Rambelle soccer team goes to Spain

Players grow closer as a team as they explore Spain and learn new soccer techniques

By Daniel Ramirez
On March 27, 2015

The Rambelle soccer team had the opportunity to bond and play the sport they love in Spain over Spring Break.

The team spent a week in Spain, playing three games and touring numerous historic sites and towns that only the imagination could dream up.

Premier International Tours, an organization that takes men and women’s soccer teams to other countries, provided the opportunity for the Rambelles, and players funded themselves.

The Rambelles flew out of Dallas on March 14, then connected to a flight in New York City that took them to Barcelona.

Shay Williams, junior defender, says that the over 5,000 miles from San Angelo to Spain can change how soccer is played.

“It wasn’t normal soccer; those teams were all in different levels of play,” Williams said.

The Rambelles faced off against club teams C.F. Lloret and La Roca, and professional team Espanyol.

On March 16, the Rambelles won 5-1 against C.F. Lloret. On the day after the Belles beat La Roca 2-1.

Their biggest challenge came against Espanyol where they led 2-0 for most of the game, before ending in a 2-2 draw that Wednesday.

Selena Alvarez, junior midfielder, saw a difference in international play.

“Their girls are very technical with the ball and it makes it challenging for us to match their strengths,” Alvarez said.

Despite the adversity, though, the Belles prevailed.

“I thought my team played fantastic and it was a very exciting atmosphere to be in,” Alvarez said.

The Belles benefited from more than gaining experience with the different style of play.

“The trip brought me closer to my teammates and coaches,” Alvarez said.

The time together brought the Belles to another level of being a team.

“The more we were with each other, the more we wanted to stay together; we all learned something new about each other,” Williams said.

The Rambelles set new milestones for the soccer program in 2014. They went 16-5-1, advanced to the NCAA Division II South Central Championship, and won the program’s first NCAA postseason game in a 2-0 win over Metro State. The 16 wins are the most in Belle soccer history.

The Belles are looking forward to the 2015 season with their rekindled bond.

“All I can say is next season is going to be nuts,” Williams said. “After the experiences we had, I think we are 10 times stronger mentally and physically for next year’s games.”

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