From Publishers Weekly
Araton, a columnist for the New York Times, had been writing about sports for nearly two decades and cheering his sons' various teams, but nothing prepared him for his wife's entry into the world of soccer at age 40. Beth Albert, a public relations executive, began playing soccer with other mothers in suburban Montclair, N.J. Almost from the first practice, she and her teammates were hooked. They juggled work schedules, found babysitters, started a league and made time for practice and competition. The women became as serious about soccer as any high school athletes. Araton chronicles the team's events, focusing more on the women and less on the games, behind which are the real stories struggles with family problems, including one player's ongoing battle with cancer. The sport brings the women together off the playing field as well as on. Any baby boomer who has pursued athletic or other extracurricular endeavors in middle age can identify with the achievements of these soccer moms. Agent, Shari Wenk.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
More social history than a sports story, this book relates the experiences of a group of women in northern New Jersey who formed an adult women's soccer league in 1998. These women, one of whom is married to the author, had missed out on organized sports as children, having grown up before the boom in girls' sports programs that began in the mid-1970s. After many busy years managing their children's participation in organized sports as well as watching their husbands and boyfriends play in adult sports leagues, these women welcomed the opportunity to get into the game themselves. Araton, a New York Times sports writer, examines the lives of a large number of actors in this real-life drama, detailing both their on-the-field experiences and their off-the-field stories of breast cancer, divorce, and other issues. While the story will appeal to audiences looking for a pleasant diversion and perhaps to soccer moms themselves Araton seems to see more profundity in it than is really there. John Maxymuk, Rutgers Univ., Camden, NJ
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.