The Real Story
Throughout our season, my coach asked me to conceal my gender. He was concerned that other teams would target me if they knew I was a female. There was one game, however, when he allowed me to reveal I was a female. Our opponents had played a dirty game and I sustained an injury from a cheap shot. At the end of the game, Coach asked me to take my helmet off and shake out my hair while we lined up to say, “good game.” Watching my opponent’s jaw drop, knowing they just got their butt kicked by a girl, was pretty amazing!
When our regular season ended, we only lost one game. We worked hard to prepare for our playoff season and made it to the Championship game. By this time, others who doubted my ability began to see me as an athlete, and not just a female. After a hard fought game, we won 6-0 in overtime and were crowned champions of the 2001 Chicago Catholic League.