I certainly went through a wide range of the emotions just this past weekend watching, coaching, cheering and consoling my daughter, CC, during the opening tournament of the season.
Anticipation - Fathers of young athletes anxiously await the first games of a season. All week long, I couldn't wait for the weekend to come so I could see my daughter, CC play. CC was being featured as the starting and full time goalie for her elite soccer team for the first time.
Optimism - I did not schedule any golf for the weekend because I assumed that CC's team would advance to the finals.
Boredom - My daughter's team dominated the first game of the tournament. As such, CC recorded a shutout, but did not touch the ball more than two times the entire game. The highlight of the 8-0 win for the goalie's dad was one punt and one goal kick.
|One punt in 60 mins, boring.|
Apprehension - Before the second game, My daughter and I looked over at the other team. CC saw the big, strong girl who injured her last season on a 1v1 fast-break. Bad thoughts ran through my mind.
|Last season 1v1 vs Number 59|
|Drilled by #59, CC saved the ball, injured thigh|
Annoyance - In the second game, the wing defenders were not getting back on defense while my daughter was getting pounded with shots.
|CC faced a barrage of shots|
Disapproval - My daughter did not call for a ball in the box that she could have easily picked up. The defender hesitated expecting CC to pick it up before she decided to kick it. The weak clearing pass was intercepted and ended up in the back of the net.
Disgust - I was disgusted that the coaching staff did not make any defensive adjustments to try to protect my daughter.
|The barraged continued all game long|
Sadness - My daughter gave up 6 goals. After the 4th goal she was weeping in the goal thinking it was all her fault. I felt her sadness and yelled out words of encouragement.
|Bad first half|
Remorse - Should I have encouraged her to be a goalie. Is she tough enough mentally and physically to endure the long stressful season on a top regional team?
Fear - My daughter had to come out of the goal to shut down a breakaway threat against, you guess it #59, the strong girl who ran her over last year.
|I think that I was more scared than my daughter|
Admiration - I admired her courage as she deflected the point blank shot.
|Ball deflected over the goal|
Awe - CC made 9 truly amazing saves in three games. Saves I could have never made as a 10 year old boy.
|Great tip save|
Amazement - I was amazed at how CC bounced back after giving up 6 goals to just the day before to perform with absolute confidence.
|Another save to preserve the lead|
Surprise - I was surprised when she made a game saving stop with one hand.
|Great one handed game saving stop|
Anger - I was angry that the Refs did not call a handball in the box that would have led to a game winning PK chance.
|Handball caught on film, but not by the ref.|
The Main Point
These are the most important emotions that I felt this past weekend as the team went 1-1-1.
Joy - Several moms came up to me after the last game and were very complimentary of CC's performance. That made me feel great.
Acceptance - I accept that there will be ups and downs as the goal keepers dad.
Love - Win, lose or draw - I love my daughter.