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Fall 2011 Select Season Highlights

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The Fall 2011 season brought out many highlights for each select team, here's a list of the most notable for each team! 

U11 Boys

-Increased interest and ability to share and circulate the ball multiple times on the ground

-Increased technical proficiencies in finishing, striking a ball over distance, passing on the ground and collecting balls out of the air

-Greater understanding of what good soccer looks like

-Playing against each other in tournament final

-Two first place finishes out of three tournaments

U11 Girls

-Increased interest and ability to share and circulate the ball multiple times on the ground away from pressure

-Increased technical proficiencies in dribbling, shooting, passing on the ground and collecting balls on the ground

-Greater understanding of what good soccer looks like

-Playing in tournament finals for two consecutive tournaments

U12 Boys

-Champion- JUSC Invitational

-Increased the technical abilities of the individual player in passing, receiving, finishing, turning and taking players on.

-Increased tactical understanding in playing different positions and the role that each position requires

-Gained insight as a squad of playing "soccer"; connecting, dynamic and possession oriented soccer

-Developing a strong technical base that enables individual success in the game

-More than competitive in league play, won far more than tied and lost.

-Players faced adversity with a fighting spirit

U12 Girls

-Competitive in the three 8v8 tournaments (two first places and one second place)

-Competitive in IPSL league matches vs U12G and U12B teams

-Improved individual and team ability to circulate ball in order to keep possession and open opposition defenses

-Improved ability to work in small groups to attack and defend

-Good practice and game attitude. Overall players come ready to practice, play and compete hard

U13 Boys

-Competitive in most of IPSL league matches

-Competitive at two last Tournaments

-Improved individual and team ability to circulate ball in order to keep possession and open opposition defenses

-Improved individual ball striking and finishing technique

-Good practice and game attitude. Overall players come ready to practice, play and compete hard.

U13 Girls

-Champion- Just For Girls Tournament

-Improved possession and ideas on how and when to get to goal

-Improved ability to organize defensive team shape quickly and efficiently

-Improved mental and physical approach to training and establishing better training habits

U14 Boys

-Finalist- NSC Fall Cup

-Finalist– Heartland Invitational Tournament

-Increased level of understanding in positioning and game strategy at an MRL level

-Increased level of passion for competition, not just passion for game

-Increased level of commitment to soccer sport specific development

-Increased number of ODP participants and pool players

U14 Girls Nike

-Increased ability to connect and keep possession with 8-10 passes, moving us from one part of the field to another

-Better understanding and implementation of high pressure defending and cues of good times for this to occur

-Ball-winning, challenging for 50-50 balls and tackling

U14 Girls Swoosh

-Improved ideas on when and how to get to goal and score

-Improving ways to manage games and finding ways to 'come back' after giving up a goal

-Improved team shape defensively especially against varying styles of attack from opposing teams

U15 Boys

-Champions- JUSC Boys Tournament

-Finalist- Halloween Havoc Soccer Tournament

-Undefeated IPSL season.

-Increased ability to make adjustments and improvements during game

-Became united as a team

U15 Girls

-Champions- St. Louis Scott Gallagher Friendlies

-Finalist- U15 Girls - Iowa State Cup

-Increased attacking urgency and willingness to push game at opponents backline to get behind and create goal scoring chances

-Increased gamesmanship and ways to hold lead, come from behind and strategize at a more mature and competitive level

-Increased speed of transition and decreased the moments players “shut-off”/ lost focus

-Much greater sense of “TEAM” and commitment to playing for teammates

U16 Girls

-Finalist- U16 Girls, Iowa State Cup

-Increased ability to recognize-in each game- valuable/dangerous spaces that was available for us as a way to get into the attack

-Improved runs off the ball to help the game and provide multiple options to the player on the ball

-Winning 4 games at the CSI Tournament with more sophistication to our system and style than any other team we played

U17 Boys

-Champions– Heartland Invitational Tournament

-Finished the season strong— 5 wins in last 6 games.

-Greater development of team leaders

-Competed strong with each and every team during fall season

U18 Girls

-Finalist- JUSC Invitational

-Won more games than lost and tied

-Continued to develop technically and tactically

-Successfully played a possession style of soccer

-Embodied a "team" aspect in playing with younger players in an older league

-Played through adversity having a limited number of players rostered and/or healthy

-Excelled in understanding of playing "soccer" rather than kick-ball

-Demonstrated the ability to play direct and indirect soccer

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