WOMEN'S SOCCER PLAYER BLOG: NICOLE FERRIS
Last week, the Tusculum College women's soccer team toured Europe during its preseason. Senior Nicole Ferris provided a player blog from Europe, describing all the sights and experiences the team went through.
Ferris, a 5-10 defender from Lebanon, Ohio, was an All-Region and All-South Atlantic Conference selection in 2007. She was also named the SAC Scholar Athlete for Women's Soccer, while earning a spot on the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District First Team.
Tusculum will be touring Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium until Aug. 17. The Pioneers are taking care of business though, practicing and training in preparation for the upcoming season.
The following blogs are listed in chronological order:
August 10-11, 2008
We loaded and left from the Niswonger Commons around 11:30 a.m. to drive to Atlanta, Ga. to catch our flight to Paris, France. Our flight was delayed for 90 minutes and we took off at 8:45 p.m.
Eight hours later... we arrrive in Paris. We changed flights in France and it was off to Dusseldorf, Germany. But not everything made it to Dusseldorf with us as the luggage for two of our players (Amber Bradley and Jillian Cunha) got left behind in Paris; so that was a mess. The airline said they would get their luggage to them as soon as possible.
We then met our tour guide, Hun (pronounced Hoop).. He seemed really nice. Once arriving at the hotel, we immediately ate dinner. We learned very quickly that the food is very different over here. Some things are the same.. but definitely not the burgers. Once eating we checked into our rooms, got dressed and headed off to practice.
After practice we came back to the hotel and called it a night. The first day here we learned things that we didn't expect. The food is very different, they don't put ice in their drinks, and the culture itself is nothing like America. But all the girls are excited for the upcoming week/season and to be in Europe!
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Today we started off with breakfast and practice first thing in the morning. Communication here is sometimes difficult, but for the most part a lot of people over here speak English. Several rooms asked for wake up calls this morning and did not receive them, which led to us to being late to breakfast! But then we headed off to practice with a professional coach from name Leo - pronounce Ley-o. All the girls loved him. He was an excellent coach. We will be training with him again Wednesday morning.
Following practice we came back to the hotel and we were given 20 minutes for all the girls to shower and get ready to head to Amsterdam.. as many will figure.. we ran a little late. We're women..LOL.
We then headed to Amsterdam (The Netherlands) on a two-hour bus ride to tour the Anne Frank House. Some girls liked it and some didn't. I found it very interesting. We then were allowed to explore Amsterdam. It is a cute and fun city. The food and shopping were very good. Amsterdam is a COMPLETELY different culture though. We then went on a canal cruise where they told us interesting facts about the houses and the City of Amsterdam. It's hard to explain without pictures.
After the tour we road the bus back to the hotel to have dinner. Tonight's dinner was a little better than the night before. Some of the