The fall recreational soccer season is wrapping up, but Macy and I had a unique opportunity today to get a glimpse of soccer on a grander scale. I was asked to coach one side of an exhibition for Moorhead Youth Soccer during halftime of the Concordia College women's soccer match. It was a chance for the girls to play on a field ever-so-slightly larger than the one to which they are accustomed. They were suitably impressed. Before we got out there they were disappointed that we were going to use only part of the field. Once they actually got out there they realized how prescient it was that we did; they didn't quite believe my explanation that "we didn't want them to die from exhaustion" until they got out there on the pitch and realized just how big it was.
It was heartbreakingly cute to see how nervous they were as the scoreboard clock counted down the minutes to halftime. Of course, once they got out there they had a blast, and the spectators gave them a warm reception and send off, to the delight of the girls.
We preceded the exhibition with a tailgate party where many hamburgers, hot dogs and bratwurst were sacrificed.