Started by PaulNewman, October 02, 2021, 02:44:40 PM
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Quote from: PaulNewman on October 02, 2021, 02:44:40 PMClaremont-Mudd-Scripps 7-1-1 -- Key results = UC Santa Cruz (T); Oglethorpe (W); Redlands (W); Whittier Poets (W)CMS has been good in recent years and interestingly traveled to Gambier, OH in 2019 for the Kenyon Sectional and were bounced in the Sweet 16 by Centre who went on to the Final 4. The only loss so far this year was to Westmont, I assume a NAIA or D2 outfit, 1-0. The win over Redlands separated CMS from Redlands in terms of being ranked nationally.
Quote from: PaulNewman on October 02, 2021, 02:44:40 PMFirst, the West, and in no particular order except to start the historical top dog and currently highly rated Trinity Tigers.Trinity 8-0-0 -- Key results = Willamette (W); Hardin-Simmons W); Texas-Dallas (W); Mary Hardin-Baylor (W); Colorado College W); Centenary (W)Trinity is always a little hard to place nationally and imo tend to be just a tad over-ranked. Imo the safest bet is to place them #6-#8 at the beginning of the season and just leave them there. No question the Tigers have had one of the premier programs in the country for a very long time, led by a legendary coach and boasting a superb facility. We'll see what happens. Along with Kenyon and F&M, Trinity has had a run of Sweet 16 and Elite 8 finishes, and one of these years they're no doubt gonna break through.[...]Don't want to lose this so will post and then do NORTH later. But also put Pomona-Pitzer, Cal Lutheran, Willamette, Whitman, Southwestern, and St Thomas (TX) on your radar.
Quote from: Ron Boerger on October 03, 2021, 08:31:54 PMThanks for giving the north and west some love and representation on the board.
Quote from: PaulNewman on September 02, 2022, 06:42:14 PM@Kuiper, excellent. Thanks.I can't think of any valid reason why every region doesn't have at least 2-3 regular posters who can provide the kind of info you just did. And one would think the coaches of the programs and/or SIDs would promote that, even if informally encouraging parents to be active posters.It is well known that I am responsible for Kenyon's success since around 2013 and no doubt my posting has brought in the vast majority of Owls recruits. Alas, if I'm going to take credit I am also forced to own the failures.
Quote from: SimpleCoach on September 02, 2022, 06:52:54 PMQuote from: PaulNewman on September 02, 2022, 06:42:14 PM@Kuiper, excellent. Thanks.I can't think of any valid reason why every region doesn't have at least 2-3 regular posters who can provide the kind of info you just did. And one would think the coaches of the programs and/or SIDs would promote that, even if informally encouraging parents to be active posters.It is well known that I am responsible for Kenyon's success since around 2013 and no doubt my posting has brought in the vast majority of Owls recruits. Alas, if I'm going to take credit I am also forced to own the failures.@PaulNewman, It's your fault that they looked average today.SC.
Quote from: Kuiper on September 02, 2022, 06:00:15 PMI'll throw in a modest amount of intel from CaliforniaC-M-S opened at UC Santa Cruz last night before their trip to play at Trinity on Saturday and Southwestern on Monday. It's kind of a brutal road trip to open the season because Santa Cruz is a minimum of a 6.5 hour bus ride from Claremont and then the quick turnaround to fly to Texas. More likely they're doing a three-legged flight to San Jose/Oakland and San Antonio instead. Either way, C-M-S tied Santa Cruz 1-1 on Thursday, which is a decent result, but I would have expected a bit more from C-M-S given that they were voted #1 in the SCIAC coaches' pre-season poll. Santa Cruz was a midtable team last year, although they always have potential (for in-state students, they are massively cheaper than the private D3 options so it's like they can effectively offer scholarships). Part of the challenge for UCSC is that they have such a quirky schedule because they have to travel a lot to find opponents and don't play in-conference until the end of the season in a tourney (which, itself is often far away). So, it's not clear how to read this result. C-M-S also tied Bethesda (a NCCAA school in Anaheim) in an exhibition 0-0 and Bethesda lost to Cal Tech 6-3 in another exhibition and lost 3-0 to Occidental in the first game of the regular season for both teams, so I would have expected C-M-S to trample them even if it was preseason. I don't want to attribute too much significance to trying to triangulate results against Bethesda, especially from exhibition matches, but it feels like C-M-S under its new head coach isn't hitting on all cylinders yet. The Trinity game will be a big test.Occidental may surprise a little this year. They have scored 12 goals in two exhibition games (Soka and Cal Mirimar) and their regular season opener against Bethesda. Once again, the exhibition games don't deserve a lot of attention, but it is noteworthy that they are playing a decent crop of freshmen, including their new starting GK. One thing that Oxy has going for it this year is that its head coach is director of coaching at a local club that is now MLS Next and he coached the oldest age group last year. They were DA before the pandemic, but the club only had U12 and U13 age groups in DA, so this is his first year he coached a team in the top league at a recruiting age. He brought over three kids from his MLS Next team to Oxy as freshman this year (on a team that also placed kids with D1 schools like University of San Diego, UC Irvine, and Cal State Northridge) and they've all gotten decent playing time thus far, including one scoring a brace in the Bethesda opener.Laverne lost yesterday to St. Katherine's (an NAIA school) 1-0. That doesn't bode well since St. Katherine's was 3-14-1 last season. It's also not going to help out the strength-of-schedule for Montclair State, which is playing Laverne on Sept 8, although presumably Montclair St is counting on its game against Redlands two days later to do more for it in that department.Redlands lost some important players, but they will probably still be strong. Grad student Collin Chubbfertal, their leading scorer last year with 14 goals, is out of eligibility. They also lose their grad defender Arian Mogharei, SCIAC defensive player of the year, who started all 21 games and had 5 goals and 3 assists, and another grad student Mikey Flota, who started all 21 games on defense as well. Peyton Menti, who has started every game the last two full seasons on defense, returns for a grad year to help anchor the defense, but he will have to lead a less experienced backline.