Women’s soccer team heads to Costa Rica

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Estefani Hernandez | Published Sept. 24, 2016

The Kean Women’s Soccer Team flew to Costa Rica over the summer to play against three different semi-professional teams, and came back with memories that will last a lifetime.

This is the third time that Head Coach Doherty brought his team to Costa Rica. A total of 21 players attended this trip and stayed for 10 days.  The girls First arrived in San Jose, Costa Rica and began their very busy schedule.

Head Coach Doherty stated that the girls trained everyday and were scheduled to play a total of three games. Kean lost the  First game 2-0, but quickly redeemed themselves with winning their next game with a score of 4-0.  The last game the team was supposed to play was cancelled due to bad lightning.

“Being able to play at a stadium that seats 15,000 people was the best feeling ever, and just playing the same sport in a whole different atmosphere,” said Shannon Brown, a Junior who is in her third season playing soccer for Kean.

Brown stated that her and her team did a lot more than just play soccer when they were on their trip. Despite the busy schedule that they had, the girls found time to volunteer at an orphanage in San Jose, where they spent the day with the kids.

The team visited “La Fortuna” waterfall, which is one of the most dramatic waterfalls in Costa Rica with a drop of 230 feet.  They also visited the Arenal hot springs. Located at the base of the Arenal Volcano, there is a number of natural hot springs thanks to the geothermal activity that this volcano provides.

“Its very important the girls experience the culture that Costa Rica has to offer” Doherty said.

The game that was cancelled was scheduled to be at Flamingo Beach Resort. However, the day was not wasted as the other team had a generous amount of fruit set up for the Kean girls to enjoy. Both teams were able to get to know each other better and learn about where they are from.

“It was really an amazing time and this trip was so much more than just soccer, it was educational as well.” Doherty said.

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