U14 Spirit 0 Chatham Attack 1 & Friendly with KSC All Abilities, News, U14 Boys A, Boys Rep (Kitchener Soccer Club)

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U14 Spirit 0 Chatham Attack 1 & Friendly with KSC All Abilities
Submitted By Mark Rebellato on Saturday, August 10, 2019
For our final road game travelling westbound on the 401 this season; we visited Chatham for our 3rd and final match against the Attack.  Unfortunately similar to many games we have played this season, we did not capitalize on our ball possession and opportunities to go home with a successful result.

Surprise Friendly!

At the end of our training session on Friday night August 9th, the KSC U14 WRSL team participated in an unplanned 20 minute friendly with the All-Ability KSC Team on their final play of the summer.  The U14 Spirit WRSL boys and coaches had a chance to experience what it is like to strengthen their position in the community, and demonstrate we are ONE CLUB indeed!  I am proud how our team interacted in this "surprise" friendly, and honored the All Ability league allowed us to participate with them. It was a lot of fun and rewarding to see all the smiling faces at the end when we shook hands!  I hope the players realize how much they are able to influence people within their community as you are all truly gifted in more ways than your athleticism!
At the end of the this article are some pictures of the friendly.

Chatham Game
As expected, Chatham came at us strong with their ability to run and apply pressure.  Even when they did, they were not very successful in disrupting our ability to move the ball and maintain possession.  One observation to point out, we are a strong team on our ball possession but have declined a notch on our overall conditioning.  We are all athletes, however a few players are not keeping up with training off the field in both practicing on our skills on the ball and overall conditioning.  This past week five of twelve players came to practice without a ball.  This is inexcusable, and some admitted they don't have a ball because it was lost.  It really shows a disrespect to the game when you don't practice and train on your own, players should be out on a field at least one hour daily trying to improve their play, as our team training sessions don't cut it.

In this last game at Chatham, I felt that unlike Waterloo or Windsor they are somewhat undisciplined on the defensive side side of the ball.  On a few of their breakdowns we had a few good opportunities and did not capitalize.  Either we missed the net, shot the ball directly at the goalkeeper, or just could not get a good shot off.  We only have two training sessions a week and obviously have to focus on all parts of our game.  Practicing shooting needs to be done on your own, you should try to get at least 100 shots in on net a day.

Chatham scored late in the game, taking advantage of a breakdown on our part defensively, and we just could net get one back.

Man of the Match was Brandon Moniz.  Not only did he make nice saves but I really liked the plays he made out to his teammates.  Brandon set up players with some nice balls, and he gives us an advantage most teams at this age group just don't have with his abilities.  Nice job Brandon!

No rest or training between our next match as we take to the field Monday night in Guelph.  Let's get the "W" we should have completed last time we played the Gryphons. 


 
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