This week instead of a player bio that I had planned, I will be talking about the Las Vegas Showcase this last weekend.
So this weekend my team and I traveled to Las Vegas for a college showcase, but it wasn’t really worth going because all of the coaches were at the other fields. There were two locations/sports complexs and we were located at the fields that were just for the U15 age group, where as all the other teams were at the bigger complex for national league. Even though we didm’t do as well as we wanted, we still had fun! We did alright during the showcase, having two wins, a tie, and a loss. We weren’t supposed to play the teams we played because the bracket got switched around.
Here is a photo of the sunrise from our hotel room on our last day. It was super cool and beautiful. The only bummer about the hotel though is that it smelled like second hand smoke every where. I could hardly stand it. I was so happy when it was our last day, but we had to wait in the airport for to long. It took nine hours to just get on the plane, three hours to get off the plane, and finally another hour and a half for the drive home. We got home around 12-12:30. The next day I woke up with a giant headache, and didn’t feel to good. It was most likely due to the lack of sleep.
Here is a photo after the last game in Vegas. We won seven to zero against the 22nd team in Nevada. We even had our goalie come out of goal and he scored a goal. I kind of felt bad for the team because they were our last opponent and we just got back into our groove by then. Those were the first couple of games that we played back, all together except for one guy named Martin. Martin had pneumonia and he still wasn’t feeling better. Tell me a little bit about your trips and how they went. Leave a comment down below and don’t forget to like.
This week for player bio’s I am going to talk about our goalie named Colton. Colton lives in Arroyo Grande and drives down every Monday and Wednesday for practice. Colton is about 5’10”-5’11” and is the biggest person on our team. Since he is so tall, he is able to catch those high cross that everyone can’t header. Here is a couple photos of him in action.
So there are a couple of photos of Colton. Like I said, he can get up and get the balls that no one can header. He is a fantastic goalie and is really funny. I don’t know what the team would do without him. He is basically the backbone of the team and gets everyone fired up so we can go win our games. He is the captain for our team alongside Owen Lambe who I have talked about previously. Owen is now back from his injury and his finishing up with the high school, they are going to play their first game on tuesday March 8, 2016. Back to Colton though, Colton has done great with our team and has gained a lot of chemistry with other team mates. Which means that he has gotten to know the playing styles of almost all the players on the team. With nationals coming up he is making people push to be there best and stronger for the upcoming games.
This weekend we are heading to Las Vegas for another showcase, and we will see how he does. I believe he will do great and the college scouts that should be coming will find him really good. I forgot to mention one thing why he is really good with his hands, is because he plays basketball instead of soccer for his high school. I am not entirely sure why he chose to play basketball over soccer, I think it was because he wanted a break from soccer because he was also trying out for the ODP team (Olympic Development Program). So to put an end to this player bio, I was wondering who the backbone/foothold of your team is and if they do a good job being a leader. Leave a comment down below and like.
From now on and going forward I will start conducting and writing about each player on our team creating a bio for them. This week I am starting with 2 people, but it will change as the weeks continue. This week for player bios I am focusing on Wyatt Babineau and Kei Faulkner.
To start off I will introduce to you Kei Faulkner who is presented on the right side of the photo. Kei who we call K for short is new to our team and just had starting training with us at the beginning of the winter season right before high school had started. K is a hilarious guy and everyone on our team likes him, that is what I think at least. K goes to San Marcos High School with Wyatt and is close to a height of 5’5″-5’6″, or maybe taller. K is a central defender for our team and is strong, fast and smart. He has a great first touch and I will be glad to seem him play with us in nationals depending on our coach. For high school he also played as a central defender on the JV team and did great, he was hard to beat! K is an awesome person and I am glad to see him train with us the rest of the season.
Wyatt who is on the left side of the photo, has been with me and the team for several years now and has been a great help. He goes to Dos Pueblos High School and is a sophomore. He is 15 years old and is about 5’6″, he has been on club since U8 and we have been on the same team since U9. He and I played academy last year through the Santa Barbara Soccer Club, and so we both couldn’t play high school soccer because of several rules between the academy and high school. So, the first year he played high school, he was on the varsity team. Wyatt is a very fast, strong player, and also has become quite skillful. On club he plays either right or left back depending on other peoples comfort levels, also he sometimes plays up as a wide forward or midfielder.
