Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.


Messages - owl

Pages: [1]
1
Men's soccer / Re: New England Soccer Discussion
« on: November 08, 2009, 04:56:44 pm »
Midd battled Williams very even to a 1-1 tie at regulation and gave up an own goal about 6 min into the first ot.  In the past 12 days, Midd beat Williams at home, Amherst away Wesleyan away and then lost to Williams in ot.  Some very tired lads walked off the field today.  Koodos to both Williams and Middlebury on a very good game.  In light of their recent play, it would be a shame if Middlebury did not make the tournament.

2
Men's soccer / Re: New England Soccer Discussion
« on: November 03, 2009, 11:12:23 pm »
Interesting to see Middlebury back there at #10 after knocking off #2 Williams and #6 Amherst.  Who woke the sleeping giant.  Ought to be quite a match between #1 Wesleyan and #10 Middlebury.

3
Men's soccer / Re: New England Soccer Discussion
« on: November 01, 2009, 08:31:19 pm »
NESCAC tournament began today also.  #1 Wesleyan handled Colby #8 easily 5-0 while #2 Williams handled #7 Conn College 3-0.  #6 Middlebury had a battle with #3 Amherst and survived with a 2-1 victory.  #4 Bowdoin took #5 Trinity 3-0. 

Next week, Wesleyan hosts the semis and finals.  Wesleyan takes on Middlebury while Williams plays Bowdoin.  What happened to Middlebury?  In the past three days, they have beaten Williams and Amherst.  They get a well deserved rest before battling with Wesleyan.

4
Men's soccer / Re: New England Soccer Discussion
« on: September 27, 2009, 09:23:10 am »
Major upsets this weekend.  What's with Conn College?  Are they for real or was Amherst taking them too lightly.  Keene State woke up and thumped Eastern, and Middlebury still can't find the goal and lost in a tight one to Bowdoin.  Even Trinity just squeaked by Bates.

5
Men's soccer / Re: New England Soccer Discussion
« on: September 18, 2009, 11:08:22 pm »
UMaine @ Ft Kent vs Midd  was a very interesting game, it looked like men against boys.  UMaine started 7 Jamacians, 1 South American, 1 Croatian and 1 Trinadad Tobago.  They were very big, fast and technical.  In the three wins prior to Midd, UMaine had scored 15 goals and given up but 1.  They moved the ball very well through the midfield but the Midd defense stymied them.  Midd had a number of good opportunities but typically held the ball a little too long.  With about 10 min left in the game, Umaine drove deep into the corner and got off a nice cross that a player one-touched into the lower right corner for the only tally of the game.  With about two minutes left Midd took a corner that looked like it curved into the upper corner and bounced out.  The linesman said it bounced off the inside of the post while the home crowd was sure it bounce off the corner brace inside the goal.  It was a very well played game by both sides.   

6
Men's soccer / Re: New England Soccer Discussion
« on: September 17, 2009, 10:37:20 pm »
Last year Middlebury really had a hard time finding goals.  Their outstanding defense always keeps them in the game until the offense finds a way to score a goal.  Surprising that Amherst has not scored more goals.

7
Men's soccer / Re: New England Soccer Discussion
« on: September 11, 2009, 08:13:56 pm »
My picks:
     
    Amherst 2 Bowdoin 0  @ Amherst probably on turf
    Trinity 2   Colby 1        @ Colby on a very slick grass
    Wesleyan 1  Williams 2  @ Williams on a well drained field
    Middlebury 2  Tufts 0   @ Middlebury on a cold turf
    Bates 0    Conn College 2  @ Bates on turf?


8
Men's soccer / Re: New England Soccer Discussion
« on: September 10, 2009, 10:01:15 pm »
Any predictions for the opening weekend of NESCAC play?
Bowdoin @ Amherst
Trinity @ Colby
Wesleyan @ Williams
Tufts @ Middlebury
Conn College @ Bates

Typical NESCAC, I don't see any "easy" games.

9
Men's soccer / Re: New England Soccer Discussion
« on: September 07, 2009, 08:25:14 pm »
Amherst did some intresting recruiting this year.  They got two boys -same last name, brothers?, from the agricultural school, United World College in Venezula.  They are both 6'5" and 195 and 200 pounds.  One is a mid fielder and one a defender.  Their third foregin entry is a mid-fielder from Bolivia.  Looking forward to seeing them on the pitch.

10
Men's soccer / Re: New England Soccer Discussion
« on: August 28, 2009, 10:36:21 pm »
I have followed college soccer for some time and while I concurr that the stability and attitude of the institution are important, my personal opinion is the coach and AD in the institution is probably the singular most important factor.  There are many great institutions out there that have not been able to field a team and several less spectacular institutions that have success on the pitch.  Messiah, Williams, Middlebury, are teams that happen to have successful programs in no small part to very successful coaching.

11
Men's soccer / Re: New England Soccer Discussion
« on: August 24, 2009, 10:19:14 pm »
Messiah will have a new coach this year so let's see if they will skip a beat or continue to roll.

12
Men's soccer / Re: New England Soccer Discussion
« on: August 20, 2009, 10:33:09 pm »
Most of the NESCAC teams find 0ne or two freshman break into a starting role after four or five games.  Their overall impact will be determined by the team around them.  A leading scorer last year for Amherst (Heo) and Middlebury (Macnee) were freshman and the teams were very successful.  Not necessarily because of the freshman but they certainly augmented an already strong team.  While very successful, Jones from Bowdoin couldn't carry Bowdoin alone.   

13
Men's soccer / Re: New England Soccer Discussion
« on: August 19, 2009, 09:45:30 pm »
Williams will have an experienced senior goalie this year.  What they really need is a true scoring threat.  They only scored 31 goals last year and the two leading scorers, Empson and Gordon, both graduated.

14
Men's soccer / Re: New England Soccer Discussion
« on: August 15, 2009, 07:37:09 pm »
Williams appears to need the most help and typically pulls in an international or two.  Amherest last year pulled in their leading scorer -Heo from Korea and a mid fielder from Conn College.  Rumor has it that the Korean player has to return to Korea which could really shake up their offense since they also lost Duker to graduation.  Midd generally recruits locally with a couple of aces from mid west and west.  Hard to draw a southern boy to upper Vermont.

Wesleyan, Trinity, Tufts and Bowdoin are only a couple of players out of the mix.  Any of these teams can win on any given day.  The key to survival in the very physical NESCAC is minimizing injuries and depth.

15
Men's soccer / Re: New England Soccer Discussion
« on: August 11, 2009, 10:10:44 pm »
The new season is around the corner.  Any predictions this year for NESCAC?  Amherst appears to have been hit hard by graduation on the offensive and defense and Williams lost their starting midfield.  Middlebury didn't lose much scoring but lost their all-american goalie.  Trinity and Wesleyan will be back with a vengence after their late season slippage.

Pages: [1]