Sunday, November 18, 2007


Last Spring, Nikki suffered a major disappointment when she didn't get selected to play on the developmental level soccer team. Several of her friends got chosen (or at least got chosen to serve as back-up - kind of like the 'farm team'). If you saw Nikki play, you'd realize that it was clearly an oversight. No, I'm not just being a biased Mom - all the other parents who watch her were as incredulous as we were.

Nikki is passionate about soccer. P.A.S.S.I.O.N.A.T.E. Even though she could only play at the recreational league level, she poured her heart and soul into it every chance she got. All through the spring and summer, she worked extra hard, determined to improve her skills so she'd be selected next year. She went to a soccer camp in the summer, and her skills got even better.

This year, for the first time, both her and Julie are playing indoor soccer. (They wanted to last year, but our budget was a little tight.) Nikki started the season with a bang - scoring the first goal for her team - and has been knockin' em dead ever since (highest goal-scorer so far). She is a force to be reckoned with. (I really love watching her. There's this little skip-step that she does just before she kicks it into full throttle. It's a thing of beauty.)

And yesterday it paid off. We weren't aware of it, but there was a coach from the developmental team watching her game, looking for a possible back-up player for their team. After the game (in which Nikki scored 2 out of the team's 3 goals), he pulled Nikki's coach aside, and then he pulled Nikki aside. They want her to come out for practices and be available to play whenever one of their players can't make it. (She was the only one from her team selected.)

She's not a full-fledged member of the team (yet), but it's a start. And it sure is good to see that smile on her face.


andrea said...

Good for Nikki! Isn't it great when your kids develop a passion for something, be it a sport or fine art or ... well, anything ... and get the feedback they need.

This is my 9th year as a "soccer mom" and though my son has only ever played recreational league, after more than 8 years of standing on the sidelines it keeps getting better. I've probably mentioned this before but the kids play soccer through the winter here though occasionally a game gets rain or snowed out. It can be an endurance contest on cold, wet winter days. Even so, I was disappointed when yesterday's game got rained out because they're so much fun to watch.

Liz said...

Yea Nikki!

Linda said...

Wow! Good for Nikki! My kids played volleyball and I too, just loved watching them play.

Stephanie said...

That's terrific! Soccer is one of my favorite sports to watch.

Pamela said...

Nikki, Nikki, Nikki, Nikki
c'com everybody, join the chant. She's going to be our superstar!!!

ccap said...

Oh my goodness. I'm going to cry!