Saturday, April 23, 2011

Soccerday Update

Today we had three soccer games. In the cold. And snow. Yes, snow. Yes, on April 23rd. Fortunately, we were not outside for too long - our games were at 10:00, 11:00, and 11:00 and all games were within five minutes of one another. That doesn't happen very often, let me tell you! The first game at 10 was JEDs. I won't rehash the score (it was painful), but JED scored the only goal for his team. I'm 99% sure that JED is the only boy on his team with any previous soccer experience, so his coach has said that he needs JED to score in games (he really wants to be a keeper). So, we've had to 'encourage' JED to score during games - at the cost of $.50 per goal. Hey, you gotta do what you gotta do. JED had some nice break-aways and his footwork and skills are amazing at times. However, the poor kid was so cold during the game that he had a hard time concentrating. He left happy, however, and made sure to remind me several times that we owe him $0.50. He's no dummy.
JAD and CED had games at the exact same time and, fortunately, at the exact same location. K started his soccer viewing time watching CEDs team play and I headed up to JADs game as soon as JEDs game was done. From what I saw of JADs game, the teams were fairly evenly matched. When I left at half, the game was tied 0-0. Apparently, JAD got pretty sassy with one of the refs on the field. To read about that, go to K's blog for all the details. Let's just say that JAD is getting pretty bold and almost too big for his britches during his soccer games. It's going to get more and more interesting as he gets older and (heaven help us) even more competitive.
K and I switched games at halftime, which was just after CEDs team had scored a goal in the last minutes of the first half to go up 1-0. The girls were certainly the dominant team once again, but this was not one of their best games. In the second half, we scored a second goal, but then gave up a goal with about 6 minutes to go to put the score at 2-1. 2-0 is a score that gives breathing room; 2-1 makes you hold your breath just a bit. The girls held on, however, and won. They are still undefeated! Next week, though, they play their biggest rivals - a team that is 5-1-0 (they lost their first game this weekend - a big boost for our girls!). It'll be a great game. JADs team also ended up with a win - scoring in the last minutes of the game to go up 1-0. Another good weekend for soccer. It may have been cold, but winning makes the cold just a little more bearable.

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