the Granite Falls Flames lose in a downpour

the GF Flames dropped to 1-4 this morning with a loss to the Golden Eagles at home. Our Favorite, Loren, started the game at left midfield, and made some excellent plays before being pulled for a breather about halfway through the first half. the Flames seemed a little out of focus for the first half, playing loosely, without much organization. Coach Rusch called the team far from the parents and spectators during halftime. Loren's report of the halftime speech was that Coach told them, "you're playing like a joke, you need to play better or else you're going to lose every single game." the forceful speech must have taken hold, because the Flames came out charged up and played with much greater unity. the drizzle became full-on rain by halftime, and steadily grew into a downpour by the end of the game. the two teams stuggled on a field that was at times more lake than ground, and the Flames pulled out a winning second half, outscoring their opponents 1-0. unfortunately for them, it wasn't enough to secure a win. driving back to the car, Loren made the observation that he was the only Flame to come off the field with a smile on his face, and mentioning his happiness to have been able to play soccer this morning. that's m'boy. he's played through 3.5 seasons of soccer now, without ever scoring a goal, and he goes out there and tries his best every game (granted his first two seasons he spent playing defense). here's hoping when he does finally score one i'm there with a camera at the ready!

here's a couple from today's game:

the ball just came off Loren's foot
shutter clicked right after the ball came off Loren's foot

great shot of Loren on the sideline a little before halftime
Loren on the sideline a little before halftime

another great shot of Loren, gettin' a smooch from his mom
Loren on the sideline getting a smooch from his mom

Loren making a play on the ball
great shot of Loren making a play on the ball

Loren shot me driving home from the game- soakin' wet, water dripping off my ear!
me driving SR-92 home from the game, dripping wet

as always, all the full size shots and some short videos are in my online album.

can't resist posting the link to this khoul little vid Loren shot and entitled "the crap video", in which he said "crap" a million times in a row.

enjoy :)

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