Two months ago I approached my youngest son\’s (U12) coaches with the idea of having a team reporter. They embraced the idea and I was off and running.
Before I share with you the reports that have been written so far, I\’m including an overview of the program.
- Attached is the score sheet (Game Summary ISUS) I fill out for each game. I include the date, time, location, and opponent of the game. I also track goalkeepers and the number of saves they made, goal scorers, and those who assisted on the goals. The score sheet also includes the report guidelines along with some notes that I write during a game that a player may or may not choose to use in the report. Notice I emphasize creativity.
- On the score sheet, I list the player\’s names that appeared in the last three reports. Some players will naturally appear more than others. These names help the report determine who has not been included in a while.
- At the end of each game, I review the stats with the reporter so he understands what I have written and we go over the guidelines.
- During the last game, a younger brother of one of the players was curious about what I was tracking. After a few instructions, he happily kept the stats for the rest of the game.
- Since we have many Spanish-speaking families on our team, I get a mom to translate the reports into Spanish before I email out the report.
So far the reporter program has been a big hit. I have had a number of boys volunteer. Once I run out of new reporters, I will use this group of reporters again. It turns out these boys are just as creative with their pens as they are with their feet. Great job boys!
Game 1: Dylan
On March 28th 2010 Impact 98 had a victory in their opening spring game against DYSL Barcelona. The Impact U12 boys defeated Barcelona 5-2.
The two teams met at Cypress Park in Oakley and kick off was at 9:00. When Impact took the field they felt pumped up and ready to play. The first goal was scored by Jorge with an assist going to Grant. Grant dribbled down the right half and crossed it to Jorge and he controlled the ball and chipped it over the goalie. Grant and Jorge did great at hustling and timing. Grant scored a goal and then assisted Jorge again for the 3rd goal of the game. Daniel’s goal was next and it was great because he beat 4 guys and then shot. The team felt confident that they were going to win. Even though Delta squeezed one in, Ethan still had a great game saving 7 shots. He made a good save when a Delta player shot the ball fast and hard to the bottom left corner. Derek had a great defensive play because a Delta player shot it and Ethan was just getting up when Derek came and bombed it out. It was an intense first half.
During the second half Delta Barcelona scored a ripping shot. Oscar came back and assisted Jorge in scoring the last goal. The communication was better than it usually is. All the shots were right on target and hard. The game was outstanding throughout both halves. The defense was great from Zachary K, Andrew, Derek, Jose, and Zachary J. In the second half Zachary K. took over in the goal and saved 3 shots. The final score of the game was 5-2. Impact 98 dominated the whole entire soccer game. It will be a great season if Impact 98 keeps up the hard work.
Game 2: Jose
On April 10, 2010 at 1:30 two good teams played. The away team was Impact 98 and the home team was the Cosmos from Richmond. Impact invited three players from the younger U11 team. Their names were Ethan, Alex and Reynaldo.
The starting lineup for Impact was:
- Goalie: Zach
- Defense: Dylan, Andrew, Derek, and Jose
- Midfield: Carlos, Daniel, and Grant
- Forward: Oscar, Kyle and Jorge
After the first few minutes of the first half of the game we were down 3-0. Zach saved five shots from the Cosmos. But, Cosmos were able to score again. Close to the end of the first half, Impact substituted Grant for Josh. Then Impact scored one goal when Josh passed the ball to Jorge for the score. The first half ended 4-1.
In the second half, Cosmos scored four more goals. Impact’s goalie for the second half was Kyle. He saved ten shots from the Cosmos. It looked like Impact was going to get another goal when Reynaldo juked out the Cosmo’s goalie and shot it, but the goalie was able come back and save the shot. The final score was 8-1 for the Cosmos. It wasn’t Impact’s best performance but Impact 98 will do better next time we face them.
Game 3: Kyle
JORGE LEADS IMPACT TO VICTORY!!!!
On April 17, 2010 IMPACT 98 faced Lamorinda United at Cypress Field in Oakley. To start off Cohen was our team captain, coming back from an injury. Cohen didn’t get to play, but it was great having him back with us. IMPACT 98 beat Lamorinda United 5-0!
The weather was sunny, but got windy in the second half. IMPACT had one guest player from U11, Adain. The game started with Kyle and Adain on the sideline. Derek started in the goal, and then Adain came in to sub. Our defense was strong. Lamorinda couldn’t get past them and had no shots on goal. Jorge scored our first goal with a header after a great assist from Dylan. The score was 1-0 at half-time.
In the second half, it was very windy. Adain was in the goal and had 3 saves for IMPACT. Jorge scored a second goal off an assist by Kyle from the center. Jorge scored a hat-trick with IMPACT’S 3rd goal, assisted by Carlos from the right side!! Jorge score his 4th goal assisted by Oscar from the left side. For the final goal, Kyle chipped the ball with his left foot over two defenders to Oscar who score our 5th goal.
We had great communication from our players this game. Everyone was talking. We had a lot of passing. We missed having our goalie, Ethan this game, but Adain did a great job for us!
Our next game is April 24th at 4:00pm at Doherty High School in San Ramon.
GO IMPACT! ! ! ! !
Game 4: Daniel
SATURDAY, APRIL 24
TRI VALLEY VS. IMPACT 98
GAME TIME 4:00 PM
DOUGHERTY VALLEY HS STADIUM
The journey begins at 3:30 pm. It’s a beautiful day. The weather is cool, sunny and windy. The teams are getting ready on the field warming up.
