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Westport Girls Enjoy Soccer Indoors

Laura Jane Williams searched her mind on how to fiarly divide playing time for her Westport Red Under-11 girls  soccer team in Saturday’s Westport Invitational. She distributes opportunities on the field based on attendance at practice. Williams’ players never missed.

“My whole team always comes,’’ said Williams, a native of Virginia who was coaching in her second tournament. “They get to play evenly.”

Williams juggled her players expertly during Saturday’s tournament. She changed players on the fly, switching them between offense and defense as the girls hustled on and off the field at Staples High School. “Everything is much more compact and chaotic,’’ Williams said. “It shows which teams have the better skills.”

Williams’ team practiced throughout the winter at Staples. The fields are lined with tape to create borders. There are six players a side and the nets are a smaller than the outdoor goals. The ball travels quickly across the concrete surface and precise passing is important to success in the tournament. Westport Red did not qualify to compete for the championship, but Williams’ team danced around the spacious fieldhouse and enjoyed the competition with their friends.

“I think they’d like to see longer games, but they’re having fun,’’ Williams said. “The social aspect is fun for them.”

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