By Cat Whitehill
If you have been paying any attention to the Washington Freedom at all these last two days, you are probably aware of all the head injuries that have plagued our team.
In our game against Boston, Abby Wambach broke her nose at the end of the game thanks to the heel of Boston's goalkeeper. Then, Sonia Bompastor was in a head to head collision where she was treated with seven staples during the game so she could return to the field and when the game was over returned for formal treatment and got twenty stitches to make sure the gash didn't make too big of a scar.
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There are probably a few things going through your head right now. One, you probably thought soccer wasn't a physical sport (which you would be wrong) or two, why would Sonia come back in the game and how did Abby play the next week on a broken nose and even score with her head?
My answer to you is this-these women, along with most every other women's soccer player would do whatever it took to get on the field to play. We all know how fortunate we are to be playing in a professional league, much less the best league in the world. We train so hard every day and when it comes to game time, we don't want to miss out on it.
I love it when I see women like Sonia and Abby come back and shine the way they did. If you knew what Abby went through to get back on the field the very next week after breaking her nose, I don't know if you would have played in the game. She had surgery on her nose, left with six feet of gauze for two days up her nasal passages, and then had them taken out which sounded like a TON of pain! And to watch Sonia come back in eleven minutes after getting a huge gash right above her eye and then apologize to me at halftime for taking too long, I just loved her attitude!
Life on the field isn't easy. You work hard everyday to be able to play ninety minutes and to play every minute at your best. When something like this happens, some people look at it as a set back.
What I love about these two women and the women on our team is we look at it as just one more obstacle that we have to overcome to prove to ourselves that we are becoming the best soccer player and person we can be. I admire these women for showing not just our team, but the people watching that we will do whatever it takes to make this the best league in the world. We will joke about Abby's broken nose and Sonia's huge gash for the rest of the season, but we all know that they have just set a big precedent for our team and what we expect from each other-the best!
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