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Has "the system" evolved?

Two of our biggest concerns have been turnovers and fatigue, both at the end of games and at the end of the season. I want to be very cautious and not overstate the case, but from what I’ve seen in several practices, there are reasons for optimism. This is a very subjective statement, but the play on the field seems more orderly, more controlled, than it was last year. There is a sense of urgency but not frenzy. Either there has been a change in Lars’ approach, or after a year the team is executing it more effectively. Maybe both.

Over a span covering several modified scrimmages, and one with officials, I see a lower turnover rate, and more than just slightly. The ball is on the ground much less often that it was last year. A lot of this is due to their passing which is on target much more frequently.

In transition, of course they want to get upfield fast just like last year; but not at all costs. They are more patient. The best example is the role of the goalie. Guys at the top of the attack box, and even the midfield will occasionally actually pass the ball BACK to a waiting goalie. Most of the time I hate that, but it illustrates what I mean by patience. They are not running upfield without considering alternative ways of doing it, even not optimal ones. They are not forcing it.

The two defenders that stay back during transition pass across field to each other and far upfield with confidence. They are not in a rush. In the midfield, spacing seems better; targets are more spread out and therefore more likely to be open.

Regarding fatigue - again, very subjectively – I think fatigue may be less of factor for three reasons. As a team overall, I think they are in better shape than last year (which was a lot better than previous years). There is less huffing and puffing when they get back to the bench. Also, I think the pace of practice, while still very high, seems a bit slower than last year. They are spending a little less energy.

Perhaps most importantly, when they are in the normal offense or a 6 on 6 drill, the time of possession in the offensive end is greater than last year. This will give the defense a breather. They are not taking shots in the first few seconds they are in the attack box. They are moving the ball very quickly and crisply; much more likely to continue passing several times before taking a shot and less likely to turn the ball over. There have even been a few very extended possessions, something we saw rarely last year.

I could be wrong, but I see a notable change in approach and/or execution. BUT I am only one observer and these judgements are very subjective. I’d love to see posts by those of you who come to the game Friday. Do you see it the same way?

Posted: 10/12/2017 at 12:01PM


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Has "the system" evolved? -- 1moreUVAfan 10/12/2017 12:01PM
  I have to snicker a bit at your post. -- HowieT3 10/14/2017 4:14PM
  Re: I have to snicker a bit at your post. -- rocket 10/15/2017 09:36AM
  Interesting thoughts, thanks for sharing... -- dek 10/13/2017 08:59AM
  Are the middies rotating more ? O vs. D ** -- TransparentHoo 10/12/2017 3:14PM
  Good Stuff....glad to hear it, thanks! ** -- CBHoo 10/12/2017 2:46PM

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