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Men's soccer / Re: WC 2022
« on: December 02, 2022, 05:59:45 pm »
Will be watching the game tomorrow with the American Outlaws Nashville at Tailgate Brewery. Go USA!!!!

Men's soccer / Re: Big Dance 2022 - Let's Go!
« on: December 02, 2022, 05:57:47 pm »
If soccer goes to die at Williams, then what happens at all these schools that have lost to them in the tournament? The way I see it, Soccer is a game, played over 90 (or 110) minutes, where the team that scores more goals wins. Seems like Williams is doing a great job executing their gameplan and the results speak for themselves.
I'm reminded of something that Bill Mazeroski is supposed to have said to Steve Blass, when he drew Sandy Koufax as the opposing pitcher: "Shut 'em out, and we'll play for a tie."

I agree that Williams is where soccer goes to die.

I think that what was curious about yesterday's game was that during the first 15-20 minutes of the first half Williams showed that they have the players to actually play a prettier game. Not sure why SS has opted to play this way this season but with one game in left in the season, hard pressed to see him making any changes. It'll be interesting to see how Chicago responds.


You have captured why I despise teams who play Neanderthal Ball.  It's not that they play this way, it's that they don't have to.  It's a choice, a coach's choice not a lack of talent.  Which is why if I am a talented player, forgetting the whole school thing .... I wouldn't go to Williams.  Why?  So I can learn to kick the ball real hard?  So at my best I am trying to create chaos? 

And now for my undiplomatic observations ...

Congratulations to them if they win.  You did everything you needed to do to lift the trophy.  Thats the nature of these things.  And am ok with that.  It would be boring if every team played the same way.  But as a soccer player and a coach, I would be embarrassed with how we went about winning.  Right or wrong, that still matters to me.  The How.

So if I have to lose, at least I know that my bench wasn't celebrating tackles that could leave the opponent with a busted ankle.  Or cheer because I cleared the ball out of bounds.  So that if I have to lose, I know that I tried to play better soccer than you, not because I was able to destroy whatever semblance of a game that was trying to be played.

Nonetheless I fully expect Williams to rightly celebrate if they beat Chicago tomorrow.  It something you may never experience again.  But know that at least for this observer, there is nothing remarkable about what you do on the field.  And if I have a chance to watch Williams play the Williams way OR perform a root canal on myself without any Novocain and using only industrial drills and tools available at a Lowes or Home Depot, the choice is clear to me. 

I get all sorts of mad award points when I spend money at Lowes ...

I am done with this subject and look forward to finding out who the next National Champion will be.


Of course Williams, and Amherst, and many others have the talent to play the beautiful game beautifully.  But the ultimate goal is to win a championship, and given the rules of D3 soccer, teams that play direct and physical will often fare better - especially if they have players who can also contribute a possession skillset (i.e. good first touch, vision, off ball movement, etc.).

I've said it a million times - no 50yr old soccer player will ever look back at his youth/college experience and say fondly "I never won anything, but man did we move the ball well".

Men's soccer / Re: Big Dance 2022 - Let's Go!
« on: December 01, 2022, 06:27:55 pm »
What’s the plan for the hat eating? Pay per view?

Men's soccer / Re: WC 2022
« on: November 30, 2022, 01:28:07 pm »
They had 2 shutouts and only gave up one goal via a PK no less. I would have bet my house before the tournament that we couldn’t do that. Kudos!

Men's soccer / Re: WC 2022
« on: November 29, 2022, 08:58:40 pm »
Feels like the Dutch are 2 goal favorites to me. The fact we looked that shaky with bad decision making against Iran (not France, not Germany, Iran) in the second half left a bad taste. But maybe it's just a case of the U.S. not playing well as a favorite, maybe they just need to be the perpetual underdog in order to get their mindset right. (Addendum: Berhalter stinks.)

The Dutch have not been that impressive.  I give the US a decent chance in this one.  And disagree that "Berhalter stinks". He's far from perfect, but he certainly does not stink.

Men's soccer / Re: 2022 D3 Men's Soccer National Perspective
« on: November 29, 2022, 08:54:50 pm »
United Soccer Coaches All-Region came out, which means a fresh round of travesty picks/snubs. Look no further than 1st Team GK in Region 8. No offense to the kid from Wisconsin Lutheran, but if you only start half of your team's games and win 5 of them... you shouldn't be 1st Team All-Region. And WLC lost to every real team on its schedule.
I know the voting system USC uses is mostly to blame, but this is further proof that coaches don't actually care who they vote for / clearly don't know what they're doing.

I am looking at some of the picks for Keepers.... ????


Which of these two keepers would you choose?

