Joyeaux Noel!

Well, ladies and gentlemen, I have really “dropped the ball” (goalkeeper pun intended) on updating my blog. But to sum up the last 2 months…

We played about 6 matches and did not fair as well as I would have liked. I think the middle grind of the season wore us down and fatigue and injuries started to set in. I also received a red card early in our game against Arras, and served a 2 game suspension. Last night, I returned to the pitch to face the Champion of the World, Olympique Lyonnais, in Lyon. We lost the game 3-0, but what a fun match to play! I am really proud of my team for being mentally and physically tough and fighting throughout entire match. We played with tenacity and heart, and it was really great to see us rise to the challenge of a very strong team. We need to carry that attitude into the new year!…

On a non-football note, I have continued my French lessons and am doing much better with the language. I definitely am not fluent (by any means), but communication is not such a huge barrier anymore. It’s exciting to see the progress! In October/November, one of my best friends from home came to visit here in Yzeure. We had a great time and it was so nice to show someone where I live and what I do on a regular basis (Sleep, eat, play soccer. Rough life I know). Thanks for coming Linds!

The Lyon game was our last match before the holiday break, so I am finishing my packing now and preparing to head back to Lyon for the night. My first plane departs from Lyon and, 15 hours later, I eventually will land in Louisville, KY on Monday night! I am so excited to be home and spend time with my family and friends. It’s been 4½ months!

I am really happy here in France and so thankful to have this opportunity. It’s funny though, a question I get asked quite frequently is, “How does a girl from KY/WKU end up playing professional football in Yzeure, France?” I’ve grown to love this question because I love representing my home, and proving that this dream is attainable for the underdogs. Playing the underdog role has always been and continues to be a familiar and dangerous spot for me. So look out world… Oh and look out Kentucky ‘cause here I come!!!

Y’all have a Merry ChristmaHanaKwanzika and a Happy New Year!!!

Thanks for reading,

Libby

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