It's been an incredible year for Soccer Boss! Here are some of my favorite and not-so-favorite-but-still-memorable moments!
|January 1st 2012|
Soccer Boss and some of her closest buddies put in a team in the extremely fun Kitsap Cup run by Futbol for Life to benefit orphans in Sierra Leone. Although we had about six people (enough to field a team... without subs) we made it to the final and placed second overall! It was a total blast and would be the last time I played soccer before my back injury.
January 4th, 2012
The Kitsap Pumas rang in the new year with a 9-5 win at home against South Sound Shock! Mr. Chad Bass and I also celebrated our birthdays at the game- thanks for the win boys!
January 26th, 2012
I was finally able to announce that Tim Ream, the nephew of a dear family friend, had been signed to Bolton Wanderers. We were thrilled that he would be representing the USA (and the awesome Ream family) in the English leagues!
February 22nd, 2012
FC Basel celebrated an incredible home victory over the mighty Bayern Munich, the other FCB. Valentin Stocker's late strike gave Basel the 1-0 lead on aggregate and the fairy tale continued.
March 4th, 2012
The Kenya Soccer Project is born! Madi and Lexi skyped with our new connections in Kenya and got to work organizing a game plan for football club development in Africa.
March 13th, 2012
FC Basel's Champions League campaign came to a cruel and abrupt end with a 7-0 loss to Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena. Still not sure how I survived that one, but I'm assuming the Vicodin helped.
March 31st, 2012
Benjamin Huggel announced his retirement. I cried.
April 27th, 2012
Pictures came through from Africa! The official Nehemiah FC crest was drafted and photos of the men who would later make up the ranks of our team were posted. I was over the moon!
April 29, 2012
FC Basel became Swiss Champions! FCB were able to clench the title early when it became mathematically impossible for the other teams to catch up... hehehe :)
May 13th, 2012
Soccer Boss brought you Man City’s late EPL winning victory from the airport in Lihue, Hawaii! What a match! I was sad I missed it in real time.
May 20th, 2012
My season with the Kitsap Pumas kicked off! What a fun day! I made new friends and started to get a hang of the whole photography thing. Those guys look at least 100 times faster when you're looking at them through a minuscule lens.
May 22, 2012
I got up early to cry over the touching goodbye ceremony put on by FC Basel to send off their exiting players. Let's not think about that.
July 3rd, 2012
The Kitsap Pumas secured the first ever Ruffneck trophy! What a great game with a dramatic late goal from Justin Robbins! I was so glad to be right on the touchline to capture his celebration and cheer a little myself :)
July 18th, 2012
The Sounders played Chelsea FC in a friendly match and I was able to capture this snap of Eden Hazard that would later become a meme and a major hit on his google images search. Sweet :)
September was a month of focusing on Kenya. With some help from a complete stranger, we got a snazzy new website, a twitter account, and a good-looking Facebook page! Our team was regularly playing in games on the weekend and was starting to make a name for themselves locally! We also partnered with Redeeming Soles (PLEASE check out their website!), a fantastic organization in the Seattle area that takes shoe donations and gives them to the homeless. Since cleats don't make very functional shoes for anything other than soccer, we were gifted some 100 pairs of cleats that had been stored by the organization. (Photo with Scott Sowell of Redeeming Soles and Kerry and Steve- family friends responsible for introducing us!)
December 1st, 2012
The Pumas then topped off the preseason success with a victory against the Tumwater Pioneers. What a fun game! And welcome to the league, Pioneers! (Photo is coach and keeper Dustyn Brim with superfan Owen Milbrot)