We spent this weekend watching a great group of kids play soccer in Cookeville. Coaches Joe and John, from Rea's prior season, organized a team to play in the Kohl's American Cup TSSA/Upper Cumberland Soccer Club tournament.
They started practicing together about three weeks ago - with a completely new team. They were all familiar with one another; each had either played on a team under a different coach or in a different season OR had competed against each other. BUT this current configuration was new to all.
Practice has been fun to watch - Dad's coaching goalies, kids working on drills, then a scrimmage with all hands-on-deck. All Players, two Coaches, four Dads, a spare Sister and an extra Brother...nobody holding back.
Their hard work paid off, they defeated both of their opponents on Saturday and came into the tournament Sunday morning the top-seeded team in their bracket. Their opponents were the Pink Sock Girls, who were playing on their home turf.
But, Rea's team took second place in a hard fought battle. Those kids played their hearts out and took a lot of abuse on the field.
It was interesting, at the beginning of the soccer season Rea was feeling a little self-conscious because of her height. Since this is a tournament team, they were able to balance their players height and size, but even so, they weren't able to stop the Pink Sock Girls.
I'm not sure what they feed those girls on the Upper Cumberland, but I think they drove themselves to the soccer field and Lane Kiffin is scoutin' in all the wrong places.