In April, Winnie landed on an all-boy soccer team. It was a fluke. When we showed up for the first practice and I took one look at all that testosterone, I was a bit worried. Not Winnie though, she headed right out on the field and said, "It's okay mom, all boys is just the way I like it."
They called themselves the Tigers and this team meant business. Well, most of the players meant business. We had one or two who didn't quite realize soccer required them to run and kick a ball.
I swear my opinion is not biased, but Winnie was one of the best on the team this time. She really started to understand the game and worked hard to create plays. Her ball control was so much better than last fall.
She really shines as a defensive player. Not very much got past her. I think it helped that she stood about 3 or 4 inches taller than most of the boys on her team.
The Tigers had a stellar season. They won 7 games and tied one game. Winnie's shining moment came on a freezing, rainy morning when she placed a corner kick exactly at the feet of Ethan, who, mid-stride, kicked it smack into the goal. Her coach yelled, "Winnie! That was the best assist all season!" Talk about the stars aligning! It looked like something out of the pros! It was a pleasure to watch Winnie show all the boys how it's done this season. She gets better every year!