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Men's soccer / Re: Go WEST young man (and NORTH)
« on: Yesterday at 10:34:34 pm »
For a NORTH game (that isn't worth the national perspectives thread) . . .

Macalester 1 - Bethel University 1

Bad tie for Macalester at home.  Bethel is 3-3 and only lost 2-0 to Carleton on Saturday, but they lost 6-1 to St. Olaf two weeks ago and Macalester's only loss before this game was 1-0 to Gustavus Adolphus.  I didn't see the whole game, but Macalester just couldn't connect passes and then they started launching the ball wildly and ineffectively long before they needed to do so.  They did have one chance toward the end to nick a goal, but the Bethel GK somehow came away with the ball in a scrum in the box.  The whole sequence, and much of the game I watched, looked like one of those bad HS soccer games.

Men's soccer / Re: 2023 D3 Men's Soccer National Perspective
« on: Yesterday at 07:52:16 pm »
On a bright note.  I did watch the Carleton - St. Olaf game and here are my notes.

  Carleton - St.Olaf Game Notes.

On an even lighter note, was I the only one to look at this score on the NCAA site and laugh at the names, not the numbers?  Which one do you think Tolstoy coaches?  ;D

Warren 1
Peace 7

Men's soccer / Re: NESCAC
« on: Yesterday at 04:42:53 pm »
Connecticut College is far from a dirty team. Babson put in some disgusting tackles that have no place in the sport and Conn captain Alessandro Horvath-Diano was protecting his teammates. Connecticut College will win the NESCAC on the backs of senior leadership and class play!

Same Conn team that experienced back-to-back games last year with players red-carded off for using racial and homophobic slurs?

Wow!  First I'm hearing of this.

Men's soccer / Re: Mid-Atlantic Region
« on: Yesterday at 04:35:58 pm »
MAF Power Rankings (9/26)

Region 4
1. Montclair
2. Leb Val
3. Stevens
4. Stockton
5. Rowan
6. Kean
7. Rutgers Camden

Region 5
1. Messiah
2. F&M
3. JHU
4. Widener
5. Scranton
6. Muhles
7. Wash Coll

It's interesting to compare these with the USC Regional Rankings (beyond that they go to 8 teams).  I guess the coaches give more credit to Widener's undefeated record in Region V and view Muhlenberg as doing better than F&M and JHU, perhaps because their only blips were to other ranked teams (a loss to Scranton and a tie to JHU), while F&M tied Haverford and Swarthmore and JHU's loss to Ursinus hurts them.  Not seeing a strength of schedule that warrants a ranking for FDU-Florham, but I guess they have won four in a row.

Region IV - Poll 3 - September 26, 2023
Rank    School    Prev    W-L-T
1    Montclair State University    1    7-0-1
2    Lebanon Valley College    2    6-1-0
3    Kean University    6    5-0-3
4    Stockton University    5    4-0-3
5    Stevens Institute of Technology    4    3-1-3
6    Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham    7    5-0-2
7    Rowan University    3    2-1-4
8    St. Mary's College of Maryland    8    4-2-1

Region V - Poll 3 - September 26, 2023
Rank    School    Prev    W-L-T
1    Messiah University    1    7-0-1
2    Widener University    3    7-0-0
3    Muhlenberg College    6    5-1-1
4    Franklin & Marshall College    2    5-1-2
5    Johns Hopkins University    4    4-2-3
6    University of Scranton    5    5-1-1
7    Washington College (Md.)    NR    3-0-5
8    Dickinson College    7    4-2-1

Men's soccer / Re: Go WEST young man (and NORTH)
« on: Yesterday at 04:18:56 pm »
As I expected, Colorado College, fresh off its victories over Christopher Newport and UC Santa Cruz enters the regional rankings, replacing Chapman, which lost to Cal Lutheran and tied Pomona-Pitzer

Region X - Poll 3 - September 26, 2023
Rank    School    Prev    W-L-T
1    University of Saint Thomas (Texas)    1    6-0-1
2    Trinity University (Texas)    2    5-0-2
3    Texas Lutheran University    3    9-0-0
4    Occidental College    5    6-1-0
5    University of Redlands    4    6-1-0
6    Pacific Lutheran University    6    4-1-3
7    Southwestern University    7    4-0-3
8    Colorado College    NR    5-2-1

