June 20th-23rd, 2014
The 2014 camp is over and it was a very successful four days of soccer. I want to thank our magnificent staff, including our college players for all their hard work and dedication to their chosen sport. It is always neat to see six of your college players working camp having been past campers themselves not too long ago.
Thanks to the kids on camp who made the camp so much fun and of course the parents for entrusting us with your daughter for four days. Hope to see you back next year with a friend or two.
Here are my favorite parts of camp for 2014:
Thanks to all the soccer players who returned from last year receiving their very sharp looking free camp ball. Special mention to the SOCA girls from Charlottesville for returning and also the Christiansburg Griffins for returning and adding some friends to the mix. Sad news is that Bailee Brown from Salem, VA completed her 5th and final year at camp and is now “too old” for soccer camp.
FIVE SETS OF SISTERS:
Keeping it in the family at this years camp were Katrine and Julia Berg; Sarah and Allie Bower; Gwynne and Morgan Symons Buxton; Megan and Valerie O’Toole and Mackenzie and Grace Neff. A family that plays soccer together stays together.
USA V PORTUGAL:
To be able to watch the game with 100 soccer loving people in one venue was very cool. We all went through the ups and downs of that game. The US comeback to go 2-1 up and then the feeling of disappointment in the last 30 seconds of the game. At least we did not watch England.
THE ATTITUDE AND WORK RATE OF THE CAMPERS:
The kids were awesome all week. They did not cause anyone a minute’s trouble and approached everything with enthusiasm and great energy. We got stormed out the first night but everyone just rolled with it and worked even harder to make up for lost time. The training sessions were great and the games in the evening were both competitive and fun to watch.
Coach Rachael, Sandy, Kerry, Russell and Ross are not just very knowledgeable coaches but great people also. They did a great job educating the soccer players and serving as great ambassadors for the game. My players; Kate, Hollis, Addie, Wardy, Ashley and Jasmine are great role models for young aspiring female soccer players and worked hard for four days and were clearly exhausted at the end of camp. Hopefully some of the campers will come to one of our games this fall. I cannot fail to mention Josh, our trainer who looked after everyone’s aches and pains during camp (not just the kids).
It was good to see some top prospective players for 2015 and 2016 attend camp and the game on the last morning was very encouraging for the future of the General’s soccer team. It was fast, technical and very competitive.
Some years you just have that special kid on camp that exemplifies what young soccer players should be all about. 100% every training session, a mischievous grin, the thrill of competing, never giving up and being genuinely a nice person. Ellie Byram was our winner this year and receives a free week at camp in 2015.
Enjoy the pictures on our Facebook page by liking us @Washington and Lee Women’s Soccer and please join us in 2015 and bring a friend or two and spread the word.
Best of luck to all in your season.
Coach Neil and Coach Rachael