Showing posts with label soccer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label soccer. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Coach Matt

Matt has been Sis's soccer coach for 7 years.  I can't remember exactly how he "lucked" into coaching, but I think it had something to do with "needing a volunteer".  So he stepped up.  Can you imagine the kind of patience it takes to coach a group of 4 year old girls who'd rather be picking flowers??  But he did it and loved it.



And when we moved to Round Rock, he was able to continue coaching, though every year it became harder for him to coach - he wanted to see progression and seriousness...and some of the girls still wanted to "pick flowers".
But he had a group of girls who really listened to and respected "Coach Matt".  Some of these girls played soccer with him for years, so it was really hard for him to let it go.
Soccer gave him something he really enjoyed outside of work to focus on and he gave it 100%, coming up with creative practices, helping with the lights on the fields, and really being passionate about the games.  Sometimes a little too passionate for my sake.
But the best thing Matt got out of his time coaching was an incredible bond with his daughter.  They speak a language that I don't understand - they watch games together - they have inside jokes together - and I am so happy they have that relationship.  Soccer has been a great thing for both Matt & Sis.  And even thought he may not be her coach on the field anymore, he will always be her Dad.



Tuesday, October 9, 2012

A Last Game

This Spring, Sissy had her last game of the season with her long-standing team she has been on since 2008.
Most of these girls have moved with us as we moved from rec soccer to Academy to Select this year.
Matt has coached them and has been so very proud of how much they have accomplished.
I remember these sweet girls when they were tiny little 2nd graders chasing the ball up & down the field.  Now they are all moving on to middle school and they have awesome skills.
They have matured in their passion to play the game. It has been so fun watching them come together and play so well.

And I love seeing how much Sis has improved in the game.  She becomes someone else on the field.  She anticipates the ball, gets in front of it, blocks it, stops it...she amazes me.  And she becomes so aggressive when playing - knocks into other players to get to the ball and takes it away.  I love it.
She is also very passionate about winning - gets most upset when they lose and is so very hard on herself. I can't wait to see where soccer takes her.
These 4 cuties have played together since 2nd grade!!

As I mentioned, this was their last game to play together.  Matt is finished coaching.  And many of the girls are pursuing other interests.  We have decided to not continue on with the Hutto Gunners either.

In May, Sis started practicing with another Club, Lonestar, tried out for them in June, and made the A team!!! Woo-Hoo!  We are really excited as this starts a new chapter for her - Dad is not her coach, she is playing on a whole different level of soccer - more travel, greater commitment.  It is something that she clearly loves and is good at, so I am excited to see her grow.

Who knew this little 4 year old who loved to play soccer because she would get to hang out with her Dad would turn into this?



Monday, March 19, 2012

Soccer Season Has Begun!

Soccer Season has begun for us y'all.  And what exactly does that mean?
Practice 4 nights a week and at least 2 (sometime 3-4) games a weekend.  Both my older kiddos play.

Yup.

I'm an official mini-van driving soccer mom.
And this guy?  He finds fun ways to entertain himself, seeing as he was practically raised going to soccer all the time....
When Brody doesn't have a game, he finds ways to entertain himself too - his favorite is climbing goal posts.
This particular Sunday game was a perfect day to capture some shots of my girl doing what she loves....
And this silly boy....
Matt still coaches (in the background) Sis's team - it's his last year, so he is a little sad about it.  He has coached her since she was 4 and it's time to let the professional coaches have her.
Personally, I feel nothing but pride watching her play.  She is so serious and passionate about playing well....and winning. Don't get me wrong, she enjoys every minute of it and can't imagine playing another sport.  In fact, at this point, her goal is to become a professional soccer player....and an artist.  We'll see how that works out for her.
In the meantime, I'm just going to enjoy watching her play - I think she's awesome - I'm her momma - I'm supposed to, right?
Go Sis!
Yep - I love it.  And despite all the craziness that 4 practices a week bring us, I wouldn't change it for the world.  Someday I 'm going to miss the chaos!
*Yes, Brody plays too and I will soon get pics of his game up here too - haven't been to one with great weather yet 


Monday, February 28, 2011

YAY! IT'S SOCCER TIME!!!!

Yes, you heard me correctly!  I am so excited that spring soccer has started up!  I LOVE watching my girl play soccer, even if it is a bit difficult with a fussy 21 month old and a completely bored 8 year old. And I know I've complained in the past about soccer (ahem...here and here), but this is my girl playing, not the family dealing with Dad's obsession.  There is a big difference.

So EARLY (6:45 early) Saturday morning, we were packed in the car and headed to Sis's first game of the season.  This spring we are with an Academy team, so we have more intense practices and games where we are traveling quite a bit.

