Throughout the season, Sam Houston freshman defender Ellie Chapple will provide a players' perspective of the Bearkat soccer campaign. The Bearkats are coming off a 3-1 win at Northwestern State and return home this weekend to face Nicholls and Southeastern Louisiana.

Chatting With Chappy -- 11 October 2017
We have already started the final month of conference games. It's crazy to think that – in about a month – I will be done with my 1st season. It has definitely gone by quick. We only have 5 more conference games left in the season. I hope we are able to pull out wins in these next five games and make our way to the conference tournament. In practice, the coaches have really been stressing the importance of winning all these games. After winning 3-1 against Northwestern State, I would say the spirits of the team are pretty high. It was a very tough match, but I knew we would put everything we had been working on together and get the result we wanted. This weekend, we will compete against Nicholls and Southeastern Louisiana. Both games will not be easy, but I believe, with a positive mindset and implementing everything we have worked on this week, we can come out victorious.

As for school, classes are going fairly well. I have adjusted to the dynamics of the college professors. I was over the moon when I had my first "class cancelled" email. It's nice to have those little breaks. Midterms are also coming up; I have two of them on Tuesday. The homework load hasn't been too bad for me. I try to stay on top of everything. Again, it is very nice having other athletes in the dorm because we all sit in our "living room" area on our floor and do homework together. I haven't missed much material from being on the road, so that is also helpful.  

Outside of the field and the classroom, I would say I am well adjusted to college. It can be tough being 6.5 hours away from home, but I still talk to my parents every day via FaceTime/phone call/text (thank you Steve Jobs!). My family has been able to make it to a majority of my games, which is nice. They're even coming up this weekend to see the game on Friday night vs. Nichols State. (It also helps that I have a little brother who plays soccer as well and travels to Texas often to play.) It kinda stinks that we don't get fall break; all my friends back home (Oklahoma) will be out for a few days pretty soon for fall break. However, Thanksgiving break is coming up soon and I am more than ready to see my family – and eat some good food!