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Re: CCIW
« Reply #1305 on: April 19, 2021, 11:38:26 am »
Yep. The Vikings didn't find the back of the net more than twice, with a re-direct goal in the fourth minute by Peder Olsen and a double-assist goal by Ulrik Lund in the 80th, but they were both picturesque strikes that were the product of great teamwork and were the culmination of fairly consistent pressure put on the Augustana GK all evening.

Speaking of Augustana, that's an outfit that has improved its talent level. Even though Augie was thoroughly outclassed last night, it should be a noticeably better team next fall than it has been in the past few seasons.
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« Reply #1306 on: April 21, 2021, 03:34:51 pm »
Greg, I won't be able to watch any of the game tonight.  Would you mind sharing some observations and score line at some point? 
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Re: CCIW
« Reply #1307 on: April 21, 2021, 11:28:59 pm »
Greg, I won't be able to watch any of the game tonight.  Would you mind sharing some observations and score line at some point?

Final score was 1-1. It was a scrimmage played in four 30-minute periods, because I think that North Park is too banged-up-slash-sick to play a full 45 apiece for starters and reserves. Therefore, the first two periods were "starters," while the third and fourth were reserves. Nobody scored in the first two periods; North Park picked up a goal in the third when Sander Carlsoen connected from 15 yards out off of a nice give-and-go from Erik Lundeen (who is still trying to work his way back onto the first team), while North Central got that goal back in the fourth when the Cards put a 40-yard far-angle free kick in past NPU's third-string GK, who simply misread the ball.

I put "starters" in quotes, because I suspect that the only NPU players who started tonight that will actually be starters in the fall were Peder Olsen, Noel Holm, and William Boström-Rydfjall. (I think that perhaps a couple of others, notably Christian Vaaland, might have a crack at starting as well, depending upon how recruiting shakes out.)

North Central is loaded with freshmen, but they're talented, and Enzo Fuschino's already got them disciplined enough to stick to his game plan. In the Imitation Is the Sincerest Form Of Flattery Dept., Enzo's got five Norwegians in his freshman class, and some of them are pretty good. Young or not, I suspect that the Cardinals will again be in the mix to make the CCIW tourney.
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Re: CCIW
« Reply #1308 on: April 22, 2021, 07:38:58 am »
Thanks!
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Re: CCIW
« Reply #1309 on: May 06, 2021, 02:58:52 pm »
North Park's fall 2021 schedule is up. In non-conference play the Vikings will host:

* Greenville (10-9 in 2019)
* Loras (15-6-1 in 2019)
* Christopher Newport (14-2-5, D3 tourney second round in 2019)
* Luther (17-5-3, D3 tourney Elite Eight in 2019)
* Hope (14-6-1, D3 tourney first round in 2019)
* St. Norbert (16-5-3, D3 tourney second round in 2019)
* Chicago (12-2-5, D3 tourney second round in 2019)

... and will visit:

* Lake Forest (10-8-1 in 2019)
* Washington MO (8-7-1 in 2019)
* Knox (15-4-2 in 2019)

I wouldn't mind it if a home game or two was scheduled for the road instead for the sake of year-to-year balance, but other than that this is a really fine schedule. The Vikings should be well-tested and have an augmented SOS rating as a result of this slate.

I wish that every CCIW program in this sport looked to assemble as tough a non-conference schedule as possible. Alas, they don't.
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Re: CCIW
« Reply #1310 on: May 07, 2021, 10:53:38 am »
North Park's fall 2021 schedule is up. In non-conference play the Vikings will host:

* Greenville (10-9 in 2019)
* Loras (15-6-1 in 2019)
* Christopher Newport (14-2-5, D3 tourney second round in 2019)
* Luther (17-5-3, D3 tourney Elite Eight in 2019)
* Hope (14-6-1, D3 tourney first round in 2019)
* St. Norbert (16-5-3, D3 tourney second round in 2019)
* Chicago (12-2-5, D3 tourney second round in 2019)

... and will visit:

* Lake Forest (10-8-1 in 2019)
* Washington MO (8-7-1 in 2019)
* Knox (15-4-2 in 2019)

I wouldn't mind it if a home game or two was scheduled for the road instead for the sake of year-to-year balance, but other than that this is a really fine schedule. The Vikings should be well-tested and have an augmented SOS rating as a result of this slate.

I wish that every CCIW program in this sport looked to assemble as tough a non-conference schedule as possible. Alas, they don't.

Thanks Greg!  I can't wait to watach some of these games - hopefully in person!
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Re: CCIW
« Reply #1311 on: May 07, 2021, 12:30:01 pm »
Naturally, the first two 2021 non-conference schedules to check out after North Park's are those of Carthage and Wheaton.

Carthage hasn't posted one yet. But Wheaton has. The Beaners will host:

* Hardin-Simmons (14-3-2 in 2019)
* Concordia IL (9-9 in 2019)
* MSOE (10-7-2 in 2019)
* Chicago (12-2-5, D3 tourney second round in 2019)
* Alma (5-11 in 2019)

... and will visit:

* Marian (5-13-1 in 2019)
* Washington MO (8-7-1 in 2019)
* Ramapo (11-2-5 in 2019)
* Rutgers-Newark (7-9-2 in 2019)
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Re: CCIW
« Reply #1312 on: May 07, 2021, 12:44:32 pm »
Looking at the other 2019 CCIW tourney teams, here's what North Central has to offer next fall. First, home:

* Benedictine (10-8-1 in 2019)
* Concordia WI (13-5-1 in 2019)
* Marian (5-13-1 in 2019)
* Rose-Hulman (16-3-1 in 2019)
* Aurora (13-5-1 in 2019)
* Dominican (16-3-3, D3 tourney first round in 2019)

... and then away:

* Concordia IL (9-9 in 2019)
* Dubuque (10-6-2 in 2019)
* Wartburg (8-8-2 in 2019)
* Lake Forest (10-8-1 in 2019)
* Rhodes (4-11-2 in 2019)
* Hendrix (4-14 in 2019)

Looks like North Central has become a stealth member of the NACC.
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Re: CCIW
« Reply #1313 on: May 07, 2021, 01:12:33 pm »
The other two programs that participated in the 2019 CCIW tourney, Illinois Wesleyan and Elmhurst, have yet to post their fall 2021 schedules.

Moving on, neither Augustana nor Millikin have posted theirs, either. But Carroll has. Here's the home non-conference slate of the Pios:

* Edgewood (6-13-1 in 2019)
* Wisconsin Lutheran (7-9-1 in 2019)
* Ripon (1-16-1 in 2019)
* UW-Eau Claire (new program)
* UW-Whitewater (15-5-2, D3 tourney first round in 2019)

... and the away:

* Beloit (5-11-2 in 2019)
* Olivet (4-12-1 in 2019)
* Albion (7-10-2 in 2019)
* Lawrence (8-8-1 in 2019)
* Benedictine (10-8-1 in 2019)

This is disappointing as well from an SOS perspective. Clearly, a lot of CCIW coaches are not putting a premium upon scheduling difficult opponents in order to bolster the league's SOS and aid the effort to get multiple CCIW teams into the D3 tourney on a regular basis. It's maddening to see the league get two, three, even four teams into the D3 tourneys of other sports, while it's stuck in the mud with only one representative in men's soccer each season. The CCIW has only managed to get two reps into the D3 men's soccer tourney field in three out of the past ten seasons, and it hasn't happened since 2015 -- and poor SOS is clearly what cost the CCIW an at-large bid when the 2018 tourney field was announced.

There's more to success than just racking up a gaudy non-conference record against patsies.
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