Wednesday, January 13, 2016

State Cup Champions

Evan's soccer team won the Championship game a month ago, but I wanted to make sure to officially record the story and pictures on the blog.

This team has been to the championship game three times, each time coming in 2nd place...until now!

It was the rainiest, coldest and most blustery day we had seen in months.  And we were about to go stand out in that mess and watch a bunch of 11-year-old boys chase a ball around a field!

I sat in the car watching One Tree Hill and waiting until the absolute last minute before I needed to go out into that mess.  At least we have giant umbrellas.  That helped.  But it was still really wet and cold.

Go team go!  It was so hard for them to get any momentum going because it was so wet and slippery.
That is Evan about to kick the ball.  

I love his form.

After every goal, the team leaps into each other's arms to congratulate themselves!  It's super cute to watch.  I really see the "men" in these boys come out when they support each other in this game.

These photos were taken after we just won the game.  It was hard to take pictures in the downpour while trying to hold an umbrella.  The kids were beside themselves with excitement.  They worked so hard and so long.  I don't think any of them were feeling the cold and wet at this point!  The parents were going just as crazy as the kids!

So very excited to win!

Team cheer.

Obligatory knuckles to the refs.

At half time, the parents were like an Indy pit crew with the way we were throwing coats and blankets over the kids.  Evan was wearing a pair of cloth gloves that were completely soaked.  I stripped those off his hands and gave him my gloves.  That's why he's got the big cream colored gloves on his hands!

My number 15 with his tall teammate! 

The boys were so happy and excited and in total bonding form.

Chanting Goya.  It's a special cheer that the Pumas team does.  We only get to shout it when we win a game.

We need to celebrate...and get warm!

The happy faces were the best!

The kids clapping for the parents.

At this point the kids were just wandering around waiting for the awards to start.

#1 team!

Oh that gorgeous little face!

Evan and his best friend, Isaiah.  These two have been joined at the hip since they were five.

I think Kempton was telling Evan that they needed to dump water on Coach...because they weren't all wet and cold enough as it was!

Gathered on the award stage to get that coveted trophy.

I was bundled and layered: an undershirt, a long sleeve shirt, a hoodie, a headband, a hat, the hood, a jacket, a scarf, and gloves.  I was decently protected from the elements!

It took a long time to pass out all the medals, but it was nice for each boy to get recognition and photos.

Evan with his two coaches.

Pure joy!

All the families took pictures with the cup and banner.

Love this kid.  It was really, really cool to see this day go so well.

Evan David, I hope you never get too big to get kisses from your momma!

It was a memorable day, one that the boys will remember for some time.  We are blessed to be part of such a great group of boys, parents, and coaches.  And thank God it was all over and done with before the holidays!

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