Wednesday, December 12, 2012

More Catch Up: UT Soccer's Halftime Show

Awhile back (when I was reallllly busy), Alex's soccer team was given a special opportunity: they were invited to meet the UT Soccer team, go into their locker room, and scrimmage with another local team on the field during half-time.

We were all very excited, Carl and Alex especially. This is the 10th season Carl has coached this team, and we're very proud of how much these boys have grown during that time. Some players have come and gone, but the coaches and our main players have stayed the same. And we've grown - when they first started playing at age four, they played 3 v. 3. Now, they are 5 v. 5 (plus a goalie, but for some reason they don't call it 6 v. 6). Its been a joy watching everyone grow and become truly amazing soccer players, if I don't say so myself. ;) Being honored by UT was the icing on the cake, and yes, I know, they invite two teams each game,  but still... there are an awfully large number of soccer teams for youth out there in Austin, and we were one of the few getting recognized, so I'm going to relish their moment in the spotlight.

The parents didn't get to go back with the kids to meet the players and the coaches for UT, but the coaches did.

So Carl was able to snap some shots for us. :)

We were given special seats, directly behind the goals.

For the first half, we were behind UT's goal so it was great being truly up close when they scored.

The boys had such a blast watching the game, and hanging out together, that their game play at half-time was almost superfluous.

Almost. ;)

We weren't given the whole field to play on - we had the horizontal length of the field, as opposed to the vertical. So they were all bunched up. VERY bunched up.

Also ... this was the evening that UT had closed for the day for a bomb scare, and we weren't sure what to make of the bomb squad truck and SWAT team trucks when we first drove up that night. Turns out it was coincidentally "Heroes" night, but there's a part of me who thinks that was just the story they made up to not freak us out. Alex and Ryan LOVED meeting these guys.

Talk about Danger Heaven!

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