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Oct. 17, 2012

ATHENS, Ohio – This fall, OhioBobcats.com has taken you closer than ever to the Ohio Women’s Soccer season. Throughout the 2012 campaign, Veronica Rock has been writing a blog about her experiences with the program, both on and off the field.

Rock (North Royalton, Ohio) is a versatile player for the Bobcats with three seasons of experience to her name. The senior was named an Academic All-MAC Honorable Mention during the 2011 season and has made the transition to a defensive role for the Bobcats during the 2012 season while serving as one of the program's set-piece specialists.

For those of you who have been following my blog throughout the season, you may have noticed that this entry has arrived a little late. My sincerest apologies, for an unfortunate series of events which has included the flu and a clinical rotation that has left me traveling all over southeast Ohio is to blame.

For those who do not know, I am a senior nursing student with only a semester and a half left before I graduate with my Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree (almost there!). This means that curriculum and clinical requirements for my major have gotten a bit harder and far more demanding. To give you an idea, my average day looks a little like this: I wake up around 4:45am, eat breakfast and pack up my scrubs, book bag, and soccer bag and head out the door in order to be at the hospital by 6:30am. My current clinical rotations are pediatrics and home care, and after an 8 hour shift in either of those areas I head back the hour it takes to get back on campus. After that, I put down my stethoscope and throw on the cleats and it’s off the highway and onto the field for training.  On some days I am able to enjoy a full practice, but on most I only train until 5 p.m. so that I can make it to my evening class by 5:15 p.m. From practice I head straight to the classroom where I keep the proverbial “light bulb” turned on for a 3.5-hour lecture. After a quick dinner and shower around 9 p.m., it’s off to either the Academic Research Center or the library to finish up the homework due or the inevitable quiz or test I have later in the week. I usually hit the hay around 12 or 1 before it all starts over again. Last week I was even lucky enough to have the stomach flu thrown in the mix. A box of saltine crackers and a couple cans of chicken noodle soup later and I have fully recovered. Although I haven’t quite caught up on sleep, I have on my school work and my teammates have been there to lend a laugh and help keep my mind off the never ending “to do” list.

Since the last blog, MAC play has been in full swing and although we currently sit with a 2-4-1 record in conference play, we are still working hard and refusing to settle. Although it is fair to say we have had our bouts of bad luck, we are aware we have made mistakes which our opponents have capitalized on. That is why the focus of these last three conference games will be to minimize the mistakes and exploit our strengths both individually and as a unified team. There is no doubt we have the talent, the heart, the desire, the drive and the willingness to do whatever it takes to win. Our only task now is to leave no doubt. In film we have seen notable growth and improvement in our play from game to game and it is evident we are still getting better every day. As we head into the final games of conference play we are confident in our capabilities and looking forward to closing out the conference on a high note with full intentions of reaching the conference tournament. Hope to see you all out there! Go Green!

Ohio will play its final two home regular-season games on Friday and Sunday. The Bobcats host Toledo Friday (3 p.m.) on Scarf Giveaway Day and then host Northern Illinois on Sunday (1 p.m.) on Senior Day.