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July 15, 2008

What a soccer game

Collin, Shane, and I are playing on the Elany Arts 1 outdoor soccer team (yes, there are 2 Elany Arts teams.) Today we played a very good team comprised of YMCA employees. They had skills. So much so that they jumped ahead to a very quick 3-0 lead which honestly could have been 5-0 because they hit the top post twice.

In a outdoor soccer game, that's basically the end of the game. No one comes back from 3-0, at least that I've ever seen.

Fortunately, we finally got something going when Joe Kempista, striker extraordinaire, got us on the board. We took that 3-1 score into the half. Early in the 2nd half, Kris Copeland worked his magic by somehow intimidating their keeper into dropping the ball so Kris could get behind him and kick it into the net. 3-2.

Now is probably a good time to mention that outdoor soccer is EXHAUSTING. Seriously, I play basketball a couple times a week for an hour to two hours a pop, and work out on an elliptical for 45 minutes a day, but this is way more tiring. At one point I was playing halfback, which basically means you're responsible for the whole field, and you have no excuse to be doing anything but sprinting around like a madman.

So I was so tired, as you would imagine. But late in game, a halfback kicked the ball towards the offensive end of the field. I was chasing it. I had a Ben Kenobi moment where coach Christian Dunn said to me "Just charge that goal and their fullbacks, good things will happen Jason." So I reached down deep and found the energy inside me to make a total sprint after the ball. Their defender tried to take the ball and clear it, but I met it at just the right moment and directed it right to the waiting foot of striker extraordinaire Joe Kempista, and next thing we knew the ball hit the back of the net, and the score was knotted up at 3-3.

There was still work to be done, and of course another goal needed from Joe Kempista. This time he was tripped up as he let the ball go, but didn't let his impending collision with the ground keep him from thrusting a fist of celebration into the air as the winning goal slipped by the befuddled keeper.

We still had to hold on for another 5 minutes, but at this point we were simply controlling the ball and retaining possession. It was an amazing turnaround, and just a great game all around.

Now I'm tired. But happy.


Random updates:

* I no longer have a beard, but I will certainly be re-growing one periodically.
* It's really hot here. It would be nice if our convertible VW had AC. I felt like I was getting baked today. (not the drug kind of baked.)
* My kids are awesome at swimming now. It's really cool to watch.
* I left my laptop at home like an idiot, so I had to have a friend bail me out by getting into my place and fedexing it to me. What is my problem sometimes?
* I really have to start writing more pages for my latest screenplay soon!

Posted by jason on July 15, 2008 12:28 AM


you failed to mention that you also now do the resistance training that your awesome sister showed you...

also, I am impressed that you spelled Drew's brother, Kris, with a 'k'--most people get that wrong.

oh, and way to go with the game--what a great win!

Posted by: jessica on July 15, 2008 03:50 AM

Well, Elany 2 won 5-1. It wasn't quite as epic as your game, but I had 1 goal and 2 assists. Looking forward to next week and the clash of the titans.

Posted by: paul on July 15, 2008 11:22 AM

Jessica- I've always remembered the peculiar ways the copelands spell their sons' names. I guess drew's name could be spelled Djwou. And yes, the resistance band helped, but only when I pulled off my shirt and flexed my muscles at the crowd in celebration of every goal.

Paul, next week will be epic. I wouldn't want to be a non-Elany team in our league!

Posted by: jason on July 15, 2008 01:16 PM

This game was incredible! All of you played amazingly well. The excitement was so intense! I will have to say, though, that you had a secret weapon you didn't know about. When I saw that the score was 3-0, I decided right then and there that prayer was needed! After that, you started getting the goals. God is so good:)

Posted by: Anonymous on July 15, 2008 10:59 PM

UPDATE: In talking about the game and trying to separate fact from fiction, it was determined that in face the goal I assisted on was the 4th goal, as in the winning goal, not the tying goal. Yes for me!

Posted by: jason on July 16, 2008 02:42 AM

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