Blog: Senior Midfielder Kelly D'Ambrisi
Nov. 4, 2011
WASHINGTON - Senior Kelly D'Ambrisi (Trumbull, Conn./Lauralton Hall Academy) has been a vital cog for the Georgetown women's soccer team since her arrival on campus. The midfielder was named First Team All-BIG EAST on Thursday night for the second-straight year. Throughout the year, D'Ambrisi has been contributing her thoughts for a blog on soccerbanter.org, which can also be seen on the Georgetown Athletics website. www.guhoyas.com. Here is her latest post:
We had from Friday (Senior Day vs. Villanova) to the following Sunday to prepare for our Big East quarterfinal game against Syracuse. We have played Syracuse once earlier this season on their field and beat them 3-1. It was a rainy night on a sloppy field but we dominated. Camille Trujillo had a fantastic game and scored two sweet goals, which always helps. Dave (Nolan) says that it's always hard to beat a team twice in the same season. Since you won, you don't need to change anything and you can essentially have the same game plan. The losing team knows us now, knows our strengths and weaknesses and they know what didn't work for them last time they faced us. Now they can reconsider their approach to the game to try to give us as many problems as possible. We practiced on the turf almost every day this week because of the monsoon like weather. I like the rain when it's warm but it's gotten colder this week and it's just miserable outside. We're having flashbacks of Minnesota last year in the single digit weather. Naomi Meiburger (Nay) distributed some sweet hats for the cold weather... that none of us will ever wear because we look like fools. We have finally broken out our stadium jackets and we love them; every year somebody tries to steal theirs but obviously nothing gets by Nay. Our practices on the turf are usually sharp because we are pretty technically sound, and the flat surface allows us to knock the ball around very quickly. We focused on playing in tight spaces; one and two touch combination play. Syracuse defends very high and flat, so we tried to replicate their style and play a very high offside's line. We're really counting on Camille to have a field day running by their defenders, if we are able to push the ball through to her early. We had a solid week of practice; we want this game so bad! I have never made it to the Final Four of the Big East, and at the beginning of the season it was one of my team goals. Winning the Big East, in my opinion, would be just as extraordinary if not more special than last year's NCAA run to the Elite Eight. My parents, of course, arrived on Saturday afternoon to take me to a nice Italian dinner to carbo load for the big game. They drove down in the blizzard that hit the East Coast on Saturday. Nothing can stop my mom from being down here for one of my soccer games... she would have hitchhiked if necessary. I was so pumped up for the game, we knew exactly what to expect from Syracuse, and we knew exactly what we had to do to beat them. It would be a physical game because they are a very aggressive team that plays on emotion, but we could not be bullied on our own field. I think Syracuse has had more yellow cards this season than we've had in three years. We came out fast and scored 2 goals in the first half. We got one in the second half off a penalty kick for a hand ball in the box. Syracuse scored one late in the second half off a corner, which I'm sure we will look at over and over again in film (hope it wasn't my fault). The game started to get ugly toward the end of the match; a lot of late tackles, going for ankles. Syracuse had already been dealt two yellow cards before receiving a red one late in the game. We had an impromptu tailgate to celebrate our win with my favorite dish, my dad's White Chicken Chili. Now, we have a week to prepare for our second meeting with West Virginia this season.