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Soccer Saturdays Are Back!

This is Tom & Thomas's team. . .of course Frederick is on their team. . .front row, white sock-shinguards.  So far, a great season with a 2-0 record. . .making up for last season's 0-???-1 record for sure.  Glad these parents have been so great to stick together. . .Tom has been coaching about half this team for 2-3 years now (2 seasons/year).  Thomas and another player will not be here this weekend for the "official" team picture so we decided to do an "unofficial" one right after the game last week.

 Pre-game meeting with the other coach and ref. . .
 Lined up and ready for kick-off.  Frederick is back on defense, bent over at the waist.
 Oh, there he is. . .arm brace and all.  Last Saturday he was playing soccer with his brother and some U15 girls. . .he was goalie when one of their girls tried to score. . .he injured his wrist pretty badly. . .it was swollen for a couple of days. . .he couldn't use it to eat or write or anything.  Of course it is his dominant hand.  We got quite a few opinions from nurse and therapist friends. . .they thought a brace would be enough.  It was. . .by the time this picture was taken he was only wearing the brace to protect his wrist from any further injury.
 Those coaches I love
 And a little girl spectating that I love very much too (and her little friend JC whose sister is playing with Frederick)
 That kid in front of Frederick should be scared. . .being in the way of a kick like that!
There's JC's sister with Frederick. . .she made her first goal this week :)
 Corner kick
Are the girls getting in Frederick's way or is it the other way around?

After that exciting win we visited with a few people we knew before heading across the parking lot to our next game -- Marie's U12 all-girl team.  This team is not faring as well as Frederick's.  First off, it's their first season together.  The coach is experimenting by having an all-girls' team (he has two girls and has coached them all the way through the ranks. . .the older one has aged out like Thomas and the other is on this team) and he is the person who does the coach's trainings each year.  But, again, it's the first time the Y has put together a team like this and. . .well. . .so far, not-so-good.  LOTS of potential and talent out there on those fields so we'll see how the season goes.  No matter what, it's a joy to watch our children play.
Marie is the blond, of course.  They are called the Watermelons.
Tip-off?  Kick-off?  Not sure of the term, but, let's play!!

She is fast.  Sometimes I forget how fast she is until I see her on the field chasing a ball.
And then Coach Nick put her in the goal again.  She doesn't really like to play Keeper too much but she is one of the few that is aggressive enough to do the job.
 Great kick :)
 One of many "saves"
And a few goals made on her too. . .here, though, I was glad I got the picture, glad I could show her that her defense wasn't working with her. . .in this case they were no where near the goal to help her.
But this one defines how I see Marie in my minds' eye when she is on the field. . .that kick so powerful that opponents reflexively shield their faces -- ha!

Someone in our family forgot the camera the first week when Nana and Grandpa were here.  I did get a few pics on my phone though. . .wish I had all the kids!
 Grandpa, Nana, Margaret
 Grandpa, Coach Thomas, Nana
 Grandpa, Marie, Nana (my favorite of the bunch, I think)

This weekend Thomas has a tournament with his travel team two hours away. . .the first games starts at 7:45 a.m. Saturday morning. . .looks like he and I will be pulling out about 5 a.m.  I think trying to go the night before and find a place to stay will be a waste of time and money. . .so we'll do it this way.  He has two games Saturday and another game Sunday morning at 9:30.  Tom will take the kids to that one. . .I'll do Sunday School and then am playing tennis for our Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure this weekend in our town. . .we all join a team but instead of running (ugh) we play tennis -- I love it!  While Thomas and I are gone Saturday Frederick and Marie will each have a soccer game to play and Margaret and Frederick will have their tennis lessons.  Never a dull moment around here during Soccer Season -- LOVE IT!


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