U16 Rep soccer team faces off against the Maccabi Men’s team
It was a multi generational match up with the Maccabi Toronto men’s team facing off against the U16 Maccabi Rep Soccer team, who have 10 players representing Canada at the Maccabiah Games in Israel this summer.
The boys had a very tough task ahead. They played amazingly well keeping focused, disciplined, and playing perfectly executed soccer in the first half. They played a very conservative but demanding defensive style with counter attacking as the sole possibility to score. And score they did, amassing a 2-0 lead at the half. In the first half the team showcased some great possessions controlling the ball and executing 20 passes at a time.
At the half, the men’s team was very concerned with their inability to breakdown the defense. They regrouped and switched up their strategy. “I told the boys where the attack would come from but with a 2-0 lead it’s hard to maintain the same level of concentration”, said Jason Mausberg, coach of the U16 team.
Within 5 minutes a 2-0 lead turned into a 3-2 deficit. After a quick timeout the boys restored their focus and continued their excellent play. After going down 4-2 the younger inexperienced side fought back and made it 4-3.
With the faster and more accurate ball movement from the men, the U16 team expanded a lot of energy and couldn’t muster up the tying goal.
“The boys played excellent and showed that they can compete against players who played on the Canadian World University games team and on the Canadian Indoor team. They should be very proud and also feel a very strong level of confidence in not just their physical abilities but also in their knowledge of the game”, commented Mausberg.
The U16 players play was years ahead of their birth age. Now on to Saturday to capture the 2000 CAF league championship.