In most sports at Butler, when you're a senior and the Horizon League tournament comes around, you can't help but reflect on your four years wearing the Blue and White. Such is the case with the four, 4-year players on the Butler women's soccer team.
BU (7-11-1) takes on Loyola Sunday afternoon in Chicago in the first round of the Horizon League Women's Soccer Championship. For senior defenders Morgan Cox and Abbie Kaul and midfielders Kenzie Kokta and Carrie Twyman, it's win or go home.
Cox, a chemistry major from South Bend, has had a successful run in her four years as a Bulldog. She's been a 3-year starter and twice a CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honoree. But with so much at stake, Cox has taken the time to reflect on her experience as a Butler women's soccer player.
"My experience on the soccer team has been amazing, and I will look back on these years fondly," Cox said. "I have faced so many different situations on and off the field that have helped me grow as a person. I have made many lifelong friends and memories. It's impossible to put such an experience into words."
Cox, who led the team in minutes played as a sophomore in 2007, cites beating Indiana as her favorite on-field soccer memory. But it's the fun behind the scenes that Cox will take with her after college.
"I could tell hundreds of hilarious stories about this team, but it really just comes down to my teammates," Cox said. "We enjoy every minute we spend together whether we're on the bus, eating, or just hanging out. I will remember these girls forever!"
Moving forward, Cox plans to attend medical school, but she admits its "hard to imagine life without competitive soccer, but at the same time I'm excited."
Every match could be the last one now as the Bulldogs head into the league tourney. Cox feels like the Bulldogs are ready to make a run.
"We definitely have the talent and ability to make an impact in the tournament," she said. "Tournament time definitely has a different atmosphere. There is a lot more emotion and adrenaline. I think our team is going to embrace the opportunity to show what we are made of. We are a big game team, and this is our time to shine!"
BUTLER WOMEN'S SOCCER
Butler (7-11-1) at Loyola (5-13-2)
Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009 -- Loyola Soccer Park -- 2 p.m. ET