Sunday, March 25, 2012
Soccer Tournament Day 2
The first game we lost 0-2. The first goal was constant pressure in the box and the second was a break away one on one. The girls had opportunities, including a break away by Randi and Hannah bent a corner kick in just right - but smaller fields have smaller goals and the ball hit the top of the crossbar! The second game was 1-1 in regular playing time and a shootout at the end. Mitra stopped a kick and we ended up with a 3-2 victory. The third game was against the winners of the competition. These boys were taller than the rest, quick and moved constantly. We played tough, stepped up our speed a bit, and had opportunities but the scored ended up 0-2. The girls played well and were tired after 6 games in two days. We gathered for the final ceremony. All the teams stood and patiently waited while medals were given out. The parents were amazed at how the teams stood there in the cold for quite a while, but they did not leave, or create a ruckus, they just stood there and waited. Even the applause for the winning team was surprising - no cheers, just polite golf claps.
In the final ceremony the girls received a cup for playing in the tournament and Mitra received an MVP award for her punch of a ball that avoided giving a win up in a tie game. The girls took many pictures, celebrated with Daniel (our organizer's son and translater) and headed back to the host families and hotel to get cleaned up for the celebration dinner.