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Is United Sodium headed for a repeat?

Posted by bunchgrasser on April 24, 2008

My daughter plays for Tualatin Hills United Soccer Club on the girls U12 “Sodium” team.

Last year they won the State championship for U11 girls, so expectations have been lofty for this talented team to go far this year. Last weekend, the girls won their game against Lake Oswego and tied with FC Platinum which gave them enough points to win the bracket and advance.

This weekend, Sodium will battle the Keizer Hotshots team. The Hotshots look to be a big, physically strong team so this weekend should prove to be an exciting time. I know the Sodium girls are ultra-psyched for this game, especially since the winner of this game automatically qualifies for Regionals and a 10 day trip to Hawaii.

As a parent, this is truly exciting stuff to be part of. Club soccer is, in my opinion, the pinnacle of sports for many young athletes. I am constantly amazed at the level of talent, committment and leadership I see in these girls. One might think that the extra pressure could be detrimental for girls of this age, but I haven’t seen evidence of that. These girls tend to take it in stride and truly enjoy the game. Lest you think they do this only for fun, be advised that some of the mantras being chanted on the field include:

“Let the bodies hit the turf!”
“In It To Win It!”
“Trample the weak, hurdle the dead!”

Track United Sodium’s progress on their blog site.


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