As in, sophomore year. The Syr. public school year is still ten days away,
but Ph. jumps on a bus first thing in the morning, headed to a four-way soccer
scrimmage somewhere or other (you’re right, I should know, but the
details…elusive!). And that means his soccer season is underway. Schedule’s below the fold. Season
preview? I don’t know. Maybe this:

1. Play your heart out;
2. When taking a corner, pick a few blades a grass and toss them in the air to
see if there’s a breeze.  Whether or not it makes a difference, it sure
looks smart;
and 3. If I bother to charge up the camera and walk, photographer-like, on the sidelines, smile. 
Should be smiling already anyway, considering how much fun it’s going to be.

To fans in the CNY area, in an effort to promote attendance, if you come out
to a home match, not only will I treat you to a soda, but I’ll also share some
sunflower seeds (or licorice or whatever else is the snack food of the hour).

Added: Apologies for the junked-up code in the table below. I’ll repair it some other time

NHS Soccer
9-8 @ Cicero-N. Syr 7:30 p.m.
9-9 @ Horseheads 11 a.m.
9-12 Utica Proctor 4 p.m.
9-15 @ Baldwinsville 6 p.m.
9-19 @ Fowler 4 p.m.
9-20 @ Utica Proctor 4:30 p.m.
9-25 @ F-Manlius 6:30 p.m.
9-26 Watertown 4:30 p.m.
9-27 Corcoran 4 p.m.
10-3 W. Genesee 4:30 p.m.
10-5 @ C. Square 7 p.m.
10-7 @ CBA 7 p.m.
10-10 Liverpool 4 p.m.
10-13 @ Oswego 6:30 p.m.
10-17 Henninger 4 p.m.
10-19 Rome Free 4 p.m.


  1. Soccer is such a wonderful sport. I hope he has a great season! Speaking as a certified soccer referee . . . be nice to the refs. They work *really* hard. So when you are giving sodas to the supporters, offer one to the ref, too. 😉

  2. Heh. Yeah, I should do that. I’ll have to write myself a note, though, as a reminder that refs are human beings (I worry too that if folks see me sharing treats with the refs, they’ll think I’m rigging things). 😉 I can say that I’ve noticed a sharp contrast between the number of fans mouthing off in NY compared to Kansas City. It was *much* worse in KC. In and around Syracuse, I have yet to see what I would describe as a mouthy parent (just one basketball game comes to mind, and to be fair, the refs really were making mistake after mistake–an off night, I guess).

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