July 3, 2012
With America's summer holiday upon us, we started wondering: How does a Division I soccer player spend her summer? The defending Big Sky Conference champions checked in recently with all the details.
In Tuesday's installment, we hear from the team's redshirt freshmen and sophomores. The takeaway lesson from today's entries: If your name is Allie Simon, quit reading.
Simon, you see, has had a three-year run of what she thought was every injury imaginable. Then the spring semester ended and she came down with mono and has been laid up at home in Cary, Ill., while her teammates have been traveling Europe (Chloe Torres), maxing out their time in the sun (Tyler Adair, Stephanie Carl), playing competitively (Shannon Lindsay, Brooke Moody) or working fulltime (Kelsey Carlson, Paytyn Wheeler).
With her history -- she also had her wisdom teeth pulled this summer -- you might say Simon is snakebit, but that would only tempt fate since that is one malady yet to show up on Simon's chart.
Tyler Adair (Sophomore, midfielder, San Diego, Calif.)
For most of the summer I have been trying to soak up as much California sun as I possibly can. At the beach with friends or poolside with my family, I have been working hard to match my fair skin tone to the rest of my family's beautifully tan skin. But much more than trying to get tan, I absolutely love spending time with my family and friends who are in town from their own first year of college. It has been great catching up with my best friends and a lot of people that I went to high school with and also spending time with my crazy siblings. I actually am headed to Florida to watch my sister play in a volleyball tournament very soon. And then right after that I fly to Mississippi, where my sister and I will be spending a week with my grandparents, riding tractors and what not! Then to wrap up summer I will be road-tripping with my dad up to Missoula just before preseason starts. To sum it all up, it's been a fantastic summer, and I am also getting excited to get back up to start the season and sophomore year!
Stephanie Carl (Sophomore, midfielder, Missoula, Mont.)
I am lucky enough to spend time at my favorite place in the world in the summer: a family cabin on Flathead Lake. There is always something to do up there, whether its swimming, tubing, waterskiing, four-wheeling, cliff jumping, boating, sitting around the campfire or just lying in the sun on the dock. Family and friends are always around. I spend most of my summer up there but come back for workouts and Griz camps and have been attempting golf while back in Missoula.
Kelsey Carlson (Redshirt freshman, goalkeeper, Granite Falls, Wash.)
This summer I have been working full time at Green Mountain Mine, a gravel pit in my hometown. I've been testing the quality of our products and scaling dump trucks. After work I fly fish for a couple hours on a local river. Next week my family will be taking a vacation to Yellowstone National Park to enjoy the sights and some great fly fishing!
Carley Duvall (Sophomore, defender, Boise, Idaho)
The summer of 2012 has been incredibly exciting and stressful. I have spent the majority of my summer boating at the lake, working out at the gym and spending time with my childhood friends. I recently had my third shoulder surgery, and I have been working extremely hard to get myself back into shape for preseason, considering I can't medically run or lift. I am traveling to Bellingham, Wash., for the Fourth of July with my best friend since grade school. The rest of my summer I am going to continue to condition and prepare myself for our upcoming season.
Shannon Lindsay (Sophomore, defender, Spokane, Wash.)
During the summer of 2012, I have been in Spokane, my hometown. I have been blessed by the presence of my family all summer long. I have been playing with the Spokane Shine, and we are currently in first place in the WPSL. If we hold on to that title, we will be traveling to San Diego later in the season. On top of the summer workouts and lifts, I have been practicing three days a week. I have been keeping busy in the morning working for some local club coaches, just as a part-time job.
Ciara Lozier (Redshirt freshman, defender, Tacoma, Wash.)
I've spent my summer pretty close to home, enjoying what outdoor activities western Washington has to offer (when it's not raining of course!). When I'm not working as a "handywoman" for my grandma (painting, landscaping, plumbing and cleaning) I'm usually out on the shore of a lake somewhere with a fishing pole or book in my hand. I volunteer my time helping out a local U12 soccer team, and I've found that coaching soccer is the best way to learn it. The fundamentals are the same, whether you're 5 or 105. It's been a great experience and a lot of fun for me to teach others the game I love. As far as training for this upcoming season goes, I've been running, lifting, taking yoga classes, getting massages and acupuncture. I'm hoping that all of the hard work I put in this summer to heal my body will pay off in the fall!
