Now, it's Tomas' turn. And, Liam is one of my assistant coaches.
For our team, I have four goals.
- Have fun.
- Improve skills.
- Make friends.
- Learn sportsmanship.
Our soccer year is divided into two seasons—fall and spring. During the fall, the team did very well and came so close to achieving this fifth goal. Only one boy did not score a goal.
This boy just happened to be Tomas.
But, it was more than OK. Tomas was having fun with his friends, and he was improving. He went from picking grass and throwing it in the wind to even making contact with the ball. I would make little goals with him to kick the ball at least five times during a game.
Now, we are halfway through the spring season. I'm always amazed at how much the boys change over the winter break. It's like a light goes on in their heads, and they finally start figuring things out we've been talking about all along. Also, it seems like the boys all grow a couple inches which is always helpful.
Tomas included. In addition to major improvement in his soccer skills, he's become more aggressive and focused. And finally last Thursday, I got to check off goal #5. Tomas scored a goal. I think it was more a case of being in the right place at the right time. But, a goal's a goal—and what a confidence boost for Tomas.
For today's game, Tomas sort of scored a goal during the first half. I say "sort of" because he booted the ball, and it bounced off the back of an opponent into the goal. Eh, we'll take it.
Then during the second half, it was shock and awe. I don't even know what got into Tomas, but he was all over that field. One time, he got the ball, made a fast break, and outran everyone to score. And, he wasn't done there. He ended up scoring a total of seven goals.* Several of his teammates made great assists to help Tomas score. But still... Wow!
In fact, the entire team did well, and we had a great time. It's sad to think we only have three games left. I'm already looking forward to next year.
*What made everything even more entertaning was that Chloe got Tomas to yell out after every goal, "This one's for Chloe and for Aslan!"