By Jeremy McDonald
SILVERTON, Ore.– For about 90 minutes Saturday afternoon, the Lady Foxes of Silverton saw where they were at in terms of competition with their intrasquad scrimmage with their scrimmage in Woodburn coming up in a few days.
With the near-midday sun beating down on them, the aggression of attacking the ball and the goalie talking to their field was present as they see where they are at on August 19 and where they can improve upon between now and Thursday.
One thing that was pointed out was their communication with one another. There were glimpses of it here and there, it is something that they can improve upon between now and their jamboree.
“Being more of a team and telling each other where each other is at on the field. If you have defenders on you, if you have time and just communicating with each other and knowing what we’re going to do with each other.”
Another thing that emerged from the jamboree was the two goalies in Mia George and Olivia Meyer. Both are vying for the starting goalie job since the graduation of Kylie Lulich this past season.
Geroge and Meyer were strong in the scrimmage by communicating with their defenders and adjusting well, and through that Goalies Coach and Associate Head Coach Fred George is impressed with how both are battling hard for that starting job in 2017 even with work still to do ahead.this past season, Meyer was her back-up in 2016 and George is making the move from Junior Varsity.
“Those guys are doing great, Mia was our JV1 keeper last year, starting JV1 keeper last year. Olivia was our reserve Varsity Keeper and they both work really hard,” George said on both goalkeepers. “They do Daily training out here so, today I say we’re not quite at where want to be, the level where we want them to be playing at. But both made some really good decisions, I really loved their communication out to their defense.
“Both had really good communication, so yeah, I think they’re playing where we want them to be playing, but not to the level to where we need to be playing.”
One thing Geroge pointed out about the two goalkeepers about where they need to work on between now and the jamboree is their decision-making skills. Something fixable in training nonetheless.
“It’s more about decision making and any youth goalkeeper, decision making can be improved,” said Geroge. “’When do I stay on my line? When do I attack? What dive do I use? Do I use a quick dive or a high-dive?’ So we’re only probably work with them on more decision making to help improve that decision making and the jamboree, we’re going to use that to evaluate those girls.
“We still haven’t named a starter, it’s pretty much anybody’s race at this point. Jamboree we’ll kind of evaluate that and by Churchill two-Thursday’s from now, we’ll have a starter.”
As they prep for the Jamboree Thursday at Woodburn, a 1pm start, there’s always that sense of excitement with starting up the season Saturday and starting to know where they are at now as a team.
“Obviously we still have a lot to work on but it’s finally great to get to be back out here together and we worked really well together for the first time,” said Sinn. “But we’ll just keep on working and see what we got.”
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