MARIANO COMENSE, Italy -- Washington women's soccer continued its journey through Italy with a stop in Verona, before taking on Meda Calcio Femminile in a friendly and improving to 2-0 on the trip with a 7-1 victory.
The Dawgs began their day by touring Verona as they traveled west back in the direction of Milan. Verona is made famous by Romeo and Juliet, but also has a beautiful square and arena where gladiators used to compete. The team wandered through town to find the famous windowsill of Juliet, which has a statue of the Shakespearean character in the plaza below.
The ladies took turns touching the right breast of the statue, which is supposed to bring them true love. Following seeing the home of Juliet the team split up to do more sightseeing and shopping in Verona. For the first time all week, temperatures dropped and it even rained a bit.
The team then traveled back towards Lake Como to stay in the same hotel that it did the first night, just outside of Milan. They enjoyed a team dinner to prepare for the match against Meda Calcio Femminile.
In the match, Washington jumped out to a quick lead, scoring almost immediately. Lindsay Elston took the ball down the right wing and crossed it back across the goal to Jaclyn Softli who headed it home.
Despite the quick lead, the Huskies gave it right back as the Meda Calcio scored a similar goal on a cross and first-time volley. The score stayed that way nearly until halftime before the Dawgs retook the lead. Elston picked up her second assist with another cross, this time finished by Isabel Farrell.
After the half, UW opened the floodgates, scoring two quick goals. First, Elston made it three assists with another cross to Farrell, who finished her second of the game. Then, Lindsey Bos picked up and assist with a driven cross that Hillary Zevenbergen put in the back of the net.
The Dawgs added to the lead when Farrell made it a hat trick, scoring her third goal of the game on an assist from Falon Miller. McKenzie Karas then made it 6-1 when she scored on back heel with Kate Bennett credited for the assist. Finally, Softli made it 7-1 when she scored her second goal with an assist from Stine Schoening.
It was an impressive result for Washington, particularly the three goals and an assist from Farrell, the three assists from Elston and Softli adding two goals. The fine form by Farrell is particularly important as she heads back to U.S. U-20 training camp next week in her continued efforts to notch a spot on the U-20 World Cup team next summer.
Tuesday will be the final full day in Italy for the Washington women. They will spend the day at Lake Como taking in the beautiful surroundings, before playing their final match of the trip, this time against FCF Como 2000.