The life and times of the Godfrey ten.

Summer of Soccer

Finally the soccer season has come to close. Unfortunately it ended with Jerms team losing at the state tournament, so it was a bittersweet ending to be sure. However it has been a great summer of soccer. The sport has brought us to Anchorage multiple times and Fairbanks, ending with the state cup here in Kenai. During our travels we got to visit my sister and her ever increasing family, some long lost friends from Kodiak, the Wolffs, who were on the precipice of moving to Seattle from Fairbanks. The Coons who now reside in Fairbanks, and of course my Mom who is still in Eagle River.

Jake and Isiah in action, aka the hooded wonder.

Jake and Isiah in action, aka the hooded wonder.

Best friends, terrible defensemen

Best friends, terrible defensemen

picture time

picture time, not the gum in Jake's mouth and the tongue in Saih's mouth.

rarely seen without his orange hoody that gave him special soccer powers.

rarely seen without his orange hoody that gave him special soccer powers.

I must admit, prior to coaching soccer or watching the kids play soccer, I was not a huge fan. I did not understand the appeal. I mean there are no home runs or slam dunks or three pointers, and what the heck is up with the offsides? Then the refs are always playing with cards and waving flags, it seemed more like a parade at times. Now, well now it is a different story. I have come to learn and appreciate the nuances of the game, the beauty of a perfectly set up cross, the thrill of a header goal, the rarity of a blocked penalty kick, the trickery of offsides, and the amazing full speed footwork, all of it, to me, has become interesting and enjoyable. Even the refs and line judges have felt the wrath of my tongue, a sure sign that I am enjoying the sport I am watching. I will even admit I have actually chosen, not by accident like at a sport’s restaurant, but chosen to put the t.v. on a channel where a World Cup soccer match is being played and watched it. Soccer players are incredible athletes that have earned my admiration.

Livy in action on the best coached team in the league

Livy in action on the best coached team in the league

Livy playing some deadly D

Livy playing some deadly D

the boys can't keep their eyes of the game....

the boys can't keep their eyes of the game....

...neither can the girls.

...neither can the girls.

or "headphones" some of you may know her as Alli.

or "headphones" some of you may know her as Alli.

I guess it is like anything else,when you take the randomness out of it and understand the order of what is being played out before you eyes, then you can appreciate the beauty of what is occurring. It also helps if your kids are participating so you feel vested in the outcome therefore peaking your emotions and proclivity to care. It probably doesn’t hurt that unlike football, the weather is often warm, and you get to sit on the sidelines in comfy lawn chair coaching a prefect game with all the other sideline dads, with no risk. So today’s post and pictures are dedicated to the summer of soccer and the joy, exhilaration, frustration and aggravation it brought to our family; or in other words, LIFE.

Jeremy running for the snack.

Jeremy running for the snack.

must be some pizza straight ahead!

must be some pizza straight ahead!

Jerms clearing the ball

Jerms clearing the ball

coach Scott bestowing sugar and honey all over the boys, I am sure.

coach Scott bestowing sugar and honey all over the boys, I am sure.

It wasn't all soccer this is pool, err golf?

It wasn't all soccer this is pool, err golf? Better stick to soccer Jeremy.

do you think Ben knew a camera was near?

do you think Ben knew a camera was near?

Benny doing his thang!

Benny doing his thang! That girl tried to get by him earlier, you see what that got her.

Ben fixing to take the ball

Ben fixing to take the ball

That's not a push, just aggresiveness.

That's not a push, just aggressiveness.

Ben was famous for his throw ins. He managed to get a side spin on em and launch em deep.

Ben was famous for his throw ins. He managed to get a side spin on em and launch em deep.

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