Today was our first soccer game, not only of the season, but E-V-E-R.
Someone was very excited to find out on Friday that they had *purple* jerseys!
Which look great with pink and black cleats! ;)
So, on her very first soccer game of her entire life,
When it was 46 degrees on a bright sunny morning,
And after only two practices
(where they ran around and kicked the ball but didn't really talk about how to actually PLAY the game)
Guess what position Gloria got to play...
To say she didn't have a clue...
would be almost 100% accurate.
And she agrees with that statement.
She knew she needed to stop the ball.
She just didn't know what to do to make that happen.
Mostly, she tried to kick it away.
And she successfully blocked two goals that way.
What she didn't know was that she could put her hands on it.
(But she does now!)
And she missed...ahem...quite a few goals because of that.
Poor thing. She came off the field after the first half trying so hard not to cry.
But recovered quickly when she found out that Mr. Greg had come to see her play!
Another player got to play goalie for the second half.
The rules are that every player has to play that position for half of a game.
(Which means she has three and a half more games before having to play goalie again...
insert sigh of relief here)
Her team is all eight year olds in the under 10 division.
There are only 9 of them.
Only 6 of them were there today.
There must be 6 players on the field at all times.
Which means all of them played the entire game.
That's 40 minutes of
chasing the other team who controlled the ball active play.
I was proud of her for hanging in there and trying so hard
Even though she didn't really know what to do.
This afternoon, she wanted to go to the park.
She took her soccer ball with us.
She played on the playground for a little while.
And then spent most of the next hour practicing her soccer skills.
We practiced blocking goals, kicking, and dribbling.
She thinks she's more ready for the next game.
We'll keep practicing though.
Does this look like the face of someone who played a really tough soccer game this morning?