That's Redheaded Snippet as a freshman, sitting on the bench during the Tournament of Champions final, watching her teammates win the championship; the highest title a high school field hockey team can win in the state of New Jersey. I entitled it, "Biding her time," because, though she was proud and privileged just to be on the state team as a freshman, she was aching for the chance to be out there on the field playing in such a game for such a title.
Today, she got that chance.
After winning their 13th straight state title in their group last Sunday, today Redheaded Snippet's team won the big one, the top tournament in NJ!
They played beautifully, dominating the game to win 5-2.
Whereas two years ago she sat on the bench and last year she played only ten minutes of the final game, today she was a starter. And scored one of the goals.
She ends this season as one of the top scorers in the state with 31 goals.
For the first time in about 5 years, the team ended their season undefeated. Which means they get rings! Oh boy are we excited about that!
And to top it all off, they also end the season ranked #1 in the nation. That's right, there isn't a girls' high school field hockey team in all the land that's better than these girls.
Each year the team chooses a slogan. This year's was, "Right Now," a reminder that any triumphs achieved or losses suffered by any other team during any other season in any other year belong to that team, that season, that year. The pressure to measure up to this program's standard is intense. Redheaded Snippet, along with each of the other girls on the team, has cherished dreams of rising to that standard. And today, she got to help set it. The time has come. Right now.
Congratulations to my Redheaded Snippet! I'm so proud of you! What a season!
(But, boy, am I glad it's over! ;-))