Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Tuesday, November 4, 2008 10:57 am

Rogues’ Photo gallery

Time to get caught up on a backlog of photos. All these were taken with my cell phone, and to my surprise they didn’t turn out too badly.

First: Victoria rides a horse at our church’s fall festival, held at the farm of two of our more gracious members.
Victoria rides a horse at our church's fall festival, held at the farm of two of our more gracious members.

Next, Victoria took this picture at a Barack Obama campaign stop in Greensboro while sitting on my shoulders. Somewhere up there between the two lights is Obama, although I guess you’ll have to take my word on that.
Victoria took this picture while sitting on my shoulders. Somewhere up there between the two lights is Barack Obama. Really.

Hooper with a friend at the fall festival. As far as we know, Hooper is not a Parseltongue.
Hooper with a friend at the fall festival. As far as we know, Hooper is not a Parseltongue.

Hooper is ready to enter his team’s soccer game at a moment’s notice. Really.
Hooper is ready to enter his team's soccer game at a moment's notice. Really.

The closest we’re going to get to a full team picture of the Fusion.
The closest we're going to get to a full team photo of the Fusion.

The Buttercups, Fall 2008, after their last game of the season, a 2-2 tie.
The Buttercups, fall 2008, after their last game of the season, a 2-2 tie.

First Presbyterian Church at sunset.
First Presbyterian Church at sunset.

I haven’t attempted any action shots with the phone, primarily because you would have to get really close to the subject for it to come close to filling the frame. Still, it works pretty well on closeups, and I’ve got a particularly soothing Lake Norman sunset shot on my desktop at work now. (I’ve still got the Alexander tartan on my desktop at home.)

I sent the photos to Flickr at 800×600 to try to get the width to match the width of the text column of BOTR, but it looks like the biggest Flickr will render them is roughly 500×375. I guess that’s to accommodate smaller monitors than my 19-incher. Oh, well.

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Saturday, October 25, 2008 3:59 pm

Soccer roundup

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Once again, Hooper and Victoria’s games were opposite each other, so I didn’t get to see V. play. The Buttercups lost to the Hotshots, 2-1. They tell me one of the Hotshots’ goals was a fluke, Unfortunately, flukes still count.

The Fusion won 5-2 against the Fire, which I thought was a better team in terms of ball control and skill. But they didn’t get off all that many shots, and the Fusion’s main shooters were more accurate from long range. Hooper played two quarters, second and fourth. He was asked to go in in the third quarter but didn’t want to. He played the fourth quarter but was dragging tail, although he had one beautiful shot go just wide. When I got him home he was complaining of a sore throat, and he turned out to be running a temp of just under 101, so I guess that explains it.

The Fusion have a makeup game scheduled for Wednesday. The ‘Cups don’t play again until next Saturday.

One note about the weather. The rain hotline was updated at 7:05 this morning to announce that all games at Bryan Park would be played as scheduled. By 7:30 it was raining, and it kept raining (heavily so for a couple of brief intervals) until well after Hooper’s game ended. Bryan Park officials are usually very protective of their turf, so to speak, so, given the forecast, which called for rain and perhaps thunderstorms overnight and this morning, I was surprised they played. They may regret it: Field 6C was in something of a mess by the time the Fusion and Fire were done. I was even more surprised that the ‘Cups played on Field 5 — it’s their normal field, but it was just reseeded two weeks ago.

Monday, October 20, 2008 9:24 pm

Buttercups 2, Shooting Stars 1

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I missed this game because it was opposite Hooper’s. But teammate A.’s mom said the coach said Victoria had the best game of her Buttercup career, so it’s not like I missed anything. (Sigh.)

Monday, October 13, 2008 7:34 pm

Buttercups 2, Sharks 1

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The Buttercups have played this team twice already — with only four teams in the league and an eight-game season, they play two teams three times each and a third twice. This was the closest of the three games, and the Sharks led much of the way. In their loss two weeks ago (no games last weekend), all the Buttercups had looked very tired, very slow to the ball and pretty uninspired. They looked a lot better today until about the last five minutes, and even then there were individual bright spots.

