Archive for November, 2012

We were eliminated in the first round of the conference tournament; and the game was a great representation of how the season went as a whole for us.

The first half was a lot of fun.  We competed and played really tough together as a team and held the top seed to a 0-0 score line by the half time whistle, but unfortunately the second half was a total 180 degree turn from the first half.  We made major mistakes around the goal that resulted in two goals allowed off of set pieces, we didn’t stay focused and allowed things that were outside of our control to distract us, and we went away from our style of soccer and build up.  As a result we gave up three goals in the second  half and really didn’t give ourselves a chance to compete in the second period.

It was very gratifying to watch the guys compete in the first half, and even though I have to concede that the better team won, it was disappointing to watch our level of play drop so drastically in the second half.

And the toughest part of the night was saying good-bye to my first recruiting class here at DWU.  All six seniors hold a special place in my heart, and it was very difficult to go through that line and see each of them crying at the end of their career.

We finished the season strong, which is always a coaches objective, but overall I leave 2012 with a lot of questions about how we could have done more to reach our potential.  Felt this team had a lot more to give, and as a coach I was unable to get that out of them and help them reach their potential.

More to come later.  Season evaluations will be conducted tomorrow, and individual meetings will be conducted this week.  Hopefully it’ll give us a better idea of what we could have done better with the talent we had.

Playoffs

Posted: November 1, 2012 in Psychology, Team Management
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Well, this is what the season is all about. Qualify for the playoffs and then test yourself against the best. It’s been somewhat of a disappointing season, but we managed to secure our spot in the post season by going 3-1-1 in our last five matches of the regular season against some very tough competition. Now we travel to the top seed to play the first round at their place and test ourselves against the #25 team in the country.

It’s amazing how quickly the mood on a team can change in the span of a season. Coming into 2012 we were really excited about the possibilities. Within a month we were throwing everything out ready to start from scratch. a few weeks later we went back to the tested ways and started to climb out of the basement a little. Now we’ve had a small taste of success and we are ready to take on the world. Sports are crazy, but it wouldn’t be any fun any other way.

This is why we do this, and this is why we invest our time and energy into something that is so simple and means very little in the big picture. But hopefully we are doing a good job to use this fun, and sometimes frustrating, game to teach these young men lessons that will apply to their lives down the road in a more important way.

The season isn’t done yet, but I know that one of the things that will stick out about 2012 for me is how the team came together like a family and never gave up on the year. There were times that we didn’t like each other very much, but they kept fighting for one another and for the team. It was really fun to watch them come together so quickly and take ownership for one another.

Tonight is the test, but the journey has been a good one overall.