At the beginning of this soccer season, Coach Shan told the team that this would be the last time he coached. The team complained strongly, begging him to come back again. He thought he was in the clear when he told them he would agree to come back only if they went undefeated this season. So of course they did it!
This was the Waxahachie YMCA U13 Coed Soccer league. Last season was also a coed league, but our girls were a strong enough team to compete against teams of both boys and girls. This season, we brought in 4 brothers to make up an 11-a-side team. This included one of the girls’ twin, and her other, younger set of identical twin brothers. This was also our first league on a full-size field, so running was strongly stressed in the twice-weekly practices.
Holly continued to improve and scored some goals on offense, but it became evident that she was most valuable to the team on defense. Her and the other tenacious defenders were sometimes so effective that they gave our goalie a half where she never even needed to touch the ball.
The end-of-season party was at Pizza Hut where trophies and team photos were handed out, and where Coach Shan assured the team that he would be true to his word and coach them again in this Fall’s U14 league.