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MORALES: HEAD OF SANTA MARGARITA HIGH’S NATIONALLY ACCLAIMED GIRLS’ SOCCER PROGRAM LOVE IT BREA Bob Saget Feb 19 -20 it, Drink it, Smo ke IMPROV.COM 120 S. Brea Blvd Brea, CA 92821 714.482.0700 CONTENTS | THE COUNTY | FEATURE CALENDAR FOOD | FILM CULTURE | MUSIC CLASSIFIEDS | | CONTENTS | THE COUNTY | FEATURE | | CALENDAR | | FOOD | FILM | | CULTURE | MUSIC | | CLASSIFIEDS | Finesse Mitchell Feb 27 -28 CIgaR & SpiRit s $2 LIBRE TEQUILA $3 JACK & COKE $4 CROWN & COKE $2 TEQUILA $2 VODKA $4 SCULPIN *FRIDAY NIGHT IRVINE Brad Garrett 31 Fortune Drive Irvine, CA 92618 949.854.5455 Live DJs Feb 19 -20 Dave Attell Feb 26 -27 BUY 4 CIGARS, GET THE 5TH Free JOHN GILHOOLEY 26731 Aliso Creek Rd. Ste. 205, Aliso Viejo :: (949) 831-3038 Hours: 11:00 AM -1:00 AM Daily superstar Marta da Silva and Redondo Beach-based Olympic gold medalist Shannon Boxx. Without Rogers’ influ-ence as a coach, it’s possible the United States would lack a lot of the talent it has on the professional level. Much more certain is the fact that, without him, Orange County wouldn’t yield nearly as many profoundly skilled female players. Beyond private teams, the county is home to some incredible high-school soc-cer programs, including that of SMCHS . Chuck Morales, the varsity soccer coach and head of SMCHS girls’ soccer program, has made it his mission to pro-vide an environment for players to thrive in. “Santa Margarita’s soccer program is different because it’s filled with student athletes who want to do well,” he says. “We just provide them with the right tools for success.” This year will be Morales’ 40th coach-ing in Orange County. His technique for helping players develop into the pow-erhouses they’re mean to be is slightly different from Rogers’ in that he begins by training girls on their individual ball skills, passing finesse and field position-ing long before they enter high school. “There are several really good trainers and coaches in Orange County, and we work at the grassroots level,” he says. “ That’s what the federation and U.S. soc-cer and all of the soccer minds always say: If you’re going to get anywhere in the game, it has to start at the lowest level—it has to start with the youth.” she scored goals that were crucial for advancing to the finals and taking home the gold medal. “It is refreshing to know we have coaches the caliber of Abner Rog-ers involved in the development of women’s soccer—Southern California is truly fortunate to have him,” says Gar-rett Smith, the Division I women’s soc-cer coach at the University of Portland, praising Rogers. “It’s a very simple but difficult phi-losophy,” Rogers says, explaining his methodology. Aggressive play, prone to errors, can cost games in the short term, he adds, but it’s key to developing confidence and building team talent. “It gives them many more touches in the long term, allowing for growth. Devel-oping the players is more important than winning.” With growth comes knowledge, Rog-ers teaches his players. “Allowing play-ers the freedom to make those mistakes is critical in development,” he says. “If I screamed and yelled at the girls and told them where the ball should go, I would only produce robots. They wouldn’t be able to solve problems on their own.” | MONTH XX–XX, 2014 FEBRUARY 19-25, 2016 OCWEEKLY.COM | | | OCWEEKLY.COM | B efore the Women’s Profes-sional Soccer (WPS) league folded in 2010, Rogers coached the LA Sol and led them to the finals, adding to his impres-sive list of championship victories. His explosive roster included Brazilian » CONTINUED ON PAGE 12 11 11

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