In PassingEli 9.8 had a hat trick on Saturday, and his team won 5-1.
That wasn't the cool thing. The cool thing was that his team is now passing crazy. They were passing the ball all over the field, and he was leading the charge--I think he would have had five or six assists if anyone had been able to finish. It was the best game he's ever played in terms of controlling the game by passing, not scoring.
Incredibly, it looked like real soccer, and just last year, only two or three kids on his team were aware of the field and who was open. Now, they all are, and it's fun to watch.
At the end of the game, the teams were in line to shake hands, and Eli was near the back. A bunch of his teammates started pushing him forward, and one said, "Eli, get in front of the line. You deserve it."
"No, we're a team," he said. "I'm fine right here."
That made me very, very proud.