Soccer (M)

Catawba Men's and Women's Soccer Reunion Review

Nearly seventy Catawba College Men's and Women's soccer alumni returned to campus this weekend for their reunion. Former players and coaches returned for a luncheon and then watched Coach Craig Turnbull's men notch his 100th career win by toppling West Virginia Wesleyan 4-2 and, in the nightcap, John Cullen's women scored a late goal to defeat SAC conference foe Mars Hill 3-2.

See the gallery of photos from the reunion and a poem written by Meredith Knowles Abramson, class of '96, that brought back many a memory to all in attendance.
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As I meander in my memory I mindlessly make my way to Frock Fields And I cannot help to stop at the rock where I sat — so many times to boot up and prepare for one of those perpetual and often painful practices My cleats sink into the gravel at the foot of the fields As I pair up with a partner and play my way through another day of saunting drills, small-sided games, end-of-practice sprints And remember... nothing drops Work study in the soccer house Doing laundry downstairs (not really certain if I'd call the end-product clean) Stuffing and sealing envelopes and keeping up with the latest list of recruits Having faith that Coach would find the best players to fill the shoes of the upperclassmen we looked up to, learned from, and missed deeply upon their graduations — on both the field and in our hearts On away games, we'd travel in fifteen passenger vans Filled to the very rim with players, equipment, anticipation The Coolers packed by cafeteria ladies weren't as much fun — nor as filling — as the team dinners at Ryan's On game nights, the rhythmic clip, clip, clip of countless cleats on concrete on feet lined up in twos wearing red socks for big games with a team that traditionally sings, Here we go, here we go, here we go... Fog rolling in over Frock Fields Our most faithful fan's pipe often adding the sweetest incensce-like smell to the haze hovering over the moist, green grass Halftime. The crisp fall air fills our lungs as the steam from our sweaty heads wiggles upward into the air The fields have seen many seasons players have come and gone But the earth underneath remembers and whispers of traditions, experiences, and treasures of which we have all experienced. Fortunate to have found Catawba by way of our love of soccer Each of us is so fortunately equipped With minds and bodies of discipline, strength, dedication, the ability to work with others, to take instruction, and to be guided. For this, we are thankful. Sweet memories resonate in my mind. I harbor, hold, and value the knowledge gained in the classrooms and on the fields here in sweet Salisbury, North Carolina. In the metaphorical game of life, it will always be a bright, bright sunshiny day... Meredith Knowles Abramson September 2006

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