I’m about halfway through the third season back playing soccer. The last two weeks have been a bit rough because sone genius at the soccer office thought it’d be hi-fucking-larious to have us play two games a week for two weeks running. I was game all the way until the end of the third game. At that point I’d strained my left quad and was hiding it. Then came last night’s game and I knew it was hurting but I roughed it out. Then I bruised my right quad 30 minutes into the game. Now if you haven’t played soccer, quadriceps are incredibly important. It’s where most of the power for kicks come from. Also since I dive a lot it’s where my primary source of shot stopping comes from.
So at halftime I was lying down stretching and hoping my legs would stop hurting. No luck. Needless to say it’s at this point that the other team presses and bow I get to try and atop more shots and take more goal kicks. We held out well enough. My problem with goal kicks is that my technique is sketchy at the best of times. Factor in sore legs and fatigue and you can forget it. Sadly the forwards weren’t reacting to it like that. Instead they would insist that I try and boot 40 yards to them every time. Ugh. Finally someone got the message and started taking the kicks for me.
Also making body twisting kick saves…bad for quads. Just sayin’.