Our Soccaskool U11-12 Development Team were unusually slow to start during last weekends Penticton Easter Invitational Tournament. They started the tournament with a disappointing 4-2 Friday night defeat at the hands of the host Penticton U12 team and never really got going with some poor passing resulting in much less possession of the ball than we are normally used to having.
The Saturday morning game, which was a rematch between the same two teams was marginally better. This time Soccaskool came out on top in a close fought 3-2 win against a much improved and very determined Penticton team.
On Saturday afternoon the sun came out, and seemed to galvanize the Soccaskool team into action, romping to an impressive 7-1 victory against a somewhat shell shocked Shuswap U12 Development Team. Despite falling behind to an early goal, we were able to control the ball much better and create lots of goalscoring chances. The highlight of this match being a nice hat trick Grayson.
The same two teams were matched up again for a Sunday morning game, which was now effectively a semi final with the winners rewarded a place in the tournament final against Penticton. With confidence now returning, Soccaskool were in no mood to give up a cup final spot and played some nice soccer and ran out 9-1 winners to set up a game with Penticton U12 which is scheduled for next Saturday.
Well done to our boys, and good luck in the final next weekend !
Our U10 Development Team was too hot to handle for the TOYSL U11 Development Teams of Salmon Arm and Penticton this weekend. Our passing was crisp, quick and precise throughout the tournament as we swept to comfortable victories in the group stage. Penticton were beaten 8-0, Salmon Arm #1 were beaten 9-0 and Salmon Arm #2 were beaten 8-1. Every single goal that we scored this weekend, without exception, was a result of good play, excellent passing and great technique. Every player in the squad, apart from U9 stand in goalkeeper Presley, got on the scoresheet. We did not score a single goal from either a long ball or a set play, which was very pleasing.
In Sundays final, we beat Penticton 6-1 and picked up another gold medal for our growing collection.
Well done to all of the players, and a big thank you to all of the families for your great support.
Tournament MVP went to Sophia again, she was simply outstanding all weekend !
The last time our U10 development team were at the Coast was in November at the Richmond Thanksgiving Tournament. Playing a year up, we had a very difficult weekend in Richmond and suffered some big defeats in the pouring rain. Last weekend in Surrey we were able to show how far we have come in a short space of time. The U10s produced some excellent, stylish soccer, scored some great goals, and recorded some very good results against difficult opposition.
The first game we played was against Albion Cosmos. The Soccaskool players were excited for this event and could not wait to get started. From the opening whistle we dominated possession and created chance after chance with our slick passing moves. Our players relished the chance to play on a big artificial turf field, and Albion were hardly able to get a touch of the ball in the opening exchanges. In fact, the pattern of the match did not change throughout, and our opponents were somewhat mesmerized by the speed and quality of the play on show. Goals came from Liam, Charlie, Luka, Sophia and Sam, who got the game MVP, in a very comfortable 5-0 win.
The second game saw us up against Vancouver Athletic, a big team with some good players. Our team still had their tails up from the morning game and raced into a 4-1 lead with some more excellent passing and combination play. Goals came from Charlie (2) and Luka (2) and the game looked like turning into a lopsided affair. However, our players lost concentration and began to make bad decisions with a bit of ‘showboating’ creeping into their game as well. Vancouver took their chance to get back into the game and scored a couple of quick goals to pull it back to 4-3, which is how it ended. Soccaskool were comfortably the superior team here, but nearly managed to throw the game away. Narrow 4-3 win, Sam got his second MVP of the day.
Sundays opener was against the host team, Central City Breakers, and Continue reading U10’s Show their quality at The Surrey Mayors Cup
Our U9 Development Team were beyond excited to be playing in their first big tournament and looked good right from the very start.
Game 1 against Coquitlam Metro Ford Juventus was an excellent performance against a strong opponent resulting in a brilliant 3-1 win and would lay the foundation for what would be a great weekend for this young group. Goals would come from Jacob who got the opening 2 goals with Finn adding a third before a late strike from Metro Ford to keep our defensive line of Axl, Game MVP Matteo and goalkeeper Presley on their toes to the last minute.
Game 2 would be against South Burnaby Falcons. Despite having the bulk of the play and most of the possession we faced a determined opponent that just wouldn’t let us get into our stride resulting in a much less cohesive performance and a little less composure on the ball stopped us from creating the types of opportunities we created in the earlier game. However, determined to get the opening goal we would finally break down the stubborn opposition when Sam calmly guided in a great one time finish into the corner of the net from an excellent ball into the box from Axl. Jacob would soon add a second but again a late goal from the opposition would test the young groups nerves till the final minute. Game MVP – Matteo
Game 3 would be our toughest game in the group against the host Central City Breakers Elite 07 team. Our oppenets in this one sure could play and our defending from the front to the back had to be at its best along with some outstanding goalkeeping from Presley who made a number of first class saves to frustrate our opponents when they looked like getting the opening goal. However we also created some excellent chances with some sharp play to break down a well organized defence and took a lead on a finely executed breakaway when Luca coolly squeezed in a rebound at the goalkeepers near post from a tight angle. Continue reading U9’s Shine at the Mayor’s Cup
This past weekend our U9 development team would play two games in our Development Team Jamboree and demonstrated their continuing development and improvement in areas of focus since our last games. We opened the jamboree with a game against the U9 Soccer Quest from Kamloops. The group put in a very strong performance against a strong Kamloops team which had beaten them convincinly only a few months ago.
The opening stages of the game were relatively equal but once we got an opening goal from Jacob the group settled into some very good play. A spectacular second goal would soon follow when Matteo stepped out of defence unopposed and unleashed an unstoppable shot just inside the post from distance.
From here on our group continued to play some excellent soccer but without a solid defensive display from the entire group when out out of possession and some fantastic goalkeeping from Presley this game could have been closer.
As it was we would push on and record a fine 4-1 win with another goal from Jacob and one for Hudson.
In our second game of the day we would play EFS from Vernon. Our group would go on and record another 4-1 win with goals coming from Sam who got himself a double and a goal each from both Jackson and Finn. We never quite reached the same level of performance as we had in our earlier more challenging game but the group certainly recognized afterwards that it is important to play “our” game regardless of the level and or style of play of our opponents and that its always best to stick to our passing game to ensure the best performances and as a by product the best results.
All in a very pleasing day, with some very good periods of play and improvement and new areas of focus for this group to work on next time.
Well done everyone !
Thank you to everyone who came out and enjoyed the beautiful Spring sunshine with us at the weekend for the Development Team Jamboree. It was great to be able to host a home event like this, and we were delighted to welcome our soccer academy friends from Kamloops (Quest), Vernon (EFS) and Penticton (Excelsior) to Kelowna for a great day of soccer.
Each of our Development Teams, U9, U10, U11 and U12, played in two matches and we will post match reports with pictures for all of them over the course of this week. For now, however please check out this awesome U10 slideshow, courtesy of Mike Ross, which gives everyone a taste of what the day was all about!