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Men's soccer / Re: Go WEST young man (and NORTH)
« on: Today at 04:38:38 pm »
Taty Aleman of St. Thomas named a first team All-American by United Soccer Coaches.  20 goals and 5 assists in 21 games will do that for you.

https://unitedsoccercoaches.org/2022-united-soccer-coaches-ncaa-division-iii-mens-and-womens-all-america-teams-announced/

Three other Region X players were named third team All-Americans

Nick Villaneueva - Mary Hardin-Baylor
Daniel Castro - St. Thomas
Luis Green - Texas Lutheran

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Men's soccer / Re: 2022 D3 Men's Soccer National Perspective
« on: Today at 04:19:03 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.

https://unitedsoccercoaches.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/2022-NCAA-Division-III-Mens-All-Region-Teams.pdf

The WLC GK is now a 1st Team All-American... this voting process is bonkers...

https://unitedsoccercoaches.org/2022-united-soccer-coaches-ncaa-division-iii-mens-and-womens-all-america-teams-announced/

Maybe they wanted to give hope to short GKs everywhere.  For those who didn't have a chance to catch a Wisconsin Lutheran game this year, Puma Galvan, the United Soccer Coaches first team All-American at Goalkeeper is listed at 5'6" (and 141 pounds).  Second team All American Nate Hanna of SUNY Oneonta is listed at 6'0".  Only third team All-American Wesley Sanders of Gustavus Adolphus is 6'3".

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Men's soccer / Re: SimpleCoach D3 Soccer YouTube Channel
« on: Today at 11:04:58 am »
So here it is, the last episode of The New Show with @PaulNewman.  I have granted him permission to take a 10 month leave of absence, as part of his multi-year, multimillion dollar deal we just agreed to for the next 3 seasons....

The New Show - Tom Brady's Finale?

On a personal note, this was a great experience for me and will forever call @PaulNewman a friend.

SC.

What?  No transfer portal and recruiting special during the long winter months?   ;D

Seriously, though, congratulations on launching the podcast and thanks for continuing to develop new content.  Really appreciated.

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Men's soccer / Re: The D3 soccer vs D1 soccer debate
« on: November 26, 2022, 02:06:04 am »
I have been wondering about a more specific variant on this question - what is the difference between a D3 and D1 Goalkeeper?  Here are some possible differences:

Height  It's certainly true on the bottom end of the height chart, since you rarely see a D1 GK listed as below 6'0" unless you are looking at the very high jersey numbers reserved for purely training players, while there are some D3s where all the GKs are sub-6'.  As we've seen in the NCAA tournament, though, there are plenty of starting goalkeepers between 6'2" and 6'5" who are playing D3 soccer.  They can't all be in D3 because they fell in love with their small liberal arts college campus and academic lifestyle or simply were overlooked by D1 coaches. It's also not true that a 6'0" GK has no chance to start in D1 and has no problem starting in D3.  There are definitely some 6'0" starting D1 GKs and, conversely, there are plenty of D3 schools that almost never start a GK there who is that small.  From what I have seen over the years, regardless of division, there are some coaches who always want their GKs really tall and others who put height a little farther down the scale of important things to look for in a goalkeeper.  Still, on average across D3, the minimum height is lower than at D1.

Athleticism  This is often cited as a key distinguishing characteristic for field players and is also probably true for goalkeepers. A D1 GK is more likely to be able to make an acrobatic save than the average D3 keeper.  Nevertheless, like height, this too may be overstated for a keeper.  Some coaches at all divisions want their keepers to be really smart, steady, great in positioning, who catch everything in their bubble, and view the top corner saves as gravy if they can get them, while others basically only recruit guys who are uber athletic even if they make lots of mistakes in positioning that require the athletic saves because they figure that they can teach them the rest (they can't) or they will pick it up with age and maturity (maybe, but only if they are willing to let them make lost of mistakes that cost them games along the way).

So, if both of these things favor one type of GK over another, but not so much that you would say that they are disqualifying, what are some non-negotiables for a D1 GK that coaches can't find as easily at D3?  I think there are two of them:

Command of the box  I think this may be one of the biggest differences and why some of the uber tall GKs in D3 are not in D1.  So many goals are scored off corners and set plays and margins are so razor thin, that this is really important in modern college GK.  It's important for both D3 and D1, but it's harder to do at D1 because the strikers/center backs are bigger, stronger, faster and the delivery on the kicks is better.  A GK not only has to either have height or athleticism to get to crosses, but they have to have some physical strength to them and the confidence and decisionmaking ability to know when to do it and the ability to do it with quickness.  You probably need to be 6'+ with a good vertical leap given that the strikers/center backs coming in for corners are 6'4", but height and insane hops won't do you much good if you don't have the proper mentality to go get the ball, the intelligence and timing to know when to go and what path to take, and the hands/focus to catch it in traffic.  It's an attack mindset.  Some D3 GKs have it, but they tend to be smaller guys who would have difficulties against the taller and more physical D1 players.  If they are really tall and also great at going after crosses, then they probably could have gone D1.

