G-C soccer coach Eid reflects on similarities, differences between playing and coaching

Editor's note: Over the coming months, local high school head coaches will periodically share with us the experiences and challenges they encounter as they guide our student-athletes on the sports fields. Offering the coach’s perspective today is Amanda Eid, who recently guided the Greenfield-Central girls soccer team to a sectional championship in her rookie season at the helm. — Brian Harmon

The day has drug on. I could hardly concentrate on anything anyone said to me. Lunchtime was a blur.

I don’t even really remember my drive to the fields. My surroundings are fuzzy, and everyone’s voice seems muddled and distant. I’ve been distracted all day, hardly paying attention to what’s going on around me. As the official blows his whistle to signal the end of warm-ups and instructs us to line up for the National Anthem, I feel my body move in reflex. The crowd lined in the bleachers across the field is a haze. The notes of the singer’s voice seem flat and garbled. When I hear my name called, I wave in a fog to the fans.

Upon completion of the opening ceremonies, I feel my heartbeat quicken. I pace up and down the field as my palms begin to sweat. I grind my teeth and narrow my eyes, mentally preparing for the next 80 minutes. I take a deep breath and smell the familiarity of the freshly painted and newly cut grass. Finally, the official’s whistle blows and I snap to attention. Finally, I can focus. Finally, it’s game time.

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