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Offline 2xfaux

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Re: 2015 National Tournament
« Reply #15 on: November 20, 2015, 05:52:29 pm »
Well, let the upsets begin.  So much for my idea of a CMU v TM quarter final. 

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Re: 2015 National Tournament
« Reply #16 on: November 21, 2015, 10:53:12 pm »
Confoundit!!

IWU already beat UWW earlier this year.

Despite a 15-4 advantage in shots, and a 12-2 advantage in shots on goal, IWU falls 1-2 in OT. :'(

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Re: 2015 National Tournament
« Reply #17 on: November 30, 2015, 01:24:50 pm »
Weather in Kansas City looks to be shaping up, much better than last year's sub-30 degrees for the Finals.

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Re: 2015 National Tournament
« Reply #18 on: December 02, 2015, 01:20:53 am »
Heading into the Sweet 16, I thought I would analyze the relative strength of the remaining teams.  Since Massey and BennettRank have their weaknesses, I thought the best comparison would be to look at the number of victories each team had this season (before the tournament) against teams selected to the tournament.  Presumably, the more victories against teams that either won their conference or were at-large selections, the stronger the team.  I recognize that there are flaws to this analysis, but it's just for fun, right?

Ill. Wesleyan - 7
Carnegie Mellon - 5
Wisconsin-Whitewater - 5
Washington-St. Louis - 4
Messiah - 4
Brandeis - 4
Williams - 3
Thomas More - 3
Rowan - 2
Swarthmore - 2
Calvin - 2
Centre - 2
Stevens - 2
Hardin-Simmons - 1
Wartburg - 1
William Smith - 1

For those of you that thought Trinity (Texas) was unfairly paired with Texas (Tyler) in the first round, just note that Texas (Tyler) had only 1 victory against a tournament team and Trinity (Texas) had only 2.  Trinity's loss to Hardin-Simmons, who also only had 1 victory against a tournament team, makes for a compelling argument that the NCAA got it right.  I don't necessarily agree with this, but just stating what the numbers suggest.  Wash. U fans may have a better argument than Trinity since they had to face a 4-victory Denison team in the second round, despite being a #1 seed.  On the flip side, William Smith fans should be elated that they received a #1 seed and hosting rights, despite only having won 1 game all season against a tournament team. Go figure!

This all looks good, except that Messiah played 5 teams, beating four and tying William Smith away.  Almost as good as a win.

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Re: 2015 National Tournament
« Reply #19 on: December 02, 2015, 04:31:22 pm »
Believe it's WIlliams over Centre to meet Messiah for the Championship. In their only previous meeting a few years back, Williams lost to Messiah 1-0 at a neutral site.

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Re: 2015 National Tournament
« Reply #20 on: December 03, 2015, 12:46:36 pm »
Go to the Williams College sports information page to find a story on the women's soccer team's journey to the Final Four, particularly the embedded link midway through the article of an excellent television interview with a captain and coach.

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Re: 2015 National Tournament
« Reply #21 on: December 04, 2015, 02:33:35 pm »
What an incredible performance from Lizzy Crist of WashU in the shootout. Three saves in a row to keep her team in it. Seems like WashU players missed trying to take the perfect shot but Crist kept them in it even when it was match point. Heartbreaker for Messiah.
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Re: 2015 National Tournament
« Reply #22 on: December 04, 2015, 02:34:24 pm »
BEARS WIN, BEARS WIN, BEARS WIN!

Lizzy Crist brings the Bears back from the dead, saves three consecutive penalties after missing her own attempt!

Have you ever seen anything like that?

Chances are you have not.

Woo!

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Re: 2015 National Tournament
« Reply #23 on: December 04, 2015, 02:55:41 pm »
It was an incredible performance by Crist and the Bears!  :D


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Re: 2015 National Tournament
« Reply #24 on: December 04, 2015, 03:25:50 pm »
Amy French was the keeper that took one of the PKs for Wash-U, not Crist.

Crist was sublime in goal.  Had big saves before the PK round too--especially the diving stop to prevent a partial breakaway from producing a Messiah goal. Has played tremendous all season.

Megan Nicklay was like a bouncer that let no one behind the velvet rope.  Her defending was sensational, as was the rest of the Bears' backs today.

Total team effort that was superb...well done Bears!!  Good luck in the national championship game!

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Re: 2015 National Tournament
« Reply #25 on: December 04, 2015, 04:48:20 pm »
Thanks for the correction: watching the game in the DUC and the picture was not all that clear.  Plus, the announcer reported it as Crist.

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Re: 2015 National Tournament
« Reply #26 on: December 05, 2015, 12:38:50 am »
No problem...didn't mean to sound like I was snippy.  Both French and Crist wear same-colored jerseys, so it was tough to figure out who took the PK.

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Re: 2015 National Tournament
« Reply #27 on: December 05, 2015, 04:32:48 pm »
No problem...didn't mean to sound like I was snippy.  Both French and Crist wear same-colored jerseys, so it was tough to figure out who took the PK.

Oh, no, I did not think that.  I get so much wrong that I instinctively blame others if it was not my fault.

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Re: 2015 National Tournament
« Reply #28 on: December 05, 2015, 04:34:36 pm »
Congratulations to Williams and Ephs fans.  The game winning assist and goal were brilliant.  The best team won the championship today.

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Re: 2015 National Tournament
« Reply #29 on: December 07, 2015, 01:18:42 pm »
No doubt...lot's of firsts.

First back-to-back Final Four's and first Women's Soccer National Championship at Williams and for NESCAC.

Congratulations Lady EPHS and NESCAC!