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Men's soccer / Re: NCAA Panel Approves Rules Changes for 2020
« on: May 01, 2020, 06:46:56 pm »
Goal kicks changed a few years ago and it is working it's way through the levels. I know at the youth level they have toyed with adding it (tough, because one year I am begging my players to get out of the box and we have numerous delays when the kick is touched inside or doesn't get outside; suddenly the next year we tell our players to ignore everything we have taught them).

Goal kicks can be touched by the defending team inside the box, but NOT by the offensive team who must remain outside the box until the ball is initially kicked (if I remember the rule well enough; I think I am going to try and use this "free" time to start getting some of my coaching certifications).

Keep in mind, if the GK or defender plays the ball quickly while the attacker is in the process of retreating but has not yet left the penalty area... the ball can be intercepted. 

Men's soccer / Re: Big Dance
« on: December 07, 2019, 09:34:44 pm »
Ratzan with a great cross which was completely missed by the Amherst CB, Jacobs all alone in the middle with the finish. 2-0 and that seems to be curtains with 16:59 left.

Questions over handball, and it looked like it was from the video. What's the "review" process if they don't check the goals when they go in? Seems like a gap in the process if I'm understanding this correctly.

Itís not quite VAR for clear and obvious errors.  You only check for 3 things on video replay, and Iím not certain any d3 schools utilize this even after inception from a few years ago. 
-Goal in or out
-review for a fight to identify players involved
-identify players for discipline

Men's soccer / Re: Big Dance
« on: December 07, 2019, 02:31:56 pm »
Pickíem wouldnít be +110 unless we get ET and PK as a bonus. 
AMHERST +170 / TUFTS +170 / DRAW +200

Iíll ride Tufts +175
Giammattei under 1.25
Tufts under 19.5 players, by the grace of the hook
Serpone over 16.5

Men's soccer / Re: Big Dance
« on: December 07, 2019, 01:23:50 am »
Mr. Right, when will you provide the breakdown on how to defeat Tufts?  ;)
Waxed on at length about what Centre should do vs. Mammoths. So far, it looks like a moot point.
How should Calvin go about their attempt to beat the Jumbos?

No need as I have explained for the past 2-3 years the best way to break down Tufts(frankly the only way)...Tufts drops immediately into a 4-5-1 when they lose the ball which is incredibly hard to break down because they hunt the ball as good as anyone on defense. The only way to break them down is to play FAST and to feet BEFORE they can set up in their 4-5-1. You gotta ping quick passes together moving up the field and catch them quickly otherwise you are playing right into their hands. If you cannot do that than your other option is your flank players must stay as wide as possible and you must be pumping in service with about 4-5 guys crashing the net. The great news tonight is Calvin is quite good at moving the ball up the field with precision and quickness AND know how to finish.

Sometimes, itís rare... but they get too narrow in poss of the ball.  SqueeZe and win in middle third.  Quick counter with flank players on the touch line, with pace... and serve a ball in the box.  If you get lucky you may win a second ball or intercept a bad pass... if not, better sprint back because Tufts is already finding mid or bypassing to their target. 

Anyways, Tufts wins the final 2-1

Men's soccer / Re: NESCAC
« on: November 26, 2019, 04:03:58 pm »
I think it's a fair assessment to place Conn in the 10-16 range.  The Camels got by Catholic and had a solid day vs JHU.   Beating Swat on their home field was a good result but one of the more favorable match-ups in the sweet 16.   W&L would have advanced over Conn, IMO.

In terms of the Coaches Ranking, they will land in the 5th-6th spot... depending on who wins the title.

8 Luther
7 Montclair St
6 RPI - advanced over Middlebury and beat Messiah, lost to Amherst
5 Conn - beat Catholic, beat JHU, beat Swat, lost to Tufts

They are a young squad and will return a solid core...  expect them to reach Sweet 16 next year at the very least.

Massey has them high due to incredible SOS and consistent results, but the eye test doesn't match up to me... 

Lastguyoffthebench slots CONN at 10th

Men's soccer / Re: Big Dance
« on: November 26, 2019, 10:29:39 am »

Swat has all three games on YouTube, search Swarthmore Athletics...

Men's soccer / Re: Big Dance
« on: November 25, 2019, 03:51:46 pm »

The joy of a first ever trip to the Final Four...

The equalizer wasn't much better.  About everything just went wrong for MSU in the final moments.   Miskick, slip, bad clearance.  Goal 
Congrats to Centre...However, that is flat out the worst defending I have ever seen in an Elite 8

Men's soccer / Re: NESCAC
« on: November 25, 2019, 12:53:42 pm »
A joke the refs let the game start on the grass then switch their minds 45 mins later.  Anyways... this has got to be the first time the Nescac has gotten two teams in the final four in recent memory.  Everyone here would be rooting for a tufts-amherst final. That game would be one for the ages. Tufts will absolutely have their hands full with Calvin on friday night though.  You've got to think Amherst is a big favorite over centre but you never know.

