Mar 27, 2013, 10:36 AM EDT
Earlier this month, Irish freshmen Katie Naughton and Cari Roccaro, as well as incoming student-athlete Morgan Andrews competed with the United States Under-20 Women’s National Soccer Team in the 12 Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain. While across the pond, Naughton kept a daily blog. Here’s the third and final installment.
Day 9: March 9, 2013
GAME DAY! We had our second match against Germany today at noon. The first half was pretty rough as we were down 3-0. One of our girls hurt her knee (they don’t think it’s her ACL though) so she was out for the rest of the game, and another one of our girls got a red card in the box trying to stop a break away. So, since it was a red card, we had to play down a man for the rest of the game and they got a penalty kick, which they scored. To say the least, Germany out-played us the first half.
The second half got better for us though. We were able to find more of a rhythm and found feet more often. We did not end up scoring, but we developed more chances than we had in the first half.
Overall, we learned yet another lesson from this game and we understand that this one game doesn’t define our team. We can use this as a tool to grow and progress so that we can be the best that we can be!
Day 10: March 10, 2013
Today we did not have any training since we had plans to go to the market in town. In the morning we had our usual breakfast and then we hung around until lunchtime. Right after lunch, we loaded the bus and headed down to the flea markets in town. The markets were really cool! Each vendor had their own little tent where they sold a variety of goods. Of course we had to walk around in groups of three or more, just to be safe. I bought some really pretty scarves for my roommate and myself for 5 euros. Then I walked around and just looked at what all the other vendors had to offer. Unfortunately, the vendors were closing up shop about an hour after our arrival, so we had to move quickly. After we all shopped around and looked for souvenirs to bring home, we got back on the bus and then headed down to the lighthouse that looked over the Mediterranean Sea. The scenery was beautiful! The team went out onto the shoreline to take some pictures and capture the moment. We also looked for sea glass among the rocks! Some girls found some green and blue pieces that were really pretty. Then we all headed back to the hotel to relax and rest up for our game the following day.
Day 11: March 11, 2013
GAME DAY! Today we play Sweden 🙂 This is a big game because we all want to end on a good note and win. I think we should win this game because we are all determined and have that desire to win.
So we ended up tying the Swedes 0-0. We did not play that well the first half but the second half was much better. The rhythm and pace of the game was much better the second half and as a result we developed several more chances. I think we realized that we needed to play more simply and trust each other on the field and that was why we were able to better control the second half. However, in the last minute of the game, the Swedes had a quality chance on goal, but our keeper made a great save to keep the score 0-0.
After the game I think we were all a little frustrated that we did not come out with a win, but still glad that we did not give up a loss. That night we had our closing meeting where we discussed everything that we had learned during the camp and the lessons that we will take home with us. After that we thanked the coaches for their time and said our goodbyes. Now we are just awaiting a nice nine and a half hour long flight 🙂
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