March 13, 2018
It was cold. It was windy. It was cold. It was rainy. Did I mention it was cold?
Nevertheless, the hearty souls of 10 teams dressed out to hit the pitch Sunday, March 11, for Week Two of the Memphis Riverfront Soccer Tournament. At the end, a picture of the playoffs began to emerge – every team is either 2-0 or 0-2.
The skies were battleship gray at the beginning of play at 10:30 a.m. By the end of the second game, persistent rain showers fell on players, officials and spectators alike. While the rain ceased before the third match, a steady wind – direct from Minnesota, no doubt — made the temperature (low 50s) feel even colder.
- Most Spirited Match: Brass Door beat Can I Kick It? 3-2, but the team in yellow made it a fierce contest, pressing on goal for much of the second half. The ball never hit the net, but the Brass Door keeper was hard pressed throughout.
- Most Succinct Analysis: When a player kicked a ball inbounds, past everyone on the pitch and out of bounds again on the other side, a teammate was heard to observe, “That … was bad.”
- Poor Sportsmanship Award: When one team was ahead by double figures, its keeper got bored and left his post to join the scrum for the last few minutes of the game. One opponent complained: “Now, that’s just rude.”
- So That’s Where The Expression Comes From: South Memphis SC usually has a sizable posse, but few showed for this environmentally challenging game. Asked why, a player responded “It’s too cold for the entourage. They are fair-weather fans.” So true, dude.
- Open Door Policy: Vaco Memphis arrived short-handed, and played 6 on 7 at first. But a Planchester player, who didn’t get the word that his team had canceled, was allowed to grab a tan shirt and even up the match. It turned out to be a losing effort, but the sportsmanship of both teams in allowing the late entry is what the beautiful game is all about.