Sounds of Soccer: A New Love for the Game

Listener Elizabeth Brauer submits a Sound Clip of her soccer team practicing. Brauer, 58, says she came to the sport late in life. To her, the sound represents a life change to females who never had Title IX to bring them into sports in school.

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MELISSA BLOCK, host:

We're going to stick with women's sports for today's SoundClip. It comes from a park in Southern California where an everyday sport has taken on special meaning.

Ms. ELIZABETH BRAUER: My name is Elizabeth Brauer, and I'm 58 years old. I live in Pacific Palisades, California. I was at the park the other day, and I was at my usual soccer scrimmage, which I'd play out three times a week. And I come late to the soccer scrimmage and I was putting on my cleats, and I heard the sound of women my age and a little bit younger playing soccer.

(Soundbite of women playing soccer)

Ms. BRAUER: These are women all of us get together and experience something that we didn't get to experience something that we didn't get to experience in high school -

(Soundbite of women playing soccer)

Ms. BRAUER: - or even in college. Most of us had never been athletic before this. I know I used to just take dance lessons all the time. I used to, you know, or we'd go to the gym, or we'd, boring jogs, you know, down around tracks. And then we discovered this wonderful team sport.

(Soundbite of women playing soccer)

BLOCK: Elizabeth Brauer of Pacific Palisades, California, and her soccer team. You can find out more about Soundclip series at NPR.org. Search for SoundClips.

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