Monday, September 24, 2007

HAY GANG SOCCER SEASON UPDATE

TIGERS HANGING TOUGH. I had the opportunity to watch Abby (in photo) play soccer for Olivet Nazarene University again on Saturday. It's Abby's senior year, so I'm trying to take in every possible game. She's playing outside midfielder quite a bit since coming back from a mild knee injury at the beginning of the season. The Tigers are having a .750 season. They've dominated a number of teams and dropped close games to Chicago-area rivals. Abby's scored a handful of goals, contributes strong play and leads as a second-year captain. Abby turns 22 on Wednesday -- unbelievable!

COACH JARED HAY. I also got to watch Jared coach a high school team on Saturday. He's Head Coach for Grace Baptist Academy in Kankakee, Illinois. The boys won 3-0 in the game I attended in Grant Park. The boys are coming along well under Jared's tutelage. This is his first experience as a coach. It may not be a winning season, but both the boys and Jared are learning and growing thru the experience.

MOLLY & BEN DAVIS LADY GIANTS. This evening, Molly and the Ben Davis Lady Giants won their first-round game of the Marion County tournament, defeating Franklin Central, 3-1. Though they dominated play, the Giants were down 0-1 nearly two-thirds of the game before finally scoring and moving ahead. I 'bout had a heart attack. The team moves on to play Perry Meridian on Wednesday. We're hoping to cheer them on in the semi-finals and finals on Saturday.

SAM AT PIKE. Sam's JV Pike High School team has one game left in its season. I've watched Sam, a freshman, play the best soccer of his life during these past two months. He's developing into a solid defender and a creative play maker. The JV team is 9-2 with their final test coming up on Thursday. Good luck!

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