Saturday, February 28, 2009

Saturday 8am

Phoenix vs SCSA ONE7 (NC)

With the weather being chilly and raining at times, the Phoenix took charge of the game early as we scored two quick goals in the first 15 minutes of the first game. The girls were trying hard to stick to our routine, which is trying to move the ball around. They executed that beautifully in the second half as they moved the ball nicely. I heard Angela H. shouting "lets pass the ball around girls". I was happy with the way they combined some of the passes. At times they seemed very comfortable at the back to pass the ball around even though the field was wet and bouncy at times. We were happy to come out with a win. The team we played against did a very good job by not giving up. They had a lot of speed and they managed to beat us to a lot of first time balls. The quicker you get to the ball, the better it is because you will have possession of the ball and then you can do whatever with it. See if you don't have possession of the ball then you need to run around and try to win the ball back, and guess what, that's not FUN.

All in all,the girls did a great job by coming out with a win. Well done Phoenix.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

U11 (02/21/2009

vs Columbia United 97 Boys Blue

The drive to Columbia was not that bad. We made it in time and had enough time for the boys to warm-up. As usual we did not have a sub. We previously played against this team and we won. Drew started in goal for us, at the back we had Jake, Bryce and Blaid. Maddox, Ben and Anthony played midfield. While Josh who was guest playing started as a forward. One thing I like about these boys is they can basically play anywhere. This makes my job so much easy because I feel comfortable enough to let them change position and move around the field.

We moved the ball beautifully, I mean the boys were stringing the passes, switching play. They look good. We were up one nothing the first 10 minutes of the game. We gave away three easy goal, we were 3 goals down in the first. Jake, Bryce and Blaid did well second half as they only aloud one shot at our goal. Another thing that made me proud about the three guys in defense was the way they covered for each other. They communicated well and moved the ball beautifully at the back. Blaid was consistent in winning a lot of tackles. Bryce even scored on a corner kick. While Jake had an equalizer for us in the second half.

Maddox had an awesome game, he controlled the whole midfield. He did exactly what we talked about in practice. He was holding the midfield and help distribute the ball from the left to the right, vice versa. He also helped in defending by being the first to the ball. Ben had an awesome game and he defended and attacked very well. He made some really good choices, which made him look like a star. His passing was great and he did not hold on to the ball much as he moved the ball quickly and accurately. Anthony did a great job as he was consistently running at their defense. He also managed to get us a penalty kick as he was fouled in the box. I was happy to see him take charge by wanting to take the penalty. He look more confident and happy to be out there. Josh played well for us, he worked hard, like Anthony he kept running at the defense. He kept the ball for us and that helped the midfielders in pushing up more. Drew did a great job in goal. Like any other keeper, he does not like to be scored on. The three goals were good goals, any other keeper would have had a hard time saving them. He did great when he played the second half as I pulled him out of goal to play in the midfield and forward.

What I was really happy about was to see the boys sticking to the game plan and moving the ball beautifully.

Remember "It is only a game, be creative, have FUN!!!"

Sunday, February 15, 2009

LBSC vs Summerville

Having played this team before, for some reason every time we play them, I feel we have a our work cut out for us. We beat them in the past, but that did not make me at ease, as the game was about to start. We played both games without substitutes, now these boys are only U10. They ran none stop, they controlled the game. Even though we struggled the first 12 minute of the first half. When Chris scored the first goal, the nerves turn down a notch. The boys started getting in their rhythm, and the rest is history. Bridger did well, he started taking players on, even though he would fall all over the place at times, again he is the youngest of them all out there. I think he will turn out to be fine young player. Sam continued his streak of great performance. He has been one solid and consistent player. When we switched to the 3-1-1 formation, the boys felt comfortable and started playing their game. Chris continued scoring goals and Daniel netted one as well. Boomer is coming around, he controlled the back and only allowed 2 shoots at the goal. Cian performed great even though I was scared cause he felt sick at one point. To me he showed great character as he played the whole game and never complained. Thats determination and dedication that these young boys have shown.

I was pleased with everyone's performance this weekend.

Great work U10. Keep up the good work. Come out prepared this week to work hard.

Coach China

Determination and Hard work......

The U10's traveled to Summerville, SC in search of a needed win. They recovered well from two last weekend defeats in Columbia. They played man down the first 20 minutes of the first game. They came back from one nothing to scoring two goals that put us back in the game. The hard work that these boys put forth was breath taking. I for one was pleased that they could play man down and still control the game. We won 7 - 3, with Chris M scoring 4, Daniel scoring 2 and Boomer scoring his first Long Bay goal ever. Cian and Sam, had a outstanding performance the way they controlled the back. Sammy won almost all the tackles he went after. Daniel and Chris had their magic connection once again. Bridger is finding his feet and he is coming around and he is a new inclusion in the squad.

All in all it was a team effort and the boys did wonderful.

It's only a game!!!

What we do as players goes a very long way. What you do as a player on or Off the field will say more about who you are as a player. Working hard really helps to improve your skill, quickness, and your fitness. No one likes getting up in the morning to workout, but like the Coke machine in that factory, what you put In is what you get Out.

If you don't work hard during the training, chances are you will not perform well over the weekend. Even if you are a very good player, chances are soon or later that will catch up with you in terms of your fitness and skill work. Therefore it is important as a player to go to practice and also do some extra work by yourself at home without the coach. Try to teach yourself some new moves.

A lot of coaches teach what they know, not what they don't understand. Therefore you might know something that the coach does not know how to teach or do.

Have fun, be creative, understand its only a game!!!

Become a best player!!!

Soccer is not only a game of skill and tactics but a game of fitness as well. The further along you come in your soccer career the less substitutions occur in a game. This means more playing time and less rest for the elite players. In order to become an elite soccer player you must practice and play all year round.Be an advanced footballer.

Work on your ball skills to be a high-level soccer player. In addition to practicing 3 times a week with your team(s), you should be practicing by yourself or with friends; either in your backyard or an open field. The following are some of the things you should work on.

1. Juggling
2. New Moves
3. Shooting