More U6 soccer - looking for exposure advice in strong light

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Today had bright sun light which proved to be harder to shoot in compared to yesterday's light cloud cover. How do you guys try to expose the shot? If I try to keep the highlights, the shadows kill most detail in their faces. If I expose for the player's face, much of the shot and especially the ball is lost. With these shots, I tried to keep the highlights and then brought the shadows up. I think I sacrificed a lot of contrast doing this.

These were my two better shots:

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This one was more typical. Note the highlights and shadows.

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Chris, maybe some negative EV would help, that is what I would apply if faced with similar results. The composition is real nice, but the highlights are hotter than practical.
 
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Thanks Frank. I had some -ev dialed in (between -.3 & -.7) for most of the shots already and looking at the histograms, most of the data was on the left side which makes me feel that I am close to severe underexposure already. Is that the right thing to do in these situations?

Here are two from above where I tweaked the levels by dragging the middle slider to the right. It gives me back some contrast but I do loose some shadow. I like these better but not really satisfied. Exposure is the thing I struggle most with. I am becoming happy with my framing and locking focus so all is not lost.

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