“God, Adds! Do you ever let up? The season hasn’t even started, yet,” Jessica whined from her position inside the goal.
“After 14 years, I thought you’d have learned the answer to that question,” I teased.
“Well, there was that ONE time in first grade when we sat in your living room and watched a movie,” Jessica quipped sarcastically.
“Ha. Ha.” I rolled my eyes. Jessica Strobel and I had been best friends since first grade. Now, going into our junior year at Northwestern University, our relationship subsisted entirely on sarcasm and caffeine. “I’ll tell you what. Since you managed to block almost 10% of my shots, and I know what a sore loser you are, I’ll take you out to coffee after we’re done here.”
“Wow, your highness! You are so magnanimous. Thank you soooooo much…” Jessica continued her sardonic charade. As much as we teased, I did feel a little guilty for dragging her to this practice. It was the last day before the start of fall classes, and while pre-semester practices weren’t mandatory, I was beginning to feel the stress of the inevitability of graduating in two years. I only had two seasons left to impress scouts and get picked up by a professional team, or risk becoming another college has-been. That was a fate to which I refused to succumb.
Off Pitch follows 20 (almost 21)-year-old, Northwestern University women’s soccer star and biomechanical engineering student Adeline Fahey. The daughter of wealthy Irish immigrants, and a straight-A student, she has her life all figured out. She is going to finish school in two years and join a professional soccer team, no if’s, and’s, or but’s.
Or, at least, that’s the plan, until Gabriella Soto, a prodigy in her own right, and the teaching assistant in Adeline’s dreaded Beginning Spanish class walks into her life. After a drunken night in a t-rex costume, Adeline and Gabriella must brave the storms of school scandal, homophobic parents, and their own passionate career goals to build a relationship together.
In the face of so much resistance Adeline and Gabriella struggle to find a reason to stay together. With the help of her sharp-tongued best friend, Adeline must don her dinosaur costume one last time to prove to the woman she loves that their relationship is worth fighting for.
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I watched with pride as the soccer ball soared gracefully into the corner of the goal, as a whistle blew from somewhere near the sideline. I sighed contentedly, and jogged toward the net to help clean up the mess of balls that littered the goal area.