Ability to organize/start an attack  This is a bit more team-specific (since some coaches want their GKs to do more than others), but I think GKs who can really organize and distribute to the right player quickly and undress the opposition in doing so are pretty rare in D3.  A lot of D3 GKs say very little or when they do speak it's general catch-phrases or words of encouragement/criticism, rather than being helpful, specific, and timely.  Even fewer have that innate knowledge about how to start the attack and where to deliver the ball to do so.  There are some who get good at it by the end of their career, but it's so rare for a 16 year-old junior in HS (when keeper recruitment ramps up) to demonstrate that skill at that point that they get snapped up by D1s who are looking for this if they have some of the other traits necessary for a keeper.

The other wildcard in the D1/D3 question for keepers is playing time. I think there are more D1 caliber GKs who go to D3 than D1 caliber field players because it's simply so hard to find any playing time at all as a keeper at D1.  That means that I think the gap between D1 and D3 keepers (especially D1 GK backups in the lower half of D1 schools to D3 starters in the upper half of D3 schools) is smaller than it might be for field players. Lots of D3 players and their parents think that's true of field players too, but I really think it's less common there and that gap grows wider for field players over the years whereas it narrows for GKs who play at D3 versus sitting at D1.


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Men's soccer / Re: Big Dance 2022 - Let's Go!
« on: November 26, 2022, 12:53:18 am »
Sincere congrats to Mary Washington and Williams...

Seems like a week ago that we were talking about whether an embarrassing loss to Salisbury would be fatal for MW...and like a week ago that most of us felt like our sensibilities had been insulted by Williams even getting a bid.

MW started with an unassuming 1-0 win over Marymount, followed by defeating the D3 with the most NCAA tourney appearances by far, Ohio Wesleyan, to being viewed as the only team in a sectional to have literally no shot, and proceeding to knock out Amherst, at Amherst...and then another NESCAC top-dog, very highly rated Bowdoin.

Williams arguably was fortunate to get by NYU in Rd 1, with the reward being facing the impossible task of surviving #1 huge favorite Messiah on Messiah's home field which they somehow pulled off with the slimmest of margins.  Then avoided a major letdown to stay steady through Ohio Northern, and topped all that off by beating a favored Kenyon squad (that had just beaten Calvin and W&L) on their home field when Kenyon as the country's most overdue program to win an Elite 8 game absolutely had to win that game.

Stunning achievements and very well earned spots in the Final 4 where neither seemed imaginable and both doing it was beyond unimaginable. 

And one of them will be in the national final.

IMO, Williams should be favored to win it all. Smells like a team of destiny. They've taken on the best teams in the nation and shut them down.

Maybe I’m just the last holdout, but I’m still not a Williams believer. Mary Washington feels like the perfect team to end their run. MW’s ability to score on both Amherst (and their infamous antics) as well as a defensive Bowdoin shows, in my mind, that they have the tools to deal with the Ephs. For the sake of the NESCAC, I hope Williams wins. But every team gets found out eventually. How long can Williams sustain shutouts and set pieces? Two more games? Fewer? It seems like one lucky goal and some game planning for long throws could be enough for MW to play one last Saturday.

And as a closer, I’ll say that I’ve never believed in destiny.

I've been wondering about Mary Washington and whether they are for real.  They looked really good in some of the tournament action I've seen, especially against Amherst's high press, but they've had some odd results too.  Losing to Cortland, Hopkins, and Christopher Newport (who they later beat) is nothing to hang your head about, but they not only had that bad loss to Salisbury (who finished 5-12-2), but also a 5-3 win against Salisbury a couple of weeks earlier where they were down 2-0 before roaring back.  They also had ties against Lynchburg, which is a respectable result, and Stevenson, which is less so even though they played some teams tough (5-10-5).  Sometimes that happens, either because a team lets its guard down against inferior opponents (plays down to them) or because familiarity allows the other team to adapt tactically.  It's also possible a team just gets hot around tournament time.

Anyone have any thoughts about how some teams, including a weaker team like Salisbury, have given them fits, but they look so good against others?  Are there types of teams that are more difficult for them?  Were key players missing/injured?  One thing I noticed is that MW's leading scorer, Josh Kirkland, scored 18 goals and had 3 assists this season, but he didn't have a single goal or assist in any of their losses or ties (until the Amherst game, assuming that counts as a tie).  He never had more than 2 shots in any of those losses/ties.  Are teams who have success against MW simply marking Kirkland out of the game?  Carter Berg, their second leading scorer with 10 goals and 5 assists, scored in one of the later losses and one of the later ties, but otherwise was also kept off the score sheet in those ties/losses. Similarly, Nelsar Castillo, their diminutive CM who seems to be the metronome who keys their short passing game, didn't start and/or play in the early season losses to Cortland and Christopher Newport or in the ties to Lynchburg and Stevenson.  Has he been the key to turning things around?  If marking those three out of the game is the key, it will be interesting to see how Williams approaches the task since their coaches/players have certainly had enough time to study and prepare for them.

