Silver Creek (Ind.) High boys soccer coach Colin Bell was always going to remember his team's game against Rock Creek (Ind.) Academy on Monday. It was his first playoff game in charge of the team and there was plenty of optimism that Silver Creek would emerge as a winner.
Yet it seems that wasn't enough to ensure Bell would always remember the day, so, according to the Evening News & Tribune, he decided to make it even more special by taking a leap he'll (hopefully) do only once in life: He proposed to his longtime girlfriend, and he did it at halftime of the game.
Bell even included his entire team in the unique proposal to now fiancee Morgan Young, having each player walk over with him to the crowd, where Young was seated. Each Silver Creek player carried a rose, placing their flower in a vase in front of Young then giving way to Bell, who got down on one knee to ask Young's hand in marriage.
Luckily for the coach -- and the rapt crowd -- Young happily agreed, with the two setting a wedding date of Aug. 18, 2012 just days later.
"Colin completely caught me off-guard," Young told the News & Tribune. "I thought the roses were for all the guys' parents."
According to the News & Tribune, Bell had originally planned to propose to Young later in the week, also at a playoff game, but learned that Young was scheduled to work that night at the University of Louisville hospital, where she serves as a labor and delivery nurse.
That pushed his big question up to Monday and his first-ever playoff game, which he lured Young to by "forgetting" his lucky team polo top at his house. Unsurprisingly, the coach asked his girlfriend to bring the shirt to him at the game, and she duly agreed.
All that was left to do was make sure that there would be no distractions from his proposal plans, a goal which led to a unique method of motivation. Bell told his team that he wouldn't propose if they were down at halftime, so the Dragons exploded with four first half goals, putting a victory practically beyond doubt.
In fact, the eventual 8-0 Silver Creek victory was hardly the toughest part of Bell's day, as he was all too willing to admit.
"The first guy put the vase down in front of her and the rest set their roses in the vase," recalled Bell. "I can remember seeing her in complete shock, and all the parents pulling out their phones and cameras. I had this whole thing prepared, comparing soccer to love, but I froze up. All I said was, 'I love you with all my heart. Will you marry me?'"
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