On the way to the state soccer tournament

Originally appeared online in the teen series: Your Healings - November 9, 2021

My senior year of high school had just begun, and I’d finally earned a starting spot on my school’s soccer team. After a strong performance in the regular season, my team was eager for the state tournament and to make a run for the state championship.

However, I was frustrated and disappointed when my coach started his daughter, a freshman, ahead of me. After four years of diligent work, I felt that my opportunity to be a starting player was being unfairly taken away. To top it off, I sprained my ankle in the last game before the playoffs. It was painful, and I walked with a limp.

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