Tuesday, November 13, 2007

First Place in My Book

This weekend was a fun and exciting weekend for soccer in our house. It was also heartbreaking for Cairo. He worked/played so hard. He wanted nothing less than First Place in his soccer tournament. His team did very well during the season and in the Tournament of Champions tournament. Their record in league play was 7 wins, 1 loss and 2 ties. They landed up in 2nd place to their rivals. The last couple of seasons they landed in 2nd place as well. Not too shabby, but kind of frustrating to an 11 year old soccer player.

They played awesome during the tournament. The won their 3 intial games to make it to the semi-finals. They scored 10 goals and were only scored against once in those 3 games. They decidely won the semi-final game with the score of 5-0. The finals matched them up against their rivals. It was a hard fought game, but we just couldn't come back from the 2-0 deficit. The score ended up being 4-1. We had plenty of scoring opportunities, but couldn't connect.

Cairo was pretty emotional after the game. He really wanted to win the game. My heart went out to him. It's times like this that you feel helpless as a parent. I did my best and assured him that I was very proud of him and that they had a great season and tournament. I asked him if he played his best and he said, "yes". I said in the end that's all that counts. I also reminded him that the previous night after winning all 3 games on Saturday that we both said that it was the most fun season so far. He agreed.

I'm so proud of him!

I'm proud of his work ethic. He always worked his hardest at practice and at game time. On the drive home from soccer practice he would tell me how he'd be frustrated that not everyone gave it their all. He's not quite sure if he'd like to play competitively, but he's definitely committed wherever he plays.

I'm proud of his competiveness! He's competitive, but he's not over the top. I'm glad that he cared about winning. I believe this whole experience will give him the drive to get even better soccer and as well in advancing in other areas of life.

Cairo is definitely #1 in my book. I'm very proud of him!


Anonymous said...

Go Ciaro! You are awesome! Proud in Ohio - showing off these great action pictures!

Marino said...

I have coached over 20 teams in various sports over the years. I've lead the majority to championships. I ALWAYS teach this one principle. Winning is the kaboose on a train. It is not the engine. Practicing the giving of one's best, and coordinating each person's greatest skill in a team effort where all are always giving their best is the primary definition of winning. IF the victory is achieved, the juice tastes sweeter. Many times, victory does come when all the former things mentioned take place. I love it when a young person has fire to achieve. Also share with him that Jesus does not provide rewards based on the worldly accomplishments but on the attitude of the heart. That is where the greatest challenge will exist.

Congradulations for the tournment. 2nd place may not be remembered as well as 1st place, but who was it that one 1st place 10 years ago anyway???