Another year of soccer is in the books, and we are very proud of the 8 girls on our team. Our soccer league stops co-ed after Kindergarten which is unfortunate because we were all set to have the same coach (and team mostly) as we did last year. Unfortunately, our super star coach D from last year, well, her son is a boy, and we couldn't talk her in to coaching Lily's team anyway. Ha. So we were chosen on another team and Lawrence assistant coached this year. It was a great experience for he and for Lily. He played a lot of soccer when he was younger, so unlike Tball coaching last spring, where he was mostly winging it (and keeping spacey 5 year olds from hitting each other with baseball bats), he knew how to teach this sport.
They play 4 on 4 in the 1st grade, as opposed to 3 on 3 last year. As an adult, it's always interesting to think back to what this was like at my age. Could I have thrived at soccer (vs just enduring it for 5+ years) if I hadn't been on a co-ed team 10 vs 10, being a defender while Jesse Shirley, Mickey Roberts, and Jesse Peterson all controlled the ball IN A FULL SIZED SOCCER FIELD. As I think back I remember that my mom used to say to people (who obviously weren't at the game), "Jenny is good at getting into the mix and kicking it out of there". I know that must be a lie because I was 1. a defender in the back field picking dandelions with very good and agressive teammates who never let the ball near my goal, and 2. Well, I'm just fairly certain I was not a player who was "good at kicking" anything, much less, it, out of the middle of the blob of school-aged soccer players. For starters, just to remind you, I looked like this.
Anyway, that's neither here nor there. And it gives me great pride to watch Lily as one of the best players on the team. She is strong and aggressive. The girl can HUSTLE (when she wants to, who knew? Not the person who has to bark orders to get her shoes tied every.single.morning). She was good last year against the boys, but this year she was great playing with the girls and it was fun to see her excel and score so often. The second to last game, Lawrence bribed her with a milkshake on the way home if she PASSED THE BALL a few times. He wanted her to get an assist. She knew what that meant. I found out that term when I was 22 and met Lawrence. Heh. And she did pass the ball that day. However, that made it her only scoreless game. She would get up to the net and beat the rest of both teams there, waiting for someone to pass it to, NOT shooting. Finally she had the perfect set up. She passed it to another girl, who missed the goal, but it was fine. Lily did what she was there to do, and we were proud of her. She enjoyed every drop of that milkshake. Because she does NOT hustle when it comes to eating desserts. Or any other food for that matter.
|Coach Dad and his girls warming up|
My heart jumps a little every time I see her look over to her dad, for approval, celebration, or encouragement. Her desire to please him makes me delight in them both. He really is her first love, as it should be for every little girl.
|It's so hot, I'm taking refuge in the shade of Bryson's stroller and might die if I look at you .|
Whoa is me
|I have a crush on the coach.|
|WHO is this kids mother? Sunburn fail!|
|My little big buckeye. This Jersey made him look SO big.|
This changed the college football Saturdays that we've grown to love (except for the maddening terrible service of the Comcast Gameday Package...If you don't already know the story, don't ask, at least we got the whole season for free, after weeks of frustrated Husband on my hands)
|Lily has the ball, everyone is on her|
|If this picture doesn't make your heart swell with pride, well, you probably aren't her mother.|
|Our alternate team member. She'll be ready next year.|
Next game. Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Only one week later. She doesn't like being the goalie. Likes to be IN THE ACTION.
|Being a soccer kid in Portland, Oregon - doesn't she look tough!|
|Where is the ball in this picture?|
|Uncle Matt got to come to two of the games upon his return from "the yucky place". Addie was happy that her school bear who slept over for the weekend has a place to stay dry.|
|The Shooting Stars and their fearless leaders happy to receive soccer trophies|