The boys delivered a gem today.
They apparently like playing on
the longer field. That is something to keep in mind for the Spring
season when the field gets redesigned. The bigger field really plays to
The boys did a lot of good things today. The
wing midfielders stayed wide and were VERY aggressive today on the
offense. 4 of the 5 goals in the 2nd half today were scored by a wing
midfielder. The forwards stayed up and waited for the ball to be
delivered to them and were extremely good at transitioning to offense.
In my opinion, the key to today's victory was how the defense kicked
into a higher gear and went into shut down mode in the 2nd half and
allowed just one shot on goal in the final 38 minutes of the game. They
were an immovable object today.
I especially liked how more of
the boys paid attention to the game and really focused on how they could
get involved. I will never get upset if the boys stay in their
positions or do not make a good pass. That tells me they are mentally
in the game, which is a BIG part of playing.
We could fine tune
some things. I still would like to see more lead passes from the
midfield to the forwards to create more scoring chances. The strikers
are made up of boys with a ton of speed, strength and great ball
handling skills. Building the relationship between the midfielders and
forwards may be just a matter of time.
Up next, we are back at
the practice field tomorrow to get ready for Skomor. The coaching
points will be mostly around building that trust between the forwards
and midfielders, but ultimately, just keeping them at the top of their
game. Practice will be shorter than usual. We will finish up at 5:15
I feel good about today's effort. We have seen considerable amount of improvement with the team game.