Kyle’s soccer team, the Academy Sabres United, won yesterday’s playoff game by a score of 4-1. The win put them in the Philadelphia Department of Recreation Outdoor Championship – their first one – this afternoon. They were playing Fishtown, who finished the season with a perfect 8-0 record. Kyle’s team finished the season in second place, with a 5-2 record. The kids knew it would be tough to beat the powerhouse. They were right.
After scoring the first goal, the United gave up five, and our guys lost by a score of 5-1. Kyle played terrific in goal, and Fishtown’s second goal was the only one he should have saved. There were a lot of tears afterward – mostly from Kyle (in orange), who believes every loss is his fault, and his fault alone.
We tried to impart on them that it was their first-ever outdoor championship game – they repeated as indoor champs in 2011 and 2012 – and that they had their best regular season ever, but they didn’t want to hear that. Not today.
So, they’ll lick their wounds, take a few weeks off, and come back for the indoor season in January. And they’ll be looking for some payback.