Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Wizards practice: 02-16-2009

Went by practice on Monday. When I got there they were scrimmaging 7v7 with the following three teams.

Green team: Lopez, Wolff, Jewsbury, Conrad, Besler, Arnaud, Hartman
Orange team: Morsink, Souter, Hohlbein, Espinoza, Thompson, Leathers, Pardo
Blue team: Kraus, Watson, Beres, Pizarro, Marquess, Zusi, Brown

There may have been some changing around of a couple people but I think this was how they were for most of the practice.

Some standouts were Lopez for the green team and Morsink for the orange team. Morsink scored two beautiful goals in the span of about 4 minutes or so. He had a couple other good shots that went a little high. Both of his goals would have been from about 20-25 yards out. Lopez was just all over the place for his team, creating, scoring and covering defense. I know he saved at least one goal off the back post.

Morsink and Souter closing down Pizzaro...


Besler and Zusi while Captain Conrad observes...


Whichever team's goalie was not in the scrimmage would get worked out by Coach Pascarella until there turn came back up...


Hmmm....


While the green team should have been dominate (more natural starters), the orange team was pretty much their equal. While the blue team did seem to get dominated by both of the other teams, they did get some stellar moments as well. Kraus or Beres (could not see which at the time) got a nice hard shot past Pardo.


Trialist Chris Brown pulls down a cross...


But this one got by...


Brown being pressured into a turnover by Lopez...


Coach Kerry coaching...


I think this may have hurt a bit...

After the team practice, Coach Pascarella worked all the keepers out. Lots of drills that appeared to be working on response time. With this drill, a lot of shots were deflected to the side...


or over the goal.

But some got by...

And some were barely stopped.

While I have a hard time comparing what Coach Pascarella is doing this year to what Coach Tenney was doing at the same point last season, I definately get the vibe that he is working the keepers harder.

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