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UPHS Girls Soccer Train in South Carolina
Written by Contributed by Mike Freed
2015-08-05

Upper Perk High School girls soccer players and staff with the Charleston Battery staff of the United Soccer League inside MUSC Stadium.

                For the second time in three years, the Upper Perkiomen High School girls soccer team traveled to Charleston, South Carolina for a week-long training camp.  Thirty players and a staff of six departed on July 27, training in Richmond in the afternoon and staying overnight in North Carolina before continuing their journey and arriving Tuesday afternoon in Charleston. 

                While in Charleston, the team received daily training by coaches and players from the Charleston Battery, a member of the United Soccer League, the third tier of professional soccer in the United States.  Running the sessions were Battery defender Taylor Mueller, midfielder Zach Prince and midfielder Dante Marini, under the supervision of Battery head coach Mike Anhaeuser.  All the training took place in the recently renamed MUSC Stadium (formerly Blackbaud Stadium), the Battery's home and the first privately financed soccer specific stadium built in the United States.                

                This meant they got to train on the team's game field and practice field (often followed by the Battery's practice), utilize the teams changing and training rooms and be tended to by Battery head trainer Bobby Weisenberger.  Basically, they got to train as professional athletes for the week.

                When not on the soccer field, the team took part in a number of sightseeing and team building activities such as visits to Magnolia Gardens & Plantation, horse carriage sightseeing tours of Charleston, spend a couple of afternoons at Folly Beach, an afternoon at the downtown market, participate in a session at the James Island Challenge Course and a karaoke night at the Three Lions Pub, a soccer themed restaurant built into the main stand in MUSC Stadium. 

                Participating team members included seniors Laura Frank, Allegra Jackson, Payton Keyser, Hannah Long, Regan McComb, Allison Ritting, Megan Ritting, Morgan Rynn, Jenna Wismer; juniors Mackenzie Gebhardt, Kiersten Gregory, Devon Henry, Kendra Mattice, Rachel Morelli, Teresa Swartley, Lauren Weeks, Megan Wismer; Hannah Ang, Kayleigh Durning, Kristen Kater, Taylor Kearney, Hannah Leight, Emma Long, Kathryn Needs, Casey Smoll; freshmen Erin Boyle, Kaitlyn Mundy, Tori Shive, Serena Watkins and Taylor Wismer.


 

 

 

 

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