So, yesterday was our first game. I was all stressed out. What if our kids weren't as good as I thought they were? What if the other team regretted merging with us? What if we lost? What if they blamed our 6 for losing? What if.....?
We got to the field yesterday and it was BIG! We are playing up in our age group which means the teams we're going against are a year older than us. Our 17 players have only been playing together for a month. Who knows how long the other team had been playing together for.
Our kids got in place, the whistle blew and the game started. We were off for another soccer season.
The other team scored a goal. I kept thinking if we could lose by a goal then that would be ok. That wouldn't be as soul crushing as if we lost by a lot. But we were only about 10 minutes into the game and we were already down a goal. We had 50 more minutes to play. The game is separated into two 30 minutes halves. I kept time on my phone and looked at it every 90 seconds or so.
The next thing I knew is we scored a goal! Great! If we could just TIE the game then our kids will have the boost they need to cement them into one great team.
Long story short we ended up winning the game 6-2! I did feel bad for the other team because I know what it's like to be on the losing end. Fall season we lost every single one of our games. Half of our team had never played soccer before. We know how badly it hurts to lose by a big margin.
Our team came together and played great. It was the boost we (I) needed to give us some confidence and realize that merging the two teams was the right call. Granted, we are only one game into the season and I will still be a ball of nerves before every game but this was a wonderful start.
Good job Asa and teammates!!!!