3 iPhones, 1 iPod, 1 DSi, 1 Kindle, 3 books, 2 yogurt sticks, 1 banana, 1 thermos full of Gingerbread coffee, 2 chairs, 1 jogging stroller, 2 blankets, and 3 kids later, we were on our way!!  This momma is prepared to entertain every way possible so I can watch the girl play soccer.

And oh how she played!
 I look at these pictures in amazement.
 She plays with such sureness and confidence.
 As if it's all second nature to her.
 And she's only 9.

The best part of the game came when she had a corner kick, was passed the ball back and kicked it perfectly to curve right into the goal.  It was amazing y'all.  It looked so perfect and planned.  I wanted to jump out of my skin I was so proud of her.  That has to be one of the best feelings in the world.  To see your child work so hard at something and then succeed.  It was awesome.

So yes, I welcome the soccer season - Brody starts this week too and soon we will have 2-3 games each weekend.

Hmm...wonder when the baby can start???


Sunday, August 15, 2010

I Become a Widow Today

to this.

Yes my friends, the English Premiere League season began today.  And my hubby has disappeared in a cloud of anticipation and giddy-schoolgirl excitement.  He is down at an Irish Pub with friends watching the game as I type this.  He left the house at 8:30 am to get down there.  Isn't there something wrong with hitting the bar at 8:30 am.....on a Sunday?  Oh dear.  I have a whole season ahead of me.

A season filled with "don't touch my dvr, it's set for a game." and "you can't wear red today Becca, you'll jinx my team."  

A season filled with endless facebook posts about Inter Milan, Benetiz and YNWA!!! And the sad thing is...most of his friends have no idea what he is posting about.

A season filled with very manly yells and screams coming from the man cave when Liverpool scores.

A season filled with me trying to be interested faking it in a conversation about the league.

And a season filled with me. Alone in the evenings. While hubby is upstairs watching a game.  oh, boo-hoo right??  Nope, I love having a little tv time to myself....but shhhh don't tell him that.

I have written in the past about the obscene number of jerseys this man has.  It has gotten worse.


the man has 18 soccer jerseys.  
and 8.  EIGHT. are from the same team.
home jersey.
 away jersey.
 Torres' home.
 Gerrard away.
  practice jersey.
 new home jersey.
  old away with stain on the front so I got a new away jersey.
And he is getting more from a friend who is on holiday in England this month!!
I mean seriously, how many jerseys does one guy need of the same thing????

I honestly thought this was a fleeting thing.  This obsession with Liverpool soccer would be a flash in the pan and he'd move on to something else. But then he came home with this last Spring:
AWK!!  What happens when he's over it????
Doesn't he know that it's permanent????

I want to bond with him over something he likes.  I try to be interested in watching the game.  This summer, I attempted to stay up-to-date with all the World Cup happenings.  But I fail miserably.  I just can't fake it.  I understand the general concept of soccer but some of the rules confuse me (after 5 years, I still can't see when they are "off-sides").  And if I try to act like I know what I am talking about, he gets me every time.  

So, I am resigned to the fact that I am a soccer widow.  I can accept it.  Hmm...now I just need to find my own thing to make him a widower......can I be obsessed with the spa?


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Soccer- How I will Miss You!

I think you guys know by now that we are a soccer family. If not, read about hubby's obsession with soccer jerseys or how he liked to brainwash our baby to love soccer. Yeah, I'm married to that guy.
Sissy has played 10 seasons of soccer (that's a lot of games!) and has grown to love it! She is becoming quite the little defensive player. Brody has not played as much- he picked his nose and laid down on the field refusing to play his first year. So we waited until her was a little older to start. He still isn't crazy about it- every once and awhile he "gets" it and plays really well. But the other 75% of the time....not so much. But, he likes it and enjoys playing and that is all that matters. Really, it is more about our kids being a part of a team and getting some exercise. At least, that is what we like to tell ourselves!
Soccer season wraps up this week for the fall. And I am a little sad about it- I really have come to enjoy these games. Watching Sis get competitive and upset if she makes a mistake or seeing her exuberance when they win has become a real joy. Of course, watching Brody's funny faces when he kicks the ball has become just as much fun:



What's with the tongue?






Of course, we now have weekends free- that is until indoor soccer starts in January- Yay!



Thursday, July 2, 2009

When is it too early??

If you have been hanging around here for awhile, you know my hubby's obsession with soccer. See here and here. At what age do we start teaching our children about it? Apparently, right after birth:

video

Have a wonderful Independence Day!!


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