skill as an upper-class twit), and was better-read than I at around age 10.

Tonight KB played terrific. Walnut spent the first 60 minutes on Costa Mesa's half of the field, consistently sprinting around defenders and playing with much more aggression and offensive skill. Kindra made a dozen or so saves, many of them scary, run-out-to-the-edge-of-the-box-while-the-forward-is-bearing-down affairs.

Then, at minute 64 or so, she and a Walnut player butted heads on a corner kick, and collapsed in heaps for several minutes. Both got up, groggily, and sat out the rest of the game. Kindra suffered a concussion, probably not too serious. Afterward, she had a lump on her forehead the size of a golf ball, a few cuts, and a goofy grin on her face.

And DAMN if girls soccer isn't exponentially better in this country than it was in the mid-1980s, last time I watched! The Walnut halfbacks, especially, had serious Mia Hamm legs & moves, and most of the teens out there ran faster, and longer, than I ever did. And I used to be not so slow.

I'll link to the post-writes when they come out (here's a decent pre-write in the Daily Pilot). Congratulations, Kindra!

Posted by at March 8, 2003 10:03 PM

I can remember when she was an infant, Matty. Amazing and wonderful to think of her out there tonight kicking ass. Pass along my congrats to Cathy and co.

Posted by: Eric at March 8, 2003 11:00 PM

E -- Thanks, man! She's about 5'9" now, tan and long, explosions of blond curls. She's on track for the 2008 Olympics. No really.

The game was at Cal State Fullerton, with an admission price of $8 (!) ... and there were, I dunno, 1,500 people there? Packs of teen boys yelling smack at the ref, and at the opposing fans ... Kathy saying, just after Kindra would make another save, "So, WHO'S daughter is that? Hmmm?" "Uh, *your* daughter, Kath," etc.

Posted by: Matt Welch at March 8, 2003 11:53 PM
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