Like I mentioned before, I’m working on a profile article on Coach Robbie Church (Duke’s Women Soccer) for a Magazine Journalism class I’m taking this semester. I’ve attended some of his team’s games, been at some practices, and interviewed him once. We share preferences regarding soccer: our favorite team is Barcelona; Messi is the best soccer player for us; we agreed that Pep Guardiola is an amazing coach. I think that little by little I’m starting to get to know him better.
On Saturday, the team tied 0-0 after outshooting Louisville. I approached him after the game but he was so frustrated that he shook my hand and simply said: “It’s not a good moment, man.” I said I understood and left.
Robbie is not a person who gets angry easily but everybody knows when he’s pissed. And he was definitely not happy with his team’s incapability of scoring at least one goal after 110 minutes (90 for the regular game plus two 10-minute overtime periods.) This image reflects both his frustration and his players’ respect for him. Robbie is in the center of the photo, his hands in his pockets, trying to find a solution to the team’s ineffective attack. On the lower right corner, some of the substitutes poignantly look at him being aware of his increasing frustration.
Next Sunday, they have another home game for the ACC but I won’t be able to cover it this time, as I’m spending three days in NYC, from Saturday to Tuesday, for fall break. I promise pictures of Columbus parade though!…