U12 Boys Black 06
Observations from Coach Zach Papanikolaou:
First, thank you to the parents for being very supportive and encouraging to the kids to do well. Also, thank you to manager Scott Wagner for the tremendous help.
In recent weeks the team has faced some very challenging competition.
A few weeks ago at Sports Club, we had to face 2 out of 3 premier teams, which gave us a good lesson. Our progress and improvement after that showed big time, as we prepared for tournament play.
Our weekend at the North Shore tournament was absolutely fantastic. I’m so very proud of the team for playing in 90-degree temperatures – plus, 2 out of 4 teams we played were higher level teams, without a doubt.
After the first two games where we struggled, we faced an MK team to a 4-4 tie. Under different circumstances, had our finishing been better, we could’ve easily won by half a dozen goals or more.
Having said that we absolutely saved our best for last in the tournament. Against an outstanding MK WFB team, superbly coached by two coaches, our kids absolutely played the best game of the year so far. Winning the game, 4-3, with tremendous leadership by our captain Tyler, scoring 3 goals, 2 of which were in the final 7-8 minutes of the game.
What really makes me so happy and proud is the teams we faced have been coached by the same coaches for two years, and we have only been together for two months. So our progress and improvement have been absolutely unbelievable.
_Again, congratulations to the U12 boys’ Black team – we are looking forward to even better things! _