Oct 17, 2013
Men’s Soccer Winner – Arved Poetter (Langara)
PACWEST Week 06 – October 14, 2013
On a weekend where Langara exploded for 8 goals against two very good VIU and Capilano teams fighting to make the playoffs, it was not the spectacular way in which several of those goals were scored but rather, it was the sensational defending by 6’ 5”, third year student-athlete Arved Poetter that helped solidify two solid shutouts and stood out the most for the Langara coaching staff.
Far too often the goal scorer gets all the glory whether they create the goal or are just the recipient of someone else’s work but it is the defender or goalie that usually get no consideration for their efforts. They have to be consistent for 90 minutes where a striker does not. Their body of work speaks for itself. This past weekend, although many breathtaking goals scored, the defensive play of Poetter and the back line he commands was just as important if not essential in the initial buildup for many of those goals. His ability to read the play, cut out the pass, get into tackles or use his head and then start the counter-attack, were key factors in the several of our 8 goals scored.
On Saturday vs VIU, the Falcons came out and had a strong performance against a very good VIU team. The last time we played them, it was a hard, tough battle for every inch of Island turf. In Saturday’s rematch, the score line was deceptive and did not do the game justice as both teams battled hard. Poetter and the entire back line were solid in their defending, stepping up to intercept good service by the VIU midfielders. Poetter’s ability to read the play thwarted many attacking runs by the Mariners. He was solid in his transition game as well. With a quick intercept, Poetter would start the buildup for the counter-attack which lead to many chances in the attacking zone and ultimately helping his team to a 4-0 victory.
On Sunday afternoon, the Capilano Blues came to town. After a disappointing 1-1 tie with Quest the day before, the Blues were full credit for their effort today. The game started out pretty even with chances from both teams. Poetter was once again solid at the back intercepting numerous through balls and stifling the Blues attack. His presence in the air was essential and dominant. It would take Langara 45 minutes to notch their 1st goal but it was Poetter and his back 4 that were key in keeping the game scoreless until then. In the second half with Capilano pressing for the equalizer, Poetter took control of his back 4 and made life difficult for the Capilano forwards. Poetter was instrumental in initiating numerous counterattacks. After interrupting several Capilano attempts into our defending third of the field, Poetter would quickly transition by sending balls forward.
It is said that defending starts with the forwards pressing the opposition and that the attack starts at the back. This past weekend, many Langara’s eight goals started with the impressive defending, which lead to the counter-attack. As Coach Rizzardo stated “with a solid back line it was difficult to pick one player as outstanding but Arved Poetter was a stand out”.