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Soccer on High

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Owen Grubb, 6, leans his full body into pulling two ball bags

Owen Grubb, 6, leans his full body into pulling two ball bags out to the kindergarten soccer fields before their weekly games on Thursday on the soccer fields by Meadowlark Elementary. Grubb’s mom helps coach and so he got to help set up early.

Buffalo youth soccer is back with more members than ever this spring season. Despite up and down weather, kids are racing around the fields by Meadowlark Elementary in the afternoons, including May 6, learning and practicing new skills and for the youngest athletes, scrimmaging against each other for weekly game time.

Wyatt Coldiron passes the ball to himself

Wyatt Coldiron passes the ball to himself before dribbling and shooting during a shooting drill on Thursday on the soccer fields by Meadowlark Elementary. This group has a tournament this weekend at the Big Horn Equestrian Center.

Keaton Carmichael, Ayla Puente and Callie Huntrods lean forward

From left, Keaton Carmichael, Ayla Puente and Callie Huntrods lean forward to stretch their legs before starting with a relay race and dribbling drill on Thursday. These three were part of the Kindergarten age group that has just over thirty kids participating.

Each group made sure to run a little and stretch before starting

Each group made sure to run a little and stretch before starting to do any drills or games on Thursday on the soccer fields by Meadowlark Elementary. Each age group did their own warmups and games.

Nevaeh Young dribbles the ball between two cones

Nevaeh Young dribbles the ball between two cones as she weaves down the line on Thursday on the soccer fields by Meadowlark Elementary. The groups did a relay race to see which team could dribble while weaving between cones the fastest.

Bryar Rothbart winds up and throws the ball backwards

Bryar Rothbart winds up and throws the ball backwards during a throw in on Thursday on the soccer fields by Meadowlark Elementary. The first kicks kids got lots of help from coaches reminding them which direction to go and what to do with the ball - occasionally losing them to backwards throws and play way outside the lines.

Emma Camino, 4, laughs as she rolls on a plush monkey blanket

Emma Camino, 4, laughs as she rolls on a plush monkey blanket on the sidelines of the youth soccer games on Thursday. Camino spent at least 10 minutes trying to lay the blanket out flat with friend Madelyn Mullen,2, before they eventually gave up and crashed on the blanket.

Alivia Schroth, 4, hangs on the goal while she waits for the ball

Alivia Schroth, 4, hangs on the goal while she waits for the ball to come back to her end of the field on Thursday on the soccer fields by Meadowlark Elementary. The kids traded in and out of the goalie position regularly through the game so everyone could play goalie if they wanted.

Allison Keown dribbles the ball downfield during her game

Allison Keown dribbles the ball downfield during her game on Thursday on the soccer fields by Meadowlark Elementary. The “First Kicks” group of kids used three different soccer fields to spread the kids out across several teams.

Steely Arnold dribbles the ball downfield as she attempts to break away

Steely Arnold dribbles the ball downfield as she attempts to break away from the pack toward the goal on Thursday on the soccer fields by Meadowlark Elementary. The kids were still young enough even in the middle age groups to run together in groups with the ball.

Photojournalist

Jessi Dodge joined the Bulletin as a photojournalist and a Report for America corp member in 2020. If you have ideas or comments, reach out at jessi@buffalobulletin.com.

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