Senior Nina Carter from women's soccer talks about the team's travels to Hawaii
HAWAII -- Aloha! Our trip to Hawaii began at 4:30 a.m. Thursday morning with us packing up and waving good bye to the campus of UDM. After a long 14 hours of travelling we finally arrived in Honolulu after a layover in Phoenix, AZ. We arrived at 2pm local time which is 8pm back in Detroit. Although we were exhausted we still managed to make it down to the beach for a quick evening swim in the beautiful turquoise ocean. After some persuasion we managed to get a Coldstone pit stop on the walk back to the hotel. Nobody had trouble sleeping that night due to the jet lag and ice cream coma. Friday morning brought a tough practice to remind us why we were really here in paradise. After, our coaches gave us the rest of the day to enjoy the beach.
The beach was amazing. Everyone went in the water, even though some had to be thrown in by Abby McCollum, including Strength and Conditioning Coach Joe Toferri who didn't want to get his hair wet. Some of the girls left the beach looking more lobster-like than others (cough, cough, Martha Dunbar), but other than that it was a great day! We showered up and headed over to the stadium to scope out the competition and watch the Ball State vs. Hawaii game. We then went and had a great team dinner preparing for the game the next day.
Saturday morning began with a jog along Waikiki Beach and a stretch on the pier, even at 8am the sun was scorching. After a little shopping the team rested until game time. We started off a little rusty allowing Ball State to score a goal early in the game. We came out strong in the second half and Beka Dornbos evened up the score, eventually sending us into double overtime and ending with a 1-1 draw. We woke up and had an awesome breakfast on Sunday morning and are now relaxing and looking forward to facing the Rainbow Wahine today. Look for another blog coming soon about our awesome trip to Hawaii! Mahalo!