Postcards From Rio: Part 5 (Coming Home)
Husky women's soccer coach Lesle Gallimore's final missive from Rio:
Brazil Days 9 & 10:
Monday, June 22:
Another beautiful morning in Rio! The team hopped on the bus for a short ride to the end of Copacabana Beach where the team participated in a Capoeira lesson. It is a form of martial arts/dance. The instructors were outstanding and our team was great ... all inhibition on trying something new has been lifted. It was a good little work out and a tremendous experience for everyone.
Our fourth and final game of the trip was this afternoon versus Nova Iguaca FC. The facility was the best yet and as we warmed up we could also watch a boys team training for sand soccer ... it seems like they were running in the sand forever.
We played much better than the previous day, but only mustered one goal in the first half by Veronica Perez and an own goal by our opponents.
The passing was very good and we eventually wore the other team down. The second half saw goals by Kate Deines, a spectacular header of a Joswick cross, and the Waitley/Webbers hooked up for three goals, two by Webber from McKenna, one by McKenna and the a final goal from Kelli Stewart. Webbs was the woman of the match!
Our last dinner together was as good as usual but my mood was a little sour as I had learned that my long time colleague Ken Knutson and his staff would no longer be our baseball coaches at UW. I will miss you Snake, Joe and company!
Tuesday, June 23:
Departure Day. Beach, beach, beach and first-ever Beach Dawg Bowl. The winners: Kate Deines' team: The Showoffs! Kari Davidson was woman of the match and we are headed home!
See you soon Seattle. Thanks for reading!
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