Area residents and businesses welcomed the Villanova University Women’s Soccer team recently during a visit coordinated by a local and her friends.
Janice and Aidan Molloy, local residents and owners of Lush Wine and Spirits in Asbury Park hosted 21 soccer players, three coaches, a trainer and team manager for the Villanova team’s four-day annual pre-season training and bonding getaway.
“It was so much fun seeing the girls cheered on and welcomed by everyone,” said Janice Molloy, who has never had more people in her house overnight. “They were busy training but we were sure to rally the area and roll out the red carpet for them to make sure they enjoyed time here, which for most of them was their first time to the area.”
In between team practices, the university girls met with children from the Boys and Girls Club of Monmouth County for a training clinic, teaching the 8 to 14 year olds various drills, including how to kick and block. One hundred members of Wall Township’s youth soccer club also were thrilled to train with the team for two hours.
The university athletes – originally from around the country as well as Australia and Puerto Rico – also ate, shopped, participated in a beach yoga session with Serena Soffer as well as watched one of the Olympic soccer games.
“The girls enjoyed the fireworks on the beach and the great dinner at Sea Grass that Janice and Janine (Cinseruli, owner of the restaurant) organized,” said the team’s head coach, John Byford. “We all liked the area because it is not solely a vacation town. It seems like we could come here anytime for a fun time.”
The 25 person team’s visit was initiated by Molloy and her niece, Taylor Houck, a defender on the university’s soccer team. Each year, the team visits a city on the Jersey Shore as they prepare for the season.
After their visit, the team tweeted “awesome time in Asbury Park, NJ.”
More about the Villanova Women’s Soccer Team here.