I must admit that I’m caught a little off-guard. I knew before the season began that we were a better team than last season, but I didn’t expect that we would be battling for first place, even this early in the season. But we are.
This game is a fight for, as far as I know thus far, first place, between the only two undefeated teams in our bracket. Here’s what you need to know for the game.
- Our opponent for Sunday is Houstonians 02. They are a year younger than our boys, but don’t let that fool you. They are the best team U9 players from the very good Houstonians club. Last season they beat us badly, but I know we can do better this time. As the home team HYSA rules state we will wear our regular (blue) jerseys change to white if there is a conflict. I believe they will wear red so we should be good in our blue, but please bring both of your son’s jerseys as a backup option.
- Game time is 10:30am; please arrive by 10:00am to help your son get properly warmed up and ready for the game.
- Snacks and Drinks: no one has signed up for this game. Is anyone able to help out tomorrow?
- This is a home game at South Campus, field S8. If you were to drive in from the gate and head straight back to the fence and park there, the fields will be right in front of you, with S8 being the one further from the lot. A map is available here. The rain-out number is 281-397-4570.
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We did a lot of good things in the game today, but there is always room for improvement. Here is what I would like us to improve upon in tomorrow’s game:
- Headers. Headers will be very important tomorrow, I believe. If I recall, this team is rather small in stature and very fast. To counter that speed we need to win balls in the air before they get behind us, and with our height advantage we should have no trouble as long as we are willing to head the ball. We’ve practiced it; we can do this.
- A high defensive line. We did well with this today, but it will be even more important tomorrow; another way to negate their speed advantage is to force them to play the ball on the ground far from goal, and that is what a high defensive line does.
- Passing. We need to be more willing to pass the ball, and not always in the attacking direction. Constant movement of the ball forces the opposing team to move their bodies around more, which can be tiring. Let’s take advantage of the fact that we should have more players at the game than they will, and try to tire them out by passing more.