Sunday was one of those fun days when I got to coach against one of my former SoccerPlus CT players. Katie Zambrano (Avon) played three years for me and we have some great memories. She has always had a terrific upbeat personality and was a privilege to coach. I was delighted when she signed to play for Steve Karbowski at Siena College. They play good soccer there and I knew she would do well. At Sunday¹s game she had her own cheering section in Willow Brook Stadium and it was fun to chat with her afterwards. Of course, two of her old club teammates play at CCSU so we have bragging rights for a year until we go to Siena next year and do it all over again.
Sometimes it does seem like you are running into old friends all over the place. The week before we played at the Fairfield tournament and on Sunday we played Syracuse University coached by Phil Wheddon. Phil and I go way back to the days when we worked SoccerPlus Goalkeeper School camps together. I’ve followed his career with great interest when he coached with the NY Red Bulls (or was it the Metrostars then) and later with the US Men and Women’s National teams. I remember one night taking him to a bar in Boston. Phil didn’t say much all night and it wasn¹t until afterwards that I realized that he was the only Englishman in a bar full of Irish. Smart lad.
Anyway, back to Syracuse and Phil. It all ended 2-2. We equalized in the 89th minute and then missed a sitter in over time. Overall a draw was a fair result. If you had told me at the beginning of the year that we would be unbeaten against the three Big East teams on our schedule I would have been happy. A win against Providence, a draw with Syracuse and Irene came to UConn’s rescue :-)
Time to go watch the season opener of Modern Family. Love that show.
Until the next time.
Enjoy the game,