Men's soccer / Re: USC Rankings
« on: Yesterday at 04:16:56 pm »
National - Poll 3 - September 26, 2023
Rank    School    Prev    W-L-T
1    Messiah University    3    7-0-1
2    University of Mary Washington    1    6-1-0
3    Amherst College    7    6-0-1
4    Montclair State University    5    7-0-1
5    University of Chicago    6    5-1-1
6    SUNY Oneonta    12    8-0-0
7    Carleton College    11    9-0-0
8    University of Saint Thomas (Texas)    10    6-0-1
9    University of Mount Union    18    8-0-0
10    Emory University    19    6-1-2
11    Trinity University (Texas)    14    5-0-2
12    University of Rochester    7    5-0-2
13    Lebanon Valley College    20    6-1-0
14    North Central College    22    9-1-0
15    Middlebury College    17    5-0-2
16    Bowdoin College    RV    5-0-2
17    Gustavus Adolphus College    16    3-1-3
18    Babson College    15    5-3-1
19    Widener University    RV    7-0-0
20    SUNY Cortland    24    7-1-1
21    Macalester College    23    6-1-2
22    Muhlenberg College    NR    5-1-1
23    Williams College    2    5-1-1
24    Calvin University    13    7-2-0
25    Franklin & Marshall College    9    5-1-2

Records shown are through games of September 24, 2023

Also receiving votes: North Central University, University of Lynchburg, Texas Lutheran University, John Carroll University, Kean University, Denison University, Rowan University, Emerson College, Christopher Newport University

Men's soccer / Re: 2023 D3 Men's Soccer National Perspective
« on: Yesterday at 01:30:14 pm »
First off, Falconer, like others, I'm only speaking for myself, but... Messiah is a fascinating program, so I pretty much never tire of quality posts about them.

Secondly, I'd be really interested in this sites traffic year over year traffic. I think the perception this place is dying seems a bit over the top (no offense PN). I'm sure d3soccer front page going away is having some kind of effect.

But I also feel like the last 2-3 years there've been some high quality/quantity posters come on board. Just an opinion without any research. you're saying I'm a bit hysterical?  How could that be?!

I give you a ton of credit, because you have worked hard to keep new folks engaged, played moderator at times when fools like myself get a little off the rails and/or too heated, and your play on the field has been steady and consistent.

That said, remove 8-10 of us, and is there really much going on?  Compared to your level of excitement about the site towards the end of last season do you really feel like the site is thriving?

In addition to not having Mr.Right to shake things up good and bad, we also don't have a Ryan Harmanis or our Tufts doctor probably in his first year of residency to provide the highly intelligent, new alum perspective.  Not to mention the circa 2013-2019 version of blooter442 who also was quite prolific and knowledgeable.

The interesting thing is that we're actually getting more of what @Paul Newman asked for in pre-season - conference or region-wide capsule summaries.  In addition to the West Region top-to-bottom type of game reviews and attention that I started doing last year, I'm seeing other people take up the job in the Mid-Atlantic, the Great Lakes, the Sunyac, the Liberty, and probably elsewhere I'm forgetting with posts that summarize and describe the results of the weekend's game and give a sense of the relative ranking of the area.  What we're seeing less of perhaps is the fiercely partisan bantering that @Paul Newman may be missing in places other than perhaps the NESCAC, where there's still less than there used to be.  I, for one, have zero actual ties to any of the teams in the West region.  I'm just a fan of the sport (although I may have a soft sport in my heart for the lovable losers like Cal Tech now that they are actually winning, and for a team like Lewis & Clark, just to root for them to get better because I think they can eventually improve the Northwest Conference by adding another team to the mix with a somewhat more national profile).  So, my posts tend to be more neutral and don't really invite a lot of bantering even if there were lurkers upset with my characterization of games or teams.  For some, this may make the forums better, but for others, it may seem more like a resource and less like a bar full of people watching and arguing over the game in real time.  @Paul Newman can correct me if I'm mistaken, but I think that's what he sees as missing from the Board.

Men's soccer / Re: Go WEST young man (and NORTH)
« on: September 25, 2023, 08:06:02 pm »
Games of interest to me in Region X on Wednesday 9/27 (there's virtually nothing on Tuesday and a number of less interesting ASC games in Texas on Thursday).

Cal Lutheran @ Occidental

Occidental is coming off of a big win @ Redlands and is sitting at 7-1 with it's only loss to undefeated Texas Lutheran in the first game of the season.  Cal Lutheran is 3-1-3 and just beat Chapman 3-1.  Throw the records out though.  Cal Lu generally seems to play Oxy tough.  Last year, they faced each other twice, tying the first game 1-1 at Cal Lu and tying the second game 0-0 at Oxy.  Oxy has some new offensive weapons  this year (former Conn College player Oury Diane has been notable with his 5 goals and 2 assists in 8 games), but Cal Lu is capable of being stingy on defense.

