Monday, May 17, 2010

Soccer, a battleship, more soccer, and rain, lots and lots of rain

We traveled to Mobile this past weekend for my #2 son to play in a soccer tournament. Our first game was 8 am Saturday morning (early!). We won 3-0. Pretty exciting! Here are a few shots my #1 son took (what with me being a terrible photographer and my husband fulfilling his duties on the bench as Team Manager and occasional Assistant Coach):

Almost got the header on a corner kick:

Our next game wasn't until 5 so with several hours to kill we toured World War II battleship The U.S.S. Alabama along with our friend/coach's wife/fellow church member/family pastor's wife Jennifer:

The battleship was very interesting, or at least the grownups thought so!

We lost our second game despite a very intense second half with many shots on goal that just didn't make it in the net. We played again Sunday morning, a must-win in order to vie for the championship. Win we did in another very exciting match in the rain, earning a shot at the championship versus the team that beat us the day before. The boys were soaked and the fans not much drier! Though it was past check out, our hotel allowed us the use of the washer and dryer so we were thus able to attempt to wash away three games' worth of stench (the socks! oh, the socks!). So maybe some of the stink remained but at least they would be dry.

Turns out it didn't matter. The rain never abated and instead morphed into a monsoon-like downpour. Cats and dogs and then some, forcing the tournament officials to cancel and us to be content with second place. Though somewhat less climactic than we'd hoped, it was yet a memorable way to end a fantastic season. Great job, guys!


  1. It did rain a lot in Alabama this weekend! Did you see any alligators around the battleship. The last time we visited we saw two swimming around in the bay. Congratulations to your boy on a great season!

  2. We enjoyed the battleship when we were on our vacation last summer. Or I should say, my husband and son did! The girl and I dropped them off and drove around and popped in and out of some shops. She was thoroughly burned out on ships and/or battlefields!

  3. Oh boy this brings back memories of soccer tournaments long gone by...
    Great photos! Glad you had a nice diversion close by...

  4. mildred spenceMay 17, 2010 6:58 AM

    Congratulations to the team AND the photographer AND the fans for weathering the storm !
    Great pictures - pretty people!!

  5. Jennifer DixonMay 17, 2010 10:57 AM

    I love all the various roles I have with the Spence family :)

  6. You did with the camera. Congrats! I think I'm getting old - I really have gotten to where I dread sitting in the rain to watch. Ick, but I know it was worth it.

  7. Those are fabulous shots! Sounds like loads of fun.