The Loss

“That's what learning is, after all; not whether we lose the game, but how we lose and how we've changed because of it and what we take away from it that we never had before, to apply to other games. Losing, in a curious way, is winning.”
-- Richard Bach

My daughter started playing soccer in the Fall of 2009, on a 6th-8th grade team. In the league, they maintain the teams with the coaches, so she's basically had the same teammates and coach for the past two years. And in the 20 or so games played, her team has never lost a game. Until today.

It was the first game of the spring season, and maybe the girls were just a little rusty. They looked a little lethargic during the first 5 minutes of the game, and suffered a penalty that resulted in the other team scoring early.

I know they will recover and go on to win future games. After all, winning isn't everything, and what you take away from the loss is what's important.

Some of my favorite shots from the game:
Contact

In the picture below, #12 had just scored the team's only goal, right before end of the first half.
Becca Scores

For my daughter, it's all about the socks! She collects them (or rather, she picks them out and I pay for them).
All About the Socks

One of Erica's attempts on goal:
Attempt on Goal

Next week's game starts really early and I hope the girls rest up for a return to the winner's circle.

Lisa RedWillow  – (April 9, 2011 at 10:33 PM)  

I love the shots. Your photography takes my breath away.
Stunning

Puna  – (April 13, 2011 at 2:45 PM)  

aw boo. There will be other games. I love the socks!

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