The University of Louisville Women's Soccer team wrapped up both its spring season and its term playing in Cardinal Park Soccer Stadium this month. The team finished its training season with a 0-0 tie against Tennessee. The Cardinals will play in their new home, Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium, during the 2014 season.
Off of the field, the team continues to thrive. The Cardinals fundraised for Relay for Life, which was held on April 18. Relay for Life is an event put on by the American Cancer Society that is held all over the United States and in over 20 other countries across the globe. Each year, Relay for Life teams gather for up to 24 hours and walk around a track or path to honor cancer survivors and remember those whose lives were taken by the disease. Overall, the team raised $2,100 for the event.
The Cardinals continue to thrive individually as well. Junior midfielder Erin Yenney recently departed for a community service trip in Tanzania, during which she will live in a Tanzanian orphanage. Yenney, a Troy, Ohio native, received the Cardinal Award at last month's annual awards banquet. This award is given each year to the student-athlete who not only maintains a high GPA and shows strong leadership capabilities, but also is a true representative of the University of Louisville and the community.
Senior defender Chelsea Hunter recently signed a contract to play professional soccer in Nedervetil, Finland with IK Myran- Damer. As a fifth-year senior, Hunter is excited to begin a new chapter in her soccer career.
"I am very much enjoying my time playing in Finland," said Hunter. "I am able to meet a lot of new people, I am faced with different challenges, and I get to explore a country I had never been to. The most important attribute that I learned from playing at the University if Louisville was leadership. I have learned that being a leader I need to be able to step out of my comfort zone and be comfortable with the uncomfortable. Playing in Europe for some can be uncomfortable but I was taking this opportunity by the horns."
"It can be uncomfortable stepping into a foreign country to play soccer with players you have never played with or a language you can't understand or living with a family that is not your own. Being able to make the most of your situation and take in everything is how one can be successful playing in Europe. Be confident in what you have learned from your past experiences."
Hunter attributes a great deal of her success and this opportunity to play professional soccer to the University of Louisville coaching staff.
"My coaches have been training me for five years and molding me into the player I am today , said Hunter. "Without the direction of my coaches I wouldn't have even dreamed about playing professionally."
Hunter and the rest of her Cardinal teammates can be seen in the University of Louisville Women's Soccer "Happy" video. The team is currently almost halfway to its goal of 2,000 views. The video is also posted on the team's official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ulwomenssoccer and Twitter account at https://twitter.com/ulwomenssoccer. You can click the link at the top of the page to view.