Making Snow Angels: Very Snowy Soccer – USA vs. Mexico
I watched the match between the US and Mexico on the WNT from Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. What really mezmorized me was the fact that it was being played in the snow. The game really changes in those conditions.
The first thing I noticed was how the ball could stop and spin from a pass. Timing and accuracy really play into a game like that. Not to mention your player could slip trying to catch up to the ball, which happened a few times – Even with the shoe-cleats.
The snow on the field was conditioned just like with Football – The lines were swept clean and the rest of the field is left to the elements. There were some parts of the field that had snow at least 3″ high. United States were dominating the game, so the opposite end would accumulate more since nobody was trampling over the fresh layers.
The first and only score came in the 60 minute mark by Abby Wambach, who tied for 3rd of an all time record 105 goals (Mia Hamm is in 1st place with 158). Interestingly enough, there was only one injury on field in the first 30 minutes of the game.
After the goal was made, the girls proceeded to fall into the snow and make snow-angels. That made for a pretty interesting post-celebration party.