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Men's soccer / Re: WC 2022
« on: November 23, 2022, 06:17:16 pm »
We saw a preview of this Japanese team during the latest round of friendlies... Not going to say we could've called this result, but it's also not all that shocking. This team is supremely organized and just lethal on the counter. VERY fun to watch.
We saw a preview of this in 1904 Russo-Japanese war.
Don't underestimate Japan.

@Saint of Old ... Anyone who references the Ruso-Japanese War of 1904 ... deserves the Turkey Leg at my dinner table.

SC.

Actually, after reading him write that "we" saw a preview of this in the 1904 Russo-Japanese war, my first thought was "just how Old is @Saint of Old?"

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Men's soccer / Re: SimpleCoach D3 Soccer YouTube Channel
« on: November 21, 2022, 07:49:35 pm »
SC - are you guys planning to do a Final Four show or is it too raw for PN to manage?  If you do, it would be interesting to hear your thoughts on Mary Washington. I thought their GK Hemmendinger looked pretty strong over the weekend. I'm wondering if he might be the best of the four GK starters in the Final Four, even though Diffley (Williams) and Boyes (Chicago) have better stats.  As you know, GK stats can be pumped up by strong defenses and overall style of play and Williams and Chicago certainly have strong defenses.  I've only watched MW a couple of times, though, so it may be that Hemmendinger just had more to do.

So, I haven't asked Mr. Newman yet.  Figured I would let him enjoy the holidays, but the episode would be focused on the Final Four. 

As an aside, keep thinking of doing a Top Ten of Division III soccer goalkeepers (That I have watched.) Diffley and Boyes would not make the list. But coming up with such a list is hard because of the nature of not being able to watch them consistently, only seeing on video, etc.

SC.

Thanks.  A DIII GK Top Ten would be great, although, as you say, it's tough to make proper comparisons with so many goalkeepers and so few observations (if any) of each one.  It's probably why GK recruitment is difficult too.  They all look great on the highlight videos after all!  Still, first person observations would be more interesting than reading stats that are often meaningless.  Call it "notable" GKs.

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Men's soccer / Re: SimpleCoach D3 Soccer YouTube Channel
« on: November 21, 2022, 06:29:37 pm »
SC - are you guys planning to do a Final Four show or is it too raw for PN to manage?  If you do, it would be interesting to hear your thoughts on Mary Washington. I thought their GK Hemmendinger looked pretty strong over the weekend. I'm wondering if he might be the best of the four GK starters in the Final Four, even though Diffley (Williams) and Boyes (Chicago) have better stats.  As you know, GK stats can be pumped up by strong defenses and overall style of play and Williams and Chicago certainly have strong defenses.  I've only watched MW a couple of times, though, so it may be that Hemmendinger just had more to do. 

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Men's soccer / Re: Big Dance 2022 - Let's Go!
« on: November 20, 2022, 05:46:30 pm »
Stevens beats Johns Hopkins on PKs.  I think that's the first shootout during the tournament where it was really the shooters missing the goal entirely rather than the GKs saving that determined the outcome.  Pretty unusual to have three kicks that didn't even get on target.


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Men's soccer / Re: Big Dance 2022 - Let's Go!
« on: November 20, 2022, 04:07:12 pm »
Chicago gets the result and doesn't celebrate whatsoever...

I noticed that too. Part of it is they are probably exhausted, cold, and want to get inside, but part of it may be the feeling that when you've been to the Final Four last year and lost, you have unfinished business.

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Men's soccer / Re: Big Dance 2022 - Let's Go!
« on: November 20, 2022, 04:03:00 pm »
GA is completely outmatched by Chicago. That team is going to be tough to beat.

It's still only 1-0, so anything could happen, but Chicago has a lot of veterans and they seem to know how to see this one out.

Chicago takes care of business 1-0.  Back to the Final Four!

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Men's soccer / Re: Big Dance 2022 - Let's Go!
« on: November 20, 2022, 03:53:45 pm »
GA is completely outmatched by Chicago. That team is going to be tough to beat.

It's still only 1-0, so anything could happen, but Chicago has a lot of veterans and they seem to know how to see this one out.

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Men's soccer / Re: NESCAC
« on: November 19, 2022, 06:39:20 pm »
Kind of amazing that no one has posted on the NESCAC thread since Nov. 15.  Is this a conference that's turning into a yawner, and/or being taken for granted?

I think the "Big Dance" thread has basically taken the place of all the regional threads on game days/weekends.  There were plenty of posts there about both all of the games involving NESCAC teams.

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