WASHINGTON - After a morning practice at Cagan Stadium on the campus of Stanford University, the 23rd-ranked Georgetown women's soccer team took some time to visit some of the sites, including a trip out to Alcatraz Island on Thursday afternoon.
The Hoyas, ranked No. 23 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll and No. 19 in the Soccer America poll, enter the weekend with a 6-0-0 overall record, one of nine undefeated (and untied) teams in the NSCAA Top 25.
After the practice session on Thursday, however, the team had a chance to see Alcatraz and senior co-captain Christina O'Tousa (Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Harbor) provided a little recap of the visit.
"After our practice in the morning, we headed into San Francisco. Our coaches joined us aboard the Alcatraz Clipper just in the nick of time and our team rode over to the island and was able to enjoy a gorgeous view of the Golden Gate Bridge and pretty sailboats on the way.
"Once we landed, we took an audio tour of the main cells of the prison which was pretty neat because we were able to get an idea of how the prisoners actually lived. We learned about everything, from the type of food they were served to the recreational things they did to pass the time.
"The most interesting part was hearing about how three prisoners actually escaped through a vent after they used spoons to dig into the cement to make it big enough. An informational video also taught us about the time when Native American activists retook the island for a period of time, and the publicity helped them in their overall fight to regain their lost land across America. After visiting Alcatraz, we ate dinner at the team favorite, family-style Italian restaurant Bucca Di Beppo."
The team's first test will come on Friday, Sept. 7, when the Hoyas square off against Santa Clara (2-2-1) at 7:30 p.m. (ET) in the Stanford Invitational.