HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac University women's soccer senior Susan Donovan (Cork, Ireland) has had a busy summer as a member of the Irish National Team at the 2009 World University Games. Donovan has seen action for Ireland against some of top international players in the world. Currently slowed by an injury, Donovan has been focusing on rehabilitation while also seeing some game action. She took the time over the last week to write Head Women's Soccer Coach Dave Clarke to chronicle her experience.
Donovan joined the Irish team on June 27, 2009 when she flew from Cork, Ireland to Belgrade, Serbia, where the tournament was being played. Once in Belgrade, the team received a police escort to the hotel that served as the official host for all countries competing in the games. Donovan described the hotel accommodations as crowded with athletes from all sports and countries. She also discussed sharing a room with five other women's soccer players. Donovan also mentioned that daily travel to and from the practice facilities started with full inspections of the team's bus for explosives.
"It's very professional," Donovan said. "The University Games are run like the Olympics!"
After three days of light training, Ireland was set to square-off against Japan on Monday, June 29. The Irish team lost to Japan, 3-0, while Donovan was forced to miss the game after an injury in pregame warm-ups. Forced to sit out for a week, Donovan did not see any game-action until Monday, July 7. She would log 60 minutes in a 2-1 loss to Poland. She then got the nod to start against South Africa, helping an injury-ravaged Irish team to a 6-3 win. In the last game of the tournament, against Hungary, the Irish team lost 3-2.
Donovan enters her final year at Quinnipiac with 12 goals and 12 assists for her career. As a rookie in 2006, Donovan led the team with eight goals while also adding three assists. In 2007, she totaled four goals and a career-high five assists. Last year, Donovan had four assists.
Quinnipiac opens the 2009 season on the road when they face Providence in Providence, R.I. on Sunday, Sept. 6 and Stony Brook in Stony Brook, N.Y. on Thursday, Sept. 10. The Bobcats home-opener lands on Sunday, Sept. 13 when they host Lehigh University at 2 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Soccer Field. The Bobcats will then play four straight road games to close out September before returning home on Sunday, Oct. 4 to host Bryant University.