Tracy's Thoughts: Last Day in Italy

June 5, 2009

We headed to Lake Como to spend our final day in Italy beside the picturesque lake. We visited the shops and caught some sun. It was a long day of swimming in the lake, riding paddle boats and cruising down the boutique-lined streets for last-minute gifts or more presents for ourselves! After enjoying every last bite of our authentic Italian gelato, the team headed to our very own pizza-making class.

Upon arriving at the restaurant, the players and staff were greeted by the owner and executive chef of Tiare, which is an amazing pizzeria. With our chef hats on, the team was taught how to make an original Italian pizza. All the players selected their own ingredients and placed their pizza in the wood-burning oven. We then devoured our delicious pre-game meal. Then it was off to our final game in Sada, where we played against a Serie A1 level team.

When we arrived at the stadium, we were introduced to several of our assistant coach Libby Bassett's old teammates. Libby played in Italy for several months and was more than excited to see her Italian friends again!

The game was eventful to say the least. The Golden Bears went down, 1-0, at halftime. But a goal by McKenna-Louise McKetty, which was her third in three games, lifted our spirits. In a heated battle with very physical play from both teams, the Bears were victorious with a goal in the 90th minute by Lisa Kevorkian, who scored her fourth goal in three games.

Tomorrow we must wake up very early to return back to Berkeley. The players, parents and staff had a truly amazing experience, with life-long memories to share with our friends, family and Cal soccer alumni when we return.

Ciao,Tracy Hamm

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