The Cornell College Men’s Soccer Team took their first-ever international trip and traveled to Costa Rica for nine days of intensive training, soccer friendlies, fun and sun!
From the moment the team arrived, they were immediately immersed in the culture. They participated in a community service activity on their first day, spending the morning at a center that serves young children living in extreme poverty. The Rams played games and spent quality time with the children; it was an eye-opener to gain perspective, and it was clear that the Rams and the children enjoyed the experience.
After a morning with the children, it was time for their first friendly match against UTN, a team from Alajuela. It was a sunny, hot afternoon, and Cornell learned a lot from their match with the experienced Costa Rica side. The team also competed against Liberia and San Carlos on the trip.
The remainder of the tour was filled with team training sessions and excursions throughout the country. The Rams spent a day relaxing on the beach, an evening soaking in hot water springs, time giving back at a second community service activity, a white water rafting adventure, and a daring hike to visit the La Fortuna waterfall, nestled deep in the Costa Rican jungle.
The team fought hard through all three of their friendly matches and returned to the US with a book full of new techniques and ideas to test in future games.
We hope the Cornell College Men’s Soccer Team enjoyed their Costa Rican adventure as much as we loved planning it!