Pomona-Pitzer @ Redlands

Redlands is smarting from the 2-0 loss to Occidental and Pomona-Pitzer just tied Chapman 2-2.  I would expect Redlands to take this one fairly easily, but P-P beat Redlands @ Redlands last year 4-3.  Not sure whether that will inspire Redlands or provide confidence for the young Sagehens.  Either way, the game could have lots of goals.  Both teams have shown themselves capable of scoring goals a lot of different ways.  Redlands forward Jarette Barajas has the athleticism to press the P-P young defenders into mistakes or to go off on them one v. one, while Pomona-Pitzer defender Niclas Ulrich has scored in three of the last four games, twice on left-footed free kicks from outside the box (one bent over the wall to the upper near post and the other past the wall to the lower far post).

Cal Tech @ Whittier

Cal Tech has rebounded from its big loss against Oxy to win two in a row and currently stands at a historic 5-1-1.  Whittier is harder to figure out.  It was just crushed by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 7-1 on Saturday, but beat La Verne 4-0 last Wednesday.  The game probably comes down to whether Cal Tech can control Whittier forward Lawrence Dydell.  He had a hat trick v. La Verne, but couldn't get off a shot v. CMS (although he assisted their only goal).  If Cal Tech wins, they will go to 3-1 in conference for the first time ever I think, surpassing the two conference wins they had last year.

Chapman @ La Verne

Two teams coming off bad results.  Chapman tied Pomona-Pitzer 2-2 and La Verne lost to Cal Tech 4-2.  Both teams are capable of beating teams, but they are also capable of bad losses.  Chapman should win this one, but if Adan Villarreal can get hot for La Verne, then they can do some damage.

George Fox @ Lewis & Clark

Two teams at the bottom of the Northwest Conference standings.  On the one hand, Lewis & Clark is bad in an epic way while George Fox is capable of winning games.  On the other hand, George Fox just lost 9-0 to Pacific Lutheran and 6-0 to Willamette this weekend, so we'll see if they have lost the plot or will come to the game looking to put a thumping on Lewis & Clark.  Either way, don't expect Lewis & Clark to generate much offense.  They have scored only 1 goal all season (in 7 games) and that was in a 5-1 loss to Whittier.   

Men's soccer / Re: 2023 D3 Men's Soccer National Perspective
« on: September 24, 2023, 10:56:59 pm »
Any updates on Mary Wash vs Messiah?

Are most D3 regions getting the same weather or just Northeastern seaboard?

No rain issues in Region X as far as I know, but Texas has excessive heat warnings with temperatures around 98 in San Antonio right now, and similar temperatures in Dallas and Houston.  Tomorrow, it will be about 95 degrees at kickoff when Hardin-Simmons plays at St. Thomas in Houston at 2:30 pm tomorrow and it will be about 100 degrees when Trinity plays at Concordia in Austin at 5:00 pm.  Texas boys are generally used to that kind of heat, but it can still take a toll on your fitness.  I wouldn't be shocked if they move some of those TX games later in the evening if possible.

I spoke way too soon about rain issues.  Apparently, there's a severe lightning storm near the Austin area and it led to the cancellation of the Southwestern game against Mary Hardin-Baylor that was supposed to take place at 7 pm central time and the cancellation in the 42nd minute of the Trinity game at Concordia (TX), which Trinity was leading 1-0.  My guess is that neither game will be made up since they are non-conference games.

Men's soccer / Re: Go WEST young man (and NORTH)
« on: September 24, 2023, 08:01:39 pm »
Colorado College continued its sweep at home, following up its win over Christopher Newport on Saturday with a 2-0 win over UC Santa Cruz to go to 5-2-1 on the year.  They may enter the picture for the regional rankings after this weekend, depending upon how Southwestern does against Mary Hardin-Baylor.  Chapman also could drop out after losing to Cal Lutheran and tying Pomona-Pitzer this week.

Men's soccer / Re: Go WEST young man (and NORTH)
« on: September 24, 2023, 07:48:56 pm »
Scratch everything I said about Pacific Lutheran playing its way into the national picture with a bunch of blowouts.  Instead, my "root for chaos" plea sort of came true, at least for one of the games involving the conference leaders.

Pacific Lutheran 0 - Linfield 0

It looked like the Lutes were copying their Texas Lutheran brothers and trying to just get enough for the win, but a PK call was waived off and a couple of very good saves by the Linfield keeper kept PLU off the scoreboard.  According to the announcer, this was the first time Linfield didn't lose to PLU in a very long time.  It won't prevent Pacific Lutheran from winning the NWC (playing everyone twice rather than having a conference tournament makes it very forgiving for a blip like this), but it won't help them if they don't win the conference.

