Here at Johnson, I haven't been involved in the Soccer club at my school but when I saw the email come through that the team would be going to the World Cup tournament up at Tuck, I knew that I had to be a part of it because I remember watching the video and seeing how much fun it looked. So yes, that's where I was this weekend - up at Tuck playing soccer!
I left with a friend of mine from Ithaca around 8:30 on Friday morning. We got up to our hotel around hhmm 2:30 pm? I then took a nap because I was exhausted. I was exhausted because I was up the night before for my 30th birthday! I didn't drink much because I knew that I had to play soccer over the weekend and I wanted to be fresh - but I was up late!
After I took my nap, it was time for us to go over to the school for a reception/pizza/meet and greet. A bonus of the trip was that I was able to see all of my friends who are Tuckies. Friends I've made through the Consortium and MLT. (See posts from June 2011 to know what I'm referring too - click these hyperlinks - MLT and Consortium) But yeah I couldn't wait to catch up with them all!
After the reception my team and I went out for some dinner. Needed to carbo load right? I got to speak with a 2nd year who I had not really had much contact with throughout the year. We just run in different circles and are going two different routes in terms of industry. That's okay though because Johnson students are very much alike in that those differences don't matter. He gave me some great insight into which classes I should take as a 2nd year. Yes, that's what the conversations I have now revolve around - being a 2nd year!
We all pretty much just went to bed after that. Our first game in the morning would be against MIT. Then we would play a team from Mexico - IPADE, and then we were to play Tuck Black. Tuck had four teams there, - one in each bracket.
The first game against MIT was eye-opening to say the least. I hadn't run around like that in 12 years so my body was telling me that I was crazy. I definitely pushed through the pain though. We ended up losing to MIT 3-1. We had a handball in the box which resulted in a scored penalty kick.
JOHNSON VS. MIT
After losing to MIT we had about an hour and a half long break before we would play IPADE. We won our game against them 2-1. I think the game against MIT warmed us up because we played very well against IPADE.
JOHNSON VS. IPADE
Then we had another hour and a half long break and played Tuck Black. By this time I think our bodies were telling us that they had had enough. I know that mine definitely did! Tuck Black ultimately went on to win the entire tournament, so I guess if we want to say that we lost to Tuck we can say that at least it was the team that won! ;-)
JOHNSON VS. TUCK BLACK
After the three games we all went back to the hotel and went in the hot tub! I would say that a good amount of the teams in the tournament were staying in the hotel we stayed at. I know this because in the morning at breakfast I saw many different school jersey's but also because after the games you would see a whole host of men walking around limping. When passing one another in the hallways we would just smile and start laughing because we ALL felt exactly the same way.
Even though we were spent from the games, it was time to PARTY at the Tuck BBQ. So we all heade d back over to the Tuck campus and enjoyed some beer and bbq food. This is when I really got to catch up with a lot of people. Then after the BBQ there was a Latin event where different latin countries made specialty drinks for everyone. My intention was to try a drink from all 7 countries that were present, but I only made it to Peru and then went back to Pina Colada's!
I think we were there for a couple of hours and then walked into town to go bar hopping. What I didn't realize is that there wasn't much "hopping" involved. We went to two bars total. I had two shots at the first one and then one drink at the second one while I was talking to a couple of friends. By that time I think the alcohol hit us all and we had to take a cab back to our hotel. In hindsight, it was probably for the better because I needed to get food into my system.
So that was my experience at the MBA World Cup this weekend. Here are some more pictures: