The Soccer Game


The score was 3-0 and we were losing. It was now the second half of my team’s first game in the Jefferson Cup Soccer Tournament. Everyone on the team was filled with doubt. As I was sitting on the sidelines waiting to go in, I told myself, “When you go in you have to score a goal.”  I pictured the ball going into the back of the net. Repeatedly I kept telling myself, “you have to score” and the thought of me kicking the ball into the back of the net kept going through my head.

The coach called my name to go.   “It’s time!” I told myself. Just three minutes into playing I got a beautiful ball played to me. I was on a breakaway! It was just me and the goalie.  “You have to score”, I heard in my head.   I took another touch and I watched as the ball was released from my foot and went steadily into the back of the net. It was the only goal scored for our team that game. 


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