Varsity and JV MHC Soccer

Oct 08, 2011 by Pamela Sturmer


Hellooooooo,

           I know, I know. I am sorry it took me a while to post. But here I am. This was not a very good week for both JV and V. Today I went with the Varsity team to record their game against Babson College in Boston. Although we lost to 2-0 it was a great game. The varsity team had great chances of shooting and very good passes. However, unfortunately in the last 10 minutes Babson scored 2 goals. I confesses to Veronica, one of our team Captains, that I was sad because we did not win, but happy to see that the Varsity Team is getting better and better after each game. I'm proud of them. Also, last Wednesday the JV team played against Springfield College's JV team and we lost to 3-1. We were moving a lot the ball along the field, but also unfortunately we were not able to win. It was our first loss in the season :(. Well, I hope things get better this week and the others that are coming. 

GO YOOOOOOKE <3 

P.s. - This week we got new cute Soccer T-Shirts, I'll try to post them the next time.

Pam Sturmer 



Soccer Preseason

Sep 07, 2011 by Pamela Sturmer


Hellooooooo - 

My name is Pamela Sturmer (Pam or Pamy as some of the girls in the team prefer to call me) and this is my first year a MHC. As a Brazilian Student, I want to share the experience of playing soccer for college in the point of view of an International Student-Athlete. The preseason is an amazing way to know people and learn more about the college experience at MHC. I am currently selected for the JV team but our team activity is designated for both JV and Varsity, therefore, we are a family - the Mt. Holyoke College Lyon Soccer Team. =D As Kat explained yesterday, we've been practicing a lot for this season's games. We've been doing a lot of fitness. I got hurt a few days ago in our game against STCC and I'm not practicing that much, but the girls are working hard. Speaking of injuries, I am impressed with the attention I've been receiving from the Athletic Team. They are super careful and I am getting better faster than i thought I would. Our team activities are amazing because I got to know everyone better. We watch movies, eat and have fun together. It has been an amazing experience. 

Byebye, see you -

Pamela =D 



Soccer Preseason

Sep 07, 2011 by Pamela Sturmer


Hellooooooo - 

My name is Pamela Sturmer (Pam or Pamy as some of the girls in the team prefer to call me) and this is my first year a MHC. As a Brazilian Student, I want to share the experience of playing soccer for college in the point of view of an International Student-Athlete. The preseason is an amazing way to know people and learn more about the college experience at MHC. I am currently selected for the JV team but our team activity is designated for both JV and Varsity, therefore, we are a family - the Mt. Holyoke College Lyon Soccer Team. =D As Kat explained yesterday, we've been practicing a lot for this season's games. We've been doing a lot of fitness. I got hurt a few days ago in our game against STCC and I'm not practicing that much, but the girls are working hard. Speaking of injuries, I am impressed with the attention I've been receiving from the Athletic Team. They are super careful and I am getting better faster than i thought I would. Our team activities are amazing because I got to know everyone better. We watch movies, eat and have fun together. It has been an amazing experience. 

Byebye, see you -

Pamela =D 



First day of classes=Reduction to one practice session a day. Phew.

