On the last day of the spring soccer season, the Division 1 Leprechauns kicked off against the Cheetahs. Skies were sunny and the players were full of energy. Coach Paul Daley gave teaching instructions throughout the game to his young Leprechauns, while Coach Tim McNielly did the same for the red-clad Cheetahs.

The players needed all the pointers they could get, as several of them had difficulty on throw-ins from the sideline. (The referee patiently allowed “do-overs.”) There were many throw-ins, as the ball frequently went out of bounds.

Elizabeth Henson was a Cheetah on offense, flashing by three defenders but unable to score. Daniel Martinez was the best offensive player for the Leprechauns. However, “honey ball” frequently broke out on the field, with all 16 players chasing the ball at the same time. The hard fought game ended in a 0-0 tie. Afterwards, Coach Daley congratulated his team, “We won 0-0!”

John Rice is a columnist/novelist who has seen his family thrive in Forest Park. He has published two books set in the village: The Ghost of Cleopatra and The Doll with the Sad Face.