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Men's soccer / Re: National "Signing" Day
« on: May 10, 2019, 10:59:23 am »
Gustavus has announced several players in their incoming class (via instagram) over the last month or so. Many of which are coming from very strong club and high school programs - full details/bios are on their instagram announcements. Excited to see which, if any of these guys can step in and make an immediate impact. Gustavus should be looking for a repeat as MIAC champions and hopefully a much longer season come tournament time with some experience under their belt.

Grant Miller, MF - White Bear Lake, MN
Jamison Miller, GK - Chicago, IL (6'7 - also playing basketball at GAC)
Ethan Glissendorf, MF - Soiux Falls, SD
Nick Katzman, Wing - Minneapolis, MN
Abduselam Regassa, MF - Minneapolis, MN (Jima, Ethiopia)
Raphael Gattelin, FWD - Edina, MN
Palden Choesang, Wing - New Brighton, MN (Kathmandu, Nepal)
Nate Rouaud, MF - Eagle, CO
Henry Taylor, Wing - Phoenix, AZ
Latham Kleckner, GK - Golden, CO
Otis Anderson, DEF - Minneapolis, MN
Wesley Sanders, GK - Waukee, IA
Max McLaughlin, FWD/Wing - Waukee, IA
Cole Schwartz, FWD - Radford University, VA (D1 Transfer, played prep soccer in Indonesia).


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Men's soccer / Re: The Big Dance
« on: November 10, 2018, 05:56:56 pm »
Luther and Knox knotted 0-0 at end of regulation. Luther definitely better in possession, but Knox with a couple close chances as time was winding down.

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Men's soccer / Re: The Big Dance
« on: November 07, 2018, 10:12:31 am »
This is unrelated to other topics and is a bit wishful but it relates to the U Chicago section of the bracket.

For any neutrals interested in some good D3 soccer, we should all hope for a Luther vs. U Chicago Elite 8 match up. Most of my knowledge comes from the North region and the MIAC for reference.

Luther is the best team in the North region, they easily handled teams such as GAC, UST, and Mac. They also play a great brand of possession/attacking soccer not often seen at any level in college. They have a good chance at an Elite 8 run just like Chicago does.

So, if this match up happens I highly encourage people to check this game out. It could easily be the game of the year when it comes to two teams playing actually soccer and attacking each other head on. This for me was the most exciting revelation I had when the bracket came out.


I thought Luther was pretty impressive when I watched them as well. Their coach (a Trinity Alum) has done a nice job recruiting talented players and implementing a possession style of play. they have a senior laiden team, with tournament experience. I suspect a match up against Chicago would be very entertaining...

 With that said. I think Carleton will give Chicago quite a game (assuming they take care of biz vs. Transylvania). The Carl's have only lost 1 game this year and are VERY organized and opportunistic. They have flown under the radar and played the role of underdog all year. So they should feel very comfortable coming into that match and I'm certain they will come into the tournament with a little chip on their shoulder. I could see the Carl's sneaking out a 1-0 win vs Chicago, or even taking this one to PK's if they can execute their game plan.

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Men's soccer / Re: 2018 Season - National Perspective
« on: November 06, 2018, 06:07:25 pm »
Hello all.  I have been a fly on the wall the past few years on this forum.  Your commentary on all the teams and conferences has been appreciated both from a readerís perspective and scouting purposes.  So, thank you! ;)
Considering the recent pandemonium of this yearís bracket draw I can provide some insight into the MIAC conference which I was a part of.  It is a very tough conference to play in.  The games are rarely pretty.  Often very gritty and come down to set plays, long throws, and fluke goals.  As I have noticed with the NESCAC any team can win on any given day.  Very EPL/Championship like.  What I donít understand about MIAC teams is their struggles with non-conference teams versus in conference.  They also schedule some serious cupcakes which muddies the North region rankings quite a bit. 
I would like otherís input on this theory but maybe St. Thomasí recent success has put the MIAC on the map and maybe the committee found the conference competitive enough to draw 3 at large bids.  It surely is a blessing for the MIAC conference to show itself, so I am excited to see how it all plays out.

The MIAC always seems to produce a team or two in the tournament capable of making a run in the tournament. I began following the MIAC in the early 2000's. Since that time the MIAC has, with some regularity, had a team or two make a decent run in the NCAA's (Sweet 16 or better). MAC, GAC, Carleton all have had nice stretches of of 2-4+ years in a row making the tournament, and having some success and more recently the Thommies.

