Wednesday, October 19, 2005

SOCCER MAKES US "HAPPY SAD"

BEN DAVIS BOYS BREAK OUR HEARTS. This week's IHSAA Indiana State Soccer Tourney regional round action leaves us "happy sad." Tuesday night the Ben Davis boys came out flat against Avon, got down 1-0 early in the game, and couldn't mount a serious offensive attack. So, they lost 2-0 to a team they trounced two weeks ago. Jared, our 17-year old senior, played hard and well--just like he has all season. We are so proud of him. I'm personally taking this defeat surprisingly hard. I lost sleep over it. I can't believe my son's excellent high school soccer career ended so unceremoniously and heartlessly. I want that game back! I'll get over it sometime...but not likely anytime soon.

BD GIRLS MOVE ON TO SEMI-STATE. On the other hand, BD girls varsity defeated Lawrence Centeral 2-1 this evening. Molly, our 14-year old freshman, played solid, tenacious defense. I'd hate to be the offensive player who meets her on the field. The team moves on to the first game of Semi-State on Saturday. They will face Zionsville, a team they defeated earlier in the season. But at this point there are no easy games. Whatever happened in the regular season is no measure for this level of competition. Teams need to bring both their best preparation and greatest heart to each contest. May the Lady Giants put it all together and take care of business at noon on Saturday.

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