Tracy's Thoughts - Day 5

June 1, 2009

SAN MARINO and RICCIONE, Italy - In the morning, we woke up early and headed to San Marino, an independent republic within Italy. On our bus ride towards San Marino, from the distance, we could see a large castle on top of a mountain. Thirty minutes later, we discovered that was our destination! After a tour of the capital, the team spent the rest of the day visiting the shops and strolling down the cobblestone paths. There was an awe-inspiring view from the castle, where the team took at least 100 pictures.

When the bus returned to pick us up, the staff played a practical joke on the team. We pretended that the players were in trouble for being a few minutes late. The bus driver and our tour guide angrily told us all to get off the bus. Confused, the players hurried off the bus, only to find the driver start up the engine and take off! After a few minutes of concerned faces and comments, the bus driver returned. After tons of laughter, we all got back on the bus and returned to Riccione to prepare for our first game later in the evening.

We played an Italian Serie A2 level club team a few miles outside Riccione at a great soccer complex. Unfortunately, it was very windy and pouring down rain! Despite the weather, the Bears won the match, 8-2, with goals coming from Katrin Omarsdottir, Alex Morgan, Lisa Kevorkian, Torrey Delaplane, McKenna-Louise McKetty, and Katie Oakes.

Ciao,Tracy Hamm

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