Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Magic are Ready to Open ODSL Season

The Magic traveled to soggy Quantico to compete in the rain-shortened PWSI Invitational tournament over Labor Day weekend.  Despite the two 1-0 losses, the girls fought hard and managed to play their best soccer of the season in the second game.

For the first time this season, the girls started to show some good footwork, accumulating a number of points in The Chase to Maggie Moos - or as the girls like to call it "Maggie Moooves."  The defensive effort is very good and the goalkeepers are playing very well too.  Although the team is still struggling to hit its stride offensively, the footskills, passing, and confidence are heading in a positive direction.

To encourage more individual practice, the team has started a patch program.  Each player has the opportunity to earn skill patches for dribbling, shooting, juggling, controlling, and passing.  The coaches have established the criteria for everyone to work towards.  The standards are tough, but fair, and all the players should be able to earn all five patches as the year progresses.  Check out the patches, criteria, and progress reports here.

Thanks to Janna and Cate for being our field reporters this past weekend.  Megan K is on the hook for the Magic's ODSL opener.

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