Victoria, in contrast to the team, played a bit slow in the first half, but she stepped it up in the second. She also spent an uneventful quarter in goal.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008 7:43 am

Of Fusion, Buttercups and Panthers

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Fusion: Won 8-1. Minute to minute the game never seemed like a runaway, but that’s what it ended up being. Hooper didn’t score and spent one uneventful quarter in goal.

Buttercups: Lost 3-0. The team lacked energy and quickness, and it didn’t possess the ball much as a result.

Panthers: Lost 20-10 and stunk up the joint in the process. I was doing yard work and didn’t see the game; just as well.

Saturday, September 13, 2008 8:00 pm

Buttercups 4, Sharks 3

Filed under: Victoria — Lex @ 8:00 pm
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First, the important news: The Buttercups’ new jerseys are yellow, meaning that the team cheer, “Yellow, white, Buttercups fight!” isn’t totally incongruous anymore (last year’s jerseys were green). But they’re trimmed with black. I suggested changing the cheer to “Yellow, black, Buttercups attack!” but didn’t get any takers.

The Buttercups have added Victoria’s longtime friend A. to their roster after A.’s team broke up. A. wasted no time making an impact, scoring three of the ‘Cups’ four goals. V. left the game early after taking a poke in the eye so bad that we took her to the pediatrician. Good news: It was only a poke. The cornea was uninjured.

For those of you keeping score at home, yes, we did play the Sharks two weeks in a row. We’ll play them a third time, too. There are only four teams left in the rec-league girls under-11 league, so we’ll play two teams three times each and the third team twice.

Sunday, September 7, 2008 9:15 pm

Buttercups 4, Sharks 1

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The Buttercups picked up right where they left off last spring in league play, scoring two goals early and two goals late for the win.

This year, the girls have 10-person teams and play eight at a time on a larger field with larger goals, so everybody’s getting plenty of playing time — and plenty of running. As a team the ‘cups both were a little rusty and acclimating themselves to the larger field, so the passing, beyond short range, wasn’t all that crisp. But the offense got the job done and the Buttercups keeper came up with some big stops late.

Victoria didn’t score, but she got off two good shots on goal. One was blocked, and the other, otherwise bound for a spot high in the net, hit a Shark in the head. She took a foot in the side of her right ankle during the second half that was hard enough to go through the pad and injure her. She had to be carried off the field, but she returned late in the game.

Memo to self: Always bring sunscreen. Always.

One other note: Last spring, the girls voted to seek a name change for the team, to the Wildcats. Apparently the league said no.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008 8:15 pm

Champions

Filed under: Buttercups,Victoria — Lex @ 8:15 pm
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I missed it because I had to work, but Victoria’s Buttercups soccer team won out last night to close the season undefeated at 7-0-1. They won 4-2 against the team they tied earlier. V. didn’t score but was very happy with her play.

Up next: Wrangler-McDonald’s. And then a well-deserved summer rest.

Friday, May 2, 2008 5:08 pm

Buttercups 7, Sharks 3

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The good news: Victoria scored. The bad news: she gave up mumble goals as keeper.

And the ‘Cups are 6-0-1 with one regular-season game remaining and the Wrangler-McDonald’s tournament coming up.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008 9:05 pm

Buttercups 3, Red Hot Chili Peppers 2

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Last time, the Buttercups romped; this time, it was a much more closely played game.

V. started on defense, then spent much of the 2nd half as striker. She came agonizingly close to goals three times, once on a shot that went just wide and the other two on heroic saves by the Peppers’ keeper.

We’ve agreed that if she scores a goal, we’re going out for milkshakes after the game, so she was pretty bummed about not having knocked one home. After the game, we tried to go to Ben & Jerry’s for their free-scoop day, but the line was forever so we went and paid regular price at Coldstone (better ice cream, in my opinion).

With two makeup games remaining, the ‘Cups remain undefeated at 5-0-1. And we’ll be playing in the Wrangler-McDonald’s tournament Memorial Day weekend.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008 10:05 pm

Buttercups 4, Shakers 1

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The Buttercups stayed undefeated, beating the Shakers tonight in a game that had been postponed from two Tuesdays ago because of rain. (Last night’s game was postponed as well. At this rate, the season might not end until July, but, hey, we need the rain.)

