Maggie Makes Four!

This journal started off documenting the adoption of our youngest daughter. It now follows the twist and turns of our lives as we raise these two amazing little creatures into the best women they can become.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Opening Day

Our day started early today.  It was the official first day of soccer season and the festivities kicked off bright and early at 7am this morning with a parade down Main Street.  I haven't been to a soccer parade since I marched in them as a kid myself...and nothing's changed.  Two thousand charged up kids parade past of weary looking parents and grandparents who stand and sit on curbs clutching coffee and screaming wildly the minute their players march past.  

After the parade and a quick breakfast, it was game time.  The Magster was up first with a game at 10am.  The mighty Dashers started off a bit shaky, when they stood in the middle of the field and watched a girl from the other team dribble right down the center of the field and score in the first minute of play.  As the coach, it was disheartening.  BUT, the girls came to life and eventually scored four goals.  The Magster even got an assist.  I heard we lost the game 5-4, but I truly only knew my team's score at the end of the game. Besides, the only measure at this age is the amount of fun that was had and the girls had a great time.

La Nina's game wasn't until 1pm.  By kick off the temperature was well over 95 degrees and we figured this was a big test for La Nina.  Would she, could she run and sweat in the heat? I'm happy to report she did well.  When she took over as goalie she shined.  She logged at least 5 solid saves, and only one got past her.  The one that slipped past her would have been tough for an experienced goalie to save.  I heard La Nina's team lost too, but again, the win-loss record isn't important at this point.  It's all about having fun.  

So, after nearly 20 years off,  it was fun to be back in youth soccer.  We have nine more Saturdays with two games, and we'll relish them all.  


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