Sunday, August 11, 2013

Day 10 and 11: Last Day and Reflections

On our last day we woke up to a very bright and sunny day.  We did some light running and regeneration to help our bodies recuperate from having four games in six days.  After our running we participated in some team building exercises that got some good laughs.  We started doing a little packing and then departed for Germany to see our last professional match.

The German Bundesliga is one of the best leagues around the world and is known for its raucous atmosphere.  We ended up
sharing our bus with a D3 girls team from Ohio who were on a similar tour.  The match we were going to was Bayer Leverkusen versus Freiburg.  The stadium held about 50,000 fans and it was Leverkusen's first home game of the season.  At every seat they had put Leverkusen flags for fans to wave around and when we first walked in we were
bombarded with a wall of noise and colored flags waving in the air.

Leverkusen jumped out to an early 1-0 lead before Freiburg pulled one back just before half.  The second half proved to be too much for Freiburg however as Leverkusen scored 2 unanswered goals to finish with a 3-1 win.  We then traveled back to our hotel and finished packing before heading into town for our last night out in Europe.

Throughout the trip we saw four professional matches, two training
sessions, played four matches of our own and saw many different towns and cities in the Netherlands, Holland, and Germany. It was a fantastic trip and for many of us it was the highlight of our summer. This trip also served as a tool to bring us closer as a team and have a chance to play against very good teams before our season had even started.  We are looking forward to starting the real season this

Signing off,
The Husson Men's Soccer Team

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