In the FPYC Fathers’ Day Tournament, after Saturday morning’s 1-1 draw with a very strong team from Sterling, and an afternoon match in which they went down 0-1 before storming back to a 5-1 victory over Burke Atletic Club, BRYC’s U11 Girls needed a win or a tie on Sunday morning to put them into the championship game. Southwestern (SYA) was unbeaten and unscored upon Saturday and would provide stiff competition.
But wait. As Coach O (for Octavio) was getting ready to leave home for the 10:15 AM match at Kinchloe Park, his wife Amber had a surprise for him! "Honey, I think it’s time!" And so it was that Assistant Coach Kevin Ross coached the U11 Girls to a 1-1 draw and into the championship game. Meanwhile, Coach O was OO ("otherwise occupied") at Fairfax Hospital where baby boy Gabriel Alfaro arrived on the scene as the newest (and probably the loudest) supporter of the team
Sadly enough, after BRYC took an early lead, SYA came back late in the championship game to tie the score. After two scoreless overtime periods the "Gladiators" were faced with a dreaded Penalty Kick shootout and fell one kick short of winning the Championship trophies. Still, it was almost a perfect day for Coach O, who raced to the field after Gabriel was born, arriving too late for the presentation of the Finalist trophies but just in time for the team photo. Many times and over many years there is no doubt that Gabriel will hear the story of his birth day, on the best of all possible Fathers’ Days, except for PK’s!