WINCHESTER, Va.- The Shenandoah University women's soccer team prepares for its second international trip in the past five years with three international friendlies in France beginning early next week.
The Hornets will arrive in France on Sunday, June 9th and return back to the states a week later.
Through the course of the week, the women will have three training sessions which includes a clinic and opportunity to train with coaches from the Wal D'Oise area.
Before competing in their own friendlies, the Hornets will be attending the USA vs Thailand in pool play of the Women's World Cup on Tuesday night.
Wednesday, June 12th, the team will travel to Versailles where they will be able to see the Versailles Cathedral, the palace and the Hall of Mirrors before a 7 p.m.* kickoff against Creteil, the first of three international friendlies.
The women will spend Thursday, June 13th, exploring Paris, seeing the Eiffel Tower and touring the Stade de France, the national stadium of France. SU will then take on the Red Star club in its second match at 6:30 p.m.*
The team will spend Friday, June 14th, exploring Paris on their own and travel to Le Havre for the England vs. Argentina match.
On Saturday night, Shenandoah takes on Gobelins in the final friendly of the trip with a 6 p.m. kickoff.
"We pride ourselves in being able to make these cultural experiences come to fruition within the women's soccer program at Shenandoah," said head coach Liz Pike. "Not only do our women get to engage in some quality competition with our three friendlies, but we also get to support the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. That is a huge bonus of this trip.
"This is the second international trip we have been able to take as a team and we are excited to immerse these women into a new country and culture while being able to compete internationally and witness women's soccer at the highest level."
Some of the cultural experiences the team gets to experience include:
Explore the Latin Quarter
City tour of Paris
Seine River cruise
Exploring the town of Reims
Touring the renowned Louvre Museum, home of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa
Jardin des Tuileries
Place de la Concorde
Champs-Élysées to get a taste of Parisian culture and architecture
"I am so excited to share this experience with my team," said rising senior Emily Yergin. "At a time of year where we usually don't get to interact with our teammates daily, I think this will be a unique bonding opportunity for us to get better on the pitch and make memories that will last a lifetime. We are so fortunate to be able to attend two matches in this year's Women's World Cup and be able to cheer on Team USA on the biggest stage."
Want to follow along with the Hornets in France? Yergin and rising junior Abbie Marquette will be posting daily blogs to www.SUHornets.com during the trip and the team will be partaking in an Instagram takeover of @SUHornets.
* All game times are in Central European Summer Time