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 !
Soccaskool U9s travelled to Penticton this weekend to play a pair of matches against Excelsior U10/11. These teams played against each other in a double header last month, with Penticton making full use of their advantage in size and strength to record a couple of comfortable victories.
It looked like this weekends games were going to follow the exact same pattern, as the opening match kicked off and the home team once again utilized the long ball to race into an immediate 2-0 lead. However, this time the Soccaskool players knew what to expect and were better prepared and did not panic. Our new defensive partnership of Axl and Mateo along with debut goalkeeper Presley behind them remained composed and began to look comfortable nullifying the threat of the long ball. Meanwhile our players were encouraged to be patient, keep passing the ball and to work hard as a group to keep building the play. As a result Soccaskool began to enjoy long periods of possession and soon started to create goal scoring opportunities. When striker Jackson popped in the first goal from close range to bring it back to 2-1 the Soccaskool players visibly grew in confidence. After that, our team played some great soccer which was very entertaining to watch. The goals started to come with Soccaskool dominating possession with Jacob in fine form controlling the match from centre midfield as well as scoring two goals. Another goal for Jackson, and a hat trick from the very dangerous Callum would give Soccaskool a very nice 7-4 win.
The second game was also very entertaining to watch, with more excellent soccer from Soccaskool on display. Penticton also played their part with increased efforts to try and play good possession based soccer. The result was a well balanced, evenly matched game between two good teams. Another goal each from Jacob and Jackson would complete both of their hat tricks for the day, and give Soccaskool a very well earned 2-0 win. Great game, well done to both sets of players.
This U9 team is taking shape very nicely. Every player contributed to two excellent performances and showed great growth in their decision making and concentration.
Player of the day has to go to Jacob, who was quite simply outstanding in both games.
This weekend our new U9 development team made the trip to Penticton to play a selection of u9/u10 Penticton Pinnacles.
The group in only their second round of games made a bright start, were passing the ball well and looked the more likely of the two teams to open the scoring. However as the games went on it was clear to see that we were going to have to battle against a very direct style of play.
Despite this promising start and some half chances there were no early goals as a reward for our good early play and pressure and after absorbing the early pressure, Penticton themselves with their direct style of play began creating lots of pressure in and around the Soccaskool net and fired themselves into a commanding lead with a salvo of quickfire goals. Our Soccaskool group took some time to compose themselves and regroup before showing glimpses of what they were capable of as the game went on but were outgunned in a game of contrasting styles. Final score in game 1 was 9-2 Penticton (Goalscorers – Finn & Sam)
In game 2 our Soccaskool looked to build on their strong finish in game 1 and indeed showed lots more promise with their consistent efforts to play a possession based game involving playing out from the back resulting in some excellent passing moves and undoubtedly greater influence in game 2. This game would be much more closely contested and we were able to have much more possession and create many more chances, which with some better decision making may have resulted in more goals. Game 2 final score 8-4 (Goalscorers – Hudson (2), Sam & Axl
All in an excellent developmental exercise and experience for our young players and affirmation for Soccaskool that we will steadfastly continue to develop and encourage our players how to become skillful and effective soccer players by promoting a possession based game which will challenge the decision making and technical skills of our players. Its the “moments of brilliance” in these games that mean much more than any scorelines during these very important developmental years.
Great job to everyone on the day !
Yesterday our new U9 development group made the trip to SoccerQuest in Kamloops to play their very first games as a group against SoccerQuest’s U9 and U10 Groups.
In a day long event with 3 games the group recorded a comfortable win in game 1, a humbling defeat in game 2 against an older group and an entertaining 5-5 draw in the final game of a long but very enjoyable day.
A great experience for the young group who managed to play some excellent football and the games provided some excellent insight in to areas of focus for the young group moving forward.
Highlight of the day : A wonderfully executed goal in our final game after a sweeping move out of defence with some excellent passing and a well picked out assist from Jacob resulting in a very composed first time finish from Magnus. Decision making in the build up and composure and technique on the finish were first class !
Well done to everyone involved and a big thank you to the parents for making the trip !