National Tournament Experience – M/W Club Soccer
Posted: December 5, 2016 at 2:49 pm, Last Updated: December 5, 2016 at 2:51 pm
Having the opportunity this season to travel almost a thousand miles to Foley, Alabama with not only one, but both of George Mason’s club soccer teams was an experience incomparable to any other. Not only were we able to show the rest of the country what George Mason is all about, we were able to prove to ourselves that we can compete at the highest level of competition, the National tournament. Arriving in Foley, our hope was to show up and play the way we had practiced all season and hopefully come out of it with satisfying results, and personally, I believe we did just that. While we may not have won every game, our victory over the University of Missouri sent a resounding pride through our whole team. Being a part of something that exciting and that special sent our team back to Mason with a greater appreciation for ourselves, our team, and our sport. The support our team gave to the men’s team, and the wave of support we received back from them allowed our teams to form an incredible dynamic between us. Going to Nationals was an experience that we do not take for granted, and we hope to return next year, and many years to come, and continue to spread our pride for George Mason!
By: Erin Kimmelman
Going to Alabama to compete in Nationals was a great experience. Being away from school for a couple of days playing the game I love was a brand new experience for me and many of the members on the team. It was a tremendous honor to be able to compete in this tournament against some of the other top club teams in the country, and we really enjoyed being a part of it and representing the name of Mason. One of the best parts was the growth and comradery that grew between our team and the women’s team. Although we would have loved to go further in the tournament, we could not have asked for a better experience both on and off the field. Alabama had some nice weather, so we were able to go to the beach and enjoy it! The goal for next year will definitely be to make it back to tournament, and I hope we do make it next year since it will be my last year playing for the club.
BY: Robert Suarez