Month: November 2008

Soccer Leftovers?

There probably is no such thing, as soccer in all it’s forms is too sweet a nectar to be considered leftovers but I’m battling a flu bug in Florissant. It’s slowed me down even more than the chemical in turkey so we’ll all have to deal. Especially when there have been 1300 visitors to this website in the past three days. I hope most were family and friends reliving the recent playoffs but lets get some more current content up.

Mom has AT&T Uverse, not something I’d recommend due to technical issues we’ve had, but this weekend free channels mean I’m getting plenty of international soccer. If you have Fox Soccer Channel, then Sunday 10:00 am – Arsenal at Chelsea: The London Derby is a must-win for the Gunners, who are in danger of losing touch with the Top Four with a loss. The Blues need a win to stay ahead of Liverpool and keep its lead on ManU. The Lampard-Fabregas battle is always a can’t-miss encounter per Ives.

Speaking of the EPL, American goalkeeper Brad Friedel of Aston Villa made a record 167th consecutive Premier League appearance Saturday against Fulham. The 37-year-old, who started the streak in August 2004 with Blackburn, overtook the previous record set by Portsmouth’s David James in April. He earned a third straight shutout in the 0-0 draw. This is an EPL record, not an American in EPL record. Pretty cool.

And here’s something from the LA Times

“If you took a map of America where Obama is strongest and laid it over a map of where soccer has its biggest appeal, you’d see an incredible overlap… The blue states on both coasts are very soccer-friendly as well as huge areas of support for Obama, where as the center of the country is full of people who are the enemies of soccer and Obama — white, 50-and-over guys who listen to talk radio and only care about football or basketball.” – Joe Roth

Joe’s interesting for a few reasons – he’s a movie producer and the new owner of the Seattle Sounders of Major League Soccer. Check out the whole article.escort in call

Coester’s NCAA D1 College Soccer Report

Time to get caught up on the Tournament with some good games scheduled for TV this weekend I anticipate.

Under the category of trash-talking, it looks like Graham Basecke and Chris “Tommy” Tombridge will hold an edge during club practices this week.

Indiana Hoosiers shut out SLU Billikens 2-0. The Billiken’s did win their first NCAA playoff game since 2003 when they beat Drake on Friday evening at SLU but Indiana advances to the Final 16. Ryan Moses and Devon Newport will look to take the Billiken’s to the next level in 2009 while Graham Basecke will join Indiana’s regular pursuit of a title next year. Saturday’s matchup between Indiana and Michigan marks the third meeting between the schools this season. The series is tied at 1-1 in 2008 with the Wolverines picking up a 1-0 win in Bloomington during the regular season. Indiana was a 1-0 winner on Nov. 14 in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament. Michigan beat UC-Davis to advance (UC-Davis defeated Denver in the 1st round).

Tommy was probably following the Northwestern Wildcats upset of Notre Dame Tuesday. Oliver Kupe picked a fine time to record the first two goals of his collegiate career. The freshman tied the match midway through the second half and then got the game-winner with just 1:14 remaining in regulation as the Wildcats stunned host and No. 12 seed Notre Dame 2-1 in the second round of the 2008 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Tournament Tuesday evening at Alumni Field. With the comeback victory, NU advances to take on the winner of the match between fifth-seeded Akron and Ohio State.

Missouri Valley Conference representative Creighton beat Tulsa 2-1 on Tuesday to advance. The second ranked and seventh-seeded Creighton men’s soccer team topped sixth-ranked and unseeded Tulsa in front of 2,467 fans at Morrison Stadium to advance to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. The Bluejays will host Connecticut on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at Morrison Stadium. The Bluejays (15-1-2) got on the board in the first minute as senior Andrei Gotsmanov scored his team-leading 10th goal of the season just 36 seconds into the match.

And one of my favorites, the 15th-ranked University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) Flames men’s soccer team advanced to the NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship Round of 16 for a second consecutive season after the Flames outlasted fourth-seeded Michigan State in a penalty kick shootout at DeMartin Stadium on Tuesday afternoon. The Flames (12-3-6) won the five-round PK session by a 3-2 count over the Big Ten champion Spartans (13-5-2) to advance to the Sweet 16 for the third time in school history. UIC will now face North Carolina in Chapel Hill on Sunday at 12 p.m. CST.