The ‘Cups got two quick ones to start the game, then settled down to a lot of ball control, most of it on the Shakers’ end of the field. They got their third goal early in the second half. Victoria spent a lengthy but uneventful chunk of the second half in goal, after which she played striker. The last goal came on a penalty kick by Victoria’s teammate S., who uncorked a beauty, waist-high and just to the keeper’s right.

I could tell you when the Buttercups’ next game is, but the rain would probably make me a liar, so I won’t. I will say that with rain in the forecast for Saturday (i.e., the field wouldn’t be playable for at least two days), the team is looking at indoor practice for a second straight Sunday. But the important thing is that halfway through the season, at least in terms of number of games played, the Buttercups are 3-0-1.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008 8:57 pm

Catching up, and blowing away

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It’s Buttercups soccer time again, and I’ve been remiss because the games have fallen opposite Hooper’s Cub Scouts or other scheduling issues. The first game was actually the second, the real first game having been postponed by rain. (We’re in a drought, but we’ve had a game postponed and two practices canceled by rain.)

I forget which was which, but the ‘Cups won one of the first two games 3-0 and tied the other one 3-3. Then, earlier tonight, they took on the Red Hot Chili Peppers, a team that in the past has given them fits, and blew them away, 8-0. Victoria spent most of an uneventful second half in goal before scoring the final goal on a sliding kick. She also had an assist earlier in the game.

The midseason break comes a week early because Easter is early this year, so the Buttercups head into the break 2-0-1.

Monday, December 3, 2007 8:20 am

Buttercups 13, three other teams 2

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I’ve been meaning to blog about this since it happened and kept forgetting. (You can see that blogging has not been uppermost in my mind of late.) But on Nov. 10, the ‘Cups played three Asheville-Buncombe Youth Soccer Association teams in the N.C. Youth Soccer Association District 5 tournament and festival in Asheville. And they racked up more wins in five hours than they had scored all season to that point.

They beat the Asheville No. 1 team (that was its name, not, so far as I know, its ranking) 4-1 in the first game. They beat the Spider Monkeys 3-1 in the second game. And they beat the Heatwave 6-0 in the third game.

The second game was the tough one — when the game started, I thought the Monkeys’ superior ball control was going to spell big trouble. But the Buttercups were quicker to the ball, and that made the difference.

The competition was not markedly different from that of the Greensboro teams the Buttercups played this season. The difference on this day was that the ‘Cups played their best ball of the season on offense and defense. Their passes were crisper, they did a much better job of getting open to receive passes, and they shot more aggressively — I lost count of the number of shots that bounced off the upright with the opposing teams’ keepers nowhere near in position to have made the save. 13-2 easily could have ended up 18-2 or so.

Victoria got the last goal in the third game. She caught a bloody lip at one point but didn’t stay out for long. One of the teams, and I forget now whether it was the Spider Monkeys or the Heatwave, wasn’t especially gracious about losing: When the teams lined up to slap five as is customary after games, some of the other girls were trying to rake our girls’ hands with their fingernails. Our coach spoke to their coach about it.

After the games, we had a nice team dinner and presented coaches Ricky and Bob with gift certificates to thank them for their hard work. Then it was back to the motel for swimming and hot-tubbing with the kids. All in all, a very nice weekend.

UPDATE: Here’s a picture:

Monday, October 29, 2007 8:32 am

Weather 1, Buttercups 0

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Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains (although Greensboro could be forgiven for having forgotten that last part).

Wednesday, October 24, 2007 6:04 am

Other team 4, Buttercups 1

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I missed this game, too, this time because I was ConvergeSouthing. Victoria had another commitment and didn’t arrive until halfway through the first half, with the team already down 3-0, whereupon the coach immediately put her into the game on offense.

V. apparently had 11 shots on goal, although she didn’t score. That tells me she kept the ball down on the opponents’ end a great deal and that she is overcoming her reluctance to take shots when the opportunity is there, particularly from longer range.

Ann said Victoria added a lot of speed to the ‘Cups’ offensive game. I believe it.

Season record: 1-3-2.

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