Friday, September 25, 2009

By Mark Siefert

Welcome back to the Cougar Den. Home of all the insight for SXU athletics.

Due to some technical difficulties this week, the interview with Senior goal keeper for the #12 ranked cougars men’s soccer team, will be posted next week. Along with the interview with Ian will be an interview with senior utility player Jess Martinez of the women’s soccer team.

WOW! What a week for SXU athletics. Men’s and Women’s Cross country both opened their seasons with great showings. The women’s team won their meet at Olivet Nazarene. On the other hand, the men received a third place finish at their meet in Palos, besting some pretty tough NCAA division 1 teams. A big congratulations goes out to the Men’s soccer team on their 12th place national rank. The men took a huge jump in the rankings and are on a roll, winning three their first four games. It's really exciting to be part of the SXU athletic community right now because every day it’s either "good luck" or "tell me about your away game" conversations being struck up on campus. Those conversations are better than reading the sports section of the Sun-Times or Trib anyday.

Right now is an exciting time to be on campus, whether it is for athletics or not. The weather is perfect, everyone is outside, and almost every night you can see some sort of game going on. These next couple weeks are when most athletes start to settle into our groove with school and sports. This time of year is when most of us start getting our first assignments for research papers, tests, and projects. So not only are we at practice until 6 or 7 p.m., you can find a good number of athletes in the library, or the Link (between McCarthy hall and Rubloff hall). This fast paced lifestyle is usually good for most of us because it keeps us busy, and you never have time to say you’re bored.

Stay classy, Cougars.

Mark Siefert is a senior social science major from Crest Hill. He is a member of the baseball team. Consideration for the student bloggers is provided by Saint Xavier University.

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