Sep 07, 2011 by Kathleen Toomey


Hi-

   My name is Kat Toomey, I am a first-year here at MHC and I volunteered, along with my teammates Emily and Pam to blog about the activities of the MHC soccer team! The season has kicked off to a great start with preseason being just about over, and the first Varsity home game taking place on Saturday at 1 p.m.! The Lyons will be playing Colby-Swayer College.  Preparation for this season has included everything from mile-runs, tactical ball-work, intense fitness, to mini-golfing and eating ice cream at McCray's Farm. Although the first day of preseason was interrupted by Hurricane Irene, we have managed to choose the varsity team, get in shape, and take care of most of the details surrounding the preparation for the season. There have been two scrimmages so far, one where the Varsity played Westfield State, the outcome being a loss of 3-1, but an exceptionally better second half that showed the team coming together and figuring what needed to be done. I am on the JV squad, and we had a scrimmage against STCC where we won 1-0 in a well-played first game where we discovered our strengths as well as our weaknesses. We had an activity called "Scary Fun Fitness" a couple days ago, and let me tell you while it was fun it was a little more scary. We went on a scavenger hunt in the dark around campus, and the team that finished all the areas in the fastest time won. Sounds just like fun and games right? Not exactly. We were given sections to do, and after completing each section we had to run back to Kendall and get the next section. This resulted in backtracking, and running around campus to places even as far as the Equestrian Center. We had to have run a total of like 7 miles that night! Not to mention that for every wrong answer we got 5 minutes added to our time. Oh the things Coach thinks of... ;)Yesterday the team embarked on the Skinner Mountain Run, pushing to the top to enjoy the amazing view and to feel the accomplishment of running up a mountain in the rain, only to be told how long it took in the end! Everyone did a great job, and the several injured players had a nice walk up the mountain. Once again we were treated to ice cream by Coach Kanae after the run :)

  Last night at our team activity, each team came up with team goals for the season.  I have no doubt that both teams will achieve these goals; through hard work, team-bonding, and communication. That's all I can think of for now!

Go Lyons! 



Friday, January 22, 2010

Feb 12, 2010 by Kimberly Johnson



Our last day in Japan, and it started the same as all the others with our last Japanese eastern style breakfast. We spent the morning packing and getting ready to go home. We took the crowded charter bus to the airport, and when we got there we checked in and sat in our gate. Finally we said “Sayonara” to a place that took my breath away. 

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Feb 12, 2010 by Kimberly Johnson



We began the day as we have been doing every day, with a nice breakfast. Then we took the long train and bus rides into Osaka, where we went to the Osaka Castle, which is huge, it’s essentially the center of the whole city. There are two moats that surround it, the outer moat and inner moat. The building itself was massive, it was green, gold, and white with strange dragon-like fish statues that stood at every corner of each roof. 

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Feb 12, 2010 by Kimberly Johnson



We started the day with Eastern breakfast, however with a slight twist. They gave us Nato to try. Nato is a very traditional Japanese food, it’s a fermented bean, that smells like our socks after a soccer game in the rain (super nasty), the texture is slimy, sticky, and bean like. We ate it with rice; though I’m not sure anyone enjoyed it. 

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Feb 12, 2010 by Kimberly Johnson



The day began with western style breakfast, followed by getting ready for a small presentation some of the players were going to give at a sports and culture class. Terry, Lauren, Brigitte, Kiana, Me, and JJ gave small power points about what our soccer culture is like in
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Monday, January 18, 2010

Feb 12, 2010 by Kimberly Johnson



We started the day with a lovely Japanese style breakfast, and then walked to the train station to go into Kyoto. Aya, one of our bridge players, was our tour guide for the day. She not only planned our entire day, but she answered all of our questions and translated a little bit for us. After the train ride we took a crowded bus, where we were standing with no room to move to The Golden Temple. 

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Feb 12, 2010 by Kimberly Johnson



We began the day with a western style breakfast that had egg pockets, fruit and yogurt, bread, and salad. We got ready to play our first ever game in Japan. The field was the most beautiful field I have ever had the pleasure to play on. 

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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Feb 12, 2010 by Kimberly Johnson



We began the day eating a Japanese style breakfast that consisted of salmon, rice, miso soup, little dried fish, pickles, and seaweed strips. It was my first time eating fish for breakfast, and even though I’m not the biggest fan of salmon, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

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Friday, January 15, 2010 - JAPAN!

Feb 12, 2010 by Kimberly Johnson

soccer picture

We made it to Japan finally! The flights were not that bad, we all had swollen ankles that made us look like we had cankles, and someone accidentally took Coach Megan’s luggage (we got it back), but I have to say traveling with your team makes long flights infinitely more pleasant.

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