- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Doug Ford
Comets varsity girls head soccer coach Sid Young saw both some good things and things that need improvement from the jayvee and varsity teams at their initial scrimmage of the season Monday at Heritage. With practice time on the field limited by inclement weather, the rust showed for both Comets teams in a physical scrimmage with a much-improved Heritage team, according to Young.
“We had some jayvees that showed well,” commented Young. “A lot of them are still relatively inexperienced with positional play and that’s something we have to work on.
“But, we saw some good things, and it was a learning experience for them and the varsity as well.”
The jayvee girls have only two players returning to the roster from last year, while the varsity team has about seven or eight returning seniors, Young calculated.
The coaches are working to put players at the best positions on the field to help the teams, he explained.
“The varsity did a fair job against Heritage. We didn’t really keep score, but Heritage did have three goals against us,” said Young.
“We had some people step up and do well, especially some of the older girls, and the new girls are still learning their positions, but we saw some good things there as well.
“It’s a matter of honing their skills and teaching them where to be in certain situations.”
Spring sports teams are behind the eight-ball in terms of preparation due to wet conditions, so coaches still need time to see what individual players are capable of.
The scrimmage at Heritage was a step in the right direction toward that goal, Young noted.
“We saw that we need to work on how to mark somebody on defense, and we still need to work on our ball control and passing, where to go once you pass the ball to receive it later,” he said.
“As simple as that is, it’s one of the hardest things to get them to do.
“Overall, we saw some good things on jayvee and varsity, but we had some girls who were dinged up a little because it was a physical game.
“The girls told us they need to work on conditioning and some other things, and a lot of them don’t have experience as where to go on the field, but that’s something we can work on,” Young added.