity and hard times. Not only did she fight through it all, she never complained and never made anything about her. It is very rare that you will see this in a person, especially a person who had to go through something so awful. So, I want to take these lessons I have learned from Sheri and apply them to this season with OHIO Soccer. I hope the entire team can learn something from Sheri. When things are hard or not going our way, we will fight through adversity and stick together as a team. I can't wait to get out on the field with my teammates/family and play for Sheri this season.
On a lighter note, I am now living in downtown Chicago for the summer, interning for a PR agency (so grown up, I know). I moved in about a week ago, and I love the city and everything about it! I will keep you posted on more of my Chicago adventures as the summer continues.
Thanks for reading!
2014 Ohio Soccer Summer Blog Series Archive
Entry 1: Rachel Fryan
Entry 2: Gabby Hausfeld
Entry 3: Brieanna Charlebois