Comparing Light/Lighting

I compared the photos I took this week for Sr. Night (my prior post) and the few I took last year (which would have been nearly identical lighting conditions).

Last year I used: Canon 40D, 50mm F1.8 lens, no flash (ISO1250 No Post Processing Noise Reduction)
gregory

This year I used: Canon 40D, 28-105mm F3.5-4.5 lens, Canon 430EXII Flash, and a Lumiquest Pocket Bouncer. (ISO1600, run thru Noiseware in Post Processing)
SHS_Soccer_Sr_Night_018

I like the natural light photo as it brings in some of the field and nicer color, but you can definitely see the shadows that the overhead lighting created around the eyes. I think in the end, this year's photos with the Flash are more pleasing.