It’s hard to say how many soccer games I’ve been to over the past 15 or so years.
And I’m not talking about those when I was working for a newspaper.
My niece Nicole has played soccer for as long as I can remember. From youth to high school to varsity to travel teams to college. She’s run the gamut of soccer.
She’s also experienced success. Two trips to the state championship game — winning one — when in high school. In her first college season, her team made nationals and finished third. This year, her final at this school (it’s a two-year school), her team is top-seeded and the No. 1 team in the country heading into nationals this weekend.
She’ll move on to a four-year school next year and continue to play soccer. It’s a bit of a haul from where I am, so it will be hard to get to too many games. But I’ll try.
Over this time, though, I’ve seen countless games. The youth leagues to the modified, some travel. I have a hard time remembering a time I haven’t seen at least 7-8 games during a season.
This weekend is special.
She has the chance to be part of a special team. It’s not that they aren’t a great team full of ladies who can really play the game. But not every team wins a national championship. And it’s not easy, that’s for sure. Top seed or not, they’ll have to play some great soccer for three straight games this weekend.
Today, it starts.
Her first game is today. Game two is Friday. If all goes well, they’ll play a third game on Sunday. What that game is for is to be determined.
Two weeks ago, she helped lead her team to the regional title. She assisted the first goal and scored the winning goal in a 2-1 victory.
There’s no telling how this weekend will go, but it will be fun to continue to watch her play and chase the dreams.