Wayne Hills girls soccer impress in Denmark's Vildbjerg Cup
Subscribe TodayLog In
Subscribed, but don't have a login?Activate your digital access.Wayne Hills girls soccer impress in Denmark's Vildbjerg Cup
For the second time in the last three summers the Wayne Hills High girls soccer team traveled to Europe to compete in the prestigious Vildbjerg Cup in Denmark, and came home with some impressive results.
Coach Gregg Rehberger was ecstatic with the overall trip and what the team gained from the experience, on and off the field. The team was in Europe from July 28-Aug. 6.
"It was an excellent trip," said Rehberger. "The girls had a tremendous time, meeting players and taking in some of the beauty of Copenhagen and Denmark."
The Patriots began their trip in late July with four days in Copenhagen, which is the capital and most populous city in Denmark.
"We spent the first four days in the Copen hagen area, at FC Nordsjaelland professional club, with professional trainers and an exhibition game versus Danish club Roskilde FC," said Rehberger. "Then there was one day in MalmÃ¶, Sweden for an exhibition game versus FC Staffanstorp."
Wayne Hills lost to Roskilde FC, 2-0, and defeated FC Staffanstorp, in a shootout, after a scoreless tie in regular time.
The team then drove four hours to compete in the Vildbjerg Cup.
"The tournament included teams from Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Greenland, Germany, Macedonia, Malta and the USA," said Rehberger.
Hills did very well in the tournament, finishing 3-1-2 in group play.
"We defeated Borup IF (Denmark), Vildbjerg SF (Denmark) and Roslev IK (Denmark), tied Melby-Liseleje IF (Denmark) and ÃA Akranes (Norway) and lost to Lillesand IL (Iceland)," said Rehberger. "In the knockout stage, the girls beat Lynge-UggelÃ¸se IF (Denmark) and lost i n the semifinal in a shoot-out to Slagelse IF (Denmark)."
While there was plenty of soccer, the team also enjoyed some down time.
"We spent a few days sightseeing in Copenhagen, Denmark, MalmÃ¶, Sweden and the beach town of Sondervig, Denmark," said Rehberger. "They also visited and toured Frederiksborg Castle in Denmark.
"The players enjoyed getting to know teams from other countries including Denmark, Germany and other American teams and got to understand people and cultures of other countries around Europe and get a better understanding of how Americans are viewed outside of our country," said Rehberger.
Normally a cooler climate, the Patriots did experience a surprising heat wave while in Denmark.
H.S. Sports: Kevin Grimes steps down as Wayne Hills boys basketball coach
Schools: Religious holidays crowd school calendars and it's on districts to decide whether to close
< strong>H.S. Sports: Wayne Hills football back in pads as season nears
"Denmark was in the midst of the worst heat wave in 100 years while we visited," said Rehberger. "Almost every day, the temperature was in the 90s which is 10 to 15 degrees above normal, so they learned to appreciate air conditioning in a very special way. Most of the hotels and indoor facilities do not have air conditioning in Denmark and Sweden."
The players who made the trip from Wayne Hills were Emma Lombardi, Amanda Adamo, Brooke Alexander, Natalia Aliotta, Kyra Blakeslee, Marisa Cuciti, Sam Graf, Emma Hogan, Jenny Knudsen, Laura Lassen, Mia Lombardi, Riya Patel, Lexi Siegel, Livia Sokoli and Kirsten Stepien; along with Ellie Farrell, who attends Wayne Valley High.
There were also 13 family members and two coaches with the traveling party.
"The team would like to thank Novelli's Restaurant, Fiampack, Aliotta Paving, Harrington and Lombardi LLP, Ra y Thomas at City Tours, Sports Time Inc., the Cavegin Family and the Pompton Lakes Elks Lodge #1895 for their support of this trip," said Rehberger. "We can't thank them enough."Read or Share this story: https://njersy.co/2Mx8JdeSource: Google News Denmark | Netizen 24 Denmark