September 26, 2006
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.View Reunion Photos
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
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
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 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.
resonate in my mind.
I harbor, hold, and value the knowledge
gained in the classrooms and on the fields here in sweet Salisbury,
In the metaphorical game of life,
it will always be a bright, bright sunshiny day...
Meredith Knowles Abramson