Saturday, May 17, 2014

Dragon Power! (Reed's First Soccer Season)

Today we had our last Red Dragons Soccer Game.

It was so fun(ny) watching Reed play his first "organized" sport!  We played with One Goal Sports.  Reed was pretty into it, but as a whole our sweet little team of 3 year olds faced their biggest challenge in keeping everyone on the field and not crying (during both practice and games!)

We practiced on Thursday evenings at 6:30 at Durham Middle School from March-May.  Below, Reed is ready for his very first soccer practice-- How cute is this guy!??

He seemed to enjoy learning to play soccer.  Some favorite parts of practice were playing sharks and minnows, playing Easter eggs, and playing bumble bee... (Bumble bee had nothing to do with soccer, by the way, it was a game Reed and Mason would make up when they got distracted!) :)

Reed and Mason really grew in their friendship throughout the season, and had a lot of fun together.  It was sweet to watch.

Matt and James enjoyed coaching together too.  And they were awesome!

The first game was on April 5th, and it was such a cold morning!  Grammy and Papa came to cheer on the Reedster, and of course his biggest fan, Molly, was on the sidelines (with her snacks)!

Reed (#5) had a great start to the season, scoring two goals in his first game!  He was fast and aggressive and had several breakaways.  He scored his second goal on his own throw-in. :)  We were so pumped to have a soccer star on our hands! ;)  Here are some riveting action shots...

He was really into his second game as well, and scored another goal.

Toward the end of the season, though, he seemed to lose some enthusiasm and fall into a "slump." ;)

Not even Papa's motivational stick drawings seemed to coax our sports star back out...

...But don't underestimate the power of the on site icee truck and bribery to salvage the season! ;)  "Dragon Power!"

All in all, Reed loved playing soccer!  He learned a lot-- dribbling, passing, throw ins, team spirit, and good sportsmanship.  Each practice ended with a spiritual lesson.  And, of course, Reed had the special experience of coach Daddy!

Molly enjoyed cheering for "Reedy," playing with Ava, and practicing her own soccer skills on the sidelines.

Reed's other cheerleaders for the season were Papa and Grammy, Ms. Debbie, the Bowmans, and Kristy, Adele, Lizzy, and Jess... and of course Mommy! :)

Reed had a lot of fun and learned a lot.  We're proud of him.  We ALL enjoyed our first season of soccer!

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