I think those are ECAC refs but either way not a good look in an NCAA game and his admin I'm sure will hear about it...especially if RPI felt there was at all any "pressure" to play that game on that field. Ref is supposed to factor weather into account when making the decision. Weather was only going to get worse. Field has new drainage but why risk it? Ref should of started game on turf and validated that by deciding at half to move it...I cannot believe his assignments next year in ncaas will not be revaluated

I can't imagine refs assigned to the Elite 8 not having D1 experience or many years of experience on D2/D3 level...  interesting situation, with a very simple solution.

I have not watched RPI this year... but I'm sure they'd have rather started/played on turf.

Men's soccer / Re: Big Dance
« on: November 20, 2019, 03:01:37 pm »
But i wanted to see it again in video just to ensure my partisan eyes weren't blind. And having just watched it in slow motion, that impression stands. It just simply isn't a penalty in any league/contest i've seen. And certainly not a golden-goal penalty in OT of a really good, exciting NCAA knockout game. The contact is almost all on his chest (imagine falling from a pushup position over a ball centered under your breast plate).

PN, I have been trying to find the video without success as well. MaturinNYC, if you have a link to the video of the Kenyon v. UR game it would be appreciated.

Sorry i can't share the video (it's on a pw-protected archive of the UofR games) - but I believe Kenyon's video of the game is available with a subscription (an "On Demand" section of their site)?  Maybe a Kenyon fan who has a video subscription can share their clip from it?   I guess i can try and share stills of the moment - i'll try that.

But before i do let me say that Kenyon did nothing wrong here - of course they would claim a foul when there's suspected contact in the box, who wouldn't?!?!  And absolutely #15's dribble attack into the area gets credit, as does Kenyon's free kick that equalized the game in the 76th minute. I've said this elsewhere, but let me repeat - it was a great NCAA playoff game that saw two solid teams giving their all and then giving even more. My only criticism is that this exciting, thrilling game got cut short by the official who, i believe, made a mistake in awarding a golden goal penalty on what was at worst incidental contact or chest/shoulder on a player falling down. It happens. That's not Kenyon's fault (also full credit to the kid who converted the PK, talk about pressure). So please do not take this as a UofR fan throwing shade like a sore loser. Kenyon won, i heard and saw that their players and ours showed great appreciation and respect for each other, and i wish them well. I just also wish that the game was decided in a manner fit for the moment and the quality of both of the teams playing it.

OK, so with that disclaimer, here's some screenshots.

I can't post the images here (i've reached out to Admin but no answer), so instead you can view 5 grainy screen grabs here -- sorry it's the best i can do! And again, just want to say this is for the benefit of those who have asked to see the play - the facts are what they are.

Would like to see it in real-time, but from the description and pics I do not think this is handling in any sense... just unfortunate.    Did referees have open mics? discussion with AR? or was decision immediate?   

Men's soccer / Re: Big Dance
« on: November 15, 2019, 12:08:44 pm »
Round of 32:
Amherst, Ithaca, Mary Washington, Rowan, RPI, Middlebury, Messiah, Oneonta St
John Carroll, Centre, CMS, Trinity, Franklin & Marshall, Hobart, Kenyon, Rochester
Johns Hopkins, Conn College, Christopher Newport, Swat, Tufts, WPI, Wash & Lee, Oglethorpe
Chicago, Hope, Luther, Central, Calvin, St. Norbert, North Park, GAC

Sweet 16:
Amherst, UMW, Middlebury, Messiah
John Carroll, CMS, Franklin & Marshall, Rochester
Conn College, Christopher Newport, Tufts, Washington & Lee
Chicago, Luther, Calvin, GAC

Elite 8:
UMW, Messiah
John Carroll, Franklin & Marshall
Conn College, W&L
Chicago, Calvin

