Monday, August 11, 2014

Good Times!

I'm in St. Marys visiting with family and working this week. I arrived today and when Dad got home from work he told me he needed to show me something. He handed me an article from the newspaper that was printed just a month ago.

The newspaper ran an entire special section celebrating all the things that happened in the 100 years of Berwind Park. The two high schools from my hometown both played their first seasons of soccer at that park... so we made the celebration!

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The article featured a photo of both teams and then recapped our first seasons. It was such a fun article to read and it brought back a ton of memories. My freshman year was the first year our county had high school soccer teams. My school had a whopping 17 players. (That's sarcasm... if you don't know, soccer teams need 11 people on the field. 17 doesn't give you much extra!)

The year was 1993... and we lost every game but one.
We lost big.
I laughed through the entire article as I was reminded of just how bad we lost... 9-1, 12-0... it's hysterically painful!

But it was our first year.
And we were a small school with a small team.
And even though we lost... we had fun.

And there's nothing quite as exciting as having your only win be your very last game of the season in double overtime. I can still feel the intensity. The NEED to win. The excitement of actually achieving that!!

The article by Becky Polaski ends on this note...

ECC did not play again until Thursday, when they wrapped up their season by hosting Ridgway at Berwind Park. Hoping to end on a positive note, the Crusaders rallied twice and edged the Ekers 5-4 in double overtime for the first and only win of the season.

According to the account of the game that appeared in The Daily Press, Ridgway lead a 2-0 lead late in the second quarter, but a penalty kick by Keith Meister left ECC trailing 2-1 at the end of the first half. Meister tied the game at 2-all early in the third period, but then Ridgway pulled back ahead with a late goal. Another Elker goal halfway through the fourth left the Crusaders trailing 4-2, but then Laura Undercoffer (that's me!!) scored and Meister completed his hat trick to knot the game at 4-all. Neither team scored in the first overtime, and then Joe Lenze sealed the victory for the Crusaders with a goal three minutes into the second overtime to set the final score at 5-4. The victory gave ECC a season record of 1-12.

We practiced. We played. We lost a lot. We got discouraged. But we kept practicing and we kept playing and it was all worth it. Winning never felt as good as it did during that final game of our first season in double overtime.

It was so much fun to remember that season. Such strong memories! And then I realized it all happened 21 years ago and felt very, very old. The end. :)

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