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Monday, April 30, 2012

Game 5 Recap

We played the other undefeated team in our league, Crush, and, as expected, it was a close game.  We ended up winning 2-1 and I had 11 saves.  We had a great goal in the first half and led 1-0 at halftime. 

In the 2nd half they had the ball near our goal and the ball went out so I and my defenders stopped playing but the referee missed the call and Crush kept playing.  We were caught off guard and they scored a goal over my head.  I learned a valuable lesson to keep playing until the referee blows the whistle.

Anyway, with the game tied we continued to keep up the pressure and one of best friends, Sid Barlow, ended up scoring another goal for us to make it 2-1 with about 10 minutes left to go.

Our defense played really well against this team but you can see that they were a good team and I was busy making the most saves in any game so far!

We are now half way through the season and have raised about $200.  Please add to it by pledging whatever you can today.


Friday, April 27, 2012

Game 4 Recap

Yesterday we played against Malad Devils. Due to my being exposed to Pertussis (whooping cough), I wasn't feeling at my best. I still showed up to the game, but wasn't in goal for the first half. I went in and played on the field during the first half and also the second half. I played in goal for the last 15 minutes of the game making 1 save. We won the game 3-1 where we should've beat them by 6 or 7 points. We let them hang around too long, but a win is a win.

I'm still not feeling all that well, but I will push through and start resting up for our big game against Crush on Saturday.

The season is going by quickly. We need your help to get those soccer balls to Ghana! Please start pledging!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Game 3 Recap

This morning, we played Tsunami. I played with this team as a substitute goalie in the St. George President's Day Cup. They definitely improved since when I last played with this team.

Waiting for more action!

Anyways, we won the game 2-1. The first half we didn't play our best. We scored a goal a few minutes into the game, with them coming back and scoring as well. One of my teammates, Cally, got hurt. She most likely sprained her ankle. She didn't play for the rest of the game.

Throughout the first half, I made 5 saves. During halftime, our coach Chris, gave us a little pep-talk. We played much better the second half, but didn't score another goal until the last, say 30 seconds of the game. Marissa (Missy) scored our second goal, pulling off the win.
Clearing the ball after a save.

The total number of saves I made this game was 9.

We are 1/3 done with this Spring season and time is running out.  Please pledge what you can and let's get this going!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Game 2 Recap

(This is Kylie's dad ghostwriting this recap since Kylie is in school today.)

Last evening we played a team called Manic Attack.  We won 3-0.  The game was really close in the first half even though we had multiple chances to score.  I played more aggressively in the goal and made 5 saves in the first half including one from about 5 feet away right in the stomach!  We finally got a great goal toward the end of the first half to go up 1-0.

In the second half we controlled the game better and scored two more goals.  I only had to make 3 saves in this half.

We play again tomorrow morning and I will recap that game.  We are off to a good start with two wins and 8 saves per game!

Please support my effort and get your pledges in now.


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Game 1 Recap

Does she look sad that I just took away her shot at my goal?!
Love corner kicks!

Today, was my team's first game of the Spring season. We played against a team called Cool Green. We started off great and it was 2-0 for us in the first 15 minutes or so of the game. They started catching up, scoring 1 point by my misjudging on the bounce of the ball. It bounced right into the far corner, as I slid across the goal line, ramming my foot into the goal post. 

The final score of the first half stayed at 2-1. The second half's score was on and off with Cool Green scoring another goal, tying up the game at 2-2. Once we hit 3 points, they hit 3 points. The game stayed that way throughout the whole match. I got substituted out by the other goalie on the team, Anna. The score was then 4-4. 

 There was still at least 10 minutes left of the game. My team scored another goal, making the final score 5-4. At the end of the kickoff of my season, I saved 8 goals. My average is most likely 7-10 real saves. 

You can donate based on my average, and also just randomly. Please donate! Every penny counts. Thanks so much everyone.

Save-A-Thon For Africa

My name is Kylie Miles and I am a goalie for the U-12 Logan Lynx team based in Northern Utah.  I love playing soccer and I love being a goalie.  I most love to make saves and help my team win games.  We were undefeated last season.

My dad recently went to Ghana, Africa to help rescue kids that are forced to work for fishermen in very dangerous conditions.  They do not go to school and basically have no fun.  My dad saw other children in the villages he visited with very little to do or play with.  But they do LOVE to play soccer.  He met many kids who asked for soccer balls and equipment but because they live in extreme poverty they will not be able to get what they need unless someone helps them.  There was one boy in a village about two hours outside the capital of Accra, Ghana that my dad promised a new soccer ball to and he told me he would keep that promise.

My dad also told me that girls in Africa have a harder time than the boys and unless girls are treated equally it is likely they will have children at very early ages and never be able to break free of the cycle of poverty.

So, I decided to start a Save-A-Thon for Africa.  Let me explain.

I am raising money to buy enough new soccer balls for all of the children in that village.  That is about 100 kids.  Each ball will cost no more than $10 so our initial goal is to raise $1,000.

Rather than just asking people for money I want to work for it by asking you to pledge a dollar amount per save I make this season.  This also helps motivate me to play my best for my team knowing that with each save I make I will be raising money that will get us closer to our goal of helping these children enjoy soccer and give them hope for a better life.

My dad will be going back to Africa later this year and has promised to deliver the balls directly to the children in the village.  In fact, if I can raise an additional $1,500 for my airfare he will take me to be there to help give away the balls in person.

Important Facts--
Starting April 17, 2012 we start our Spring league.

The season ends on May 17, 2012.
We will play 10 games.

Here is an example of how you can help me help these kids:

If you pledge $1.00 per save and I make 10 saves* per game then at the end of the season you would donate $100.00.  You can donate any amount you are comfortable with.

*A "save" means any shot that is made that would have scored a goal for the opposing team if I hadn't stopped it.  My mom and dad will keep track of my saves.

I don't know how many saves I will make this season but I will post the number of saves after each game so you can track how much your pledge will be and see how close we are to reaching our goal.  And since this is the first time we are doing this I think it is fair to give you the chance to adjust your pledge amount higher or lower halfway through the season, which will be May 4th.  You don't have to adjust your pledge but you can.  Or, if you prefer to just donate a fixed amount that is fine too.

Because the girls have special needs for support and confidence I want to help them a little more.  So, for every $10 raised my dad's charity will donate $5 of notebooks and school supplies for the girls.  This will encourage them to study and learn so that they can have a better future.

Donations will be made through my dad's non-profit company called Bridges To America, Inc.  This way, the money will be officially handled as an IRS-approved tax-deductible donation.

Thanks for your help!  Let's do this!