Sunday, June 10, 2012

The trip to Regionals

This past Thursday 15 girls and their families headed to Greensboro NC from the state of SC to compete in the regional tournament for Region 3 of the President's Cup Soccer League. There were 12 states represented there by the winning team from each state. Over 2000 athletes from U13 to U17 boys and girls teams. 10 teams left there overjoyed and moving on to the the National Tournament in Sacramento CA where they will play for the National Championship....the other 110 left brokenhearted. The Bulls were unfortunately, not one of the overjoyed teams. As a parent it was a heartbreaking weekend as I watched my daughter play with a bum foot, gut it out, give it her all and come up empty. There were many tears. But the experience is one these girls will have in their hearts forever. They are a great bunch of girls that had a fantastic season with lots to be proud of! And oh how I love this first baby of mine with all my heart and her sheer determination and zest for life! Could not have been prouder. Shed a few tears myself this weekend.....gosh as a Mama it is so hard to see your babies hurting, physically and emotionally!

At Opening Ceremonies Thursday

The Team

Opening Ceremonies trading. The teams were all announced according to state and team and the state flag was carried down. After that there was music, dancing and trading of team paraphernalia among the athletes. It was loud, chaotic, fun and amazing!!!!! 

A team dinner followed

And soccer in the hotel parking lot was a way to end this amazing and memorable day. And it sure didn't hurt that the "cute Alabama" boys U14 team was staying there also and just happen to be playing soccer in the parking lot too!

The first game against Georgia.

Finally the start and getting some of those nerves worked out!

The second game against NC.

Praying on the field before the game...brought tears to my eyes every time. And like one Mama said, "They did this all on their own. Their idea" They also had bible verses written on their arms and faces.

The last game against Texas...only for their pride as the coach said. They went home with humbleness instead.

Prayer before last game. And isn't this the better victory? To know our children have won their eternal salvation..they have the eternal victory.
 Still hard to swallow as a tired, sore, and heartbroken 13 yr old.

So thrilled my daughter had this opportunity and that she gave it to us as well! I love you Julia and I am so proud to be your Mom!!!!

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