This past weekend our Striker was out with a hurt foot. He is very fast and, probably one of the fastest kids around, so usually we play with one striker and put more emphasis on defense. We were not afforded that opportunity this weekend. We started the first game by plugging some wingers in there to try and get some offense. We were able to manage a 1-0 win. In the second game this did not work at all as we lost 1-0 this time. Especially since the kids were on a high from beating a very good team earlier. They did not respect the Silver 2 team and paid for it. In the 3rd game, well, it was not pretty. I had to sit out for questioning the refs avalanche of cards against our team. The parents coached and we were blown out 7-0. It was so hard to watch from the stands with my mouth shut. Sometimes though, I think a game like this is needed for growth. But here is where my question lies. We also have two very strong and powerful defenders. Tall and fast. I put them as strikers together, and they played very well. Our defense still held up, but now we had a huge amount of offensive pressure. One of the defenders was able to put 4 in the back of the net. My question is this, what do I do now? Take a risk and explore this more, using those 2 as strikers going forward? Maybe sacrificing a few goals against in favor of the possibility of more offense? I know the Striker we used previously has no love for being a defender, but these 2 played so well over the weekend together. I have a lot to think about for next weekend.