Liberty soccer pair Norway bound

April 15, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

The farthest Liberty freshman Haley DeLaurence has been from her home in Sykesville is Richmond, Va.

Her soccer teammate and best friend Shanna Ziegenfuss went to a soccer camp on her own at the University of North Carolina a couple years back.

Next month, the two will get a chance to experience a different way of life and play their favorite sport when they travel to Norway with an under-16 Olympic Developmental Program select team.

DeLaurence and Ziegenfuss are two of seven players chosen from Maryland. Eight others making the trip are from Virginia. They'll get to play four or five games during their 10-day stay, which will begin on May 11. The team will be staying with host families in Bergen, a city on the west coast of Norway.

"I think it's great and I'm ready to go," said Ziegenfuss.

"I know they speak English and we're going to be staying in the city of Bergen. It will be neat staying with a family and doing the things they do and eating the things they eat. I'm sure there'll be plenty of time to go sightseeing and learn about their culture."

The players also will get a chance to share some of their experiences of life in the United States.

"They're going to have a school there for us to tell our experiences in soccer," DeLaurence said.

And while Norway will be new to the pair, soccer certainly isn't.

Both grew up in soccer families with older brothers playing and parents who still play the game.

In their first year at Liberty, DeLaurence, a midfielder, and Ziegenfuss, a forward, not only made the varsity, but also were first-team All-County selections in helping the Lions to a second-straight state playoff appearance.

"Everybody in the family plays soccer -- my mom, dad and brother," DeLaurence said. "My dad coached me, and my brother also helped out, too."

for Ziegenfuss, it was backyard fun with her three older brothers that helped give her a head start.

"I've been playing for 10 years and my three older brothers helped me out a lot," she said. "They really taught me how to play soccer."

And now the two try to push one another to improve their skills.

"I've known Shanna for four years," DeLaurence said. "She'll come over and we'll do different warm-ups and work on some different stuff. We have a lot of fun."

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