Netherland trip improves Varsity soccer’s strategy, skill

Andre Scott
Circulation Manager

Junior John Conley retains the ball from a Rockwood Summit player.
Junior John Conley retains the ball from a Rockwood Summit player. (Photo by Bret Waelterman)

Men’s Varsity soccer is playing in the CYC tournament, Gateway Classic and Saint Louis Soccer Classic from Sept. 22 to Oct. 8.

Ranking number eight in the St. Louis area in Class 3 soccer, the Statesmen faced Rockhurst High School on Oct. 2. Webster is 6-3 on the year so far.

The team went to the Netherlands on July 16-25, to participate in the youth team’s version of Bundesliga and Eredivisie, a professional association soccer competition.

The team played four games against four teams from the Netherlands and Germany. One game was an amateur game while the others were against youth professional teams.

The teams showed “very high quality,” said head coach Tim Cashel.

While in the Netherlands the team had three practices. The practices mainly focused on passing exercises because Dutch soccer focuses mainly on ball possession.
They worked with two different coaches, with one working on tactics and the other working on “intense” drilling, senior Sam Craig said.

“The trip was life changing. I have never been closer to a team,” Craig added.
Back at home the players focus on things like mental stability, pass plays, technical skills and constant movement.  Most practices end with playing a mock game to better players’ skills.

The team is mentally prepared in practice by “paying attention to detail in training and matches in terms of training at our highest level and implementing tactics,” Cashel said.
“We simply want to be the best we can be,” Cashel said.

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