Meanwhile, the fans start filling the stadium. At 3:55 pm coach Rick assisted from Kim, Luis and Memo called the team and gave them instructions. “The moment of truth has arrived.” Impact 98 expects a defensive Tri Valley but will try to impose its game plans.
The game started at 4:00 pm. We have to control the position of the ball and attack in a better way. We tried to play high-up the field and pressure the defense, but hurried things too much when we had possession that we were wasteful with our final ball. In the 17th minute in the first half Tri Valley took a shot and made the first goal. This was an early goal!! But Impact wasn’t going to give up, receiving support from fans and not after having dominated possession and taken more shots. We were struggling to get the ball into the net. We were losing 1-0.
Jorge took a shot that barely went out. Then Jose took another shot but the goalkeeper got it. We were playing well but luck wasn’t with us. Tri Valley took 3 more shots. But there was Ethan (our wonderful goalkeeper) getting ready to save all shots. We went to halftime trying to get some rest and receiving more instructions from our coach.
The second half started. “It’s very hard to play against a team that controls the ball so well.” But, we know that we are a better team. Feeling the excitement of the game, we started playing better, having more shots and chances to score. Tri Valley wants to make more goals. They didn’t know we have a great defense and a goalkeeper that was on fire saving 7 more shots. Then, Kyle found more open space and made 3 powerful shots. In the last 5 minutes Derek took a shot, the goalkeeper tried to stop it; then Oscar got the rebound and passed to Daniel who scored and made the final goal. The game ended 1-1. “A great adventure has come to an end tonight, but we want more of this in the future.”
PLAYER OF THE GAME: “ETHAN (GOALKEEPER).”
Game 5: Derek
Impact 98 Remains Undefeated at Home
Impact 98 vs. Pleasanton Ballistic
May 1, 2010 Cypress Park
At Cypress Field, two teams came at 2:00 to warm up for a 2:30 kick off. Ballistic wearing their lights and Impact looking good in their darks. A little windy, but a nice sunny day to be on the pitch. Captains for this game were Miguel and Carlos. We started off going into the wind.
In the first half Impact was mostly on Ballistic’s side of the field. Impact had some early shots with Miguel and Jorge taking great shots, unfortunately they both hit the crossbar. It took a while, but Impact finally found the net. Oscar (as known as ‘Big O’)crossed from the left, Derek passed it back to Carlos, who ripped it at the post and in. The halftime score was 1-0.
The second half started with the wind to our backs. This half Impact really dominated. To get things started in the second half Miguel took the ball down the line, crossed it to Jorge, and he volleyed straight in the net. Right after that, Tunde passed it to Miguel and he again crossed it, this time to Zach Kos, who also volleyed into the net. Unfortunately, a few minutes later Ballistic broke through and made it a 3-1 game. Seconds after the Ballistic goal Big O dribbled down the line and curved a shot into the far post . Shortly after his goal, Big O got an assist as he crossed it to Jorge, who flicked the ball over the goalie and into the goal. The last and final goal came from a booming shot by Oscar, assisted by Daniel which wrapped up the game. At the end of the game, Ethan had a total of 5 saves. The final score was 6 to 1. Good job Impact 98. Let’s keep up the good work.
Game 6: Tunde
Impact 98 Takes the Win
On Saturday, May 8, 2010, Impact 98 played Bay Oaks in Alameda. The field was very hard to find but in the end everyone was able to find the field. There was a little wind, but it was not too bad. The field was also very hard. For me, the game started very quickly, no warm ups just checked in and we were on our way.
In the first half Kyle started in goal. The ball was a little flat and the referee had to change it. Impact was not really playing as well as normal, but we were trying our hardest. Bay Oaks scored a quick goal to start the first half. Kyle saved six shots but Bay Oaks was able to slip one more goal in before the end of the half. At halftime Coach Rick and Coach Luis told us what we could do better.
In the second half Zach Kos started in goal, he saved two beautiful shots. After that, Oscar kicked a corner kick to Jorge and Jorge scored off the assist. This woke up the team. After the goal, Impact was still pressuring the ball and scored again. This time, it was off an assist from Kyle to Jorge who controlled it with his thigh and scored it with his left foot. Derek known as D-Rock then went in to the goalie position and saved one big goal with the help of Andrew. Carlos scored a beautiful goal off an assist by Oscar to close the game at 3-2 Impact. It was great to go home a winner.
Game 7: Zach K.
Impact 98 Dominates Lamorinda
On Mother’s Day, Impact 98 played in Orinda against Lamorinda United. After a close first half, the score was 2-1 for Impact. In the second half, we dominated the other team. The final score was 7-1.
The first half was kind of difficult. Lamorinda managed to keep the ball on our half of the field for most of the time, but that didn’t mean they were better than us. Oscar managed to slip the ball past their keeper and into the goal for an early 1-0 lead. The second goal scored by D-Rock (Derek) was a beautiful header that was assisted by Jorge. Lamorinda got lucky. They scored one goal against us. The half time score was 2-1.
During the second half, Impact 98 dominated Lamorinda. It started when Carlos assisted Oscar’s first goal of the second half. Kyle scored two goals; the first one assisted by Zach Jenkins and the second one by Daniel. Jorge also scored two goals; one assisted by Oscar and the other assisted by Jose Grimaldo. All of the second-half goals resulted in a 7-1 final score.
Thanks to Ethan’s little brother, Nolan, for keeping stats during the game. Ethan, our star goalie, saved 12 shots, which kept us going in this very important game. Also, thanks to Kim, our coach. She made cards for Mother’s Day. Kim, you rock!