At 5 p.m. last Friday, Tulane played Louisville in its first game since the hurricane. Five minutes into the second half, Kali Miller of Best Western room 343 feathered a pass between two defenders to Jessica Mendez, who drilled a shot from point-blank range for the game's first goal.
As most of the fans in the crowd of 50 cheered, Mendez jumped into Miller's arms. Obert quickly joined them in a group hug. For a few moments, out there in the bronze light of early evening, the Green Wave girls did the one thing that they hadn't since Katrina blew into their lives: They stopped worrying about the future.