Monday, May 5, 2014
On the soccer field
Soccer has been gaining in popularity in the state, but only the big schools have a program in the spring for the kids, as an alternative to track. Having worked in a small school for my whole career, I've watched a LOT of track, but never a soccer game. Enter: my cousin's daughter. Her team from Casper came to play Riverton, and so to visit with my cousin and also watch his daughter play, I met them in the stands.
Fortunately, my cousin was nice enough to explain the rules and important points of the game as the action on the field commenced. It was a good game, although I thought the Riverton team was excessively rough. My cousin's daughter was purposely pushed to the ground just as she was attempting a goal. Her arms and hip received nasty scrapes; we were relieved to see her return to the field. In the end, the Casper team won the game 3-1, so that felt good.
A soccer game -- It was a good introduction into another competitive sport. One more note: Hitting the ball with one's head.... how can that be a good thing???
My cousin, his lovely wife, and his very athletic daughter had time for a quick photo before the team got back on the bus and the parents headed out on their 2 hr. drive home.