Another bittersweet night for this momma. I MAY have watch my daughter play her last high school soccer game tonight. Katie is unsure if she will play soccer next year for Frisco High School. She is weighing all her options. She plans on increasing her class load next year, taking all the AP classes that she can and participating in the Mentorship Program. All the classwork, along with running cross country and track, and playing soccer, she feels that something has to give. And, although I respect and will support her decision, whatever it may be, it makes me sad that I may have seen her wear the Frisco Blue out on the soccer field for the last time.
She loves playing soccer, but even more so LOVES being part of the team. She loves being a Lady Raccoon, the environment and the friends she has made, and this will be a tough decision. But I have faith that she will make the decision that is right for her.
As she took the field tonight, I was awash in all the memories of seeing her on the soccer fields over the years. I have been on the sidelines for most of those games, through nine years, I have enjoyed watching her play the game she loves. She has had great coaches over the years to make her the soccer player she is today. Katie always goes out on the field and gives her team mates 110%, playing hard, trying her best. She plays with determination and focus. She plays with heart. If she decides not to play next year, I know that she has enjoyed the last two years as a Lady Raccoons and leaves with many great memories.
For me, of course there are memories, moments that will stand out. Her first game, last year and now the last game this year. Her goal against Wakeland last year, her two goals scored against Hockaday this year, a multitude of great kicks and awesome headers. The hugs between friends, team mates and even opponents. It always warms my heart after playing Wakeland High School and seeing her hug her friends on the other team. However, beyond that, what I will remember is how my daughter is a team player, she plays with all her heart and never wants to let her team mates down. She is such a great sportsman: respectful of everyone on the field, the first to help out or offer a hand with whatever is needed. THAT is what I am most proud of her for, more than any plays or goals.
Thanks for the memories Katie, I love you and am so proud of you.