Student-Athlete Journal:
Kerri Ferreira, Women’s Soccer

Our journey began in late August trying to survive the first couple of weeks of pre-season. Knowing this would be my last year playing collegiate soccer here at Rhode Island College, I felt a responsibility like no other. It was my responsibility as a co-captain, along with [fellow senior] Caitlin Schimmel, to lead this team into the post-season.

As the aroma of the first game filled the air, the team began clicking. The upperclassmen, freshmen, coaches and fans were so excited as the day came. Our first opposition: Salve Regina [on Sept. 1] on our own pitch. From the first whistle we began to click. Passes connected, shots were on goal and chances were finished.

Continuing on through the season we beat two opponents who we had never beaten before, Worcester State and Southern Maine, and we tied Eastern Connecticut. We knew we were on a roll. Finding out the great news "that we were #1 in the conference" was shocking to me, but at the same time, we were deserving of it at that point in the season.

From this point on, our coaches had high expectations of this team and knew we had what it took to "gain respect." We knew in the back of our minds though, that we had three big conference games at the end of our season against Keene State, Western Connecticut, and Plymouth State in that order. Boy did they come fast. Maybe too fast!!!

Traveling to Keene State [Oct. 13] and then to Western Connecticut [Oct. 16] and losing both games made us realize what we needed to do against Plymouth State at home on Senior Day [Oct. 20]. When the day arrived, we were excited, ready and focused all at the same time. Our three main goals were to stay undefeated at home, beat a team we never beaten before and win for the seniors!!! Trying our best and working together, we fell short of achieving these goals [a 3-2 overtime loss].

Keeping our heads held high, we knew we had one more chance to stay alive and keep our journey going. It was time to get ready to play Plymouth State all over again, just four days later in the first round of the Little East Conference Tournament. That day arrived and it was "Do or Die"!

Knowing what we needed to do, "believe in each other," it was show time. I was nervous knowing that this could maybe be my last game. I wanted to be on the first RIC team that made history and made it to the second round of the Little East Conference Tournament. Unfortunately, our team fell short [a 6-1 loss] and our season and my career was over.

As a captain, I want to say thanks to everyone here at Rhode Island College, especially to my coaches and teammates for making this season one I will never forget. I wish the team all the best in the future. Go get them next year!!!!

Kerri Ferreira is a senior forward from Bristol, Rhode Island. For her career, she played 27 games for RIC, starting 26 of them. She had 19 goals and 11 assists for 49 career points as an Anchorwoman. She is third all-time at RIC in career goals and points. A 2000 Second Team All-Little East Conference selection, she spent her first two years of college at the University of Hartford. Her career totals at both institutions are 20 goals and 19 assists for 59 career points.


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