Men’s Soccer takes on Manchester

The Shoremen go 2-0 overseas as they compete in spring season play

By Austin Allen

Elm Staff Writer

After a great fall season, the Washington College Men’s Soccer team didn’t stop competing as Head Coach Roy Dunshee took his team overseas to compete against some of the best club teams throughout England.

The Shoremen went during the spring break, and not only got to play soccer, but also gained invaluable exposure to English culture.

Freshman Harrison Malone said, “This was by far one of the best trips I’ve been on, and to do it early in my career was amazing, and I know all of the guys had a great time.”

Although the Shoremen had a great time and visited different places, they were still there on a business trip.

Junior Del Jenkins said, “We all came over here on a mission, wanting to compete at the highest level and get some wins as well.”

On the first day, the Shoremen played against the University College of Football Business (UCFB).

The Shoremen went on to beat UCFB 6-1 on a great first day. The Shoremen went into that matchup focused, determined, and wanting to come out with a win.

Jenkins said, “For us, this had to be a statement win. We wanted to get the job done, so we could have a good rest of the day touring the city.”

That’s exactly what the Shoremen did.

After beating UCFB pretty handily, the players got together and went walking and touring around the city of Manchester.

Junior Aidan Kelly said, “Walking around the city of Manchester was unbelievable, and it was a great experience to share with my teammates. I personally felt like bonding off the field allowed us to become closer as teammates and help our chemistry on the field.”

The next day on the trip, Coach Dunshee and the Shoremen went to Old Trafford, which is home to Manchester United Football Club, and located in Greater Manchester.

There, the team toured the stadium, took pictures, and for a lot of players, got to see their favorite club team’s stadium.

Junior Frank Koons said, “A lot of the players watch Manchester United and are familiar with some of the players on their team so just to tour the stadium with my teammates was a great experience.”

That same day, the Shoremen played a match against Liverpool University. After a hard-fought battle in the beginning, the Shoremen pulled out a 4-1 victory.

Jenkins said, “It was great to go 2-0 in England. It was great for our team’s confidence and all the work we had been putting in after our fall season was paying off.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *