This is a big deal among the girls ever since it was implemented a couple of months ago. Marina, for her part, has been working hard for this distinction—not just on the field, but off as well. Last night was her first game and she admitted that, at the beginning, it was “nerve-wracking.” As luck would have it, she helped lead her team to victory; the first win in quite some time. To be fair, the goal was scored by one of our call-ups, from the “A” team. I’m not sure we would have scored without her but we’ll take the win nonetheless.
I hope this bout with leadership will help continue fostering Marina’s confidence. As her coach says, she has the skills; she just needs to bulk up a bit.
As a parent, it’s been a pleasure to watch her develop as a player and as a friend to so many girls on the team.