U10 Development Team strikes gold

U10 Development Team continued its good form this weekend at the Penticton Indoor Tournament, and picked up their first medals of the season!

Playing in the U11/12 B Division, Soccaskool opened the event with an early morning demolition job of the hosts. Our passing was too crisp and our attacking play was way too fast for Penticton to handle as we romped to an 11-0 win. Multiple goals from strike force of Liam, Chase and Luka got the job done for us. Our central midfield duo of Charlie and Sam dominated the game from start to finish. This partnership in midfield continues to get better and is going to be a match for any team that we play against this year.

The second game of the day was a completely different affair, as we came up against EFS (Vernon) U11/12 boys. The Vernon team contained several excellent U12 players who were significantly bigger and faster than our group. However Soccaskool were able to show how much the other side of their game has also improved, as they were forced to defend for long periods of the game. Outstanding performances from Jack, Connor and Player of the Day, Kayden, meant that we kept a well earned clean sheet. At the other end, we are always very dangerous in front of goal, and strikes from Liam and Chase gave us an excellent 2-0 victory. As a result we finished unbeaten, top of the division, and with a gold medal to take home !

Our U11/12 team played in the same tournament at the U11/12 A Division and had a much more mixed bag of results. In the opening game against Penticton, we enjoyed long spells of possession and were looking very comfortable with a 3-0 lead going into the last 10 minutes of the game, goals from Daxton (2) and Koen. However, with several key players missing from the squad, Soccaskool were never quite able to finish off the game, and Penticton rallied at the end with 3 quick goals to earn themselves a 3-3 draw. Soccaskool were very disappointed to throw away a winning lead but, all in all, a very exciting game to watch with some good U12 soccer on display. Continue reading U10 Development Team strikes gold

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U9 Development Team visits Penticton

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 !

Player Profile – Connor

In our latest Profile for Players of Distinction we are delighted to introduce one of our most improved players and a key member of our U10 Development Team.

NAME: Connor

SQUAD NUMBER: 15

BEST POSITION: Defense

FAVOURITE SOCCER PLAYER: Neymar

FAVOURITE TEAM: Brazil

FAVOURITE COLOUR BOOTS: White & Red

FAVOURITE OTHER SPORT: Baseball

ADIDAS OR NIKE: ADIDAS

WHAT COUNTRY, OTHER THAN CANADA, COULD YOU PLAY FOR: Australia

MESSI OR RONALDO: Messi

Parents Comments: “Connor is thrilled to be a part of the SOCCASKOOL program. He has found a sport and group that he enjoys very much. He spends his time with the group learning new skills while making some AWESOME friendships. Watching Connor pack his bag each day with enthusiasm to go to practice puts a smile on our faces. Each practice he tells us how he did and what he learned with excitement. When Connor was asked what is something he likes about SOCCASKOOL he says, “Getting better at soccer”.

Coaches Comments: “Connor is one of the most coachable young players I have ever met (and I have met a lot !!) His attitude and work rate are first class. As a result he is probably the most improved player on the excellent U10 Development Team”

U10 Development Team excels in Penticton

This weekend it was the turn of the U10 squad to get their 2016 playing season underway with a pair of matches in Penticton.

We played Soccer Quest Academy, who had made the long trip from Kamloops, in the first game. Soccaskool looked lively from the very beginning and began to control the game very early on. We kept the ball well and created several early chances. One of these fell to striker Liam, who got one on one with the outstanding Quest goalkeeper after about 15 minutes of Soccaskool pressure. Liam is very cool in those situations, and buried it to put us 1-0 up. However, despite several great chances, we were unable to build on the lead in the first half, and were caught napping just before half time as Quest equalized following some poor defending. Half time 1-1.

The second half followed the same pattern of sustained Soccaskool possession and pressure, and excellent defending and goalkeeper performance from Quest. Eventually the pressure paid off as captain Sam and Liam again gave us the goals we needed for a 3-1 win.
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U11-12 Development Boys record 2 wins in Penticton

This weekend saw the U11-12 Development Team kick off our calendar of events with a road trip to Penticton.

In freezing cold conditions (the heating at the Penticton indoor facility was not working !), we trained for an hour with an inter squad game, followed by back to back hour long matches against Penticton Pinnacles FC U11-12 boys.

The first game started well for us, as we enjoyed long spells of possession and created several chances. However, Penticton can play a bit as well, and it was the host team who took the lead with a stunning strike from Soccaskool old friend Saion. Soccaskool came back pretty strongly after that and soon found themselves with a 3-1 lead, with goals from Daxton, Diego and Reese. Penticton were dangerous on the break though, and the game turned into a pretty entertaining back and forth affair, with the scores tied up at 3-3 by half time. Soccaskool began to assert themselves in the second half. One of the big improvements for our team this year is the depth of quality and competition in our group allowing us to always introduce good quality players from the bench. This Soccaskool U11-12 squad is a formidable group of players, especially when competing with teams at their own age level. This was perfectly demonstrated in our second half performance as we eventually gained control of the match and ran out comfortable 7-3 winners, with further goals from Diego, Reese, and Koen (2) Continue reading U11-12 Development Boys record 2 wins in Penticton

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