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Eighth-grader Nate Osborne is a forward on his soccer team, the Strikers. He and the rest of his teammates are competitive, especially when it comes to playing against their rivals, the Monarchs. They want to win so badly that they're willing to root against the Monarchs when they play other teams. Nate starts feeling uncomfortable. Bad sportsmanship isn't always cheating, but is it always bad? Nate has to decide.
Although it is hard to believe, a professional soccer player (in The Netherlands) really did let the other team score because he thought it was the right thing to do. He felt his team's last goal shouldn't have been counted because the other team's goalie wasn't ready. The goalie had thought the play had been stopped because of an injury on the field and was very surprised when the ball flew by him and into the net.