Nov 28, 2011 7:41 PM by Richie Melby
ORANGE BEACH, AL - The University of Great Falls mens soccer team needed an extra day of rest from the NAIA National Tournament. The Argos, did in fact travel nearly 2,200 miles by bus to reach their destination.
Coach Paul Zazenski and the team left on Wednesday, November 23 and spent the holiday weekend away from home. In fact, the Argos had their Thanksgiving dinner on the bus.
"We had our Thanksgiving dinner on the bus and brought coolers," said Zazenski. "It was really a neat experience even though it wasn't ideal."
Players and coaches passed the time by watching movies and even made a pit-stop in Kansas City for a special Black Friday event.
"We had every single guy go out for Black Friday at midnight in Kansas City," jokes Zazenski. "Pretty much no one bought anything. The lines were so long I think a lot of the guys got frustrated and walked out."
Players may have left without the Xbox or Playstation consoles they sought, but a National Championship trophy would more than suffice. UGF faces 6th-ranked Grand View of Iowa in Tuesday's game, which presents a difficult test for the Argos.
"The biggest thing for us is we come ready to play. The coaching staff and players haven't even thought about Wednesday," claims Zazenski. "If we are fortunate enough to win then we'll prepare for Wednesday, that's the approach we've been taking and hopefully we are fortunate enough to get that win so we can prepare for the rest of the tournament."
The University of Great Falls will host a special viewing of the Argos game against Grand View. The webcast will be seen in the Commons at the University beginning at 3:50pm.