USA 'Animals' Bond in Toronto, Dominate Canada
Our trip to Toronto on Monday allowed us to explore some of the great sights the city has to offer. Our first stop was the base of the CN Tower. After a 56 second trip we had zoomed 346 meters to the top! Midfielder Katie Schwarzmann was the MVP of the excursion, conquering her fear of heights to check out the view from the top.
After snapping some pictures and enjoying spectacular views of Lake Ontario, we made our way back down the tower. We then headed over to the Distillery District in historic Old Town Toronto. Walking through the cobblestone streets and brick buildings put you back in time, and we really enjoyed the atmosphere.
We had a great dinner at an active brewery; team meals are one of the best parts of our time together, giving us an opportunity to build our friendships off the field. The bus ride home was spent guessing what animal each player on the team would be. Some favorites were: Amber Falcone as a puppy, Lindsay Munday as a dolphin, Meg Huether as a sheep, and Ally Carey as a lion. I think our pack can take on anything that comes our way with that variety!
Tuesday was back to game day. We had almost another full day to get through, with an 8 p.m. start time against Canada. After a team meeting and meal, it was back to the dorm, where Sarah Albrecht's old school jams got us game ready.
Transition defense and defensive stands dictated the game for us, as we held Canada to only two goals. It was the strongest 60 minutes we have played thus far. The win earned us the number one seed going into championship play, and the team was fired up.
We have another off day Wednesday, and most girls are visiting with family and friends and preparing our bodies for the next few days. On Thursday afternoon we will play the winner of the play in game between Haudenosaunee and Ireland. This next stage in the tournament is what we have been working for — it's playoff time!
Stars & Stripes Forever,
Sarah and Holly
The FIL World Championships continue through July 20th in Oshawa, Ontario. Games are available for streaming at http://tournaments.neulion.com/tournaments/ (Note: Individual games can be watched for $5, or the entire tournament can be purchased for $75)