(more pictures showing off her competitive edge back HERE.)
She’s played on and off through the years but this year she got serious.
Serious in that she tried out for her first club team in the spring, and thought she had died and gone to heaven when she made the “A” team.
She had a few summer practices…
…but the big deal stuff didn’t come until the school year started.
Lots of club practices each week.
Then junior high soccer tryouts came along.
And of course Claire felt that she must try out.
So she did. And on one of the try-out days where she went directly from tryouts to club and honestly played soccer for close to five hours straight I found her between practices like this:
Yes, that’s the freezer.
Good idea I must say.
These girls were so excited that they made the team:
And these two plus one more have had no complaints going from one practice to another over and over again.
They have clocked in more hours of soccer than I can count.
Grace was talking one day a while back about how cool it would be if we could have a record of everything we’ve done in life. How many hugs we’ve given, how many scrapes we’ve had, how many bedtime stories we’ve read, how many tests we’ve aced. That would be pretty cool right?
I’m pretty sure if we had a record of how many hours of soccer have been played so far this year it would be a hefty number.
First school game was a couple weeks ago.
You can’t tell in this picture but those faces were red-hot after that game.
It’s monsoon season here which means humidity galore matching the over 100 degree temps and we were burning up on the sidelines at this game.
That would be pure misery for me running out on that field but this is how this girl felt about it:
Not so hot after the next game when they came away with a loss: