Rob, thank you. I will most likely have the tripod in a pickup backed up to the curb with the people just across the sidewalk, in the shade on a sunny day. The stairs will be in the direct sun, so they will be on a rather steep grassy slope, with the camera about even or a little above. I only have one flash and might be able to attach a small bounce umbrella.
How about that 2nd period last night! My wife and I went off to do some chores at the first break and missed all 5 goals. Aaaargh