Saint Paul Lutheran High athletes experience Spain via soccer tourney
Soccer has taken Saint Paul Lutheran High School’s Trey Beerman and Wyatt Todd to many different places, and now the senior duo can cross off another destination: Spain.
After approximately 10 hours of time spent flying, Beerman and Todd arrived in Barcelona with their team, KC Barcelona, to compete in the Donosti Cup, scheduled to run from July 7-13. A friendly match with a Spanish team got the boys loose and acclimated to soccer outside of the states.
“We had to adjust to the play style and even the refereeing tendencies here,” Beerman said. “We’re bigger than a lot of the Spanish teams we’ve seen here, too.”
After a tour of Camp Nou — FC Barcelona’s stadium, widely regarded as holy grounds for soccer — KC Barcelona then traveled to the San Sebastian-Donostia municipality, where the 300-plus-team collection of Donosti Cup tournaments was held. A tough first matchup ended with a 1-0 loss, but the boys quickly bounced back, routing their opponents 5-0 and 4-0 to finish out pool play. Unfortunately for Beerman and Todd, however, the team was unable to advance out of the first elimination round, falling 1-0 in a controversial matchup.
Despite the busy tournament schedule, Todd and Beerman enjoyed the opportunity to compete in a very different style and culture.
“Being able to travel across the world is a gift in itself, but being able to play the sport I love was an even better experience,” Todd said. “The culture over there was amazing, and their favorite thing to do was play soccer — everywhere you went there was either a soccer court or a pitch. It was an amazing experience and I would love to go back and do it all again.”
Beerman, who has traveled to seven different states for soccer in addition to Spain, would love to get the opportunity to travel internationally for the sport again.
“The experience is great, and I get to challenge myself to be the best I can be. And it’s just fun to play in different environments,” Beerman said. “We played in several stadiums in front of crowds, and it was just a great experience overall.”
Congratulations to both boys on the memorable experience and getting to represent Concordia on the pitch overseas!