Andrew Burden knows offensive punch is a key to getting a victory in the books, but his focus will remain on smothering defence this weekend.
Burden is one of the speedy centre midfielders suiting up for Western in a two-game showdown with Mount Pearl in provincial Under-14 boys soccer league action this weekend at Wellington Street Sports Complex.
“Just try my best to shut down some of their best players,” Burden said Thursday when asked about how he can help his team get its first win of the young season.
Western will not only be looking for its first win, but its first goal after being held off the scoresheet in a two-game series against St. John’s to open the season. The townies beat the boys from the west 2-0 and 3-0 when the two teams met on the east coast a couple of weeks ago.
Burden admits it was a tough test against the St. John’s squad because they have a knack for keeping possession of the ball and don’t like to give it up easily. He said it was hard to score goals when the team really wasn’t afforded any scoring chances because of the great job done by the opposition.
He hopes things will be different this weekend against a Mount Pearl squad that heads into the weekend undefeated with three-straight wins to start the 2014 campaign. He said a better effort from everybody in terms of ball possession is what will be required if the team wants to get a victory under their belts.
“We need to make the most of our opportunities. If we get close to the net we have to capitalize on our good chances,” he said.
The two teams will clash Saturday 4 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. at Wellington.
Burden believes the team has potential do good things on the pitch and figures a strong work ethic and everybody filling their respective roles will turn things around for the team despite the fact he is far from panicking.
“We’re really deep all the way through this year. We don’t really have any weak links at all,” he said.