Sunday, September 11, 2016

Hanging up the cleats

This little cutie started playing soccer in Grade 2 when a friend of hers asked her to play. She joined because her friend asked her to and we thought it would be a short term gig....

What a surprise that she played again the next summer and then joined an indoor league as well that next fall...


When her friend moved up to developmental we were sure Kezia would choose not to play any more but she didn't. She grew in her skills and in her friendships with the other girls on her team.



Soccer became a big part of Kezia's life (and mine on the sidelines!) as she played with the same coach and many of the same girls year after year, outdoor and indoor, seasons. They won some games and the won some tournaments:

Their last indoor season was a big win when they won city championships. They lost many games and tournaments too but they played hard and they had fun each and every game. Even when they were losing terribly, the girls had a bond that made them enjoy the games no matter what the score. I know that Kezia has made some lifelong friends through soccer. Her main coach over these last 7 years has been such a huge influence on her life. I am thankful for soccer. Despite the lousy weather, the unbearable mosquitoes, and hours and hours driving to, and being, on the sidelines, I am thankful for this season of soccer that I have been fortunate to attend. 


Today was the end. Kezia, and many of her friends from the team have decided between working and a busy grade 12 year that soccer will not be on their schedule this year. This is the end. Another chapter closes....


I was sure to capture Kezia's last game in pictures (her team has two more but she is off to Ottawa next week and will miss them). 












and that's the end. I missed a picture of Kezia with her cleats (I guess she already hung them up!) but I'm happy she actually let me snap this one after the game. 

Farewell soccer season and thanks for the memories!

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