So here's what happened over my weekend. :| For those of you that don't know, one of my good friends is the head coach for our high school girls varsity soccer team. My wife is the assistant coach and I'm the goalkeeper coach. To put it mildly, our team sucks. We've scored one goal in two seasons. It's just that it's a new program--the high school has only had a girls soccer team for 2 years now. We had our first away game of the season on Saturday. Great day for football--about 82* F and sunny. We get to the school and find out we're playing on their football field--lumpy and rough and huge chunks of grass torn out, etc. Terrible soccer pitch, in other words. Oh well, we can play through it, it's a lot like our practice field. The refs come out to inspect players' equipment, and the ref is kind of a d!ck. He tells the girls in no uncertain terms that they will not tolerate any sort of physical play at all--no arms, no elbows, no shoulders, no leaning, just don't even really touch each other. Umm, okay, soccer's a contact sport, but we can play a light game if need be. The game starts, and the other team just takes it to us--physically. No calls. Actually I take that back. No calls FOR us. There were two or three instances (at least) where our girl would get utterly flattened, and then the call would go against us. I'm a certified ref, and this was out and out some of the worst officiating I've EVER seen. 8:37 left in the match, score is 1-0 them (their goal was because of a non-call--their player ran over our keeper, who had possession of the ball, and knocked her and the ball into the net.). Anyway, 8:37 left and our star player (really the only player we have with a scoring touch) gets a breakaway. She's about 25 m from goal, just getting ready to strike the ball, and their player comes in from behind (about her 5 o'clock), and sweeps her legs. Our kid goes flying through the air and is screaming in pain before she hits the ground. I was about 75 ft away and heard her knee blow--it was like a slightly muffled clap. She's now on the ground with a torn ACL--she's out 6-10 months, minimum. Our head coach asks the ref if there's going to be a foul called, and the ref says, "Absolutely not." The head replies, "You are causing our players to get injured. We're not sending any more girls out on the field to get hurt. We forfeit the rest of this match. We're done here," and pulls our girls from the field. As the coaches and paramedics are attending to our injured player, the other team is leaving the field and some of them are laughing and are heard to be saying stuff like "yeah they had to quit--they were afraid we'd hurt more of them!" and stuff like that. Some of their fans were laughing and pointing at our girl, still on the ground and crying in pain. Come to find out last night that by forfeiting the game in-progress, our coach has violated some IHSAA rule and was immediately suspended for 2 matches by the athletic directors of the school. Our entire team may be put on probation because he was more concerned about the safety of his players than about a win or loss. :? Is that not the most ridiculous story you've ever heard?? :| :?