THE MENTAL GAME

Playing any sport can be stressful. Players put a lot of pressure on themselves to perform well. For goalies, this stress level is heightened because of the pressure to save the ball. When they don't save the ball, it immediately results in a point for the other team. There are times when a goalie is on fire, saving everything that comes at her, and there are times when she doesn't make the save. According to goalie Marissa Higgins, letting any ball in the net takes a mental toll on the goalie, especially in a close game. She must quickly recover and get her head back in the game. Below, Higgins and her teammate talk about how a goalie must learn to go easy on herself in the goal. Afterall, you can't always save everything. For more about Higgins, read her player biography.