Willamette 6 - George Fox 0

Not quite the 9 goals PLU scored, but I think we can safely say that PLU and Willamette are at one end of the conference and George Fox is somewhere toward the other end ahead of Lewis & Clark, which lost to Puget Sound 5-0.

Men's soccer / Re: Go WEST young man (and NORTH)
« on: September 24, 2023, 06:39:53 pm »
Hardin-Simmons has been playing tough teams very tightly, but falling short of winning.  It tied Trinity 2-2 and Southwestern 1-1 and it just lost to Texas Lutheran on a late goal, 2-1.

St. Thomas is proving it's a different level (or Hardin-Simmon is just wilting in the hot sun) because it is up 5-0 at the half.  Daniel Castro has 2 goals and 2 assists and Taty Aleman has a goal and an assist.  St. Thomas scored all of its goals in the first 29 minutes.


St. Thomas 5 - Hardin-Simmons 0

St. Thomas took its foot off the gas in the second half and emptied the bench in the heat.  Didn't matter as H-S still couldn't score. 

Men's soccer / Re: 2023 D3 Men's Soccer National Perspective
« on: September 24, 2023, 06:20:48 pm »
Mundane question, but does it still take forever for a new poster to get approved? My recollection is that the moderator (Jim Matson?) isn't around anymore, so I don't know who does that.  Seems like a time lag is enough of a barrier to entry for someone to just forget about it if they are lurking and thinking of adding something at that moment.
Someone named Pat Coleman approved my request.  Nice enough to respond when I followed up.  Took me several weeks but I didn't mind--it's a volunteer after all.

Same here, 11+ years ago.  Actually had to re-do my essay (twice)....Explain in 500 words or less "Why allowing me to become a member with posting privileges will contribute to the common good?"

I'm sorry, but how is this not absurd?

I get the point of approval to make sure you're a real person and interested in being a participant.  Trolls can kill a site like this beyond all recognition.  Traffic may be a bit lower here, but it's not bad and the conversation and information is generally pretty good. I was just referring to the time lag, which I figured might have been a result of the moderator no longer being an active participant.

Incidentally, it's not like the declining traffic is unique to this discussion board.  BigSoccer has a college board that pretty much restricts itself to D1 talk in a snooty way, policed by its posters (although you could probably set up a D3 thread and they probably wouldn't bother you).  It has much less traffic than this site and maybe 1-2 active individual college threads (e.g., for the Akron Zips). 

Now, if you really want to supercharge participation in this discussion board, create a pinned D3 college soccer recruiting thread on the main page or even a separate section of the D3 boards for college recruiting and then have threads for each sport.  Parents are very active on college boards and they are all looking for information on getting an edge in the massively competitive college admissions process, especially for the uber competitive, and somewhat mysterious, elite academic schools that are in D3 (if you open it up to Ivy recruiting too, you will get parents-to-be asking questions about what type of ball or other athletic implement to drop in the crib when the baby arrives).  Once they are registered and graduate from prospective D3 parent to actual D3 parent, many of them may stick around to talk once their kids start playing.

Men's soccer / Re: Go WEST young man (and NORTH)
« on: September 24, 2023, 04:27:33 pm »
Texas Lutheran and McMurry are tied 0-0 early in the second half,  McMurry lost to St. Thomas 6-0 on Friday. 

The heat may be affecting the game (both teams are liberally substituting players and even the announcers are talking slooooow), but Texas Lutheran really needs to start picking things up.

UPDATE:  TLU scores on a PK in the 81st minute to take a 1-0 lead after they brought some of their starters back into the game. 

UPDATE:  TLU wins 1-0 (they scored a second goal in the last minute that the stream gave to them, but I think it was called offside).  Once again, TLU did just enough (barely) to win the game.  It was hot and dry and the coach's strategy appeared to be to rest the starters until late to come in an rescue the game.  So, that might have hindered things, but TLU never seems to score much.  They go to 9-0 on the season

Men's soccer / Re: 2023 D3 Men's Soccer National Perspective
« on: September 24, 2023, 03:49:27 pm »
Mundane question, but does it still take forever for a new poster to get approved? My recollection is that the moderator (Jim Matson?) isn't around anymore, so I don't know who does that.  Seems like a time lag is enough of a barrier to entry for someone to just forget about it if they are lurking and thinking of adding something at that moment.

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