Here is a couple of photos from the first practices after high school season on Monday February 22.
We practice at Girsh Park in Goleta from 7 to 8:30-8:45 depending on how much we play and if we want to play on. Most of us don’t get home until 9 or maybe a little later, but there are also some people that live in Arroyo Grande, Lompoc, and Santa Ynez that drive down after school on Mondays and Wednesdays every week. These people on the team are probably the most committed out of all of us because they give up the most time out of their homework time and day to drive down and end up getting home around 10 or 11 at night.
Heres is a photo of some of the other teams that practice on the same field, but they start before we start and so when we are about a quarter of the way through they are done and we basically have the whole field to ourselves. The club rents out the field so that all the teams have a place to practice and so they created a schedule that allows everyone to get a fair share of practice time that will allow each team to play well during each of their games.
Here is a picture of myself tying my new boots right before we start warming up for practice. I got new cleats because mine had just ripped and were getting a little small. Two other players had just got new cleats as well because they had there old ones for almost a year now. Most cleats that we get, we have to break them in because we want to have a good touch with them and have them feel good on your foot. At first though they might give you blisters because they’re a little big and your foot doesn’t fit quite right yet. If I have problems with my cleats during practice for the first couple of times, I tend to bring my old cleats so I won’t be bothered, and just wear my new boots the next practice to slowly break them in. What happens when you get new cleats/boots, how do you break them in so they feel right, leave a comment down below.
As said in my about page, we clenched first place in Premier and just a few days ago we finally got our trophy, medals, t-shirts. With that, we celebrated at Owen’s house, mentioned in my previous post. The entire team was excited to grab the trophy because it looked like the world cup trophy. Also, the team was thrilled to see each other, but sadly not everyone could attend, but they are looking forward to enjoying playing club soccer once again, because our coach has just confirmed that we will start training for nationals starting on monday February 22. I am positive that everyone will be as hyped as I am and will be urging each other on to make one another stronger, faster, smarter, and finally create more chemistry between one another. If you don’t know how chemistry is interpreted in soccer, well, it is the way that players interact with each other on the field, and when you have good chemistry, you have a better understanding of that players strengths and weaknesses.
Here is a little bit about the players in the three photos shown above. First, we have Brandon who is on the left side of the trophy that is between the two guys. Brandon is one of the younger boys on our team, but he plays his heart out and never gives up. His position on the field is normally Center forward, but it will sometimes change depending on the game and where the coach thinks we will play better. Next to Brandon on his right, we have Jose, he is one of the most physical players on our team and normally plays left or right wing. Finally, we have Frank who is alone with the trophy. Frank is probably the smallest one on our, but he is strong and has a very good touch. He is from Sir Leon and he has two other friends on our team that came from Sir Leon as well. These three players shown above are great helps to the team an we wouldn’t have gotten to where we were without there help.
Here I am at the Santa Barbara High training ground for the varsity team. Right now high school season is coming to a close, but club doesn’t start until the end of February, and so most of the players are training with varsity for the rest of the season either to help them towards CIF or playing with them in CIF. Once club starts back up again I believe the team will be glad to see each other and we will talk about each of our teams and how they did during the season.
Here is Owen Lambe a star player on my team and we are hitting free kicks at Rob Gym with a couple of friends trying to create a video because we think its fun and it would look cool. Owen is one of our forwards on our soccer team, but recently he fractured his knee and so he won’t be able to play for a couple of weeks. I am pretty sure most of the team doesn’t know yet, but if they did, they would be hoping he will get better soon and be able to join us in Vegas because he was a big help last time we played there for our showcase.
Here is a quick glance of my backyard, I have two goals spread out across the yard to make a soccer field so that when I have multiple friends over we can play a small sided game. Or, if it’s me and maybe one other friend we will do a free kick challenge from across the field because it’s easier to place it if you are up close. If we decide we don’t feel like playing soccer, we would most likely go inside and play Fifa 16. Fifa 16 is also a soccer video game, and it’s a big part of our soccer team, and most people have it or play it with friends. Recently I haven’t been playing since I have been so stressed out with homework and such. Sometimes whenever there is a big group of our team and we are at someones how who has Fifa, we will start a mini tournament to see who the best players are. To tell you the truth, I am not one of the best, I am moderate, a little better than most.How would you rate yourself? Also, if you had friends over that were soccer players, what would you do?