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Men's soccer / Re: 2017 Season - National Perspective
« on: January 16, 2018, 03:32:53 am »
Good stuff!

Men's soccer / Re: The Big Dance
« on: December 02, 2017, 08:07:10 pm »
I like how the Falcons have kept pushing, even when it appeared to me that North Park was controlling the last 15 minutes or so. Their discipline is impressive.

North Park needs to act like they really want this. Messiah sure the heck does.

Men's soccer / Re: Now Streaming...
« on: December 02, 2017, 07:41:54 pm »
Stock-holm. not Stuck-holm :)

Men's soccer / Re: The Big Dance
« on: December 02, 2017, 07:41:21 pm »
Stock-holm, not Stuck-holm :)

Men's soccer / Re: The Big Dance
« on: December 02, 2017, 07:40:34 pm »
A very beautiful match tonight. Messiah is tighter, but North Park has some great moves and really is giving the Falcons a different look than they are used to.

Men's soccer / Re: The Big Dance
« on: December 01, 2017, 11:32:57 pm »
All the teams are staying in the same hotel... really nice Sheraton actually. Wish I could convince myself to spend the money to stay there. LOL

You should have been put there! You did a great job today. I really enjoyed your broadcast. It was good to hear Ira too.

Men's soccer / Re: The Big Dance
« on: November 13, 2017, 05:54:00 pm »
It will be a great soccer weekend in Chicago. North Park hosts, and Chicago hosts the women (early matches), and the men (late matches).

I doubt that this has ever happened in NCAA soccer history; three sectionals within 20 miles of each other.

Women's soccer / Re: D3 Women's Soccer 2017 Season
« on: November 13, 2017, 05:53:17 pm »
It will indeed be a great soccer weekend in Chicago. North Park hosts, and Chicago hosts the women (early matches), and the men (late matches).

I doubt that this has ever happened in NCAA soccer history; three sectionals within 20 miles of each other.

Men's soccer / Re: 2015 D3 Season: NATIONAL PERSPECTIVE
« on: January 25, 2016, 06:22:53 pm »
Great comments from everyone. I am hoping for a few more in-depth contributions from you all, as debate is far more interesting than the alternative.

With regard to the keeper picks, stats do matter, and not just save percentage. To what extent does the defense contribute towards a star keeper? How many times is the keeper really tested throughout the season?

It is a tough call to make when looking at all these great stat lines, yet there is more than one keeper this year that had amazing production with absolutely no help from his line. The problem is that those players end up on 12-8 teams in weaker conferences. I'd love to see an opportunity to have an award team of players who just might be very very special, but play in lessor known conferences.

Men's soccer / Re: Best teams from the past
« on: November 18, 2015, 09:58:56 pm »
I am fairly certain that after too many years of watching a lot of D3 soccer, it is difficult to pick a best team ever. But as you all have demonstrated, there have been a handful of truly spectacular teams since '74.

Someone mentioned earlier that Trinity/Messiah match in 2007. For me, that was one of my top five matches I've ever seen on a D3 pitch. And watching it was like watching hockey on steroids - incredibly fast action. Those guys must have felt like they had played two matches that night.

Wheaton's '97 team was as good as you'll find for pure results; an easy run through everything...except...a draw with Hope in the regular season and an OT win over Ohio Wesleyan in the E8 (the only time I ever saw an OWU team pack it in and play a counter-style. Martin stated after the match that this was the only way to even have a chance against that Wheaton team).

Men's soccer / Re: 2015 NCAA TOURNAMENT THREAD
« on: November 15, 2015, 09:22:18 pm »
I think this year's sectional choices will be easier than in most years. Only the "Central" sectional is up for grabs: will it be Loras or Wheaton?

F&M has to host their sectional for the reasons stated by njf1003.

I think the East sectional will be at Oneonta, although any of the other three could host too. Oneonta is in the middle, if the NCAA is looking to spread the pain around evenly.

The Northeast sectional is an easy one geographically for Amherst, and they are the top seed.

I'd go with Amherst, Oneonta State, Loras, and F&M (I'd personally like to see the Loras group at Wheaton due to facilities e.g. the lack of football stripes on the pitch, etc.).

Men's soccer / Re: Russian Woman for Seniors / Dating For Men
« on: November 13, 2015, 12:25:18 am »
I have noticed a few more ready ads this season. And yes, I do test the site with private browsing turned on and at public computers! I think I need to make a visit to the old Google admin site and crank up the filter?!

Men's soccer / Re: 2015 NCAA Tournament Dark Horse Predictions
« on: November 13, 2015, 12:07:06 am »
The trend over the past 6-8 years has the host team playing in the early match, whether at 11:00 vs 1:30 or 5:00 vs 7:30. In the 90s, it seemed that teams set up for the "primetime" match for the home crowd's sake.

Playing early in the evening is strongly preferred especially if one has an afternoon match the next day (assuming a win), but I don't think playing a morning match gives any advantage over a 1:00 or 1:30 match. It might be a disadvantage as not many teams play that timeslot during the regular season.

Men's soccer / Re: UAA 2015
« on: October 11, 2015, 10:08:56 am »
...If anyone on the Rochester athletics staff is reading this, you're absolutely joking if you think I'm going to pay $$ to watch a broadcast that most other athletic departments do for free. Nice try.

+1 Blooter and Ditto that to other colleges and universities who are charging for video. Gimme a break. This isn't pro sports.  Support your teams and make it easy for your schools' fans to watch your students play!

Would someone pay to the the Premier League guys call a match for us? I know I would. But this idea of charging for these DIII video streams is ridiculous. Believe me, I've watched hundreds of matches over the past 10 years and have never paid for a single one. And I don't think any of us should be asked to pay for this service when there are multiple free streaming services available. There are plenty of good ways to earn that marginal dollar for the program - but this ain't one of them.

Best video-casts I've seen, based on my limited memory and without any real analysis (!!)...William-Smith's women's matches from the past four years, Washington U.'s women's broadcasters from the past three years, and Messiah's men's from the past five years. I also am always amazed at the NCAA's broadcast of the FF; one guy who always sounds calm and yet keeps up with the pace.

Men's soccer / Re: NESCAC
« on: October 11, 2015, 09:47:15 am »
Tufts completely drops off the national poll today and barely sneaks into the New England poll at 10th.  It's still too early to tell, but might Tufts Cinderella story already be over, and might they be relegated to "one hit wonder" status?  Time will tell.

Many one hit wonders if you look at Champions.  You can never take it away from those boys who participated.  Oh, do you recall the Giant Slayer goal by Kayne against Messiah last November???? That was nice, wasn't it?

I agree with everything you are saying.

First, there absolutely are many one hit wonders if you look at teams that have won the D3 Soccer National Championship one time. 

I also want to temper this a bit and say that it's not just about championships.  There are certainly some programs around who haven't won a lot of championships but who are consistently at or near the top.  And there are a few NESCAC teams who many would place in this group.  I think others might place teams like Wheaton (IL) in this group as well.  And these programs should ABSOLUTELY be part of the conversation about long term excellence in D3 soccer.  I don't think Tufts is quite there yet, but maybe they will be in the years to come.

Solid points made. The difficulty in just repeating as champs once is tough enough.

As a side comment, last year's Final Four of course did give us our champ, but we didn't see a dominating effort in any of the matches. Thus, it doesn't surprise me that Tufts isn't showing up strong this season. But I have to say that those matches were as entertaining as it gets in the FF. The speed at which the Oneonta/Wheaton and the Tufts/Wheaton matches were played made for a wonderful experience for us in the stands.

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