Saturday, November 05, 2016

Isaac Plays Soccer

We have had such a fun soccer season with Isaac!

This is his third season to play and first time in Russellville with the
Arkansas Valley Soccer Association.
It has been a positive experience for Isaac, his teammates, and us parents.
Isaac and his teammates have improved so much over the course of the season.
It seems they are finally "getting it".  Whereas they started the season playing amoeba style--
as one group pulsing around the ball up and down the field--
now they spread out, kick the ball, and run with it.  
They even pass to one another occasionally.
It's fun to watch.

In the last couple of games, things seemed to have really clicked for Isaac.
He's going for the ball and has even started making goals.
He scored 4 goals in this game!

It's so cool to see him gaining confidence
and getting in on the action.

 There he is right in the mix. 
This was not our son three games ago.

The driving force behind this great season of play is our Coach, Richard Payne.
 He is a great coach.  He challenges the kids but makes sure it's fun and is always encouraging.
We are grateful for the time, energy, and patience he gives to these kids.
He is truly the reason the season has been so enjoyable.

Richard's two youngest children, twins Ben and Caroline, are on our team.
That's Ben throwing in the ball in the above two pictures.

 Coach gets the team lined up for the kick.

 Sebastian kicks it in.

 "Which way are we going??"

High fives for good team work!

Coaching and texting....
When you have 6 children of your own and are coaching four soccer teams, 
multitasking is sometimes required.

 Ben the aspiring coach, like his Dad.

 Go, Ben!

 Good hustle!  Isaac going for it.

Taking it down the field.

High fives for another goal scored!!

 Sebastian showing his moves.

"Good game, good game."

See that adorable girl on the team?
That's Caroline, Ben's twin sister and coach's daughter.
This U6 boys team would not have been complete without her.
She and her pink cleats added spunk to the team.

"Go Cheetah Backs!"

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