Senior Kaysie Clark participated in the United States U-23 Women's National Team training camp June 7-14 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista Calif. The midfielder wrote about her experience at the camp for MUTigers.com.
To me playing soccer for your country is always an honor. No matter if it's competing internationally in a World Cup, trying to get advanced in qualifiers, or participating in a camp, it is such a blessing.
I was lucky enough to get called up to the U23 Women's National Team for a week during the beginning of June. The day I received the email that I was going to be attending camp I was ecstatic! I thought, “This is my chance to prove to myself that I can play and contend at the next level.”
I wasn't happy with my performance at the last U.S. camp I attended two years ago, which really took a toll on me. So I was determined this time was going to be different.
I started training and running right away to prepare for camp. This consisted of both long and short distance workouts to build endurance but also maintain speed. On top of that, I practiced finishing with my high school coach and different dribbling drills. Going into camp I felt prepared, which was a much different feeling than the last time.
The first few days of camp are always hard because the speed of play is extremely fast and kind of hectic. But after those first few days of training, I was a lot more comfortable.
The first day of training we were tested on our endurance, vertical and agility. Then from there we started playing regular drills, like possession 1 v1, 2v2 and those kind of drills. On Wednesday we had an intersquad game, where we split into two teams amongst the girls at camp and played a full game. The next day we went to the beach to get out of the Olympic Training Center, as well as to on regeneration. Then on the final day we played an U-15 boys club team from the San Diego area.
Overall, the camp was a great experience to be a part of and I am pleased I was able to compete at this level again. Hopefully, I can attend more camps in the near future.
Mizzou Soccer Earns Sixth NCAA Tournament Berth
The Mizzou soccer team is headed back to the NCAA Tournament as the Tigers earned the sixth...
Kaysie Clark Named Third Team All-American by...
Mizzou soccer senior midfielder Kaysie Clark earned another honor last weekend as she was named a...
Comeback Falls Short as Mizzou Suffers 2-1 loss...
The Mizzou soccer team scored in the 87th minute but could not manage an equalizer as the team...
Mizzou Opens SEC Tournament Wednesday Against...
The Mizzou soccer team (11-5-3, 6-4-1 SEC) opens play at the 2014 SEC Tournament Wednesday as the...
Four Tigers Earn All-SEC Soccer Honors
Four members of the Mizzou soccer team earned All-SEC honors in voting conducted by the league's ...
Mizzou Soccer Closes Regular Season with 2-1...
The Mizzou soccer team got goals from senior Taylor Grant and sophomore Lauren Selaiden to...
Tigers Conclude Regular Season Thursday in Pink...
The Mizzou soccer team (10-4-3 overall, 5-4-1 SEC) close out the regular season on Thursday, Oct....
Mizzou Soccer Pink Jersey Auction
Own a piece of Mizzou soccer by bidding on the program's special pink jerseys, worn once a year...
Official StoreOfficial Online
AUCTIONSOfficial Mobile APP