At one point during the match on Sunday, a young woman split a couple of male defenders like they were two creaky subway doors closing.
Once free, she made a quick lateral movement to her left, cradled the ball and kicked it—all in one, fluid motion.
She was 30 yards away from the goal, and the ball sailed through the uprights. She could have made it from 45.
The heroine was Sage Grimmell, and one of the two defenders was her dad, Seth, who is an original members of our club. He convinced Sage, now a freshman at GMU, to join us three years ago, and she has been coming nearly every week since. This particular father-daughter combo is at once supportive and, well, pretty damn competitive. No quarter is given by either party.
Sage excelled at varsity soccer in high school, and she now showcases those skills on the Irish football pitch. And Seth? We’re guessing he’s glad when they’re on the same squad.
Cheers to you both.