vs. Walkill 10/07
FDR: 1 Wallkill: 2
Goals: Dan Scott
Saves: Darling - 2
Coaches Notes: After the Pine Plains game I sensed that some of the guys were not having fun. I thought maybe we should loosen up a bit and enjoy a practice. So we played headball/handball and scrimmaged the JV team. Guys are sick, tired, and injured so I gave you the weekend off. Then it was back to work on Monday. We worked on creating goal scoring opportunities and playing quick transition when in the middle third of the field in practice with our 8 v 8 drill and I left the field worried because my bench players outscored my starting offense. I told you guys that this was a must win game to keep our chances of going to MHAL's alive and the will to win was not there until the second half. You guys started the game flat in a contest that you had to win. We started the same lineup that beat Spackenkill. It is our strongest defensive lineup, with probably the best midfield in the league, and two fast forwards both of whom have scored in big games throughout the season. What is going on? This is not the same team that fought back to beat Middletown or the same team that defended their home field against the bully on the block Spackenkill. Why must we be down by 2 goals to wake up? The drive is not there with some of you guys. It's like some of you older guys don't care if we win or lose. That's not you! I know you guys care deep down inside. We need to bounce back in a major way.
I think having our team discussion and allowing you to get some things off of your chest by writing me your thoughts will benefit our team. I know I told you guys that we are out of MHAL's but we just might have a chance to get in after all. Ellenville will see a different lineup and hopefully a big win will give you the jolt that we need to get through Saugerties and Rondout next week. You guys have to be positive, focused, and believe! Believe that we can win our last 3 and make it happen. WE MUST WIN OUR LAST THREE GAMES OR WE WILL NOT BE IN THE MHAL TOURNAMENT. I'll explain to you guys the point system on Friday. We still have a chance!