Aug 05, 2019

Women's Soccer Program Starts Season In Spain

A Winning Tradition

  • 1 NAIA Regional Tournament (1998)
  • 3 NAIA District Tournaments (1991, 1992, 1993)
  • 3 All-Americans 
  • 2 Academic All-Americans 

NEWBERG (August 5, 2019) --- The George Fox women's soccer program opens its season with a trip to Spain that will span three major cities. They are one of two Bruin teams that will begin the fall season with a trip abroad as the women's volleyball team travels to Panama.

The women's soccer team will be spending the majority of the days abroad in three major cities: Barcelona, San Sebastian, and Madrid. During their time abroad they will be training, playing games -- including a match with world-renowned Athletic Bilbao-- and doing outreach and service in each respective community, while also taking time to experience the country and culture.

"Some of the service and outreach during this trip will include connecting with the local 'Athletes in Action' headquarters, partnering with local churches and their homeless ministry, supporting Caritas (International disaster relief organization), and Refugee Women outreach with My Ethnic Table," said head coach Cory Hand.

Games will be played against CF Damm -- recently beat and tied FC Barcelona and were crowned league champions, -- Athletic Bilbao, Añorga KKE -- professional team top of the 2nd Division, -- and Antiguoko KE. Each of these games will be challenging and true opportunities to experience soccer expressed in new and relevant ways to help build and grow our own brand and identity.

"This trip wouldn't be complete without the opportunity to dive into the rich Spanish culture and explore the different regions within the country," Hand said. "The team will get a chance to tour some of the country's well known soccer stadiums, walk through Plaza Catlunya and Las Ramblas, tour through the infamous Sagrada Familia, jump into the Alquezar Canyoning Expedition, experience Old Town San Sebastian, take a trip into France for a day, and explore each of the major cities."

"Through this experience, our women's soccer team is greatly looking forward to growing in their relationships with each other, expanding their world views, learning and joining in the work of Jesus beyond our known communities, having the chance to expand and grow in their own self-awareness, all while using the competition and conduit of soccer. We are looking forward to seeing the longer impact that this trip can have not only in the future of our own program, but also in the outflow into other programs and communities around us."