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”

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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

U9 Development Team visits Kamloops

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 !

Player Profile – Grayson

In our second profile for players of distinction we are happy to introduce Grayson one of our Academy’s long standing players and a player on our U12 development team.

NAME:  Grayson
SQUAD NUMBER : 8
BEST POSITION : Right Midfield
FAVOURITE SOCCER PLAYER : Messi
FAVOURITE TEAM : Manchester United
FAVOURITE COLOUR BOOTS : Red
FAVOURITE OTHER SPORT : Volleyball (but he really had to think on this one lol)
ADIDAS OR NIKE. : Nike
ANY OTHER COUNTRY THAT YOU COULD PLAY FOR : England
MESSI OR RONALDO : Messi (Hands Down !!)

Coaches Comment : Grayson is one of our original 20 and a shining example to all our younger Soccaskool players.  

Grayson 2012
Grayson with his 1st Player of the Season Award in 2012

He is very coachable, dedicated and his attitude is first class !  Grayson has recently stated that his next target is to make the Thompson Okanagan FC 2004 intake team and we, at Soccaskool, are all going to spend the next 6 months helping him to achieve just that !

Good luck in 2016 Grayson !