Penn College’s men’s soccer team completed an international trip to England and Scotland from July 28-Aug. 6. The Wildcats competed in three matches and toured historical sites in both countries.
“This was an amazing experience for current members of our team along with some of their parents, and a few alumni,” Penn College coach Tyler Mensch said. “Having the ability to travel to foreign countries that take so much pride in their “football” (our soccer) can never be matched. We saw the passion and level of commitment the UK players pride themselves on, and that level of play will hopefully benefit us as we get ready for our preseason.”
The traveling party consisted of 61 people, including current student-athletes, alumni, and family members. The group first landed in Scotland, where they toured (and walked holes 1 and 18) the Old Course at St. Andrews, watched a Scottish League Cup match between Dundee FC and Inverness Caledonian Thistle, toured the castles of Edinburgh, and played a friendly against Stirling University.
During their visit to England, the group had the opportunity to visit the Lake District of Windermere, Manchester United’s Old Trafford Stadium, Warwick and Windsor Castles, Oxford University and had a Blue Badge Tour of London. They watched Watford play QPR in an opening weekend match of the Championship Division and competed against Govan & Uni of Manchester FC and England and Beaconsfield Town FC.
Penn College begins its preseason Monday and kicks-off its season Sept. 1 at Keystone College.