My son, who will be 15 next month, started officially playing soccer when he was four. He was playing around the house since he could walk, but age four was when he was finally able to join a program and play officially. Over the years, he has played through various local programs and then moved into playing club/travel soccer, and he played last season for Spruce Creek High School (and hopefully will in the fall as well). For the last three years, he has played for the '06 Port Orange Soccer Club.
He had his heart set on getting onto the Orlando City ECNL teams, and he recently tried out for the fall season. They had a record number of people boys tryout this year, but he made it. He was offered a spot on the Orlando City ECNL-R team and he accepted and will be playing with them for the fall season. Therefore, this past weekend was his last games playing with the team he has been with for the last year and has grown with. They played in the Ormond Beach Spring Cup Tournament. They won the tournament! They won two games and tied one in order to get to the championship game, and then they won the championship game, winning the tournament in their age group.
Here's the sweetest part... They have played numerous tournaments over the last three years, but they have never won one. They usually come in second place. Not only did they win this tournament, but they did so by winning the championship game with a penalty kick goal that my son took, with only 20 seconds left in regulation time. The game was tied 1-1, with 20 seconds left in the game. He made an amazing shot with the penalty kick, winning the game and tournament. What a way to end his three year stint with that team! In this tournament he scored five goals and had two assists.
It was a sweet soccer weekend, that's for sure. My son lives and breathes soccer, so this was huge for him. He practices every day, rain or shine, 50 degrees or 100 degrees. He's that dedicated and the hard work paid off! The whole team played great and this tournament win was well deserved for the players and coach. It was awesome to see them play so well together and win a tournament.
Check out the video below of his game-winning goal just 20 seconds before the game ended: