May 14, 2009

The Name of the Game

I know that as a parent, I should be happiest when my kids are trying their hardest at whatever sport they are playing, and that in the end winning or losing does not matter. Wrong! We had our second soccer game of the week. Of course it was pouring down rain and that means no pics.

So here we are: all huddled under umbrella's, multiple layers of clothing on, cheering on Purple Crush. As they take the field, already soaked to the bone, they get their first look at the orange team. Didn't ask, didn't care what their name was. All I know is that this team is also undefeated, like us, and that they are the team to beat. Of course it does not help that I know one of the mom's on the other team, and she has been talking a blue streak to anyone who will listen about how good their team is.

As the first half gets under way, we can see that the teams are pretty evenly matched skill wise, and that this will be a great game. A couple of minutes go by, and the other team gets a goal on us. At this point I am now thinking, "oh man, are we gonna lose?", all the while knowing that is the worst thought to be having.

We have an awesome coach who really shows the girls the fundamentals of the game and takes the time to explain it to them. Even during a game, he is there to explain and show them what to correct. Offsides is a big thing right now.

Anyway, I digress. The other team has just scored the first goal and now that we see how they are, we are not going to let that happen again right? Right! As the game wears on, we proceed to score 4 goals on them. At the end of the game, the girls are pumped, and wet! We are now the undefeated team to beat! As we drive home, CHB and I, with the girls in the back seat, proceed to gloat over the win. Even though her daughter plays for another team, they will be playing them soon. It felt SO good to have won! maybe tomorrow I will remember it is not about the winning or the losing........ here's to hoping!

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