Men’s Soccer Set for Team Trip to Costa Rica

Men’s Soccer set for team trip to Costa Rica

By Aaron Gillespie

Preseason training for the Menlo College Men’s Soccer team will have a much more tropical feel to it in advance of the 2016-17 season. The Oaks are set to embark on an eight day/nine night trip that will take them to San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica where they will play a total of four “friendlies” with various excursions and cultural immersion activities in the intermittent days.

The trip, which has been a year in the making, included individual fundraising efforts from each student-athlete. Menlo will play its first friendly on Tuesday, August 2, a day after arrival. From there, they will travel to the San Carlos Rainforest where they will explore hot springs and waterfalls before playing their second friendly of the trip on Thursday, August 4. A trip to Pacific Beach will take the Oaks through three more nights of the trip and include the third of four friendly matches on Saturday, August 6. They then head back to the capital city to conclude the trip with a fourth and final friendly on Monday, August 8. On Tuesday the ninth, the team will spend the day doing a community service project where they will spend time and play soccer with underprivileged children in the area. The team returns back to campus on August 10.

Menlo senior keeper Nathan Bachand will be writing a blog throughout the trip. Follow us @MenloAthletics on social media to keep up to date with the happenings of the Oaks in Costa Rica!

Upon returning, Menlo will continue the preseason camp in preparation of its season opener on Tuesday, August 16 against CSU Stanislaus.