Wake Forest is expected to repeat as Champions this year. The Final 4 is scheduled for December 12 and 14 in Dallas. The games will be broadcast on ESPN2.

The Lady’s have reached the Quarterfinals which will be played Friday and Saturday this week. The Final 4 is scheduled for December 5 and 7 in Cary, NC which will be broadcast on ESPN2. I’ll see if I can dig out some more info on this weekends games, I hope there will be some broadcasts we can catch on the regional sports channels.escort services in los angeles

NCAA Division I Update – Represent Springfield Soccer

Time to get caught up on a few things college soccer related and we’ll start with D1 ball. Springfield has a small contingent of Division I players outside of the familiar faces on the Missouri State Bears. One was fortunate to reach the NCAA Tournament this season:

Denver University Pioneers – Ross Chaffin (Greenwood) – The University of Denver men’s soccer team fell to No. 17 UC Davis 4-0 in the First Round of the NCAA National Tournament.

University of Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks – Sophie Cox (Rolla 2006) – was one of only five players to start and play in all 19 games for the rapidly improving program. The Skyhawks reached new heights as a program on the field, with the season culminating in an Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Finals appearance, while setting a records with their 10-5-4 season produced in 2008. Sophie scored 2 goals and provide 3 assists for 7 points, in the Top 5 for the squad.

Rice Owls – Chealsey Russell (Kickapoo) – The Rice soccer team could not bounce back from an early deficit and fell to UCF by a final score of 2-1 in the opening round of the 2008 C-USA Championship Tournament. The Team finished 10-9 and Chealsey played in 10 of them, starting 5 once she overcame early season injuries.

Oral Roberts Golden Eagles – Joe Cales (College Heights) – Joe completes his college career at ORU playing in 5 games this season, with 1 start. The Golden Eagles finished 6-9-2 and 2-3-1 in the Summit Conference.

Southern Methodist Mustangs – Tyler Williams (Kickapoo) – The Mustangs lost 0-2 to South Carolina in the Quarterfinals of the Conference USA Tournament this year, missing out on an NCAA bid. They finished 10-6-2 on the season, their first under Tim McClements who replaced Schellas Hyndman who now coaches FC Dallas.best escorts los angeles

Missouri High School Soccer: All-Ozark Conference Honors

I don’t know how this one got done before the District results were complete (anyone have a copy of the District 11 Honors?) but here you go folks!

1st Team
Lane Chapman, Senior – Kickapoo
Ryan Moses, Senior – Kickapoo
Skyler Russell, Junior – Kickapoo
Chris Tombridge, Senior – Kickapoo
Devon Newport, Senior – Glendale
Ryan Squires, Senior – Glendale
Graham Basecke, Senior – Glendale
Tyler Sinnott, Senior – Rolla
Andrew Chism, Senior – Rolla
Max Duncan, Junior – Joplin
Tim Griffin, Senior – Parkview
Bryce Collier, Senior – Hillcrest
Grant Bollig, Senior – Lebanon
Jeff Dorhauer, Junior – Camdenton
Eric Iverson, Junior – Waynesville

2nd Team Continue reading “Missouri High School Soccer: All-Ozark Conference Honors”

Turkey Week

I’m getting an early start to my week, visiting Mom for the holidays. I hope you’ll get to begin your celebration soon as well.

As the week progresses, I’ll be providing more photos from the Final 4 weekend on both Flickr as well as my Photo printing site. If you haven’t started your holiday shopping may I suggest photos of your favorite players 🙂 I’ll be going back over my photos from this season in the coming two weeks to ensure everything is available. And check out the catalog of options, you can order photos on Xmas cards, sweatshirts, coffee mugs, you name it.

I’m still waiting for the District Honors for Class 1 District 6 and Class 3 District 11, I would expect them to be available very soon. I know the Ozark Conference meeting was last Wednesday so that list should be available as well. Jeremy and I are working on the All-Star invites. So plenty of news on the high school front.

I’ve neglected the college game the past two weeks so I’ll be catching up on the post-season honors, and going through my entire list of College Players to review how their seasons went. So plenty to be thankful for and to look forward to in the coming week.

Oh, and across the pond, the Champions League continues with games this week. Tomorrow (Tuesday) features Manchester United vs Villareal (will Jozy Altidore play?) and Wednesday it’s Chelsea vs Bordeaux. At 1:30 pm on ESPN both days. iran sex girls