Africa – Day 13 – The Final Report

Submitted by: Ron Smith - August 19th, 2006


The Westmont women’s soccer team spent the final full day of their tour of Africa in Nairobi, Kenya where they played the Mathare Women’s Football Club in the fourth game of the trip.

“This was by far the most physical team that we played,” said Mouw. “So it was good to see our players step it up and do well. We scored a goal in the final five minutes to get a 1-0 victory. Anna Gropp had a free kick and either Jane (Wyche) or Jessica (Schoepke) scored after the goalkeeper babbled the ball. Even the players aren’t sure who actually scored the goal.”

“Ashley (Werner) had a tremendous save for us in the first half,” continued Mouw. “After an initial save in which the ball came loose, she had a huge reaction save that ultimately allowed us to get the win. It was great to see.”

The Warriors combined for a 2-0-2 record on the African continent, though all results are exhibitions and do not count on the team’s record.

“The game was played in the middle of a seven-on-seven girls’ tournament,” said Mouw. “After our match, we mingled with both players and fans.

“In the afternoon, we went to the University of Nairobi and our players had an opportunity to meet with other college students,” continued Mouw. “That was a great experience and a little taste of home. We also were able to participate in a Saturday worship service on campus.”

After getting some rest in the late afternoon, the Warriors went for dinner at the famous Carnivore Restaurant, one of only two in the world, in which all sorts of entrées are available.

“In addition to chicken, beef, pork and lamb, there was ostrich meatballs, camel and crocodile,” said Mouw.

The Warriors will attend church services in the morning and get in a little shopping at the Maasai Market which tomorrow will be located across the street from their hotel. Later that evening, the Warriors will begin the journey home.

“This will be our final report from Africa,” said Mouw, “Tell the parents that we have appreciated their prayers and their support. We look forward to coming home.”

The Warriors won’t be home for long. On Thursday and Friday the Westont will be in Portland, Oregon for a pair of games. The Warriors, who were ranked at number three in this week’s release of the NAIA pre-season poll, will face fourth ranked Simon Frasier (B.C.) on Thursday and #8 Concordia (Ore.) on Friday.