MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan University men's soccer team is heading to Costa Rice this spring for a nine-day trip that begins Wednesday, May 25 and ends Thursday, June 2.
Highlights from the Cardinals' trip will include three scrimmages against Costa Rican teams, community service events, white water rafting, zip-lining, a catamaran tour, and spending time in the city, rainforest and beach.
"The trip to Costa Rica is a great opportunity for our squad to get a jump start on our 2016 campaign," said head coach Geoff Wheeler. "As much as the games and training sessions will aid the team, it is the time spent together that is immeasurable in its benefits - from the plane rides to the white-water rafting, to our community service and city tours, this is a trip the team will remember for years to come."
On the third day of the trip, members of the team will spend time with children in need, who are living in extreme poverty condition. The quality time spent with these children will include soccer and other games. A full list of the team's itinerary can be seen HERE.
"In the past, I have taken Wesleyan teams to England, Brazil and Argentina - everyone of them memorable and followed by succesful fall campaigns," added Wheeler.
Wesleyan finished the 2015 season with an 8-8-2 overall record and 3-6-1 mark in the NESCAC. The team rallied down the stretch and reached the conference finals as the No. 8 seed. The Cardinals upset top-seeded, and eventual national champions Amherst in the quarterfinals, 1-0, and advanced past second-seeded Middlebury in the semifinals, 5-4 in PKs. Wesleyan's impressive run fell short in overtime of the finals as Bowdoin won, 1-0.
Looking to lead the Cardinals in 2016 will be captains Charlie Gruner '17 and Danny Rubenstein '17.