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Spring Forward

by Eva Petersen

I have had a long break from soccer because my team hasn’t played since November. We did have a team tryout in December and it was nice and sunny. I was really happy to be there because I was practicing with another team for December and it was great to be back with the Sparks. Read more


Rivals make soccer more fun. My first year playing recreational soccer, our biggest rival was a team that we always tied, but could never beat. We looked forward to playing them the next year, but they went to the comp league, which was really disappointing. The good thing was that our coach arranged a special scrimmage with them and then we finally beat them. We were feeling really good about ourselves until he arranged a scrimmage with a class 1 team, who creamed us. Ouch! Read more

Competitive Soccer

OK! The Olympics are over. It’s time to start writing again…

In the last blog entry, I said that I would talk about what it’s like to play competitive soccer. Actually, I have only been playing competitive soccer since the spring, so I guess I can’t tell you everything, but I’m learning.

Playing on my comp team is really a lot of fun because all the girls are very dedicated, they work hard, and everyone wants to learn more and move up. It’s a lot more challenging and we’re playing much better teams than we did in rec soccer, although we are losing a lot more games. However, losing definitely shows us what we need to work on.

Some of the things that have been interesting to learn are all the different positions. We’re learning about strikers, and how to play all the right and left positions, as well as how to really play mid-field. There are also lots of new drills to learn, and now we’re even doing a lot of conditioning so we can be in shape and run fast for a whole game.

Traveling is exciting because we get to go to new places and new fields, and it also makes me appreciate playing at our home field, which is right down the street from me and has really good grass. You don’t really appreciate good grass until you’ve played on bad grass.

Playing stronger teams is fun, but one thing I miss about my recreational team was the rival teams. We only played 4 or 5 other teams so we ended up playing some teams three or four times. Once you get an enemy, you work harder to beat that team the next time they come around. Last year, our biggest rival was this team called the Pink Panthers. We beat them a few times and then they beat us, but I’ll tell you the whole story when I write a blog entry I’m planning about team rivals.

Our competitive team hasn’t really developed a big rivalry yet, because we play a lot more teams, but we’re starting to really want to beat this team that we played twice last spring. My mom said not to use their real team name because they’re on our game schedule this fall, so I’ll just call them, the “Tomatoes”. There is a big story about the “Tomatoes” too, but I’ll also save that one for the entry about rivals.

Team Camp

Since the last time I wrote, my team had a team camp. We spent more time practicing things we usually don’t have as much time for, such as step-over, pullback, fake turns, juggling, and even the Maradona. We did self-drills, and lots of scrimmages – 2v2, 3v3, and then full team with two goalies. After that we had our own Olympics, and the US won! Team camp was really fun, but also exhausting because we had our regular evening practices, and then a tournament on the weekend. (Tournament report coming soon).

Latest Local Soccer Events

In the last two weeks I’ve gone to two soccer games. The first one was the Earthquakes against the Seattle Sounders. My mom gave my grandma a ticket to the game for her birthday and my grandma went with me – her first professional soccer game! It was very exciting because Steven Lenhart scored in about the last minute of the game and they won.
The other game we went to was Stanford vs Santa Clara. I’m mentioning it because it was the first game ever broadcast on the Pac-12 network. Other than that, all I’m going to say is… Super. Total. Creamer. The only good thing is that the Broncos scored the first goal ever on the Pac-12 network. The Broncos are playing Cal Bears on Thursday afternoon and I wanted to go, but I have a practice, so I’ll just wish the Broncos good luck! Go Broncos!

Introduction Blog

My name is Eva and I play soccer on a competitive u11 team in Santa Clara, California. My team is called the Sparks, and I first started playing for my team in the spring. Before I played on the Sparks, I played on a great recreational team. Unfortunately, after the 2011 fall season was over, some of the other girls had to leave the team for other activities, such as swimming, ballet, and other competition teams.

Since our old team was breaking up, some of the girls were going to try out for competitive spring soccer and my coach encouraged me to try out too. I was really nervous and afraid I was going to make a mistake. I was so freaked out, I sat on the sideline and didn’t go onto the field until the very end, but then I realized that I really wanted to be on the team.

The next day was the last day of tryouts and I still felt scared, but my mom said, “I’m not making you try out. If you want to do this, get out there and do it. Otherwise, let’s go home and get warm!”

I ended up making the team, which was super awesome because I really like playing soccer. More about my team later…

Somebody who has really influenced me is Bianca Henninger, the goalie for Santa Clara University. The first time I saw her play I was amazed because I had never seen anybody play like that before. Since I was a goal keeper I really wanted to watch her play the whole time. In my opinion Bianca Henninger is the best goal keeper I have ever seen!

The Santa Clara Broncos are my favorite team, but I also love the US national women’s team, especially Alex Morgan and Hope Solo. Santa Clara is a great place for people who love soccer because of the great college teams but also because of the Earthquakes. I saw the Earthquakes play LA Galaxy this summer and it was cool because I got to see David Beckham score. Luckily the Earthquakes still won!

Some things I’m looking forward to this summer are the Olympics – the soccer, of course. I’m also looking forward to my team soccer camp and tournament in August, and the start of the Broncos fall season.

Next time: What it’s like to play competitive soccer…