Lynchburg, VA -- Lynchburg Men's Soccer takes off today for a 10 day trip to Italy in pursuit of knowledge of a different culture and goals scored on foreign soil.
23 members of the team will partake in a trip across the country affectionately known as "The Boot." As the team takes in the breathtaking sights of Venice, Florence, and Rome, they will also have the opportunity to showcase their skills with the soccer ball, or in this case, "palla da calcio" (ball of soccer). The team will play in at least two international friendly matches, with a chance for a third.
Head Coach Chris Yeager spoke about the impact this trip will make outside of soccer, "We are very excited to get the guys back together and travel throughout Italy for a few days. This will be an incredible experience that will be remembered for a lifetime."
The NCAA Rules state that teams can travel abroad every three years. In 2014 Men's Soccer traveled to Spain, (headline photo).
Josh Hinkle, Class of 2015, spent time on that trip and said, "It really makes you appreciate the impact that soccer has on a culture and the importance that sports play in a society. You are immersed in a culture that is extremely passionate about soccer and it rubs off on all of the players. It's a great way to prepare for the upcoming season."
Their first opponent will be Mantova F.C. out of Mantua City within Lombardy, Italy. The former Serie A club began in 1906, three years after Lynchburg College was founded. They will also take to the pitch against UC Giovani near Florence, Italy. The club is affilatiated with Empoli F.C., who resides in Tuscany and spent the previous three years in Serie A.
You can follow the team throughout the "home of fashion and pizza", by liking Lynchburg Sports on Facebook (Lynchburg Sports), following on Twitter (@lchornets) and Instagram (lynchburg_sports), plus the team will take over the Official Lynchburg Sports Snapchat (hornetsports) on August 9th while traveling through Verona, Pisa, and Montecatini Terme.