May 22, 2012
On, Thursday, May 10th, we played a match against the Charlton Ladies, which we won 1-0. Tawni Martino scored the game winning goal in the first half off an assist from Linda Bakker. It was a hard fought match and our team leared a lot about playing English women who are quite passionate about the game. A great start to the trip from a competitive standpoint after all of the cultural and touring experiences we have had thus far. Prior to the match, captain Rachel Fell's parents hosted the team for a pre-game meal at their home in Crawley, England which was quite exciting. Rachel's house was all decked out in LMU gear which was fun to see along with getting a chance for everyone to meet Rachel's parents and her Nan.
We played our second match on Saturday, May 12th against the Manchester City Ladies. This team recently won their league and will be promoted to the English Premier League next year. The match ended in a commanding 3-0 victory for the Lions. LMU dominated the game and got off to a great start with the first goal in the 22nd minute from Emily Maletis off an assist from co-captain Whitney Sharpe. The Lions second goal came off of a well placed free kick from Brianne Medved in the 59th minute and LMU finished off the scoring off a breakaway from Linda Bakker in the 64th minute. It was a well deserved victory and a great win for a 2-0 record on the Lions European tour. After the victory over the Manchester City Ladies, we were all in for the experience of a lifetime as we witnessed the Manchester City team win the 2012 Premier League title in dramatic fashion with two goals in the final four minutes of the game! This was an experience that I know none of us will ever forget. Just check out the attached photos of the fans storming the field after the game prior to the Trophy Presentation. It was a great end to our England experience as we took off the next day, Monday, May 14th to tour Holland, the home of windmills, great cheese, tulips and LMU's very own sophomore striker, Linda Bakker!