We knew nothing about this team, only that they looked younger and smaller. I elected to move away from the 4-4-2 that we played in the last two games and teach the kids a new formation 3-2-2-3. The 3-2-2-3 was specifically designed to work to beat AFC, and I needed the players to pick up the nuances of the formation before playing AFC. Game started slow and their goalie was really good. Our front 5 really started to force their players to play back more, opening up the field for our strikers. The 3-2-2-3 was working well and the players were picking it up. Once they figured the formation out, goals started dropping quickly. 15 minutes into the second half, I switched the defense and the offense and moved players to a 3-2-3-2, as the game was fully under their control. During the game, several of the subbing players were complaining about rough play and trash talking from #30 and #77. I saw the rough play, but I saw that more as a result of those players getting beat, not by them trying to hurt. Not sure what #30 said to Gabe, but he went out anger, scored and over celebrated, drawing his second yellow card and getting ejected from the game. We played man down with a backup goalie, and offense and defense switched. They scored. This was a good team win in the fact that they learned the formations and how to play with each other in those formations. From an individual perspective, I explained that trash talking is only effective if you let it effect you; ignore it. Lessons the players will need to know.
Austen, Ben, Connor, Dante, Gabe, Gavin, Hayden, Jake, Jamol, Levi, Lewes, Nick, Noah, Rowan, Ryan, Sterling