GK 1
SV % - .806
GA - 7
GA Avg - .67
Shutouts - 6
Losses - 1

GK 2
SV% - .813
GA - 6
GA Avg - .64
Shutouts - 5
Losses - 1

Would it surprise you to learn that GK1 was Conference GK of the year and a 2nd Team All-Region selection, while GK2 didn't even make All-conference?  Oh, and they played on the same team and basically split the season in half, including the conference final when GK2 started and gave up 0 goals, and GK1 played the second half and gave up 3 in a 0-3 loss.   

Men's soccer / Re: WC 2022
« on: November 26, 2022, 10:04:11 pm »
I don't think the casual observer realizes just how outrageous Messi’s touch was and how absolutely perfect that shot was. Simply incredible but because it wasn't a side scissor it won't get the attention it deserves. Wow! Goal of the tournament thus far.

Men's soccer / Re: WC 2022
« on: November 21, 2022, 07:07:41 pm »
Generally annoying game — and not just because Bale was playing.

Still, whoever made that tactical foul when Turner came for a walkabout deserves MotM.
That was Ream - and I commented to my son, a Ream
Hater, that the foul was our best play in the second half!

Actually it was Kellyn Acosta who fouled Bale at the 50.  But yes, it was our best play because you know Bale was going to score from there. 

Men's soccer / Re: Weekly Soccer Pool?
« on: November 20, 2022, 08:32:56 am »
50 - Enmorecat
40 - Az soccer guy
35 - Casualfan, OffPitch
30 - Coach Jeff
25 - camosfan, EJay, FCGrizzliesGrad, Hopkins92, LetteroftheLaw
20 - jfreds, SKUD
15 - slt1369, Yankeesoccerdad
10 - SimpleCoach

240 - Enmorecat, OffPitch
230 - jfreds
220 - Hopkins92
215 - Camosfan
210 - Coach Jeff
190 - EJay, SKUD
185 - Casualfan
175 - slt1369
150 - Az Soccer Guy
135 - SimpleCoach
120 - Saint of Old, FCGrizzliesGrad
55 - Yankeesoccerdad, LetteroftheLaw
45 - College Soccer Observer
40 - Main Soccer Fan
35 - Coach Andrew, d3screenname
25 - CentPA
20 - Jorge

We'll be back in September 2023!

Men's soccer / Re: Big Dance 2022 - Let's Go!
« on: November 20, 2022, 08:24:35 am »
Want to shout out Paul Newman and the very few fans that will be cheering for their team during a World Cup.
This is something most of us have never done and will never do. These players from the Elite 8 Will have special memories.

For people who have played, there is a special feeling one gets from watching a world cup as a player.

Yesterday was a tough reminder that only one group of seniors wont be shedding tears at the end of the season.
The only positive as a fan is getting to watch some real quality Football(ers) on show @ the dance.

Watching Mary Washington I came away extremely impressed. They play proper football and have composed players who dont get rattled.
Kirkland gets  the goals and attention, but that kid Castillo, who is half the size of the Amherst kids, dominated the midfield and bossed the game. He created the penalty that was missed in the last 3 minutes and was spraying the ball with comfort all around the field. MW is also extremely deep.
Whoever beats these guys has a great chance of winning the title in my opinion. Just a hunch.

And coach Kilby and his staff are great.  My son went on a recruiting trip there and I was very impressed. I'm rooting for them for sure.

Men's soccer / Re: Big Dance 2022 - Let's Go!
« on: November 19, 2022, 01:02:18 pm »
7-1-11 Williams is playing for a spot in the Final 4 tomorrow; the incredulity of the situation and football less synonymous with the golden era Ephs should not detract from the fact that they are in the Elite 8. What a time to be alive.

Uh Oh. AnotherMom better hope W&L wins.

Men's soccer / Re: Weekly Soccer Pool?
« on: November 19, 2022, 12:34:08 pm »
Apparently W&L not far behind with a 1% chance of winning!

Actually it's 0%. I just rounded.
86.7% Kenyon
13.3% Draw.

Men's soccer / Re: Weekly Soccer Pool?
« on: November 18, 2022, 09:25:20 pm »
Final pool closed.  Good luck all!

Chicago vs. St Thomas
66% Chicago
20% St. Thomas
13% Draw

Gustavus vs. St. Olaf
60% St. Olaf
20% Gustavus
20% Draw

Stevens vs. Cortland
40% Stevens
40% Cortland
20% Draw

Catholic vs. Hopkins
46% Hopkins
26% Catholic
26% Draw

Williams vs. Ohio Northern
53% Williams
13% ONU
33% Draw

W&L vs. Kenyon
86% Kenyon
13% Draw

Amherst vs. Mary Washington
93% Amherst
0% - Mary Washington
7% Draw

Oneonta vs. Bowdoin
46% Bowdoin
33% Oneonta
20% Draw

Men's soccer / Re: Thanksgiving to the Board
« on: November 18, 2022, 09:13:43 pm »
Cheers mate.

Men's soccer / Re: Big Dance 2022 - Let's Go!
« on: November 18, 2022, 07:49:08 pm »
which school in Australia?

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