Bellevue - Newport (postponed due to lightning)
Our 2nd matchday of the season was shaping up to be one of those spectacular Bellevue September days; full of beautiful pre-autumn sunshine that makes visitors to the NW fall in love and begin checking rental rates or property values. Also a great day for soccer. And after comprehensive victories by both the C-team (5-0--with a full volley goal by Danielle) and our JV (8-0) (hat-tricks by both Giselle and Maeva) under the bluest of blue skies, the varsity game kicked off as the sun set and our possession-based style was in free flow. We quickly created 5 shots on goal, and at the 15 minute mark, Ally pressed high, won the ball with a strong tackle, noticed the keeper slightly too far to the right of the goal, and lashed a centimeter-perfect shot to the lower-left side of the goal. It was such a great shot, the heavens erupted with joyous thunder and lightning. Literally. Which the referee noticed, and then did his duty, which was to clear the stadium due to risk of a lightning storm. The rumbling of thunder got louder, and then it began to rain. Hard. Our game announcers cleverly cued up AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" and then Gene Kelly's "Singing in the Rain" as we waited to see if play could resume (has there ever been a more eclectic playlist than AC/DC followed by Gene Kelly?). But the odds were never in our favor, and the referee rightly canceled the game after only 17 minutes had been played.
Sometimes you win, and sometimes you lose, and sometimes you get to watch a rare late-summer lightning storm while listening to AC/DC on the stadium loudspeakers. We'll do our best to reschedule with Newport, but with a full league schedule upcoming, it will be difficult.
Next week we have a 3-0-0 Interlake at home on Tuesday (4-2 win, 8-0 win and 4-0 win so far for the Saints this season). And then our old friends and rivals the Kangs from Lake Washington at their stadium on Thursday. I expect two very competitive games for the varsity. Get rested. Be ready.