Its also not been uncommon for the MIAC to get 2 teams into the tournament. I can recall at least once when they've had 3 teams (MAC, GAC and Carleton in maybe 2011 or 2012?)...but never 4 teams.The selection committee has always viewed the MIAC pretty favorably on a national level, but never shown this much love...

As to the results in non-conference matches, a quick look at the four teams in the tournament, UST, GAC and Augs only lost 1 match outside of conference and Carleton was undefeated in non-conference matches. You can potentially call to question the quality of some of those opponents, but these teams all have solid records against non-conference teams. Perhaps programs like UWP and lither have just improved...


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Men's soccer / Re: 2018 Season - National Perspective
« on: November 05, 2018, 01:19:06 pm »
Definitely surprised to see St. Thomas, GAC and Augsburg all get Pool C bids. That makes 4 teams from the MIAC in the tournament this year. Amazing!


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Men's soccer / Re: 2018 Season - National Perspective
« on: November 04, 2018, 01:53:52 pm »
I think C-M-S is in....SoS bump to maybe .540ish and 3-4 ranked wins versus 1 or 0 losses.  They pick up another ranked win with Macalester cracking North this week.

And even though I've hardly thought of them this year, the more I look at St. Thomas' profile the more I think they are in good shape with GAC on the bubble or just on wrong side of bubble.

Correction:  St. Thomas may have a RvR issue unless Augsburg comes back in and with Macalester coming in this week.

Luther and Carleton getting the AQ and UWP the likely pool B selection bodes very well  for a second and maybe even a third selection from the MIAC, with so many teams from the conference in the NCAA regional rankings for the north region. St Thomas, GAC and maybe even Augsburg (if they get into the final ranking) are the potential recipients of a pool C in the north.

I suspect St Norbertís, Macalester and any other team from the ARC (like loras) are out.


There is not enough Pool C bids available for the North to get 3 IMO....St.Thomas and GAC are on the bubble with Augsburg no chance...

I wasnít suggesting the north will get 3 pool C bids, just that those 3 teams will be in consideration. However, I do think there is a good shot the region gets 2 pool C bids, especially with the influence of travel/geography in creating 4 team pods.

I only bring Augsburg in as an outside chance since they knocked off UST, GAC and tied with carelton in the last week, surely a nice bump in their RvR and SOS, which might sneak them into the conversation.

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Men's soccer / Re: 2018 Season - National Perspective
« on: November 04, 2018, 01:35:08 pm »
I think C-M-S is in....SoS bump to maybe .540ish and 3-4 ranked wins versus 1 or 0 losses.  They pick up another ranked win with Macalester cracking North this week.

And even though I've hardly thought of them this year, the more I look at St. Thomas' profile the more I think they are in good shape with GAC on the bubble or just on wrong side of bubble.

Correction:  St. Thomas may have a RvR issue unless Augsburg comes back in and with Macalester coming in this week.

Luther and Carleton getting the AQ and UWP the likely pool B selection bodes very well  for a second and maybe even a third selection from the MIAC, with so many teams from the conference in the NCAA regional rankings for the north region. St Thomas, GAC and maybe even Augsburg (if they get into the final ranking) are the potential recipients of a pool C in the north.

I suspect St Norbertís, Macalester and any other team from the ARC (like loras) are out.

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Men's soccer / Re: 2018 Season - National Perspective
« on: October 18, 2018, 11:05:34 am »
These SOS numbers are so varied....Can someone tell me the difference between Luther and Loras schedule? I mean yes there is 1 or 2 teams that Luther played that Loras did not but then Loras played Chicago and Luther did not play them. Both teams play UW Whitewater but Loars game with them was cancelled. Still the difference was basically .100 points...Luther's SOS was .578 and Loras was like .489 and they are in the same conference. I can see that Luther's schedule is a tad tougher BUT NOT .100 pts....IDK I wish we could go to some sort of regional RPI system

Luther's non-conference schedule has been stronger than Loras' schedule so far, looking at games played so far. The DuHawks do however have a couple of non-conference games remaining that should improve their SOS and see them pushed into the regional rankings in the next week or two, assuming they can win those matches. Games like Elmhurst, Carthage and St. Olaf, in previous years would help build a strong SOS since they typically produce winning records, however they are all three having a down year - Elmhurst and the Ole's are in particularly rough shape.


