by JO GUDGELL
and ADIA DOLAN
Lady Vikings soccer team
The Orcas Island Lady Vikings fulfilled their dreams by attending the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Quarter final between England and Canada on July 27.
After the soccer season ended in late November our coach Chris Doherty approached us about the idea of going to the World Cup. At first it was just an idea we didn’t fully put effort into until it became clear that it was a once in a lifetime opportunity.
We started raising money in early February and having meetings every now and then that would result in a lot of laughter.
We spent eight hours at Four Winds camp pulling weeds and moving branches, along with making pies and smoothies to sell at the farmers’ market. And finally two weeks before the world cup we had raised enough money to have a fun-packed, two-day trip.
We traveled to Canada on June 26 and stayed the night in the Frasier Valley’s classrooms. After many adventures, including go-carts and getting lost in the back streets, we arrived at the stadium with our blood pumping. It wasn’t until we entered the stadium that we realized just how incredible this opportunity was.
Canada fought hard, but England took home our hearts and the win of that game!
“I think it was so important to the younger players on the team to experience professional soccer,” said Doherty.
The World Cup was not only about amazing soccer but it was about building our team and showing our dedication. As a team we bonded and made memories that will forever be in our journals and hearts. We could not have done it without such a strong support group and community.