Sunday, November 17, 2013

Josie's Last Soccer Game of the Season

Josie played her last fall soccer game of the season in our town's annual "Veteran's Day Tournament" (which is neither played on Veteran's Day nor during Veteran's Day weekend, go figure).  Her team's coach made up special Team Azzurri jerseys for the occasion which included a picture of the Team Mascot, the coach's french bulldog, Maurice.

I can not begin to tell you how much the girls loved their Maurice Jerseys.

Josie's soccer team has come a long way.  They have improved their passing, kicking, dribbling and ball-handling skills.

And they really gelled as a team.

I've been proud of how Josie has played.  She went from a kindergartener who quit Sandlot Soccer because there was "too much running" to a Travel Team player who ran quite comfortably and with vigor for most of each game.

The team still has a little work to do in the spring.  As the following photo will demonstrate, they still have a habit of running in clumps:

I guess they believe that five players are better than one.  (But sadly, I think that the opposing player took possession of the ball right after that photo was snapped!  Whoops!)

Josie loved her team - she especially loved the chance to play with her good friend, Eva (who is the coach's daughter and therefore the big sister of the great Maurice).

And she loved having her good friend Dorothy on her team (if only until practices and games interfered with Miss Dorothy's Irish Step Dancing... we missed you, Dorothy, but we TOTALLY understood!).

And of course, EVERYONE loved playing soccer for the rapt audience of Maurice, the French Bulldog:

We have a short break from soccer for now, but soon Josie is going to try Club soccer for the winter training season and of course, she is still playing hockey.

I don't want to give the impression that she is lying on the sofa, eating bon-bons.

Although, she'd certainly like to.  All these sporting events are getting in the way of her catching up on Cupcake Wars and Honey Boo Boo.

Come spring, the Azzurris will be back in together and ready to play!

See you then, Maurice!

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