Playoff Bound

I started this year’s soccer season with this post called Sisters on the Pitch.  I wanted to give everyone a quick update on how this went.

We won the district by a landslide which ended last week.  Today is GAME DAY and we start the 1st round of playoffs against a team out of HISD (Houston Independent School District).  The school is about an hour and half drive.  So we are going into the Barrio.

The season has been amazing!  Never did I ever dream that I would have my two daughters (age 14 and 17) on the same field as teammates…  But it happened and I have loved every minute of it.

Little B (14 year old freshman) played forward and attacking center mid throughout the season.  She started like a firecracker.  Scored a hat trick on her first tournament to begin the season.   Soon after she was “scouted” and was double-teamed and triple-teamed as a forward for the entire season.  She did end up with 14 total goals and 5 assists.  The 14 goals led the district in the most goals scored.  Remember she is a FRESHMAN played on varsity!  It was impressive to watch.  Coach moved her to attacking center mid to allow her more space and create.  She had many goals late in the season from the 15-30 yard range.

Big R (17 year old Junior) is the defender.  There is no other title that fits.  She plays man-marking on whomever is the best offensive player on the other team.  She sticks to them like glue.  It is fun to watch.  Nobody gets by R.  She is what I would call a “shut-down” defender.  Mean as a rattle snake and quick as a jungle cat.  She finished the season with 2 goals (corner kicks she blasted in) and 3 assists.  But more importantly we only had 2 goals scored on us the entire season.  Think about that…. 22 games and we had 2 goals against us.

Proud father here.

Whats even better is they are in all AP and pre-AP courses making honor roll.  R as a junior has already accumulated 18 college credit  hours from dual-credit and AP classes.  She will finish in June with another 9 hours.

Scouting and recruiting is going hard for R.  She wants to play at a D-2 school because she likes the size of the student body.  She is more of an introvert so she doesn’t like the big schools.  She could play college soccer at most D-1 schools but will make a D-2 coach giggle like a school girl when she decides to play for them.  Just show me the scholarship money.

SO here we are .. 5:35 AM on Thursday.  It is GAME DAY!  Lets go girls…. Take it hard to these playoffs.  I am so proud of these girls.

LCL Injury

So today I was sitting in the 37 degree weather getting ready to watch for the 1st time my two daughters play on the same team.  (they played two scrimmages last week).  This is the 1st game of our pre-season tournament.  I consider this the first game.  We are playing an old rival named Nederland.  Good team that beat us in the Regional playoff last year.

B is the starting forward.  She takes off in the first 2 minutes and connects a beautiful threw ball to the other forward for a goal. ( I have the sequence of pictures below showing that beautiful threw ball)  Up 1-0.  Next play one of our midfielders makes a tackle on a girl causing her to fall down and we all could hear a loud “crack”.  Then the girl starts crying hysterically as she lays on her back in the middle of the pitch.  We instantly knew it was serious.

My young daughter just stands around talking to the other forward for the entire 30 minutes it took to cart the girl off the field.  Remember it is 37 degrees.  B has had a strained LCL for the past week and was already nervous about playing.  Obviously, during that 30 minute break her knee cools down.

Next play is a free kick that my other daughter (the defender) R jumps and settles.  She then passes a long ball to B (forward).  B is quickly able to control it with her back to another player.  She rolls it off to the outside mid and circles around the opponent in a full spring to the goal.  She blows by the center back and then pulls up lame.

The little knucklehead didn’t warm it back up and ends up coming out of the game.  We no longer have an offense.

They tie the game at 1-1.  Go into penalty kicks and lose.

B and I have a long chat about how she needs to show some more maturity in taking care of her body.

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Here I am complaining about a slight LCL strain and some poor girl on the other team is probably scheduling surgery for her collar bone for early next week.  Does that make me a bad person?

So… ice, STEM machine, elevation, etc…  over and over again.  The trainer gave her a knee brace to wear tomorrow to warm up in the loser’s bracket game at 9 AM in the 35 degree weather that should have the added bonus of rain.

We have a scheduled appointment with the Woodlands Sports Medicine Clinic tomorrow at 2:30 just to be safe.

I only was able to snap a few shots of B in her first game (She was only out there for 3 minutes).  But here is a nice sequence of her beating the defensive center mid.

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Sisters on the Pitch

Now is time for some positives… The New Year is here and I have been looking forward to January 2, 2015 for many months.

Today my two fabulous daughters play soccer together as teammates.  This is the first time this has ever taken place.  It is a monumental day.

Understand the background…

R is 17 and a junior in high school.  Se stands 5’7 and 128 libs.  Fastest kid I have ever seen. She is a highly skilled center defender on the pitch.  She is the quiet type that will knock the shit out of you.  On the club level she was ECNL level.  Basically meaning she was on the top level of select soccer you can play.  She was being recruited as a sophomore in high school to many Division 1 schools.  In high school her freshman year the coach was shocked that this quiet, well mannered, National Honor Society nerd could play soccer… and play she did.  Freshman year she was 1st Team All District, and Academic All District.  She played every minute on a team full of seniors as their Left Outside defender.  That team went all the way to state (here in Texas, that’s no small feat).  Her sophomore year she takes it to a different level.  She is 2nd Team All County (Montgomery County Texas). She is the only Texas 4A school in the county to have a representative on this team.  4A just doesn’t get the same press as the mega-large schools like The Woodlands, Conroe, Kingwood, etc…  She is 1st Team All District, All Academic Team, Defensive MVP of her High School Team.  Played every single minute as their “defender”  Coach just lines her up against all the top forwards of the opponents telling her, “Don’t let that friggin girl score a f-ing goal”.  Not a single girl scored on her the entire season.  Lost a tough battle when their goal keeper suffered a concussion in the Area rounds…  This year she was voted Team Captain.  Stopped playing select soccer because she is not interested.  Strange kid but I love her nonetheless.  Quote from R, “Dad, it sucks that I am better at everyone else in something that I do not truly love.  I want to pursue in college things I love.”  Amazing maturity for a 17 year old. Her nick name on the soccer field is Silent Assassin.  She is number 22

B is a young 14 and a freshman in high school.  She just hit a growth spurt and is 5’8 and 115 lbs.  She was always shorter and slower than her other select teammates.  Until this past year.  I think it helped her develop as a soccer player because she had to learn the game, learn angles, learn how to pass, etc..   Plays on the State Classic League Rush team (select soccer).  We travel all over Texas competing each weekend at the highest level.  B is the “in you face” knuckle dragging forward that loves to score.  She is a daemon in the air.  She scores at least a 1/3 of her goals of set pieces off her head.  She will flat run over you and then usually talk “smack” afterwards.  Her number one goal is to play college soccer at The University of Arkansas.  The high school coach has known about B for the past 2 years.  She was named the starting forward of the Varsity team.  Her goal this season is to score 15 or more goals, win Newcomer of the Year for the district.  She is super skilled with the ball and faster than everyone else.  Except for maybe #22?  They won’t race.  Her name is Bam Bam.  and it fits.  She is number 26

I have been watching these two girls play soccer competitively since they were each 3 years old.  They have never been on the same team.

My heart spills over with pride.  Today, everyday…

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