Luther - Non-Conference Opponents

St. Scholastica (6-7-2)
UW-Superior (13-2-1)
St. Olaf (3-11)
Gustavus (12-1-1)
Carroll (5-5-1)
UW-Whitewater (7-5-1)
St. Thomas (11-3-1)
UW-Platteville (9-1-2)
Wheaton (9-4-1)
Macalester (8-4-3)

Loras - Non-Conference Schedule

Elmhurst (2-13)
St. Olaf (3-11)
Carthage (9-7)
Chicago (12-2-1)
St. Mary's (5-9-1)
Iowa Wesleyan (5-10-1)
Knox - (11-3-1) - Not yet played
UW-Platteville  (9-1-2)  - Not yet played
UW-Whitewater  (9-1-2) - Not yet played




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Men's soccer / Re: Off topic but could use a little coaching help
« on: October 05, 2018, 10:11:54 am »
Check out Volgelsinger Soccer Academy. Thereís a great focus on technical skills, especially striking the ball. Lots of drills  to work on mechanics without actually striking the ball.

Man does that bring back memories. I used to spend a week or two every summer at a sleep away Volgelsinger Academy in CT in junior high and the first 2 years of high school. That was a good soccer camp. I'll look that up thanks.

I used to go to his camps as well but up in WI. It's good you're at least thinking about and introducing this stuff with the kids. Hopefully it keeps them from developing an "All-American Sh** Kick" as he called it...

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Men's soccer / Re: Off topic but could use a little coaching help
« on: October 04, 2018, 08:20:38 pm »
Check out Volgelsinger Soccer Academy. Thereís a great focus on technical skills, especially striking the ball. Lots of drills  to work on mechanics without actually striking the ball.


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Men's soccer / Re: CCIW
« on: September 20, 2018, 04:38:28 pm »
He's the projected starter.  The two players currently missing due to injury who actually began the season as starters are Matthias Stulen and Marrion Alvaro.

The upside to Stulen wearing street clothes the past two matches has been that it's given John Born the chance to look at his highly-touted freshman keeper Edin Sabovic from Niles West in live action. Ironically, Sabovic's first start was against the school he almost chose, Dominican (where I'm pretty sure he would've been the immediate starter, given that the starting keeper for the Stars is also a freshman). He's looked good thus far (last night's goal for Albion was off of a defensive miscue that put the Britons attacker at the edge of the crease with the ball, giving Sabovic no chance to defend anything that wasn't hit right at him), making a terrific run off of the line to smother a potential breakaway at the edge of the penalty box against Dominican that had been touched slightly too far by the onrushing Stars attacker. Other than that, though, he hasn't really been tested at all. The few times that either the Stars or the Britons managed to string together multiple passes in the North Park end were invariably broken up by NPU's veteran back line.

Not to take away from NPU's new keeper, but Dominican's Keeper, Daniel Dominguez is a legit STUD. He was arguably the best player on the pitch in most of club games I saw him play in this last year.

Looking forward to seeing North Park play in a few weeks. Some impressive results so far.

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Men's soccer / Re: IIAC (aka American Rivers Conference) 2018
« on: September 11, 2018, 02:36:51 pm »
Luther came out flying and looked like a very polished side. possessed well, finished well. GAC looked completely flat, lots of passes right to defenders feet. Not the performance I was expecting, and definitely the worst they have played in the early part of the season.

I haven't seen Loras yet this year, but they seem to be coming out strong. I was impressed by Luther, they were big, fast and skilled. Should be an exciting IIAC season.

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Men's soccer / Re: IIAC (aka American Rivers Conference) 2018
« on: September 07, 2018, 12:14:57 pm »
Looking forward to the GAC @ Luther match up tonight. Should be a good game between two teams looking to prove they are best the North this year. 

Prediction- GAC 2 Luther 1

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Men's soccer / Re: CCIW
« on: August 03, 2018, 02:27:22 pm »
At least in the Midwest, I think its fairly common for D3 schools to have reserve or JV teams. Most MIAC and IIAC schools have them. I know that other CCIW schools do as well, like Auggie and Carthage for example. I believe there are some NACC schools with reserve squads too.


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Men's soccer / Re: Coaching Carousel
« on: April 16, 2018, 04:27:19 pm »
Gustavus announces the hiring of their new head coach...

https://athletics.blog.gustavus.edu/2018/04/16/tudor-flintham-named-head-mens-soccer-coach-at-gustavus-adolphus-college/

Not so sure about this one, on the surface. Pretty limited experience/success. If they are going to take a chance on a younger, less experienced coach, I'd have rather seen our AD give the nod to a few alumni that were after the job. Hopefully this guy can keep the turn around going at GAC and bring the boys back to the NCAA's...

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