We began our opening day of soccer season at 6am; and were on the soccer field by 7. We got the field set up, and our team arrived by 730. It seemed that the opposing team was going to have to forfeit because they only had 3 players; but the referee agreed to wait an additional 10 minutes. The ref also agreed that if the team had to forfeit, we could lend them a few players and at least have a scrimmage. By the end of the ten minutes; 2 more players arrived; so we agreed to play just 5 on 5 instead of the usual 7 on 7.
The Torpedos looked terrific in their Turquoise jerseys; and within the first couple of minutes; they'd scored 3 goals; and a win seemed well within reach. Kelsie amazed me, when she took to the field. She really came to play. What a difference from the player that she was last year. The families were all fired up; and cheered enthusiastically. And then, just as I expected; someone yelled "Go Tornados;" and thankfully, it WASN'T me. I politely corrected him; and we all encouraged the Torpedos; who, by half time, were winning 7 to 0.
We had a team of 10 today, so playing 5 on 5 allowed us 5 substitutes, while the other team had none. Luis felt that there was no need to have a shutout; when the kids were supposed to be there to have a good time; so he decided to put some of his newer, less skilled, players in defender positions; so that the other team would have an opportunity to score. Is it any wonder that I love this man?
The Fireballs scored 3 goals; and the game concluded with The Torpedos winning 9-3. I commented to my friend, Jenny; that "winning feels so much better than losing;" but honestly, I didn't mean that in a rude way; I was speaking from experience. Sara, (another Torpedos mom;) heard me, laughed; and asked if that was going to be the title of tonight's blog. Sara then told me that last night's title "Sometimes Size DOES Matter;" really made her chuckle. With that I pulled out my bag of gargantuan, grapes from my cooler. I told her that I didn't think that my pictures had done the grapes justice and after laying her eyes on them, Sara fully agreed. I think it was Sara's husband, Tim; who suggested that I should have taken a picture of one of the grapes next to a quarter. I thought that was an incredible, idea and I was very disappointed that I hadn't thought of it last night.
All that viewed the grapes, were shocked by their size; and after tasting them, everyone agreed that they were the sweetest grapes that they'd ever tasted. When we got home, I asked Luis to take a picture of one of the grapes and a quarter; but he wouldn't. His exhaustion won out over his desire to cater to my obsession and so I had to settle for just mentioning the grapes again, in order to convey their actual size.
OK, enough about the grapes. After the Torpedos victory, we went to watch Lyndzi and her team, TNT. Lyndzi played goalie for the first half. She had one perfect play and another that wasn't quite as successful, but both times; she gave it her all.