We played two games this Saturday and both went very well. The first game against Stevensville was a good matchup, with each team placing shots on the goal throughout the first half. We tried a new formation to give the kids a different perspective of the game … but it didn’t last long. I quickly found out that I actually weakened the core of our midfield. It was my fault we didn’t win that game, but I feel like at this age it is important to educate the athletes on all aspects of the game. We hung in for an exciting 3-1 loss, that the scores didn’t justify.
Our second game was our best yet this year. We played Missoula Strikers U-12 all boys team. This is one of the most highly respected teams in the league this year. We held them and stood our ground for the first half at 0-0. The second half proved to be a tiring one. The Missoula Strikers passed the ball well. We were also passing well, but of course, our efforts took a lot of energy. We started to tire toward the end of the second half, which I like to see, because it means the athletes were playing hard throughout the entire game. We had a few slips that missoula took advantage of ending the match with a 3-0 loss. We fought for the ball, we obtained it and we protected it well this game. Each one of us made an effort to beat our opponents. We didn’t back down in the face of a good team and that alone takes courage and confidence.
I feel like we are starting to make things happen, work as a team and recognize what is what on the field. GOOD JOB PLAYERS. I am excited for this week of practice.
Hey folks. The time has come to register for fall recreational soccer. Kids aged 5 to 15 (age on August 1, 2010) are welcome to register. Any 15 year olds that play on the high school team are not eligible. If you register now, and make the high school team later, we’ll refund your money.
Teams have already been created and practices will begin soon. But you can still register. You might not get a jersey; but you will still be able to play a whole season of soccer.
Download the Payment Form, print and fill out one per family.
Download the Registration Form, print and fill out one per player.
Mail to or Drop off:
126 South 6th Street
Livingston, MT 59047
Games: This past weekend was spent in blustery conditions in Billings at the Magic City tournament in the U-17 Gold division. The team had a good tournament – playing to a 0-0 tie against a Canadian team, Swift Current United, before dispatching the Rushmore Soccer Club of South Dakota by a scope of 2-1. We went out at the Semi-final stage – losing to Helena Arsenal 4-2 in a tie that really could have gone either way. We were disappointed to not go further in the tournament – but our co-ed team left with their heads held high after putting in great performances against all-boy Premier level clubs.
Practice: Our practices don’t tend to vary a great deal from a consistent pattern – as we focus on three key areas – decision making, passing and movement off of the ball. Working hard on all three has served us well this season as we continue to rack up wins using those attributes of our game as part of a game that emphasizes possession. Another aspect of our game that we focus on is improving our weaker foot – for all but one of our players that means our left foot. We play a fast, short passing game requiring the player to pass the ball with either foot if the opportunity arises, so a lot of our dribbling or passing drills require that players use both feet. A player comfortable with either foot is a player who can make things happen on the soccer pitch. Keep that in mind when you want to work on your soccer skills.
Hot Shots: Our Girls! Playing a tournament against boys teams in this age-group can be pretty difficult. All of our girls came out with flying colors – holding their own against players much bigger and faster than them. A special shout out needs to go to Lani A. and Kelsey V. who battled all weekend long and made a number of brave interceptions and penetrating passes against opposition that might have thought that they could outmuscle an all-girl center midfield. Well done girls!
Homework: Juggle the ball 5 times with your right foot and then 5 times with your left. Run for 10 minutes (on a machine or outdoors) on days when you don’t have training or competitive matches.
Games: This weekend our U14 co-ed players competed in the Magic City tournament. On Saturday (and what a blustery Saturday it was), our team played against two Wyoming opponents. In the first half of the first game our offense generated numerous attacks on goal: many of which were a brilliant string of passes up, down and across the field. Our opponents got two lucky goals from one very large and aggressive player. Matt B. countered by scoring a penalty kick to finish the game at 1-2. In the second game of the day, the team fought a tough battle against another Wyoming team. They came up shorthanded, but learned a lot about what role attitude plays in the game of soccer. On Sunday, another hard fought battle that left us just barely at a loss: 1-2.
Practice: Though our practices regularly address a wide range of tactical and skill based drills and lessons, recently we have been working at going through the ball with the body and making decisions about positioning off the ball. As a young team, it is important for the players to learn to use their bodies effectively when winning balls and going up against larger players—not only for the sake of gaining possession, but also for winning space. Also, the players are just beginning to acquire a grounded sense of positions on the field and what each job entails. This is where positioning off of the ball has become essential to understanding what the most effective choice is for a flank mid-fielder vs. an outside back. The kids are certainly coming along well in this area.
Hot Shots: Ari B. was unmatched in soul this weekend. We talked a lot about passion and playing with heart, regardless of the score, and Ari showed her teammates what this really means. She went hard to every ball, every time and was tireless out on that field. Also this weekend Amanda played her position as right back amazingly. She has been one of the first to really enact the defensive positioning we have been learning and working at diligently. Last, but not least, Matt B. did a great job at sparking our offense through his quick and smart decision making—his leg was hurting, but he kept on and created several really awesome goal-scoring opportunities.
Homework: Come to practice with a good mindset. Be ready to work hard and improve. Attitude is everything!
Games: We played our first games a week ago. It was a new experience for most of us. The Academy format is very different from traditional game days. I’m very excited about the Academy. The emphasis is on individual improvement, not scoring points and winning. Every player on our team did a good job mixing it up with the Bozeman players. Unfortunately we missed our games this Saturday. Although the weather was fine in Livingston, I hear there was a full-on blizzard in Bozeman. We’ll try again next week.
Practice: In practice we’re working on dribbling moves. We have challenged each of our players to try at least one dribbling move to beat a defender every game. Madison P. got her very own dribbling move named after her. We’re also working on crisp, accurate passes. Peter G. and Rilyn P. won the passing contest in the snow on Thursday; but they will have some serious competition next week.
Hot Shots: Nick Z. was all over the place in practice on Tuesday: chasing down loose balls and making beautiful passes into space. Emily R. was a bundle of fiery energy at the games last Saturday. She had several of the other coaches asking, “Who was that masked ball bandit?”
Homework: Remember, Coach Matt has challenged you all to pull a ball onto your foot and balance it there for 3 seconds. There’s a prize waiting for those who can pull it off on Tuesday.
Revised information about the current status of the park and soccer fields project is now available. Follow this link for the updates and a conceptual view: Project Update
LYSA is making a very informative and fun booklet available which helps explain some of the finer points of the game of Soccer. It’s called “Laws of the Game Made Easy”.
It is a brief, entertaining and easy to understand review of the Laws of the Game. It is aimed at players, referees, coaches, parents, and spectators and can be purchased for $5.00. Contact us at:
lysa.resources [at] gmail.com (remember to replace the [at] with no spaces and the @ sign)