Junior midfielder Sam Mewis will be blogging for UCLABruins.com during the 2013 season. Mewis is a regular with the U.S. Women's Youth National Team and a two-time all-conference selection who has scored 28 points on nine goals and 10 assists in her two years as a Bruin.
Here at UCLA, National Championships are a tradition that almost every team has had a chance to take part in. A few weeks ago, the baseball team brought NCAA championship #109 home to Westwood. Campus is buzzing with excitement as the Bruin family congratulates our latest champions. Seeing one of our teams achieve the ultimate goal of every Division 1 NCAA athlete in the country affects all UCLA student-athletes on a personal level. There is a heightened sense of motivation among the athletes here for the summer, tangible in the air during our multi-sport workouts at Drake Stadium every morning. Everyone is hungry for #110.
Women’s soccer is one of the few sports yet to win an NCAA championship for UCLA, and this is a fact that we seldom let ourselves forget. Our new mantra has become "110", said in unison after the optional 7am workouts every morning that have had a record-breaking turnout so far this summer. As we train for our highly-anticipated fitness tests approaching in August, we have nothing but our ultimate goal in mind. Women’s soccer is committed to bringing NCAA Championship #110 home to UCLA this fall.
That being said, we’ve got a long road ahead of us. We have one of the toughest schedules imaginable this year, with games against defending national champion UNC, 2011 national champions Stanford, and 2010 national champions Notre Dame, not to mention the rest of our elite Pac-12 conference. With a report date and preseason beginning in early August, we will have about three weeks to prepare as a team for our first home games against Northeastern and Cal State Northridge on the 23rd and 25th of August, respectively. With such a challenging and long road ahead of us, we have committed to starting our journey to #110 right now in the summertime.
As for me, my name is Sam Mewis, and I am an attacking midfielder on the team. I’m studying English here at UCLA, a long way away from my family and my home in Hanson, Massachusetts. Entering my junior year this fall, I have enjoyed every minute of my time as a Bruin. Both of my parents hail from Massachusetts, and they coached me and my older sister in both soccer and basketball growing up. I played for Whitman-Hanson during my four years of high school and Scorpions Soccer Club from U8-U19. I have had the amazing opportunity to play with the US Youth National Teams for the last six years.
My older sister, Kristie, is currently playing professionally in the NWSL for FC Kansas City and has recently become a member of the US Women’s National Team, a path that I hope to follow someday. In my last two years as a Bruin, we have made the NCAA tournament twice and the Elite Eight once. My teammates here at UCLA have become lifelong friends, and they are the people with whom I envision sharing a national title.
My hope for this blog is that I can share what it’s like being a part of such an amazing tradition that I am growing to appreciate more every day. Once preseason starts, I’ll be posting updates once a week about life as a Bruin on the women’s soccer team. With a team full of colorful personalities, I cannot imagine what’s in store for me as I document the season with words and pictures on this blog.
With the words of UCLA legend John Wooden, “Big things are accomplished only through the perfection of minor details,” the women’s soccer team is setting out on a mission to achieve the biggest thing of all: NCAA Championship #110. Our plan is to do so through the perfection of details, starting with our fitness these next four weeks of summer and leading into preseason. I’m looking forward to keeping you updated on our activities and progress as the season quickly approaches!