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Nov, 2018

Center Back Spotlight - by Alex Douyon, 2005 ECNL Coach

Kate Schaffer and Natalie Terry are center backs for our team. It takes some time for players in their situation (playing together for the first time) to come together and become comfortable with each other. Early on there were some struggles as expected. Communication, reading the game, and understanding each others strengths/weaknesses and tendencies.  

As you know center back is a key position and one in which players tend to be leaders. Both of these girls are fairly soft spoken but have become good friends which has helped in the success of our team for the 2nd half of the season. It has been nice to see them work for one another and lead by example in training every single day. They are 2 of the most dependable players that I've ever had the pleasure of coaching and the rest of the girls have really started to follow their example when it comes to training habits which translates into the games.