itagui

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i remember.
appalachian state. field energy.  the whoa from the parents when the boys moved the ball.  the joy on certain faces i had not seen on a soccer field in a long time.  the disco goal.  alonzo’s full field sprint to score.  calvin’s step over’s.  jake’s running.  wesley’s smile.  liam’s shrugging as to where he would play next. the sick feeling in my stomach.  rock hill. losing by what felt like a bakers dozen.  unaffected + winning game 2.  left foot strike by soudir after great team ball movement.  big win. concord. undefeated weekend.  at least that is how i saw it. winter futsal league. beating the team we lost 8-0 to in outdoor.  seeing the boys confidence increase.  the smell of teenagers + sports connection. ramble wood. our first finals.  minus a goalkeeper.  lunch + lounging as a group. futsal skills execution.  the addition of tucker to the team. rock hill 2 end line passing to score . jackson’s elastico before said end line pass. game one.  no goals allowed.  jon f., nate, jake, tucker, alonzo and john m. really not even allowing many chances. stringing  passes together after the delay in game 2. conrad glenn’s half time speech.  wesley’s end line pass to new guy brandon to tie the score late. extra effort by cj to keep a ball alive and stay calm just before delivering the pass that led to the game winning goal. team effort. the collective jump at the final whistle. the size of team 3.  zach belk getting his first goal for itagui.  again – no goals allowed. no subs. the excitement still in the boys eyes knowing they had set themselves up for game 4. the slow start.  calvin injured after 5 mthe odd sense that we have never been in this situation + were not quite sure how to handle it. alonzo running full field with a former teammate to keep him from crossing the ball. the frantic moving around of puzzle pieces in attempt to find one chance on goal. the one chance. being able to hand the boys a medal. tennessee. save having a ball bounce the other way off of a post any of the three times it decided to gently kiss it’s side or having alanzo bend backwards while running forwards as to not block the ball from entering the no fly zone, i’m not sure a better script could have been written to end our inaugural season. here are the moments i remember. . . the winding road to our destination.  the sweet field.  the echoing bleacher’s. tucker’s first goal.  jackson’s taking it to the corner to waste time somehow becoming a goal.  the team of jake, john, jon, alonzo, and nate not allowing a goal.  coming back from a goal down in game two.  twenty seconds later taking the lead.  the half time video game analogy. the continued effort after giving up that lead just after half.  jake, tucker, isaac, cj, chris + calvin running back and forth.  back and forth. conrad saving the day.  thrice, – in his own sort of hat trick.  aiden ninja kicking the ball to zack off of the goal kick.  zachary’s calm stroke of the ball into the back of the net.  zachary and team’s not so calm celebration as the final whistle blew. pizza. broken sunglasses’ (again).  quick strike to tie using futsal toe poke.  another long range chip shot goal from jackson.  holding off their efforts to even the score with work + effort by brandon, cj, isaac and aiden who were all put in to play defensively. game four.  i remember the warm up. i remember the temperature and the feel of the grass.  i remember the 01’s taking the field.  i remember not wanting the weekend to end.  i remember aiden, jackson + calvin hitting a post or a cross bar.  i remember thinking maybe i should hold ‘zo back on the corner kick – and then thinking, no way, last game, let him go – i remember the ball hitting his back as he tried to leap out of the way.  i remember wanting the game to continue for chris, isaac, alonzo + conrad.  i remember realizing it was game four and the boys still had energy.  i remember, remembering back to the appalachian state tournament where we gave up a two goal lead and smiling knowing that that would not happen again.  i remember thinking that we did it.  we, as in a group of parents + players, who had set off to find something to rhyme with orange. impossible.  i remember a cloud of thought about a group of players with different backgrounds, different levels of skill who were now collectively giving effort for each other. not just a group of boys with the same shirts and team name walking around on a pitch together – but a team.  one group.  working for each other.  wanting to win for the player next to him,  happy with each others success.  i remember feeling that life is sweet when you experience it with others in a meaningful way.  that there is no warmer take over than to see your son or daughter enjoy something they have worked hard for.  i remembered that itagui is like nothing else i have ever been a part of. and that is worth remebering.  that is cool.

 

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