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Paris St. Germain Match on Agenda for Women's Soccer's Third Day in France

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 03/17/2014
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The Princeton women's soccer team is spending its spring break in Paris. Members of the team will send a blog entry each day to be posted on the women's soccer page at GoPrincetonTigers.com.

Day 3 by junior Melissa Downey

Sunday began bright and early with a delicious European breakfast at the hotel. By 9 a.m., we were out the door and back on the metro heading to the outskirts of Paris, where we hosted a clinic for the local Girl Scout troupe and a local girls club team. We had a great time meeting them and their parents, many of which are Princeton alums. A slight language barrier presented itself when trying to communicate with the French club team, as only one of them knew a few words of English. Luckily, we were able to bond over our mutual love for the beautiful game and fun was had all around. At the end, we were able to document the experience with a photo or two and exchange gifts. We bestowed upon them our limited edition soccer bobble heads. They were obviously a hit with the youngins’, and we now have a cool new Brownie patch to sew on to our long lost Girl Scout vests. However, I personally think they’d look good on our uniform sleeves. Shacks, what do you think?

Once we returned to the hotel, we had a few hours of leisure. Most took to nearby Champs Elysées, essentially the most famous avenue of Paris and the heart of the city. Places people went to included a famous bakery named Paul’s (It was délicieux and highly recommended), Zara’s and the giant Nike store for a bit of shopping. Mick, Gigi, Harti, Izzy and I also stopped at one of the many cafés for a $7 coffee. You’re paying for the experience, right?

With decent holes in our wallets, we returned to the hotel to depart for dinner. Little did we know (or did we?), Shacks had a surprise up her sleeve. Instead of sightseeing as previously advertised, we were on our way to watch Paris-St. Germain FC take on AS Saint Étienne! Credit goes to Jess and Darcy’s speculating abilities, as they had been predicting/hoping this would happen for a while. We were thrilled to find out that they were right. Before the game, a group of us wreaked havoc in the Club store, and entered the stadium decked out head to toe in PSG gear. An infinitely huge thank you goes out to Charlie Stillitano '81 and Matthew Kontos '08 for hooking us up with some phenomenal seating arrangements. Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice on our end and celebrated approximately 30 feet away in classic team dog pile fashion. It was a dream. A picture of him tying his shoe afterwards is below because I certainly was not thinking clearly enough to do so with Ibra just on the other side of the spikes preventing overzealous fans (like myself) from joining said dogpile.

Needless to say, the day was a success and the trip is off to an amazing start. At the moment, we are loving life. ‘Ici c’est Paris!’"

Day 1/2 Blog Entry by Darcy Hargadon


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