Hi I’m Seattle Reign’s Jess Fishlock and welcome to my blog!
There’s no denying and it’s certainly no secret that Seattle had a tough start to the first NWSL season, where a win just looked like it was not meant to happen.
In a game which we probably weren’t at our best, we turned a potential 1-0 loss into a 2-1 win over the Boston Breakers and have been unbeaten since. The relief for everyone was huge, we knew we just needed the first win to happen and we could build on it.
We felt we were good enough over our last few games, especially against WNYF but couldn’t hold the lead. I’m actually unsure what exactly clicked that night for us. It may have even just been a bit of luck mixed with a goal of pure quality from Christine Nairn to take the win.
For me, to come off a nine-game losing streak then win a game by coming back from a goal down, after travelling the east coast basically just sums our squad up. Our mental toughness and belief in what we have been doing from day one is something I think we can be proud of. Many teams would have combusted, fought, blamed each other.
We didn’t. We didn’t change much – if at all anything. We simply turned up, kept working hard in order to turn it around. I think that was and still is our motivation. We have great people from top to bottom. From the owners and coach right through the club, we want to be successful for each other.
The important thing is that we’ve kept it up and are unbeaten in four – the win would not have meant anything if we had not kept momentum. We have a lot of characters in the team – leaders – from all over. There’s Kaylyn, Emz, myself, Keelin, Pinoe, Hope – so many big voices in the team.
Training is pretty intense – none of us like to lose and we expect high quality. Nine times out of 10 it’s there but if it isn’t for whatever reason (we are human after all) we can just give each other a little reality check (nicely of course!) and bring it back up to where it should be.
Playing and training with these types of professionals and internationals is brilliant, and I learn a lot from them all. However, there’s no denying that training on a daily basis with Hope and Megan is just unreal. They are both incredible at what they do, and I love playing with Pinoe. Technically she is brilliant and tactically she is so aware – it’s just easy.
Hope is, well, Hope! The saves she has made already…I’m unsure how she’s even made them! On top of that, they are so nice, really down to earth and good people. Which is so good. All we need is for Pinoe to change her hair (yea right!) and spectators may have an easier viewing …
That’s not going to happen though so, for all those who can’t see from a distance, Meg’s a good inch or two taller than me. Just saying…!