Letter to the Editor

Soccer spectator is a fan for life

Thursday, December 8, 2005

Dear Editor:

I was just a spectator...But I gotta tell ya, I've never seen a nicer bunch of gentlemen as the ones I witnessed this year on the soccer field. Please don't misunderstand; the football team was stocked full of young men who are great sportsmen and who I feel have great futures. But, as funny as this may sound, soccer players don't wear helmets. You can see their expressions, and even their eyes, as the game progresses. So, a person kind of feels as if he or she is on the field too. And, there's not as many of them to keep tract of either. For those of us who are mathematically challenged, there's not as many numbers to remember. Additionally, the fan stands much closer to the field.

My point is: You could easily see how our soccer team loved the game, just by watching them. They always smiled, never complained, and just had fun playing. I think had they been four and 23 instead of 23 and four, you would have still seen good sportsmanship on the field.

They amazed me. When Carthage was "knocking" them around, they would get back up. No whinin', no gripin'. They kept right on.

They demonstrated the true meaning of the work, "TEAM." They were disciplined, dedicated and determined. This is one reason why they had so much success this year. The other reason is because they listened to their coach. They respected their coach, and the coach had respect for them. Every single player was successful this year. And, I feel, every player will take with him the lessons in the big world out there. It's getting tougher and tougher to make it in today's society. You need all of the ammo (aka knowledge and experience) you can get to increase your odds.

It is this spectator's opinion that this year's soccer team ended the season with more than just a third place finish in St. Louis; they learned a little more about the world and all it has to offer...and how you just have to go out and get it. And it helps to have had a great coach.

Fan For Life

Jason Gaskill

Cassville, Missouri