Cwill, we absolutely shut down newmans run of play in state both years, and they were playing just as much kick and run as us.
U-High doesn't have the skilled players to play that kind of soccer, and we thrived playing boot 'n run. We would have been garbage had we tried playing pretty soccer
I'll be honest man, that's not what it looked like from the stands. Newman played a good passing game and U-High just booted the ball over the midfield either to Micah or Copeskey and hoped for the best. U-High has always relied on its athletes, but guys like Copeskey-x2, Micah, Major, Scala, Patrick, et al were more than capable of holding possession and playing a passing game, but that's not the way they were coached.
UHS looked completely outclassed tonight against Newman. I thought the reffing was ok, except their goalie should have gotten carded (yellow at least) when U-High got a PK. I can't really comment on the goal being taken away (I was on the other side of the field with all of the other U-High fans).
U-High had only two really technical players. One SUPER fast and athletic forward (the tall one, who ended up winning the PK) and Kobetz out on the wing. Our midfield was absolutely pathetic. Defensively they were poor and the go-to strategy as soon as they got the ball was to kick it down field and hope for the best. The problem with that was that UHS was playing a 4-5-1 against Newman (who was playing 3 in the back) so our forwards were trying to go 1v3. It was laughable. Me and the other guys who used to play for UHS kept a running game where we would try to count three completed passes in a row. It practically never happened. The lack of composure on the ball was staggering.
It was obvious that Newman is well coached. They passed and moved really well, and their second goal was a thing of beauty. Their players always seemed to know where to put the ball and how to move into space, and the defense was rarely threatened. U-High had MAYBE 2 shots on goal, none of which were really threatening. Frankly they were lucky to score, and of course it was not from the run of play.