Sarah Piper from Texas Rush started with Rush Select at U13 at the PDT in Phoenix. After leading the team to a last minute win over the #1 team in the nation with a late game winning goal, Sarah has been hooked to Rush Select. Sarah recently was selected to travel to Germany with gereration adidas (along with Isabella Scaturro from Colorado Rush). Here is her recap of the event:
The generation adidas trip to Frankfurt, Germany to play against members of the FFC Frankfurt Academy was definitely an experience I will never forget!! I am extremely thankful that I was able to meet the people I met and am blessed to be able to travel to such beautiful and historic places through soccer. The trip was balanced with hard work while on the field, but also touring of modern and historic cities such as Frankfurt and Wurzburg.
The first three or four days of camp were full of 2-a-day trainings and games where we were pushed physically very hard, but through passing, moving and playing soccer instead of preseason running. Going into camp I was seen as a midfielder, but like many camps, midfielders are an abundance, so I decided to drop back to center back where I am also quite comfortable playing. By our first gamely everybody was worn out, easily falling asleep each night!! Our first game was against FC Frankfurt 00s in which our back line took a clean sheet in a 10-0 win. After this win, our surplus of touring began as we toured Frankfurt that afternoon, Wurzburg the next day and finished up with some shopping and sightseeing around Frankfurt once more.
One of my favorite parts of touring was definitely the architecture and detail in many of the buildings in Germany which we don’t see in the US very often. As we toured the two cities we learned much of the history, took tons of pictures and bought too many gifts for family and friends (especially chocolate!!). It would be impossible to share all of the joy I was able to get out of this trip through meeting friends and seeing different coaching styles and I am so thankful for any chance I have to go abroad and experience another culture through their food, technology and language.
I’m extremely thankful to the Rush Select program and Rush Soccer for giving me this opportunity, but in the big picture, giving me the ability to experience the world through a sport I love so much!! I had a great time over in Germany and am sad to leave, but also so happy that I have been able to create more friendships and relationships in the last week that I am able to bring back to the states and keep forever.
Thanks for everything, Sarah.