Another heart-pounding weekend of soccer for the Wesley Chapel Soccer Club U12 Girls Team wrapped up with a roller-coaster finals game against the host club Florida Soccer Club – Spirit of Tampa Bay.
The MVP of the match was …. the wind.
The Spirit stormed out to an early and shocking two goal league, both scored with the wind at their back. At the half, we hoped the girls from the WCSC Flames team would keep their heads up and use the wind to their advantage as well.
And did they.
With every shot or pass that got through to my daughter Natalie, the goalie, she would flip the field by booming a punt 3/4 of the way to the other goal and letting her forwards track down the ball and put it on goal. Time and time again they came so close to putting it in the net, but things looked hopeless when the game got to about two minutes left and the Flames saw themselves still trailing by one goal.
As play continued, the ball was cleared to mid-field where the Natalie’s friend Giselle, playing as one of only two defenders given the formation was adjusted in an attempt to score, put a foot on the ball and it began to soar. What was meant to be a pass ended up being a wind-carried shot that left the opposing goalie baffled and tied the game seconds before time expired.
In overtime, the Flames exploded with two quick goals in the first overtime period, and then solidified the win with a third goal at the end of the second overtime period.
Both teams played well, and the Flames sat patiently as the Spirit received their runner-up medals. Although it was disheartening when they found out their prize for winning the tournament championship game was a bag (yes, a pull-string shoe bag), the girls were all smiles as they held up the championship trophy.
Job well done, ladies.