Thursday, May 11, 2017

U12 Super Sub

The U12 girls plays an all-boys team from Sulphur that Emilio's U12 team scrimmaged earlier in the season--a game that I missed because of Scissortail duties. Nina and some of her U-10 teammates start the game on the bench. Nina comes in at forward late in the first half, and she starts the second half at right forward.

With a little more than 3 minutes to play, we are losing 0-4, when Nina handles a great crossing feed from Angie and sends it just inside the far goal post for Nina's 8th goal of the season. Pandemonium ensues. Angie and Bell grab Nina's hands. Players rush the field. Nina's name is cheered. Celebratory hugs abound. A passing train blows its horn.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Game last?

Playing without Oscar, the Panthers go into halftime with a 1-0 lead, which they extend to 2-0 lead in the 2nd half. But the Blues score 2 late to tie the game, and that ends up being the final score. So after losing the first game of the season, we win six straight and remain undefeated the rest of the way.

In the post-game huddle, Pablo tells his teammates that as long as Oscar and Joey are on the team, he's not that worried.

At home, later, Pablo tells me there's a 40/60 chance he'll want to play again in the Fall.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Shining Emeralds, Game Six

This day begins for me at 5:30 a.m., when I wake up from dreams about things that can go wrong at the Honors Graduation Ceremony, which starts at 8:00 a.m. I get to school by 7:00 and my printer doesn't work.

While I'm attending graduation ceremonies, the Wells family is transporting Pablo to Ardmore, where he has a double header. They win the first, 7-2, and the second, 5-2, running their win streak to six games, following a season-opening loss.

After the Honors Graduation Ceremony and the Traditional Commencement are over, I head to Emilio's noon game, still in my formal graduation clothes. The game starts late.

When the Wells family gets Pablo back to Ada from Ardmore, we get in the van and head back to Ardmore, for Nina's 4 o'clock game.

Nice one-touch with the left from the top of the box to give us a 2-1 lead. That's Nina's 7th goal of the season (including one for the Co-Ed team).

In the second half, Nina escapes and delivers an effective strike to the corner. The ref called this one offsides, but it's a bad call.

After the game, we drive to north OKC to deliver Nina and Mari to an overnight birthday party for Anneliese. We then head back to Ada, stopping at Wendy's along the way for a Frosty (as Emi and I often did when he was attending FCBEscola Soccer Camp in OKC last summer).

Sunday, April 30, 2017

On a Country Road

A Blustery Day

Have cleats, will travel

Earlier today, we got a message from Coach Wes, asking if Nina and Pablo could join his co-ed U10 team for a game in Atoka.

Although we had a long Saturday of soccer and travel, we said "yes," because:

a) It's good exercise;

b) Nina was enthusiastic, and Pablo was willing;

c) We like Coach Wes.

Pablo puts pressure on the defense.

Pablo applies more pressure. Nina follows up. The result: a goal for a teammate--our only score in the game.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

U12 Nina

Nina starts at forward for U12 and plays the whole game.

Great pass, great hustle, and . . . so close to a goal!

Nina hustles to the corner, gets past one defender, draws a foul in the box, and sets up a penalty kick--which produces the first goal in the game.

Nina draws another foul in the box, setting up another penalty kick.

They didn't call this one, but it looks like they could have.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Nina is a Lost Raccoon Twin

Grandmother came up to see Nina's first speaking role in an Act II production. Nina and Chloe were "Lost Boy" raccoon twins in "Peter Pan Jr."