Monday, February 16, 2009

Another Crazy Soccer Weekend

The boys had another tournament this weekend, and being the coach, that meant I did as well. Brennan played three games, a 3-2 win on Friday, and unfortunate last-minute 2-2 tie on Saturday (in which Brennan played his heart out), and a pasting on Sunday, losing 10-2 to the eventual winners, a team from Humboldt that ravaged everything in its path. These kids were like ancient Vikings, leaving burning villages and stacks of bodies behind. They scored something like 35 goals in 4 games, allowing only 5. It was ugly.

Aidan's team played twice on Saturday. They lost the first one 6-2, but it was a weird one, seeing how they could have just as easily won 6-3. Bad luck on both ends and a lack of finishing got us. But the size of the pools meant we only had to win our next game to guarantee a spot in the semi-finals, and so we did, manhandling the host team 9-3. Aidan, our keeper, actually played out for that game, scoring once and assisting on one or two.

So the next day we faced the other team from Aurora, our club. We took the lead 5 whole seconds into the game, and then they scored the next two, but it would have been far worse if not for Aidan slamming the door. Then, with only two or three minutes left, we scored to tie things up, and so when the whistle blew we went to penalty kicks. Of our five kickers, only one missed the net. One of the players from the other team also missed the net, but the difference was that Aidan also made a save, and just like that we were on to the final.

As luck would have it, the final (which was this morning at 9, today being a holiday for some) was against the team that beat us. Today we reversed that, two quick goals followed by a later one taking the wind out of their sails, and when they scored one to give themselves a new lease on life, Aidan promptly shut them down, making all sorts of huge saves (although none as big as in the semi-final, when he stopped them on a two on nothing rush). Then we scored one more in the second half, and after that the boys did all they could to keep the defense nice and tight. I was very proud of them. And pumped, of course, to say nothing of being pleased that as coach I actually got a gold medal as well.

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