My buddy the Ranger’s fan (front left) and his wife thought they’d remind me of what it used to be like. This is from a team he and I put together and played in on Monday nights at the Odeum in Villa Park (just south of O’Hare Airport). There’s a trophy I’d forgotten about, he has it on his mantle a few blocks from the Fire’s current home, Soldier Field. I was 37 at the time, ten years older then anyone else on the team, and beginning to fight a losing battle my knees would eventually win. We had players from Morocco, Lebanon, Scotland, England and Brazil on that team. For those of you battling the math, I’m 50 today.
The Drury Panthers continue their inaugural season in the GLVC with a pair of home matches this weekend. Tonights opponents are the Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville Cougars who bring their gaudy national rankings with them to Harrison Stadium.
The women’s match will open the evenings fireworks at 5pm. The Cougars own a 9-2-0 record and have moved up in the national rankings from 17 to 14 this week. They are ranked #2 in the Great Lakes Region, behind Grand Valley State (MI) and are one of six GLVC teams that own a regional ranking. The Lady Panthers have defeated the #3 (regional) N. Kentucky team (2-1 win), lost to #4 UMSL last week (0-2) and took #7 Bellarmine and #10 UW-Parkside to OT before losing by identical 1-2 scores. They are coming off of their 1-0 win against UMR on Monday evening and I’m looking forward to an entertaining match.
The Cougar men will take on the Panther’s at 7:30pm this evening following the women’s match. Edwardsville opened the season Continue reading “Drury Hosts Nationally Ranked Opponents Tonight”
The Kickapoo Chiefs visited Parkview tonight for their second straight Ozark Conference match following Tuesday’s 4-0 shutout of Joplin. The outcome was decided in the 30th minute when Heath Melugin won a 50/50 ball on the right side, took the ball down the line and turned into the box before patiently picking out Luke Prater waiting unmarked near the penalty spot. Luke’s one touch ball went to the far post for what turned out to be the game winning goal. Prater had a second opportunity five minutes later that he whiffed on but to his credit he chased down the loose ball near the end line before sending it out to #23 (not on a roster I have) who’s shot required a diving save by junior Tyler Kutz. Melugin pounced on the loose ball and put it just inside the post as the GK recovered and tried to make the second save.
The game had started like a chess match, Continue reading “Chiefs Knock Off Vikings”
Just a note – the game is on the grass at Parkview HS and that means the Varsity game goes first, at 4pm. Thanks to Bryan Simpson and Paul Moore for the heads up since I hadn’t changed the game time when the location changed.
According to the press release on the Bear’s website, this is the first time the Bears have been ranked in the Top 10 since 1999. Now if we could only see them on TV.
Message to Mediacom – this is not just a basketball town!
Message to AD Bill Rowe – maybe College Sports TV would be a good alternative. Sunday they are broadcasting the Missouri women (unranked) playing Nebraska (#25). Let’s get some of that action!
The next home match is Friday October 15th against Vanderbilt, currently 4-3.