Brooke Moody (Sophomore, defender, Parker, Colo.)
This summer has been great so far! I have been spending a lot of time with friends and family, but my main focus has been getting back into playing soccer. I have been training with my club team, and last week we went to Phoenix to play in the Far West Regional one last time to win a regional title. Unfortunately we fell short and lost in the quarterfinals on penalty kicks. I am now playing with the Rush U20 team to prepare myself for the upcoming season with the Griz. I have been to a good amount of country concerts this summer. Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw are coming in July, and that will be my last big thing before heading back to Missoula. I've hiked in the mountains, and hiking a fourteener is still on my list of things to get done this summer. In a couple weeks I will be heading to Lake Powell, which is the one thing I always look forward to the most in the summer. My family and I have been going there since I was about 4, and it is still my favorite vacation. It consists of boating, tubing, jetskiing, and swimming all day long for a week! It is my kind of paradise. The other half of my summer will consist of me being in Missoula. Allie (Simon) and I got an apartment together, which we will be spending a lot of time decorating. I am sure the team will be floating the river a lot and of course playing soccer! I love summer!
Ashley Robertson (Sophomore, midfielder, Scottsdale, Ariz.)
I decided I wanted to stay out of the 120-degree heat in Scottsdale, Ariz., so I got a few jobs in Missoula for the summer. I've been working on getting my knee back to 100 percent and working out so that I can be ready for the fall season. I just moved into my new house with some other athletes at the U. Other than that I have just been relaxing this summer and enjoying Missoula and it's weather!
Maddie Simmel (Sophomore, midfielder, Missoula, Mont.)
This summer I have been working out with the girls who are still in Missoula. My days also consist of going to the Press Box and watching the Euro Cup. My summer has been pretty laid back. I have also been doing a lot of reading. I am currently in Whitefish to play a soccer game with some alumni and also some current players.
Allie Simon (Sophomore, midfielder/forward, Cary, Ill.)
This summer started out with a bang when I came home and came down with mono! I spent most of May and June on the couch and at doctors' offices. I figured since I was already stuck in bed I might as well get my wisdom teeth out, to add a little fun! I have been getting better from both, and in my free time I've been working to get my knee and hamstring injuries solved and fixed before preseason! When I am not at the doctor or training I go up to Wisconsin to spend time with my family. This summer has been filled with naps, a swollen face, doctors and some sun at the lake!
Chloe Torres (Sophomore, midfielder, Arcadia, Calif.)
I have always dreamed of traveling to Europe, and I was finally able to this summer. My grandparents and I were able to see four different cities in ten days which was quite exhausting. The "hop on, hop off" buses were our best friends for these cities, because it allowed us to see every main attraction that we needed to see in a day or two. We started in London, spending only a day and a half there. I wish I spent more time in London especially since the Olympics will soon be held there. We took the Eurostar to Paris, where one of my favorite parts of the trip was the Eiffel Tower, despite the three-hour wait. After a few days of sightseeing in Paris we flew to Rome, my favorite city on the trip. I was in awe of all the history and architecture. The amazing food was also a plus too. We then took the train to our last stop in Milan, where we spent the last bit of our trip shopping. Sadly, I didn't watch any soccer games in a big stadium, but it was nice to be in a very soccer-oriented atmosphere, where games were always televised and always talked about. What would have been perfect, though, would have been to time my trip to fall during the European Cup. Except I am now at home watching the games, wishing I was back in Europe, and getting ready for our upcoming season!
Paytyn Wheeler (Sophomore, midfielder/forward, Kelso, Wash.)
My 2012 summer has been the busiest summer I have ever had in my life. In my hometown of Kelso I work full-time at Safeway. I was hired on as a courtesy clerk, in other words cart pusher, however I was upgraded to work as an ambassador for Safeway's new Just For You program. This position entails spending time explaining this program to customers and registering them. I provide them technical help with the registration process, computer assistance and creating emails. It's surprising how many people don't have emails and for that matter don't know how to work a computer! When I get off my shift at 7 p.m. I go to my high school and do my summer training packet. Sometimes it's hard motivating myself, but I remember to "do it for the Griz," and I always get through it. All in all my summer has been a hard-working one, however the days where I am able to help my little sister train for soccer and catch up with my family and old high school friends has made everything worth it.
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