As I prepare to get the first of the preview reports ready and begin coverage of Ozark & Central Ozark Conference play, I also have the pleasant duty to keep you up-to-date on the activities of the men and women who are representing Springfield Soccer in some far flung locations. A trio of Parkview 2005 graduates are staying in touch via the comments section, email and the parental units. I’m happy to say that each are seeing early success on the field. Joshua Florez at Washington University has made the traveling squad, Brian Fishback is seeing significant playing time in the central midfield at the University of Indianapolis and Patrick Carver at Emory University (Atlanta) has achieved the same in their first two games of the season. Well done fellows.
Archives for August 2005
The High School season opened with a lively match at Harrison Stadium Monday evening as the Central Bulldogs hosted the Waynesville Tigers. With a core group of seven seniors who begin their fourth year of varsity play, and one dynamite addition in Atila Mota (pictured at left), the Bulldogs came out prepared to win the opening match on their new pitch. With goals from four seperate players (seniors Herson Aparicio, Panfilo Garcia, Tobi Zuniga and junior Erick Ramirez) the Bulldogs showed strong teamwork and a very good work ethic. Newcomer Atila Mota in particular was a delight, unable to stand still and with skills that place him near the apex of Springfield players. I’m going to have to get out for some more of the Bulldogs matches to see how they match up with the traditional powers in the area.
Waynesville had some early chances until Central [Read more…] about Bulldogs Down Tigers 4-0
OK folks, I’ve been living without either of the above since I moved to a downtown loft in January 2004. I don’t have a lot of spare time on my hands between earning a living and running this website but man I miss watching international soccer. So tell me, what should I do?
Cable – Mediacom basic plus the sports package that includes Fox Soccer Channel will probably cost me, what? $50 a month?
Satellite – I’d probably do Dish and bundle it with my SBC DSL and add a new Cingular wireless account. Again, basic plus FSC.
I’ve heard about a College Sports Network as well that features some college soccer games. Is that available on Mediacom or Dish? Anyone familiar with it? I’d love to put together a plan with Mediacom to do some High School and College matches, much like they’ll broadcast some HS football and basketball games. That would be a reason to go cable. Anyone have any programming contacts at Mediacom I could contact to begin discussions of helping them get into the soccer business?
The game Sunday was a 1-0 win for Drury in the 2nd OT period, less then two minutes remaining. I’ve put together a 2:30 highlight that shows a few close calls for both teams, all from the 70th minute or later.
Gee, I wonder how I’m going to be spending my time this week? How about some High School soccer? Yeah, that’s it, I’ll check out some HS soccer matches!
Before I dive into the details of the week, let’s take a quick trip over to the Mamba’s SC site and check out the results of their poll – who’s going to win the Ozark Conference title? With 64 total votes it turned into a two team horse race. Both teams have home games this week so I’ll head over to Glendale Tuesday when they host Waynesville and Kickapoo on Thursday for their match against Nixa.
The first matches of the HS season begin tomorrow with Marshfield visiting Aurora and Joplin visiting District 11 Champions Neosho. Closer to home, Central hosts Waynesville at the new Harrison Stadium. That’s where I’ll start my week and the beginning of the HS soccer season.
I’ve received the Preseason previews from several local coaches with commitments from several more, all of whom are facing the same time crunch I’m looking at already. I apologize for the late delivery guys & gals, I’m still learning how to manage this. I should have 3-5 previews to share with you this week going into the Labor Day weekend.
Finally, I have to mention this again. If you are a soccer fan and are interested in seeing soccer grow, then you should be checking out the college matches available here. It’s an opportunity for local players to see what it’s like at the next level and it’s good soccer. Sunday at noon the University of Central Arkansas, the #8 ranked DII team in the country, will be playing at Drury. Two local boys, Wade Luethy & Chris Murphy (GHS 2004) are on the roster and Wade helped the Bears win their second match with a game winning goal with only 10 seconds left Sunday. This will be one of the top three games in Springfield this year I believe. Let’s show Drury some Springfield Soccer love!