A person like Van Dyke needs no artificial stimulant to prepare for an Ivy League matchup. She feeds off the pressure.
But even for a tenured coach with her track record and experience, a little pre-match anxiety can show up every once in awhile.
It was a good weekend on the field for Penn Athletics, and that's translating to hardware off the field as the Quakers enter the week.
On Monday, football's Justin Watson was named Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week, while men's soccer's Dami Omitaomu won City Six Rookie of the Week honors.
All that matters is going one game at a time.
Interview a coach or player from any sports team and you’ll hear words like these. Who’s going to admit that his team can completely overlook the team it’s about to face? That the next game isn’t as emotionally significant as matchups later on might be?
There’s something in the psyche of the athlete that’s unleashed when the rain starts falling, the sun disappears, the temperature plummets, and the field lights illuminate puffs of breath from red-faced players.
With the final exam looming, Penn men’s soccer gets one more practice test.
On Tuesday, the Quakers will play host to West Virginia in their final non-conference tilt of the year.
After conceding four goals to both Villanova and Dartmouth during a three-game losing skid, Penn men’s soccer righted the ship on Saturday against Yale.
The Quakers (4-4-5, 2-2 Ivy) blanked the Bulldogs (2-7-2, 1-2-1 Ivy) by a score of 3-0 on goals from Dami Omitaomu, Gideon Metrikin and Alec Neumann.
For the second straight game, the Quakers (9-5, 3-2 Ivy) overcame a 2-0 deficit to take the game past regulation only to fall to an overtime winner and be sent home with a loss.
Looking to play spoiler to Penn’s championship pursuit, Chestnut Hill came ready to throw everything they had at the Quakers.