This week I am sad to say that we are out of Nationals, but some good news is that I will continue to write posts on my blog. With that I will talk about how Nationals went. First off, we got a first round buy because we won our league. With that buy, we also ended up getting some of the hardest teams, and during the games we got some of the worst referees. Some of the referees would see a call that was the most obvious call in the world and wouldn’t call it. For example, there was a foul inside of the box and it was probably the most obvious call in the world, and the referee didn’t even call it. My coach started screaming at the ref, but nothing happened, and the ref acted like he didn’t even see it. Besides that, most everyone got a chance to play accept for Jose Reyes. I am not sure why he didn’t play but on the bright side he got recruited for the Olympic Development Program (ODP). About ODP, several other people from our team also got recruited such as Saul Sosa, Martin Melero, Owen Lambe, Colton Theaker, and that was all that I knew. It was cool to see that all those players were asked to try out. Owen told me that most of the time most teams don’t have that many players get asked to try out for ODP. I will be very happy to see how far they go, because there are several try outs. Anyways, back to Nationals, there was one team in our bracket called surf and they’re from San Diego, but every time we have played against a team with that name, we have lost to them. This loosing streak has been going on for two years now, and we call it the surf curse. I know it seams like we had a short season and didn’t do very well, but we did because we won Premier and got a first round buy. If you have any special soccer events like Nationals or tournaments, leave a comment down below.
This week for a player bio, I am talking about Brandon Dolezal.
This is Brandon first and last year with our team because the way they divided the teams for next year. Instead of having the cut off date on August 1 and allowing players born in 2001 able to play with us, they are having it on January 1 so each team the team will be created from all the players in the same birth year and sadly Brandon is a 2001 baby. But besides that Brandon has been great help and encouragement to our team. He has helped us with lots of games and it will be sad to see him go. Well, lets talk about all I have got to know about Brandon from this last season so far. Brandon is tall and strong so he is able to protect the ball really well, plus he is really fast and can get to the ball before most people. He plays striker or right and left forward for most games and he scores lots of goals. This past weekend we started nationals and we have one of the hardest brackets. We are in last place for our bracket but there is a chance that we can go through to the next round if a certain team wins or ties and we win. With that Brandon has helped us out with getting those points to give us a chance because of his pace and getting the ball up the field fast and then allowing the rest of the team to catch up and later, either score or assists for the goal. Brandon has been a really positive person on our team for both on and off of the field. For example, this Sunday we lost which put us in last place, but Brandon and someone else told the team that we still have a chance and to keep our heads up and be ready for the next weekend. Brandon has been a great friend and has a great attitude. Tell me who is positive and encouraging on your team by commenting down below and don’t forget to drop a like as well.
This week for player bio’s, we are talking about Owen Lambe.
I have talked a little bit about Owen in previous posts but I have yet to do a full player bio about him, so lets get started with this thing. With that, let me start of with saying that Owen is a fantastic soccer player no matter where he is playing on the field. He plays many positions, but they are mostly on the attacking side of things. Owen normally plays out wide as a right or left winger, but occasionally comes into the middle and plays attacking mid. Owen is very skillful, very forward minded, and is always looking to score a goal. He and I have been on the same team since U9 and haven’t really been separated since. We also see each other everyday at school because we are currently in the MAD academy and have all of the same classes. Anyways, going back to the soccer aspect of the blog post, Owen is also our captain for the team and he does a great job at it. He motivates people really well and keeps a positive attitude towards pretty much everything. Owen also does a soccer channel on youtube with a couple of other players on the team such as Wyatt, Kei, and some other friends. You should go check it out by looking up top bin football all one word on youtube and you can see a couple of fantastic videos of Wyatt, Kei, Owen and a couple others hitting some ridiculous shots. Here is a link to one of their videos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUW4t9y5c6I. Back to Owen though, Owen is also a great friend and is very inviting, he tries to include as many people as he can so that everyone can have a good time. Being on a team with Owen has been great and I am not sure what it would be like if I wasn’t with the team. Don’t forget to leave a like down below, but also tell me about your friends and team mates and how great they in the comment section down below.
This week I am writing a player bio for my good friend Zyrus. He plays right and left back, so we switch during the game for each other most of the time. Here is a quick pick of Zyrus in England when we went to Wembley witch is one of the largest stadiums in the world.
Zyrus is a really athletic person, and when it comes to soccer, he has great skills, he is super quick, and he can jump a good height as well. Zyrus also has a great personality and knows how to keep everyone in a good mood. This Wednesday at practice Zyrus and I were sent to stand at a cone by ourselves for a drill, but we didn’t have to do anything, and so we got a couple of balls and tried to hit some top corner shots, other know as top bins if you watch the F2 who are soccer freestylers. Anyways, Zyrus hit two fantastic shots that were perfectly top right and when I mean perfect, I mean perfect, it barely skimmed the crossbar and post at the same time. It was really fun to play with him during practice and it is going to be fun hanging out with him at practices and Nationals for the rest of club season. Here is another couple of photos of Zyrus playing in one of our premier games.
We play down in Irvine which you can tell by the logo through the fence. Driving down got pretty annoying since we had to travel down there all but two games. With that I will continue with talking about Zyrus. Even though Zyrus may be one of the smaller players on the field, he is super tough and is pretty physical with out drawing any fouls. I don’t know if Zyrus has gotten any yellow cards yet, but I think there have been some plays where he should have been called out about. Any ways, Zyrus is a great guy and is a hard worker, and I am glad to be on his team.
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This week I have two players at the table, Jahir Sanchez and Jose Reyes. These two players play more towards the back of the field. They both normally play defense, but sometimes Jahir plays midfield. Jose plays as a right or left back and Jahir plays as a center defender or central defending midfielder. These two players are both very strong, physical, and aggressive. But instead of telling you about them together, I will explain each of them individually.
To start off, I will talk about Jahir Sanchez. Jahir goes to school with me at Santa Barbara high school. He played soccer as well, and was on the same team as I. After playing together during high school season, Jahir has introduced me to so many new people that I don’t think I would have ever talked to. Jahir is a great friend and player who I thank for welcoming me into the Santa Barbara high team and helping me out all along the way. Here are a few snap shots of Jahir during club season.
Now on to Jose Reyes. Even though I have talked about Jose in my blog earlier on, I never did a real player bio for him. Well then, Jose is either our left or right back during most games. He is most likely the strongest one on our team since he works out a bunch. And so, Jose goes to San Marcos High School and plays lacrosse right now, but he is still training with us since the practices for club start at seven and go till eight thirty or eight forty five. Back to playing soccer though, Jose can also play goalie for us. I don’t believe I mentioned this in the Vegas Showcase blog, but Jose went in goal and swapped with our goalie, and our goalie ended up scoring a goal. We were glad Jose could do the job because no one else really knows how to play goalie. Jose is a great member of our team and I am not sure what we would do with out him.
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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.