Monday, October 23, 2006

Little Soccer Champs

So a couple of weeks ago, my wife gave our oldest a choice. We had a wedding in Milwaukee, but kids weren't invited to the reception, so he could either come up with us and stay with a sitter or as Shannon put it, see his uncles and aunt and all his cousins... or he could stay and play in his soccer championship. Even though I was the coach, taking part in the wedding as an usher and a reader was my priority.

He chose soccer.

So Saturday morning, before getting the tux on and all that comes with prepping for a wedding, we sat at the breakfast table wondering how he was doing. And we called to find out the great news. As we'd see on video later... he scored two goals to lead his team to a 2-0 win and the tournament title.

As a parent who coaches and played, it is so much fun for me to watch. The goals happend like this: on one, the opposing team's goalie made a save then started running towards the left side to get rid of it. In the video you can see my son anticipate and sprint towards where he thought the ball would end up. He controlled it, dribbled into the box, past the defenders and the goalie, then kicked it into an open net.

Later, he took a pass at midfield... dribbled around three defenders, but then it seems the ball was getting too far ahead... and headed out of bounds. The goalie comes out to pick it up, but at the last second, he cuts it back and it goes into the goal.

Clearly, like his father, he isn't able to shoot from more than five feet out, but hey... whatever works, right?


Jonathan Ahl said...

E scored more goals in his championship game than I have scored in the past four seasons.

He is a chip off the old block, all right. Based on your previous posts, I'd say he is also learning good sportsmanship as well as getting them in the net.

What a cool kid.

Edgar said...

Thanks Jonathan... I'm having a great time watching him grow and play...

Knight in Dragonland said...

He cut it back at the last second ... and kicked it past my daughter. Fortunately, at this stage in her soccer career, she was just excited to get a ribbon at the end. You've got a great little player there, Edgar. Congrats on the championship. Sorry you couldn't be there in person.

Edgar said...

Thanks Knight...

I felt bad about missing, but he had lots of family there to cheer him on.

He too was thrilled by the ribbon. As you've probably read on here he loves to play.

Keep your daughter playing, it's a great sport!