Last year I made my somewhat untruimphant return to the football pitch. I joined my company's soccer team after being out of the sport for years. I kind of regret not playing in college when there was opportunity to play on a club team. I had other interests then.
We completed the first term of the indoor soccer season winless. It is a pity because there were a few opportunities for victory.
Last night's match was a real barn burner. We were up a against a rather athletic but slightly inexperienced side. We played them earlier in the season. Now we were at full strength with 2 viable strikers up front, Caroline and Bernardo.
Our opposition came out with all guns blazing in the opening minutes. We were able to contain them for a while but then the goals spilled in. We were down 3 goals to none when our Mexican colleague, Bernardo, slotted one through to end our goal drought. Unfortunately, a few moments later one of our other strikers got booked for a slide tackle. According to the indoor rules, only a goalkeeper can legitmately slide. Our striker sat in the penalty box for 3 minutes. As we were short handed the opposing side scored again.
In the 2nd half we clawed our way back with adept passing and feisty play along with 2 goals by Bernardo and 1 by Caroline. We came within 1 goal of drawing but the opposition nailed the coffin shut with 2 goals. We were definitely in the game until the end with numerous opportunities to score.
It was possibly the best game we have played. I certainly got a good run out. Maybe we could do better in the next indoor term. Perhaps we will eek out a victory.