August 26, 2008
I have to admit, I had very little faith in the Elany I soccer squad in the playoffs. But my Philadelphia sports fan pessimism was dashed and broken today as we wrangled up a convincing 6-2 victory over a team we lost 5-2 against just two weeks ago. And this was the championship game, no less. This is the first championship I've won since Newark Parks and Rec Basketball in the 6th Grade. And even though it was just the Y league... it felt good.
Oh yeah, and I scored the last goal. The proverbial nail in the coffin. The goal that let the celebrations truly begin and made an opposing player exclaim "oh, I just don't know what we can do!" in disgust. Yes, you let me score on you, and it makes you question your very purpose on the soccer field, apparently.
The goal I scored on was quite nice actually. Kris Copeland really sprints down the sideline after the ball, it's a sight to behold. He did that, and knowing that he can really cross the ball, I gave it my all to get down in front of the net, sprinting from mid field. He perfectly placed it in front of the goal and in one motion a karate kicked it out of the air past the keeper into the net. What a way to end the season!
Special props honestly go to our whole team, our defense played amazingly well against a very potent offense. Nathan Palkovitz played a striker who had scored 8 goals in the last two weeks one on one and held him without one score. The brothers Schneider were an inspiration to the whole team, and their aggressive play and excellent shooting set the tone early. Each defense player deserves special mention, but I'm tired and it's late. And Joe scored two goals too. But he always does that these days.
Posted by jason on August 26, 2008 12:59 AM
I love to win--and I especially love when people I love win!!!
Posted by: jessica on August 26, 2008 04:08 AM
well, i didn't take as many photos as last time, but i made up for it by working some Rob magic on them.
Posted by: SnakeMan on August 26, 2008 08:16 AM
The last time these two teams met we played for the rights to be the number one seed in the playoffs. They won 3-0, not 5-2. It was great being on a championship team, but honestly it felt good to know both Elany teams dominated the playoffs and got to the finals.
Posted by: Joe on August 26, 2008 10:30 AM
Hey SnakeMan, those pictures are great. Keep up the great work. I think you are on your way to a new career.
Posted by: Joe on August 26, 2008 10:32 AM
Yay! Go team!
Posted by: peaj on August 26, 2008 11:29 AM
Congratulations, sounds like you all had fun!
Terrific pics, SnakeMan!
Posted by: kathiek on August 26, 2008 12:04 PM
Christian and Alex played excellent on defense too. Your goal was inspirational. Charlie Hustle and a little bit of Ninja all in one. The capstone to a great season - thanks for sponsoring guys!
Posted by: Chris on August 26, 2008 11:28 PM