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Messages - Jim Matson

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General football / Re: 2019 Pool C
« on: November 17, 2019, 05:43:20 pm »
Interesting to see UMHB and Whitewater in the same section.

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Men's soccer / North Park Broadcast
« on: November 17, 2019, 05:19:19 pm »
Greg is doing a good job calling the North Park/Gustavus match this afternoon. He has "almost" mastered that true and authentic Swedish pronunciation of the names of those Viking imports ;D

 

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Men's soccer / Re: Big Dance
« on: November 11, 2019, 09:34:21 pm »
Are we sure Tufts would host in a Sectional pod that included Hopkins?  I would think Hopkins is ranked higher than Tufts, but maybe that changed in the past week?  Anyone have any insight on this?

It's close, for sure JHU might actually have the edge in terms of proximity to South Atlantic participants I just have the feeling that Tufts' last week of results may be decisive (save for the Blue Jays' superior winning pct., and acknowledging their Centennial Conference triumph). Maybe that's my New England bias. FWIW, D3soccer.com has Tufts ranked one spot higher, although that's not an indicator or selection criteria for hosting.

Correct! While highly accurate  ;D, our rankings don't have any impact on the NCAA committee and their decisions.

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I watched most of the North Central/IWU game (while also watching the Wheaton/Carthage game), and I thought that there were a few of those fluky plays that pop up once in a great while that add 14 points to the score. The last three minutes of the first half were really bad for the Titans, for example. Overall, regardless of Norm's opinion, the Cards are a lot better than the Titans!

(wow, that QB is really good. IWU had no answer for his accuracy)

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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).

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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.).

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