Saturday was Molly’s regular game of the season. It was freezing, raining, and extremely muddy and I forgot my camera so all I have are blurry cell phone pictures.
The field was covered in a good 2 inches of mud. Everyone was covered in mud but Molly was by far the muddiest. Their team was down by 3 goals going into the second half so she volunteered to be goalie to try and stop the damage.
You couldn’t see the lines and the ball was the same color as the field which was the same color as the players feet. It made it a little difficult for Molly to see especially when she dove for a ball and landed face first in the mud. She threw her glasses off the field and played the rest of the time with blurry vision. She worked her tail off though. She dove for ball after ball after ball and stopped more goals than I can count. (Our defense was having a little trouble and often times Molly was on her own.) She got mud in her mouth and eyes and her fingers were numb with wet and cold, but she just kept going. Everyone was so proud of her. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough and the mighty Cheetahs lost their first game of the season.
After the game we raced home and tried to scrape the mud off of everyone as best we could. (All of us came home muddy.) Molly showered and then we hurried back out to go to her end-of-the-season soccer party. Molly was super excited to go because all the past parties have been on a Sunday and we’ve been unable to attend. She had a blast running around with her friends and eating pizza. The girls each got a necklace with soccer ball pendant and the coach made a nice speech about each of the player’s strengths. Ben got a little recognition for all of his help this season as an unofficial assistant coach. He’s been at all the practices helping with drills, running around the field, and scrimmaging with the team not to mention he’s helped at games too.
Next weekend the Cheetahs have one last hurrah. They are participating in a 2-day tournament where they will get to play 3 games. Luckily it will be played on turf so there shouldn’t be any problems with mud.
The Cheetahs played the Muddy Dogs today on a very muddy field. And it was super stinky mud too, kind of like garbage or sewage. Ew. Some parts of the field were actually under water.
It was the Muddy Dog’s home field and they definitely had the advantage.
Even though they lost, the Cheetahs were not gloomy. It turns out that getting muddy can be a lot of fun.
Molly played a great game once again. She is very fast and did an excellent job. I loved watching her cheer on her teammates whenever she was waiting her turn to play.
It was bitter cold and I was not prepared. I was grateful to have my boots, but next time I’m also bringing mittens, a hat, a blanket, camping chairs, several towels and some extra shoes for Molly. One of these days I’ll get this whole soccer mom thing down.