Scoring an own goal in soccer is inevitable. There is no way to avoid it. It is important to respond in a positive manner when it does happen. Respond like Dan Boyle of the San Jose Sharks did when he scored in his own goal in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Players, coaches, and parents focus on who scores the goal. By emphasizing who had the most assists in a game, goal scorers will now look to get their teammates more involved in the game and make the team much better.
Having a good goalkeeper can turn a mediocre team into a great team. Standing on or in the goal on free kicks, being properly positioned between the goal posts, and taking a forward hop-step before a shot on goal are simply yet effective ways to make a goalkeeper better.