Quite a Switch
For this year's Ohio Games, only one team, the Middleburg Diamond Football Club, signed up in the under-10 girls' soccer competition. Given a choice between having its entry fee returned or competing in the boys' division, the Middleburg team, composed of all-stars from the Cleveland area, chose the latter. Though some of the boys complained about facing them ("I'd rather be shot than play against girls," said one lad) and resorted to pushing and tripping, the girls romped to the title, winning their four games 6-0, 8-0, 3-0 and 6-4. "They're very skilled and very enthusiastic, and unlike the boys, they played as a team." says Middleburg coach Debi Smolik. "Maybe their performance will show other girls what's possible. Maybe next year there will be a real girls' division."
Some boys in Ohio might like that.