Tonight was Sunshine's first game as a Warrior. She was super excited and nervous. We knew she would be fine but she was worried none the less.
This was her first game where she would play people that weren't part of the same league she is in. She is playing Christian schools from around the state! I guess that is a little intimidating. But cool too.
We arrived early so the team could warm up and I loved seeing the camaraderie between the girls. It is comforting to know that tall the girls on the team have the same ideals and are a good influence on my girl. The coach is wonderful and so is the assistant.
yeah, we love it with this group.
Anyway, the game started and Sunshine wasn't playing. :( Not that we expected her to start, it was varsity after all. But, if I'm being honest she is a really good player so it was a little disappointing to see her sitting. But that's okay because there is something to learn while watching too.
Our team is not well practiced since we have had two weeks worth of blizzards and only three practices and at least 6 of the girls never having played soccer before. They didn't play as well as some of our other teams but they were way more encouraging of one another.
Sunshine did get to play about 15 minutes or so in but they played her as midfielder. My heart sank. She is definitely NOT a midfielder. She is a defender all the way. She hasn't played any other position in probably five years or more. She has been the key defender for all those years and so today playing midfield she looked a little lost. She did her best but you could tell she wasn't quite sure what to do in that position.
Later when the coach put her as defender she started to shine. She kicked some hiney and did not let the other team score while she was defender. Oh yeah! She gave the forwards from the other team some serious frustration when she stopped them and stole the ball. It was fun to watch!
Our team ended up losing 2-0 but by the end our girls were starting to figure out how to work together and some good stuff was starting to happen. I am really looking forward to the growth of the individual players and the team as a whole this season.
Plus, I love seeing the joy in my girls' eye when she is out there on the field. ;-)