It was 40 degrees and the wind was blowing from the north at an average of 25 mph. You’ll hear the wind on the video clip below (I even reduced the audio by 50%). Trees were falling on cars elsewhere in Umbria (at least the floods of the previous week had stopped). Where was I? Under many layers of clothing watching Jakob play a 9:30 am match Sunday morning at the nearby town of Ponte San Giovanni. The home club had even been kind enough to schedule the game for the dirt field next to the river. Jakob has played quite a few games on dirt fields this Fall.
Jakob has already grown out of the cleats we bought in August (he isn’t getting any taller, but somehow his feet are expanding). We had just gotten him some fluorescent yellow Nikes so we can locate him across the field. He came on in the second period (at his age, they play 3 periods of 20 min. each), and within half a minute had provided the cross from deep on the right wing for the goal that put Don Bosco ahead. It is the first goal on the four clips that make up the video, and he is on the far side of the field, going right to left. The other two goals that period were nicely crafted by some of the best players on the squad, so it seemed right to include them as well.
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Don Bosco now has a brand-new website for its sports programs, and Jakob got a mention in the match report from Sunday: “un bellissimo cross di Foss dal fondo“. He had a big grin on his face as he walked off the field after the match.
Mostly the teams have not been winning their games, but each week they seem to get better (which is why we’re here). It’s fun to watch when their hard work comes together, and it makes the kids happy as well.