Virginia, Furman and George Washington abroad for spring break

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The national champions of college soccer are in England this week for their spring break, taking in the sights and challenging youth teams as they get their spring season underway in soccer’s homeland.

Virginia is one of a handful of Division 1 college programs traveling abroad for spring break. Furman and George Washington are in Spain and Buffalo is heading to England next week.

The Hoos did something they didn’t even have to do to win the national championship in the College Cup final in December in their first match of the trip against Crystal Palace Academy on Tuesday: score a goal. In fact, Virginia scored four goals in a 4-0 win in London after a weekend of sight-seeing and attending a Tottenham and Queens Park Rangers match.

Up next is a game with a youth side for Blackburn Rovers FC on Wednesday and a final match with a Burnley FC youth team on Friday.

furmaninspainFurman and George Washington were also winners in their first matches over in Spain.

Furman got goals from sophomore forward and Scotland native Lewis Hawke and sophomore midfielder Eli Pinner in their 2-1 win over Segunda B club St. Andreu’s U-19 side on Monday after taking in a Barcelona FC match at Camp Nou and training at the famed club over the weekend.

The Paladins travel to Madrid later this week to watch Real Madrid host FC Schalke in UEFA Champions League play, train with Real Madrid staff and take on La Liga club Getafe’s U-19 squad. Updates on the trip are available at www.furmansoccertrip.org.

George Washington got the better of a youth team from Segunda B club CF Badalona in their first match on Monday, winning 3-2 after taking in the same Barcelona FC game as Furman at Camp Nou over the weekend. The Colonials have two more friendlies scheduled for their journey abroad, the first for the program since a preseason trip to England in 2007.

Buffalo leaves for their England trip this weekend and will take on Conference South club Hayes & Yeading in London on Sunday followed by matches with Conference Premier club Barnet FC’s U-21 team on March 17, Premier League club Stoke City’s U-21 team on March 19 and First Point USA on March 20.

Virginia photo courtesy of the team’s Instagram account. Furman photo courtesy of the team’s Twitter account.

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