I started in central defense in my first game with Inland Football Club, and I’ll never forget it.
I signed with IFC, an Over-30 Men’s team in the Third Division of the Riverside Adult Soccer League, a little over two weeks ago.
We played a friendly against Juventus, a First Division side, on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012.
Both teams were slow to get going, but Juventus finally broke through in the 10th minute with a low shot from inside the area that beat our keeper to his left.
We managed to equalize a few minutes later when our striker, a player who spent time in Stuttgart’s youth system, beat a Juventus defender and slotted a goal into top left corner, shooting the ball across the face of the goalkeeper to score with incredible style.
It was to be our only goal, however, as we then allowed a second, and then a third before halftime.
Juventus, a team with loads of experience, was keen to attack, and our team, with seven new players, simply wasn’t organized enough to defend.
The score, in the end, was something like 7-1 or 8-1. I sort of lost count after about 6-1.
We switched keepers to start the second half, and we possessed the ball better, but Juventus’ tall, rangy forwards we able to capitalize upon miscues.
Our scorelines should improve once our regular season begins on Feb. 12. We’ll be playing against teams from our division, and the mismatches might not be so glaring.
Hopefully, the experience of playing a team from the top division will buoy our efforts from here on out. In fact, I’m counting on it.