Soccer Tournamnet

Denis Yudin

English 111X

Instructor: Jay St. Vincent


Formal Essay #1

Soccer Tournament

      I went into my junior spring soccer season kind of sad, my past coach, wasn't going to be our team coach this year. But I didn’t felt sad about it, because I had tons of friends that were playing this year. One of the great things about soccer is that it is not a school-sanctioned sport. To me this is sad that I was able to play another season of soccer with my friends from Odessa and Ilichevsk without the normal High School rivalry between these schools. Year after year, the schools pulled pranks on each other, sometimes nothing big, but sometimes something big. I remember my freshman or sophomore year, when a few guys I knew went to Ilichevsk and painted their skylight in their commons. When the sun shined into the skylight, it reflected a big CHS onto the floor, talk about a cool prank, but hey they got a free vacation, but the school had to pay a ton of money to clean it.

      This season wasn't just any season though. We had a new coach, and we were also playing competitive soccer. What was competitive soccer? Well it's a lot different than our normal soccer. Instead of playing the local teams, such as Dinamo, Dnepr, and Spartak, we got to play in huge tournaments and against teams far away from home. The game was also a lot more intense; I remember the first game, against Dinamo’s team. It was totally different than anything I have seen, we were able to play at a college, and against a soon-to-be known rough team. We had started the game, and man these guys were violent. We started to retaliate, and my friend's dad was the center referee, his name is Dima. I sure would hate to be in his place, that's for sure. It didn't even notice how crazy soccer was this year until one of the Dinamo players spit at our coach's feet, and got tossed from the game.

      We soon learned to live with this violence, and we even participated in it more...