Monday, September 29, 2014

Evan's 1st Soccer Games of His 4th Season

Evan has always loved soccer.  It is probably his most favorite sport he has played so far, and he really possesses a lot of skill on the field.  He really excelled the last two years he played.  He has played two years of U6 and one year of U8 so far.  Unfortunately, our old league could not get the league together this year for some reason so we were forced to find a new league.  We begrudgingly chose one of the bigger leagues in town.  We were slightly disappointed to find out that they don't have individual team jerseys and that they play U8 by most leagues' U6 standards (meaning only 4 kids on the field with no goalies).  Sigh.  We were a little worried that this would be like going backwards for Evan and that he would not be able to progress much in the sport this year.  So far, Evan seems to be on a good team with a coach that is teaching them some valuable skills for the game so we are hoping for the best.  They have "won" all of their last three games with the last two games being tougher match-ups.  The league does not keep up with scores and wins/losses so that is all unofficial.  There are also no referees so the coaches make all the calls.  As we have noted in the last couple of years, Evan has picked up being an offensive player better than being defensive.  It sometimes takes him a few games to really get back into his game and start really hustling on the field (summer laziness maybe?), but he has played better every game so far and has scored a goal in every game.  His last goal was a pretty awesome one where he really drove the ball to the goal and side kicked it passed several players to score.  Those shots are just so awesome to watch!

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The boys wear either white shirts or blue jerseys depending on whether they are designated home or away team.

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Getting the before game pep talk from Coach.  

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Team cheer.

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I think they finally settled on Dragons as their team name.

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Evan throwing in the ball.  This was the really wet, humid day so they were sweating before the game even began.

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I just watching him run.

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Evan and his teammates are ready.  

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Going after the ball.

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End of game cheer.  It was a bit of a stomp at 13-0 since the other team had a lot of inexperienced players.

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The end of game team handshakes.

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Go Dragons!  Evan and the boy he is facing on the left are very good offensive players and work really well together.  I say in soccer, you always have to watch the little ones.  This one may be one of the smallest, but he is tough!

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They got to wear blue for their second game.

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It told Evan he was "floating" in this picture.  There are funny trick photography photos on the internet where people show how you pour water on the ground and then step to the side so that when you take the picture, it looks like your shadow like you are hovering above it.  This is not one of those shots.  He was literally caught with both feet off the ground.  He must have been really flying. 

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And kicking up grass and dirt too!

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Mommy, Papa, and Brody were watching the exciting game.  

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Evan and his buddy, Ryan, being a defensive team again.

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This was a close game with only a one or two point lead I think. 

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They have quickly learned about being a team. 
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  1. Those are some good action shots. Looks fun! :)

  2. I really wanted Spencer to do soccer this fall but he would have none of it. He insists on doing basketball when it starts, because, you know, he's not the shortest person in his class. Whatever.

    Way to go soccer star, Evan!

  3. I'm sorry that this league experience is feeling a little disappointing but hopefully you will continue to see some valuable experiences for Evan. And I love those running pictures where neither foot is touching the ground. For a brief moment these kids actually are flying!


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