The crowd goes crazy, players erupt in tears, parents hug in jubilation and coaches shake their heads in approval. After all, it’s literally the goal of the game: shooting and scoring. It’s sizing up the goalie, picking your place and driving the ball to the back of the net. Taking a shot is the culmination of all the dribbling, trapping, passing, defending to create that millisecond of opportunity to put one on the frame. As a youth soccer coach, it’s a blessing to have a lethal scorer who has the grace, composure and confidence to win the game when the opportunity arises. But, we caution: be sure to celebrate all the wonderful plays that led to the build-up of that goal. We’re review the many ways to improve your team’s shooting and confidence in the offensive third of the field.