Tournament weekend! She had a match Friday night in the blustery, downright cold, weather....but the team walked away with a 3-0 win. I was a nervous wreck watching her play keeper. The match Saturday took us to the stadium; love watching them play on that field. The fought to a 1-1 tie. Sunday morning and the semifinals was an amazing match. Tough, tough team from Ohio. The girls battled hard, very physical and ended regulation with a 1-1 tie. Which sent it to Penalty Kicks.
As I was on pins and needles the entire previous 90 minutes, the thought of having to watch her in a PK shootout was about more than I could take.
She stopped 3 shots cold; amazing. Simply amazing. So, we advanced to the championship match for the second year in a row.
And ran into a buzz saw. They got crushed 5-0 by a quicker, better skilled team. There is nothing quite as heart wrenching as watching your daughter in the goal get shelled as the defense can't keep up or because they make passes in front of the goal instead of clearing the ball away.
Horrible. Her older sister, the one who actually trained to be a keeper and played that position for years, was ready to go grab a uniform and take over the job to spare her younger sister the pain of that game.
All I could think of was the old Wide World of Sports line: The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.
For our girls, it all happened within 5 hours on a Sunday. But, you shake it off, accept your second place medal with a smile and vow to keep working.