FlagsSignFortuna Hjorring (4) vs Bardolino Verona (0)

Excitement buzzed around the table as we ate our pre-game meal together of chicken and vegetable pasta salad and continued as we transferred ourselves down the street to the stadium.

It was a lively evening at Hjorring staddion. The crowd numbered 1,326. The little girls from the club were sporting the all green faces with white stripes forming a cross going from the middle of the forehead down the nose to the bottom of the chin and then likewise from cheek to cheek. Fans were chanting supporting songs in Danish probably saying “Go Fortuna, Go!”

Our opponent, Bardolino Verona from Verona, Italy arrived late Monday night. We saw them for the first time when we were walking around looking at the field. They were dressed in their warm-ups and long winter coats and it looked like it felt really cold to them here. After coming from South Carolina, I would have to agree with them. The seasons are definitely changing and it is to the point where I can say good bye to the shorts and t-shirts and pull out the hats, gloves, and long-johns!

The day had been off and on with bouts of rain, but as we came out onto the field to warm-up a rainbow stretched from one end of the field to the other. The field looked exquisite, although they put a ton of sand on it causing the girls to get some pretty brutal wounds during the game, the flags flew proudly, and the fans steadily filled up the stands and all the standing room.

Pre-game Rainbow

We ended up earning a comfortable victory at home with a score of 4-0. It could have easily been by more but we had a handful of some very beautiful shots that unfortunately deflected off the cross bar. Our team really pulled it together for this game and we looked in control of the entire match.

I was sitting next to my teammate Stephanie, who is from Jordan, most of the game and we were just sitting, laughing, enjoying ourselves, and talking about how we couldn’t believe we were playing in the Champions League. It was an awesome night and I was so proud of my team! We hit the road (sky more so) on Monday to Verona, Italy where we will play the second leg of the first round. We have a great chance of securing another victory, thus prolonging our play in the Champions League. I am excited to see how things turn out.

Steph and Me

As for my hip, I am still feeling encouraged about my current progress. I will play again with the second team on Saturday in Aalborg and see how I am really feeling. Then there is another match Sunday with the first team and hopefully I will get some minutes with them as well. Overall, I am happy here, am still enjoying myself, and always look forward to training and matches. Even though soccer has technically turned into my full-time job, I wake up each morning excited about improving and working my way into the line up!