EDITOR’S NOTE: Bud Lewis and his Wilmington College men’s soccer team have embarked on an 8-day soccer tour to Spain. Each day Lewis will submit a diary covering the team’s adventures, both on and off the pitch.
The Wilmington College men’s soccer started the day with a tour of Barcelona’s Camp Nou were the world’s greatest player, Messi, has performed his magic since arriving from Argentina at the age of 13.
After the tour, the team traveled to a small town north of Barcelona called St. Paul de Mar, where they enjoyed a refreshing swim in the Mediterranean Sea. After the swim the team dined at a local restaurant, know for its famous seafood Paiella.
The team then traveled to play a very challenging opponent, Suburence Sitges. Said WC coach Bud Lewis, “They were a great team and we played very competitively with them in the first half and gave up a corner kick goal with 15 seconds left in the first half and trailed 3-1 with Benny Spirk notching the lone goal off a beautiful free kick.
“The next 20 minutes we played some of our best soccer and Niklas Martensson scored a great goal off a corner kick.”
But injuries to Wilmington’s two center-backs put the team under great pressure and Suburence Sitges pulled away with four goals in the last 20 minutes, Lewis said.
“We gave them a good fight for the first 70 minutes but our lack of fitness and inexperience really showed in the last 20 minutes,” the WC coach said.
Tomorrow is match three and we could be without several key defenders but we will do our best to compete, Lewis added.