Houston Dutch Lions FC U14 – Willis FC U14
Player of the week: Collin Spaulding
After the great victory last Thursday, the U14 continued to play its second friendly game last Saturday. The opponent of our U14 was Willis FC U14. Last year, during Fall season, our U14 played them as well. Whereas our team continues to grow, we were fortunate to recognize and introduce new members of our U14 in this friendly game.
In the beginning of the game, our U14 started out very sharp and gave a lot of pressure on the ball. Therefore, it wasn't a big surprise that we scored an early goal at the start of the game. A great corner kicked by our captain Collin made it an easy job for striker Thomas to score with his head (1-0!). Willis FC unfortunately had a great answer by getting better into the game. Due to two miscommunications of our Lions defense, Willis FC could score twice right before half time (1-2).
After some substitutions in the second half, our U14 started again powerful and created some big chances. Unfortunately for us, it was the goalkeeper of Willis FC, who kept them in the game by making lots of great saves and keeping us from scoring. However, it was our captain Collin who tied the game for the lions (2-2). This was a sign for us to play more offensive and trying to score to take the lead. Due to our offensive play, on the counter Willis FC could score two more times in the last minute. The final score (2-4).
Next time we will work harder, keep continuing to play offensive and to become more efficient in our chances we create.
Houston Dutch Lions FC U12 – Texas Rush
Player of the week: Juan Sebastian Gomez
First of all, we can conclude that this game was by far the best game that our U12 team played this season. Compliments to the whole team because everybody was on time. Before each game we always talk about the game from last week about what we remembered and things we can improve for this game. After our brief talk everybody agreed that we should play the ball rather than dribbling the ball because the moment you dribble the ball you create no space and the field is becoming smaller. Defensive wise we agreed to stay compact and now we could make the field smaller in order to make it difficult for our opponent.
As a result we could say that our strategy works because we played the ball around very well and used the spaces on the sidelines. When we didn't had the ball and defend we did an excellent job to make the field smaller and to position between the goal and the opponent. This strategy resulted into some big chances to score goals.
If we keep showing up at practices and keep practicing like last weeks effort, it will results in more goals the next games. Good Job guys!
Houston Dutch Lions FC U8 - Total Football Club U8
Player of the week: Angel Rangel
Last Saturday, our U8 Lions played a friendly game against the Total Football Club U8. Even though, our opponents were a bit stronger and a few steps further, we were looking to experience how we play the game with each other. Big complements of our U8 that gave their 100% and tried to play a good game against Total Football Club U8 who were just a little bit more advanced. Regarding this game, we can continue to work hard and develop ourselves in our 4 vs 4 league. Eventually, at a later stage we can rematch this team and get a win!
See you all at practice this week!
United Gredaniers - Houston Dutch Lions FC HFA team 6-0 (2-0)
On Sunday, March 2nd, our HFA team played against the United Gredaniers. It turned out to be a game that we needed to forget and move on. Due to the wind against us, in the first half, it wasn't easy to build up the play. Therefore, we gave our opponent the opportunity to put a lot of pressure on our defense. Playing the long ball was very difficult for us because we couldn't win the duels with the opponent's defense. In the first 30 minutes of the game United Gredaniers scored two goals. Five minutes before half time we created a very big chance and also of the rebound we couldn't score.
In the second half we had the opportunity to take advantage of the wind, and wanted to create more changes. In the first ten minutes of the second half we created some chances and had some shots on goal. We pressured the defense of the United Gredaniers however, on a counter attack we conceded another goal (3-0). Even though the score, we were trying to play our own game but unfortunately it wasn't our best day. United Gredaniers continued to score 3 more goals.
Even though we conceded a big loss, we need to keep our heads up and work hard this week. It all starts in the basics and the elements for playing soccer. See you this week on practice and looking forward to next weeks game to show that we will win games!