So the Pumas got a taste of what it means to play in a U-10 tournament when your team is made up of 9-year-olds. Most U-10 teams are made up largely of 10-year-olds that would be starting 5th grade in the fall. Macy's entire team is made up of girls a year behind and it showed.
How bad was it? Let's just say if there had been a mercy rule the game would have been over at halftime.
The girls were pretty dispirited, especially with the rough play. One of the things that stands out for me about these girls is they they largely lack the mean streak that athletes need to develop. Our girls don't get physical and it shows. That will change for most of them at some point, it's just a question of when.
Twenty minutes later we were all sitting in Applebees catching part of the Engand-USA World Cup match over a beer and everything was fine. Well, I was over a beer, anyway. The girls were excited to get back to the hotel and get to the swimming pool. Tomorrow they'll be exited to play again. The advantages of youth.