Final Four:
Messiah, Franklin & Marshall, W&L, Chicago

Messiah, Chicago


Men's soccer / Re: 2019 South Atlantic Region
« on: November 01, 2019, 10:30:41 am »
#8-#9 Game - Fri., Nov. 1 (at higher seed)
#9 Bridgewater (Va.) at #8 Randolph, 7:00 pm ET
Quarterfinals - Sun., Nov. 3 (at higher seeds)
#8/#9 winner at #1 Hampden-Sydney, 2:00 pm ET
#7 Virginia Wesleyan at #2 Washington and Lee, TBA
#6 Guilford at #3 Roanoke, 5:30 pm ET
#5 Randolph-Macon at #4 Lynchburg, 5:30 pm ET
Semifinals - Sat., Nov. 9 (at highest remaining seed)
#4/#5 winner vs. #1/#8 winner, TBA
#3/#6 winner vs. #2/#7 winner, TBA
Final - Sun., Nov. 10 (at semifinal site)
Semifinal winners, TBA
Champion / AQ:
First Round - Sat., Nov. 2 (at higher seeds)
#6 Stockton at #3 Rutgers-Camden, 1:00 pm ET
#5 Kean at #4 Rowan, 7:30 pm ET
Semifinals - Wed., Nov. 6 (at higher seeds)
#4/#5 winner at #1 Ramapo, 1:00 pm ET
#3/#6 winner at #2 Montclair State, 7:00 pm ET
Final - Fri., Nov. 8 (at higher seed)
Semifinal winners
Champion / AQ:
First Round - Sat., Nov. 2 (at higher seeds)
#6 Southern Virginia at #3 St. Mary's (Md.), 4:30 pm ET
#5 Salisbury at #4 York (Pa.), 7:00 pm ET
Semifinals - Wed., Nov. 6 (at higher seeds)
#4/#5 winner at #1 Christopher Newport, 7:00 pm ET
#3/#6 winner at #2 Mary Washington, 2:30 pm ET
Final - Sat., Nov. 9 (at higher seed)
Semifinal winners, TBA

Quarterfinals - Sat., Nov. 2 (at higher seeds)
#8 Hendrix at #1 Oglethorpe, 12:00 pm CT
#7 Rhodes at #2 Centre, 3:30 pm ET
#6 Millsaps at #3 Sewanee, 4:30 pm CT
#5 Rhodes at #4 Berry, 12:00 pm ET
Semifinals - Fri., Nov. 8 (at highest remaining seed)
#4/#5 winner vs. #1/#8 winner, TBA
#3/#6 winner vs. #2/#7 winner, TBA
Final - Sun., Nov. 10 (at semifinal site)
Semifinal winners, TBA
Champion / AQ:

► Seeding is by division: "E" for East Division; "W" for West Division.
Quarterfinals - Sat., Nov. 2 (at higher seeds)
E#4 Mary Baldwin at E#1 N.C. Wesleyan, 2:00 pm ET
E#3 William Peace at E#2 Greensboro, TBA
W#4 LaGrange at W#1 Covenant, TBA
W#3 Piedmont at W#2 Maryville (Tenn.), 5:30 pm ET
Semifinals - Fri., Nov. 8 (at highest remaining seed; East Division has preference)
W#2/#3 winner vs. E#1/#4 winner, TBA
E#2/#3 winner vs. W#1/#4 winner, TBA
Final - Sat., Nov. 9 (at semifinal site)
Semifinal winners , TBA
Champion / AQ:

Men's soccer / 2019 South Atlantic Region
« on: October 18, 2019, 10:57:17 am »

The South Atlantic region appears to be deeper than previous seasons.   Several teams are going to be left-out on selection day:

ODAC:  W&L, Noke (Lynchburg).   Three bid league if Lynchburg steals the AQ

Capital:  CNU, UMW, (St. Mary's).  Two bid league.  Can't see St. Mary's earning the AQ

SAA:  Ogelthorpe (Centre).  Possibility of two bid league. 

NJAC:  good luck.   History says two bids, but tough to read.  League is wide open...

UAA:  Emory.  With losses to Ogelthorpe/W&L, along with the UAA grind... highly unlikely they are tourney bound.

USAS:  NCWU / Covenant / Maryville    One bid league.

Men's soccer / Re: Mid-Atlantic Region
« on: September 27, 2019, 09:39:22 am »

Any feedback on Haverford vs Camden?   Was not able to watch or attend?

Camden had a terrible loss vs Miseri, and a decent showing vs Cortland St... sitting at 8-2 with 5 straight road fixtures will do some damage to their record.

Men's soccer / Re: 2019 D3 Men's Soccer National Perspective
« on: September 20, 2019, 01:25:59 pm »
I think U of C is getting way too much credit based on the quality of their team the last couple years. With only 2 wins on the season, they are clearly not at the same level, and haven't earned a spot in the top 25 based on their performance in 2019.

Luther and Central out of the ARC are both very strong this year and probably deserve some consideration. You could definitely include Macalester on the that RV list and maybe Carleton. Puget Sound out of the NWC and St. Norbert from the MWC are both off to a solid start and probably belongs in the conversation as well.

U of C has played some heavy hitters early and only played two matches at home.   I give them the benefit of the doubt here and would not have them below 15th nationally (at the very worst).  Will be interesting to see how all these 2OT games prep them as the season progresses.

Men's soccer / Re: 2019 D3 Men's Soccer National Perspective
« on: September 14, 2019, 08:21:54 pm »
CNU had the game-winner with 5 seconds left in 2OT waved off on an offsides call.

I just watched the video, and with multiple angles and slow motion, no less! He looked onside to me - they got robbed.

This is garbage mechanics...

Put the flag up to get the Refs attention and talk about it...  Very tough call, but still needs to be addressed and discussed.

In real time, I'm letting that go unless I'm 100% certain #20 did not touch the ball first.

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