I know my girls will never read this because this blog is anonymous! But I just wanted to put it in writing. Not so much for them; but for me.
Another proud Dad moment!
Last night the girl’s high school held their Soccer Banquet. It was a great night of awards for my two girls.
R – (Junior) – 3 year starter…
3rd year in row of 1st Team All District,
3rd Year in row of 1st Team All Academic District
Voted Team Captain
1st year of Defensive MVP for District 19-5A
2nd year in row of Team Defensive MVP
B – (Freshman) – 1 year starter
1st Team All District
1st Team All Academic District
1st Year Team Offensive MVP (led team with 23 goals and 5 assists)
What I am most proud of is the fact both girls are able to dominate on the soccer field at the same time they dominate in the classroom. Both girls have a high 3.7 GPA while carrying ALL advanced level courses. (AP, dual credit, etc…)
I love you two and am so proud of all that you have accomplished and the excitement that the future holds for both of you.
I love being your father.
I know I have posted a few times about my daughters playing soccer and our quest for the state championship here in the little state of Texas. Well that will end until next year!
We ran into a buzz-saw on Friday night. A team from SW Houston came in and destroyed us. It was not so much they destroyed us; it was the fact that a few of our players just “quit” after going down.
That bothers me more than anything…
My two girls have grown up around me and my silly motivational speeches, quotes, videos… They understand that integrity of playing hard on a team. Never giving up… Fighting harder than everyone else. I always explain that they may run into players or people that are better, stronger, faster, prettier, etc… Because you can not control that. But what you can control and should never run into someone that “wants it more” than you do. The heart of a champion. The heart to fight longer and harder than your opponent. To live harder than others… You can control that. You can make yourself keep going… You can will yourself to the next level.
So…. Watching my daughters get upset at the players that “gave up” was hard on so many levels… But made me proud on so many more.
Congratulations my two fabulous daughters… What you have accomplished this year is extraordinary:
- Maintained all A and B in school. Both girls taking all advanced level classes. AP and Dual Credit. R gaining 21 hours of college credit as a junior in high school. B gaining 3 as a freshman in high school.
- B making and dominated the varsity soccer team with her junior sister as a freshman… Accumulating 23 goals to lead the entire district… again, as a freshman!
- R playing rock solid defense and never having her side of the field give up a goal the entire season. Only giving up 2 goals all season as a team.
- R making state in UIL choir
- B becoming the editor of the school newspaper (as a freshman!)
- B being named Athlete of the week for the entire city of Houston, Texas
I could go on with this list but you get the drift. But whats so impressive is the fact they did all of this as their home life BLEW UP around them. Their parents exploded. As you can read in the blog, this past summer we went from a perfectly normal family of 4 to a divorced, divided family. The girls living in my apartment and staying a few nights a week at their mothers 30 minutes away.
That is what I call heroic. I can not be more proud of my two and the people they are growing up to be.
Not sure if you guys really want the “play-by-play” of my daughter’s playoffs. But your getting it anyway!
Round 3 was two nights ago… Was a tough tough team. We came out with a quick lead on a weakass penalty free kick from just outside the box. Should never of been called but we will take the 1-0 lead.
Then we gave up 2 goals. Went down 1-2.
Little B took the ball at the half-way line and beat her defender. Slide the ball to another forward who one-touched it back to a sprinting B. B had the center back hit her hard so she was able to spin around and kicked the ball up for a volley and blasted the ball on the up bounce into the left upper 90 of the goal from about 25 yards out. Brilliant. Best goal I have seen EVER by little B. Tied 2-2
We give up a goal in the beginning of the 2nd half; down 2-3. 1:47 seconds left in the game. The girls are all dog tired. Big R is a wall in defense. Sliding into girls, blocking shots with her body, chasing streaking forward all over the place. They dominated possession. B is getting pissed. Many of the girls are giving up. Cramping, our mid-fielder is throwing up on the sidelines, 2 injuries. We have nobody to sub… Big R has to come out because both knees are bleeding and the ref spots them. Quickly the trainer tapes them up.. Its a marathon. Nail biter. I have a head-ache from yelling and the tension.
1:47 seconds left, Little B takes the ball 10 yards outside the box. Goes to her left. Steps past a defender and the center back is rushing toward her. She hits a hard left-footed goal just above the goal-keepers stretched hand and into the bottom of the crossbar. Ball bounces into the ground past the goal line for a goal! We go friggin nuts!!! Dog-pile in the goal box. Girls are crying… B is jumping up and down like a maniac. I’m shedding tears high fiving my father, my buddies who all came out to watch the girls dominate… Big R races down the field in a full spring and picks Little B up and tackles her again! Its one of the most impressive moments of my life.
Go into double over time (2 – 10 minute over times) and the score remains 3-3. Its time for penalty kicks to decide the winner. Little B sprints out to the spot 1st and takes the ball from the ref places it quickly on spot and bounces as if saying to the ref, “Come on chump; blow the damn whistle”. Whistle blows and Little B blasts it into the right corner for the first goal! Our keeper makes 3 miraculous saves and we win the friggin game!!
On to Regional Semi-finals (2 games away from state!!). This Friday at 4.
Both girls are in the ice bath yesterday and today… Lets go girls!