Sunday, November 19, 2006
A First Place Team And A Beautiful Ending
Yesterday was the semifinals in the regional soccer tournament. We won our game Saturday and advanced to the finals today.
Today, we won first place in an overtime tie-breaker.
Now, the last thing you want to hear is any Dad bragging, and every soccer victory is a team effort and not due to any one person.
Still, it was an especially sweet victory for a certain Dad. ( I'll give you a hint, he LOVES wild Florida)
You see, it was a hard fought game between two very good teams. The game ran out after an hour and a half of play with a score of 1-1.
Both teams got some well deserved Gatorade, and then returned to the field for an overtime tie-breaker. First to score wins.
A well placed shot by our team was blocked by a desperate slap from one of the opposition's players. It was a last ditch move, the ball was in the box and going to score. Their player figured it was worth the penalty kick we would get due to his touching the ball with his hand. After all, they had an excellent goalie and he could probably stop the penalty kick.
The ref made the call, "Handball!"
Both teams stepped aside for the penalty kick.
The Goalie paced nervously ... all the hopes of his team riding on his ability and speed.
Facing him, our very own Jr... chosen by his team to take the shot that could win the tournament.
The entire tournament came down to two individuals facing each other trying to anticipate the other's intent.
The field grew quiet.
Jr. set up, thought for a minute, and then he kicked.
A ground level, angled, rocket of a shot that flew past the goalie and into the net.
For a moment, time froze and then suddenly began flowing again as our team erupted into joyful celebration and much hugging.
They did it. They were a championship team.
Posted by R.Powers at 8:08 PM