Women's Soccer Plays First Game in France
Day 4 by junior Liana Cornacchio
Day four had a lot in store. Still trying to get the last bit of jetlag out, we woke up around 10 a.m. and had a great breakfast in the hotel before getting on the team bus. We headed to Paris-Saint Germain Feminines (the women’s PSG), complex about an hour from the hotel, where we watched some of PSG’s practice. Afterwards we were able to speak with Tobin Heath (U.S. Women’s National Team player and Olympic Gold medalist) and Lindsey Horan (U.S. U-20 National Team player) about their experiences playing abroad and living in France. It was so great to talk to them and hear about their lives here. Next, we had a nice European lunch with the PSG team in their complex dining hall and then, stomachs full and all, we were ready for practice. We went over to the men’s PSG complex to do some light training and stretching before our game a few hours later.
Back at the hotel for some afternoon downtime, some of us went to the Champs Elysées to walk around (or take some selfies with the Arc de Triomphe). Around 6:30 p.m. we departed on the metro for our game vs FF Issy. We had a little bit of a different pre-game ritual than we do in the states. Considering this was our first international game, we didn’t have a scouting report and the language barrier proved to be a slightly problematic, but we again, of course, conversed through our love for the game. Everyone was really excited to play full field against an opponent other than ourselves for the first time since November. The game ended in our favor 7-1 and we were thrilled to have so many different people score goals. We were able to get a great picture with FF Issy as well as give them Princeton Women’s Soccer pennants. We are all so grateful for this experience and the opportunity to play games here in Paris.
Along with our excitement about the win, we were ready for pizza. On the way to the metro we stopped at Pizza Hut (yes, the authentic local French joint, Pizza Hut). We thoroughly enjoyed it. We got back to the hotel after a truly entertaining metro ride. We’ve had some issues with the doors on the metros – getting 30 people off at one stop has proved to be interesting. Also, sometimes the doors open on both sides and there’s a solid 10-second pause and panic that everyone experiences. The fear of getting trapped on the metro alone in Paris is very real (except for people like me who understand New York-like subway systems). When we finally got back in once piece, some went to get ice cream at Häagen-Dazs. Then we hung out for a little as a team and then called it a night.
We are looking forward to what the next days in Paris hold for us! The Palace of Versailles is on the schedule for Day 5 and some more games coming up! Stay tuned. Check our twitter @PrincetonWSoc for live updates as we play our next two games Wednesday and Thursday.
Day 3 Blog Entry by Melissa Downey
Day 1/2 Blog Entry by Darcy Hargadon