Best Moments Of The Trip

For the final post from Spain, I figured I’d lost my favorite moments of the trip, in no particular order.

  • The local guy running alongside us through the streets of Madrid.
  • After someone remarked that she eats a lot, Sarah Andrews said, “I seriously eat so much and I’m still hungry. I think I have a tapeworm.”
  • Taking the cable car up the mountain in Montserrat.
  • Practicing on the beach in Barcelona.
  • Christina Akalski yelling, “I can tell my grandkids I scored a goal in Spain!”
  • Everything the team said to Coach Sappington. They tease that guy constantly, and he gives it right back.
  • Erin Allen’s goal, the team’s first of the trip that sparked the comeback against Espanyol.
  • When a big group of people on Vespas pulled up to a traffic light, Hannah DeMars cracked everyone up when she said, “Oh yeah, Vespa gang, let’s go!”

There are so many more that I could list, but those are the ones that stick out now. I appreciate everyone following along. Go Royals!


Adios, Espana!

We just finished checking in for our flight to Newark. It went smoothly except for the news that our flight is delayed 2 1/2 hours. We’ll board around 12:15 p.m. and should arrive in Newark around 3:15 p.m.

It’s been a fun trip and it seems like everyone had a great time. 

Another Game, Another Draw

On our final night, the team battled San Miguel to a 1-1 draw. The opposition scored on a penalty kick midway through the second half, but Kelsey Bacon tied it a few minutes later when she dribbled from about 30 yards our right down the middle and beat the goalie to the left side.

After the game, the team presented assistant coach Mark Sappington with a Spanish flag signed by the entire team. Mark recently accepted an assistant’s job at Slippery Rock and starts next week, so this was his final day with the team.

We’re heading back to the hotel to get dinner and pack for our flight tomorrow morning.  

Gianna Vitolo battles a San Miguel defender


The goal scorer, Kelsey Bacon


Beach and Lunch

It’s our last day, so the girls wanted a little beach time this morning. We took cabs for the short ride to the beach by the marina, and the girls and Barbara Arbus, Michaela’s mom, relaxed in the sand while the coaches, our tour guide and I sat at an outdoor restaurant right next to them.

We went back to the hotel for 45 minutes and we’re now at lunch. We’ll have a few hours after lunch before going to the final game, which starts tonight at 7:30 p.m.


The beach


Lunch at Divinus


Big Rally a For A 2-2 Draw

In an entertaining match, we rallied from a two-goal deficit in the second half for a 2-2 draw against Espanyol. Erin Allen put the Royals on the board midway through the second half to cut Espanyol’s lead to 2-1. Christina Akalski secured the draw when she scored with less than a minute left when she picked off a pass at the top of the box and scored.

The girls are pumped up after the game as they had been told many times during the trip that Espanyol is one of the top club teams in Spain. They were big and technical, but our girls handled the challenge well and easily could have won.


Coach Pivirotto holds the gift given to the team by Espanyol before kickoff


Moments before kickoff


First-half play with the blue waters of the Mediterranean in the background


The goal scorers, Erin Allen and Christina Akalski