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.