International players bring a positive chemistry to HCC Soccer.
Mid-fielder Victoria Padilla, Wichita, battles for the ball against her opponent in a game against Southwestern Illinois on October 1st. HCC Soccer took home the win, defeating SW Illinois 6-1. Izzy Godinez
Ireland, England, Scotland, America. Players from all over the country unite to create one big family to win as a team and lose as a team. Hutchinson Community College women’s soccer players are recruited from all over the world. Even the head coach, Sammy Lane, was born and raised in Ireland. Having international ties helps bring more awareness to the Kansas team. “Recruiting athletes from across the world helps the girls learn how important it is to respect and love your teammates, and also how crucial positive team chemistry is.” Sammy Lane, Wichita. Lane has been the head coach for the Lady Dragons team for over a decade, and in that time has recruited over a quarter of his players from across the world. Whatever strategy he has in mind, recruiting overseas has worked for him, adding to the team’s success. This year’s squad includes fi e out-of-country recruits. Starting mid fielder Georgia Warren is one of the team’s best middle infielders. As a sophomore from Wexford, Ireland, Warren did not have as much difficult adapting to America the second time around. She knew most of her returning teammates and had a good idea as to what exactly she had signed up for with the team. As for her first time here, it wasn’t that easy. “The transition from home to America was very difficult It was hard to get used to living at the dorms as I was used to living at home.” Warren said. Warren is not alone, many others had similar difficulties transitioning to America. Chloe Flynn, Dublin, Ireland; Natalie Bianco, Guernsey, England; Sheena Nicol, Inverness, Scotland; and Louise Doherty, Newtonabbey, Northern Ireland, are all recruits out of America and can all agree with Warren’s statement. Even student athletes that were recruited from within the city limits found it difficul to adapt to their new team, coach, and school. “It was difficul to adapt to my new surroundings because I only knew one other person on the team, and wasn’t very familiar with Coach Sammy either,” Jazmin Hartshorn, Hutchinson, said. Regardless of how many girls are not from America, they all come together to create the soccer family. They spend countless hours together at practice, games, and even gather for early morning conditioning. “Sammy always says be patient, and let things develop,” Jordan Downing, Hutchinson, said. Players from across the world joined together as one, setting aside cultural differences so they could have the ability to work together on the field. The players pushed everything aside in order to accomplish a winning season.
DRAGON'S TALE • FALL 2016
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