Peter Newsom

The Latest Battle of Franklin Ends in a Tie (kind of)

In Indoor Soccer on January 17, 2010 at 7:32 pm

With only 17 days into the New Year, it felt great to start “Twenty Ten” (2010) by winning some metal at the Battle of Franklin Indoor Tournament. We had a clean sweep, beating all the teams in our division – TNFC Arsenal, Brentwood Elite and TUSC.

And even though we didn’t have our whole team playing, we still managed to outscore our opponents 16-4, over the four games we played. It was a real team effort and everyone did a great job. Our defense and goalkeeping was especially amazing – allowing only 4 goals for the whole tournament series.

Unfortunately, we lost in the Championship game to TUSC, a team we had beaten – just 24 hours earlier. The final game was tied 0-0, at the end of regulation time, but it was decided by a five minute “Golden Goal” overtime. Football fans would know the Golden Goal as “Sudden Death”. The Good News: We all received a “Finalist” trophy (for 2nd place) – like the one in the picture, above.

Basically, a “Golden Goal” overtime is a method used to decide the winner of games in elimination matches, which end in a draw after the end of regulation time. Golden goal rules allow the team that scores the first goal, during extra time, to be declared the winner. The game finishes when a golden goal is scored.

To make it a little crazier, in our championship game, today, the referees added a different twist. The overtime started with only five players, including the goalie. Once the five-minute countdown clock started – each team had to pull a player off the field every 60 seconds. If the game was still tied, after five minutes – it would have gone to a penalty shoot-out.

I don’t want to sound like a sore loser – but I think Golden Goal tie-breakers stink. And, in my opinion. a Golden Goal overtime with players being eliminated every minute is just plain nuts.

Hey, I have an idea for an even “nuttier” unofficial tie-breaking method. Next time, maybe we should end the game in a ten-minute round of indoor soccer-dodgeball. Each team would have 12 players on the field, all standing 30 feet apart, and whichever team has the most players remaining, at the sound of the buzzer, wins!


Tennessee Olympic Development Team

In Olympic Development Program (ODP) on December 23, 2009 at 12:05 pm

On December 14th, I was selected to join the Tennessee Olympic Development Program (ODP) Soccer Team. I had always hoped to make the ODP team – and I’m proud to say that I achieved my goal by making it in the first year I was eligible. It’s a privilege for me to play among such great players and I am very proud to represent the State of Tennessee.

For those who aren’t familiar with ODP, I’ll borrow an explanation from the Tennessee State Soccer web site. In 1977, the Olympic Development Program was introduced to identify a pool of players, from which a National Olympic Team would be selected. The process begins at the state level, advancing regionally, and finally to the national level.

The objective of the program is to enhance the development of each player, guided by high-level licensed coaches and to give exposure to each player – to assist him/her in obtaining college scholarship opportunities.

On January 8th, I leave for North Carolina to begin a weekend of training. During these two days we’ll play against players from other state ODP teams. It should be a great learning experience – not to mention a lot of fun.

UPDATE: The trip to North Carolina was even better than I expected. The only two down sides:
1.) I got injured during the first game. An enormous guy stomped his big cleats onto the top of my foot (the trainer called it my metatarsal). I played with pain for the first day – but the next morning my foot was so swollen I couldn’t get my shoe back on. The trainers wrapped it and it took about a week for me to recover to the point where I could play – but I’m fine now.
2.) It was so cooooooold in Winston-Salem. The windchill was about 21 degrees, for the entire weekend. In fact, it was so cold my mom didn’t want to pull her hands out of her pockets to take a picture of me hobbling around the field. However, she did get a good shot of me downing a hefty slice of pizza from Marios Pizzeria, after the first day of training and games.

Post Game Meal: Don't Tell My Coaches

We also got a good shot of the Wake Forest campus, from the comfort of our warm car (see below).

A Wake Forest Campus Building - Near the Soccer Fields

THE LATEST: I just learned that I’ll be headed to San Antonio, Texas on February 20th for two more days of training and games. My dad said I needed to come up with some kind of fundraiser for my soccer addiction. He suggested I sell ads on my blog/web site – or stick some temporary sponsorship logos on my arms and legs, like one of the race cars for Nascar. I think he was joking about the logos on my body – but, hey, if anyone wants a banner ad – give me a call!

A Winning GMS Soccer Season

In GMS Soccer on December 20, 2009 at 6:09 pm

This year I started sixth grade at Grassland Middle School (GMS) and I made the GMS Junior Varsity (JV) Soccer team. The JV Team is made up of sixth graders and about eight seventh graders. We had great coaches, Head Coach Russ Keller and Assistant Coach Owen Grimenstein, who were very encouraging and they had all of us working like a veteran team within a matter of days.

I’m proud to say that we had a winning 5-1-1 season. Plus, I started in all of our games and scored in all but one of the games we won. The JV doesn’t have an end-of-the-year tournament – but I feel confident that if there had been one, we would have won it.

What made this experience really fun was to be on the same team with Brentwood Soccer Club players I normally play against – since I play for the Tennessee Futbol Club (TNFC). I now count many Brentwood players as great friends and teammates.

At the end of the season, Coach Keller chose me to play on the Varsity Team in the WMAA Championship Tournament. It was a real honor to be the only sixth grader selected. And best of all, we won!

We even had a Bowling Party on December 17th – to celebrate our successful season. I must admit that my bowling game wasn’t very impressive. Now, had they allowed me to kick the ball, I might have done much better!

Oh yeah, during the bowling party, Coach Keller and some of my teammates seemed to be impressed with my Michael Jackson moon walk. Those bowling shoes and wood floors really help. Give it a try!