An International Experience
LMU Women's Soccer - 2004 European Tour
The preseason is a time of the dreaded "two-a-days" and long, hot summer days preparing for the upcoming season. For the Loyola Marymount University women's soccer team, this preseason will be a little different as they begin their 10-day trip to Holland, Belgium, Germany and England.
The Lions, who play in the nation's toughest women's soccer conference (West Coast Conference), will take advantage of this last opportunity to spend it's preseason abroad and will make its first-ever trip to a foreign country. The squad will play valuable contests in preparation for the tough 2004 season while earning an international experience of a lifetime.
The Lions will depart for Belgium, Holland, Germany, and England on August 11th and will spend 10 days on the continent. LMU will be playing four games on the trip. While LMU Head Coach Gregg Murphy admits the game experience will be invaluable for his 2004 Lions, the educational and cultural value of the trip will have a far greater impact on the 24 players making the trip.
"One of the founding philosophies at LMU is the development of the whole person," said Murphy, who will enter his ninth season as the head coach of the Lions. "With this in mind, we have really worked hard with Harvard Sports to provide a fantastic experience for this team. Quite often a trip such as this becomes a watershed event for all involved. This 2004 team could be one of the best teams LMU has ever had and a chance to experience other cultures and to bond as a team will prove invaluable in the development of this group, on and off the field."
The Lions' four-game schedule will start with four time Belgian champions RSC Anderlecht on August 12. They will then play on August 15 against another top Belgian professional team, Standard Liege. After a day off, the Lions will then travel to play Bristol Rovers of the English Women's Premier League. The playing schedule will conclude on August 19 against Charlton, arguably the top women's professional team in England.
Each student-athlete will be earning three class credits that will count towards graduation. The student-athletes will be attending a class during the trip, which will be administered by LMU professor, Dr. Maureen Schaukowitch. Dr. Schaukowitch, the Director of Internship Programs & Fieldwork for the School of Education, will accompany the Lions on the trip, and will be leading the seminar-style course, aptly titled "Innocents Abroad."
The course will focus on the comparison of this trip's experiences traveling abroad with the experiences of fictional young adult American travelers from the 19th and 20th centuries. The purpose of making this comparison is to examine the relationship between American values, outlooks, and behaviors with regards to those of the Western Europe.
The Lions will start their tour in Valkenburg, Holland and will conclude 10 days later in London, England. In between those two stops, the Lions will visit Margarten, Aachen, Brussels, Bath, and various cultural sites in all four countries.
LMU will then return home on Aug. 20 and then prepare for the start of their season, which happens one week later on Aug. 27 at home against Nevada at 4:00 p.m.
Game One - LMU 4, RSC Anderlecht 0
Game Two - LMU 2, Standard Liege 0
Game Three - LMU 3, Bristol Rovers 2
Game Four - LMU 2, Charlton 1