The effort in yesterday's game was about as good as it gets this for this Fall season. They came out of the starting block by setting the tempo of the game, never looked back and won the finale by a score of 9-2.
The win also secured 1st place for the boys in the division!! Not bad for a bunch of rookies.
Recapping the highlights:
- The boys displayed by far one of their best passing games all season. This is the style of game I hope to further develop. It allowed them to control the game and attack the goal at will. The midfielders were solid today.
- Defensively, they were in lock down mode. For most of the game, the boys were solid in limiting the opposing offense to very few good looks on goal. In the first 30 minutes, the boys allowed just one shot on goal. This is another area where the boys saved their best effort for the final game.
- The strikers also played great. They took what the defense allowed and really capitalized on some very good shot opportunities.
My favorite part of the game was how the boys looked often to change the point of attack on the field (like we worked on in practice). It is an advanced skill to show, but the boys really demonstrated that they understood its purpose.
This was a very fun season. I am so pleased with how much the boys have grown since we started. Just think about this, these boys are only 5 months removed from playing their final park district soccer game. To go from that level of competition to one of the better teams in U8 TRAVEL soccer says a lot about the character of these boys. It also speaks volumes on how great you all are as parents. You all have been great to me with your support of this program. It has been especially nice to get to know all of you better. This environment surrounding the field has been very positive for these boys. That is one of the primary reasons for all the success in their development.
Again, thank you all for being there.
The boys played like champions this season. Let them be proud. They worked hard for this moment. Enjoy the off-season.