Soccer Shootout (Jake Maddox Sports Stories)
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Berk always plays goalie for his soccer team. But when a new kid, Ryan, moves to town, Berk has to play an unfamiliar position. Ryan may have incredible talent, but he’s also wildly unpredictable. Can the team survive the season?
TABLE OF CONTENTS Chapter 1 Saving the Day Chapter 2 Another Player? Chapter 3 Meet the New Kid Chapter 4 Tryouts Chapter 5 New Position? Chapter 6 Let the Games Begin Chapter 7 A Little Help Chapter 8 Helping Out Chapter 9 Plan in Action Chapter 1 SAVING THE DAY Berk stood along the goal line. His heart was pounding in his chest so loudly that Berk wondered if the other players could actually hear it. All around him, his teammates screamed for him. “Come on, Berk!” they yelled. “You
Since Peter was a forward, too, he was probably worried about his playing time, Berk thought. “Look, Pete,” Berk said. “If he’s a forward, there’s no way he’s as good as you are.” Peter shook his head. “No, Berk,” he said. “That’s not it.” “Then what?” Berk asked. “What can be so bad about a new kid who can play soccer?” “Berk,” Peter said. “The new kid is a goalkeeper.” Chapter 3 MEET THE NEW KID Berk shrugged. “So what?” he said. “I’m not worried. After all, I helped us win the state
the boy from behind and tapped him on the shoulder. “Hey, I’m Berk,” Berk said. “I hear you play soccer.” “Darn right,” the boy said. “I’m Ryan. I hear you guys are good.” Berk chuckled. “Well, we won the state title last year,” he said. “So yeah, we’re pretty good.” Ryan shrugged his shoulders and rolled his eyes. “We won our championship, too,” Ryan said. “And we play in a state where we take our soccer seriously.” Berk tried not to let the boy’s comment get to him. “I think you might be
gave him a surprise. “I’m going to make sure the competition is as fair as possible,” the coach said. “May the best player win.” The coach patted Berk on the back and trotted away. “What?” Berk thought to himself. “Competition?” Then Berk knew the game was on. He would have to play at his best in order to keep his job as the Titans’ goalkeeper. It didn’t take long for the differences between Berk and Ryan to become clear during tryouts. As they worked on various drills, Berk was clearly
any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without written permission of the publisher. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Maddox, Jake. Soccer Shootout / by Jake Maddox; illustrated by Sean Tiffany. p. cm. — (Impact Books. A Jake Maddox Sports Story) Summary: When a new boy joins the Titans soccer team, Berk, who has always played goalkeeper, is challenged for that position and he must decide whether to hold a grudge or act for the good of the