By Adam Gore/ICC Sports Information Department
Tuesday marked the first return to the field for the ICC women’s soccer program after the death of their teammate Anna McCoy, but it was more than a regular spring game for the Lady Indians.
“The girls came out determined to play the game as hard as Anna always played,” said ICC soccer coach Mike Sullivan. “They set a goal not to allow any goals and to win all the games to honor her memory and the way she would have wanted them to play the game.”
The team chanted “1, 2, 3… Anna!” as they took the field with a hot pink “24” painted on each of their left arms and when the dust finally settled on their first of four games East Central Round-Robin on the day an emotional squad celebrated a 5-0 victory over host East Central.
“I think today was good day for the girls,” said Sullivan. “It was a way for them to get back to some type of normalcy while honoring their teammate by doing what she would have wanted us to do and that was play the game she loved.”
The Lady Indians won all four games, not allowing a single goal scored on the day.
“They played the games the way Anna would have played them,” said Sullivan.