© Adam Harnum
Western U16 fullback Logan Isaac demonstrates his flip throw during Tuesday’s practice at the Wellington Street Sports Complex.
By Adam Harnum
Star Staff Writer
CORNER BROOK It seems as through every soccer team will often have a player who can perform a skill which is unique and different from the ordinary.
Logan McIsaac, a first-year player on the Under-16 Western boys soccer team, is in his eleventh year of playing the game and has developed a technique for the throw in which he does a front flip with the ball in hand then releases it onto the field as he lunges forward after the completion of the rotation.
“When I was younger I watched a few You Tube videos of players doing the trick and I decided try it one day at the field,” McIsaac recalled of how he first learned the unique technique.
As with anything, we have to make mistakes before we can learn to perform a skill effectively — which is exactly what McIsaac had to go through before he was able to build the confidence to perform the trick in a game.
“I messed up a lot at first but now I will do it every chance I get (in a game),” said the 14-year-old player.
McIsaac said Western’s assistant coach, Doug Sweetapple, even encourages him to perform the trick whenever he can during games.
Tricks aside, McIsaac enjoys the freedom of running down the field with the ball when his team is on top and winning.
“If you have possession in the game, it feels good to keep possession from the other team and let them run around so you don’t have to,” McIsaac said of the kind of game he enjoys to play when his team is winning.
However, winning hasn’t been bountiful for his Western team but the young player is showing a mature attitude in moving forward with the season.
“I try to stay positive (going into games) because if we go negative like we usually do then we won’t win any games,” he said.
The Western (3-9-3) squad currently sit in the middle of the pack in third place out of six teams in the Subway Boys U16 Provincial League and looking in good shape to make the final four for the league playoffs, but the games ahead are crucial to securing their position.
McIsaac and his team understand what it is they have to do, but it is just a matter of doing it.
“We have to score and start capitalizing on our chances,” he said of what his team needs to do in order to beat CBS this weekend on home turf.
Western are 0-3-1 at home, but have shown over those games that they can compete with the two top teams in the league — St. John’s and Mount Pearl — with four close matches over the previous two weekends.
CBS (3-7-1) are nipping at Western’s tail and will be looking to leap them in the standings in the two games this weekend at the Wellington Street Sports Complex in Corner Brook, but McIasaac knows exactly what his team needs to do to be successful against CBS.
“We have to score,” he said.