LSC Alumni & Current UNC Player, Satara Murray
Nov 29 2012 - LSC Staff
On a late summer evening in September, the UNC Womenís soccer team traveled to College Park to play the University of Maryland. About 15 minutes into the game, Satara Murray heads a ball (with her face vs. her head) and says she heard a 'cracked' sound. She said that her nose is really hurting but continues playing the game. She plays all 90 minutes of the game while in a tremendous amount of pain.
UNC would go onto lose to MD 2-1. The worse for wear players come off the field and go through their cool down routine, and prepare to head back to North Carolina. All the time Satara doesn't let anyone know just how much her nose is hurting. She calls her mother after the game and tells her all this, (and her mom thinks to herself her nose is broken, but didnít tell Satara this), all she says to her daughter is that she should probably ice it down and see the Trainer.
The team travels back to Chapel Hill and Satara spends a pretty uneventful weekend, with an appointment to see an Ear, Nose & Throat specialist the following week. After a few days, the swelling had subsided somewhat, she goes to the Specialist. Once he numbed the area pretty well, he re-set her nose with the instructions that he did not want her heading any soccer balls for a few weeks and possibly not playing for a week or two.
Imagine her motherís surprise when the following weekend Satara texts her to tell her that she was on the way to Virginia and that she planned on playing in the game that coming weekend! She was sick with worry, but realized that as an Athlete, her daughter was the only person who could make that decision. She chose to play in the game because her team needed her (two defenders were on the injury list with a broken leg and broken ankle) and Satara felt that she had to be in the game and could not let her team down.
During practice, she was shown how to "correctly head a ball" without using her face, but at the same time avoiding any head injury. She subsequently played that game and every single game this season, all the while nursing a broken nose back to health. She chose not to wear any face gear either so as to not let her opponents know that she had a broken nose.
Currently, Satara has played the most minutes on the team and her stats are:
#44 Satara Murray 21-21 1887mins.
This weekend she and the Tarheel soccer women compete to win the NCAA championship for the 21st time!! Letís show Satara & the Tarheelís some BIG LONESTAR SUPPORT!!
Satara began her soccer career with Lonestar at age 9 & we couldn't be more proud of her success!