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NCAA College Cup Friday & Sunday

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No top seed will compete this weekend at the Men’s Division I Soccer Championship at Regions Park in Hoover, Ala. However, there is a No. 16 seed – and also a No. 12 seed. And one of them will advance to play for the national championship on Sunday.

Friday December 7 on ESPNU
4:00 PM – #3 Georgetown vs. #2 Maryland
6:30 PM – #16 Indiana vs. #12 Creighton

Sunday December 9 on ESPNU
1:00 PM – NCAA Men’s College Cup presented by Enterprise Rent-A-Car (Final)

Via NCAA.comIndiana advanced to its 18th College Cup by defeating No. 9 seed and defending national champion North Carolina 1-0 on Saturday in the national quarterfinals. Eriq Zavaleta scored the game-winning goal for the Hoosiers in the 57th minute.

As if defeating the defending national champion wasn’t impressive enough, it could be argued that the real shocker came in the quarterfinals, when the Hoosiers took out top-seeded Notre Dame in double overtime 2-1. Zalveta was key there, as well, heading in the winning score in the second minute of the second overtime period.

“I am so proud of this team,” Zalveta said. “This is the best I have seen this team play in a long time.”

Where Indiana has a storied soccer history, Creighton is building one. The Bluejay make their second consecutive appearance in the College Cup and will enter Regions Park riding a 14-game winning streak. They are also clearly not afraid of teams with intimidating records. Their 1-0 victory against UConn on Sunday in the qaurterfinals ended a 38-match home winning streak.

Creighton head coach Elmar Bolowich will make his fifth consecutive College Cup appearance after taking Creighton last season and North Carolina the previous three years.

In the first national semifinal, Georgetown makes its first appearance in the College Cup after defeating San Diego on Saturday.

As with Creighton, the Hoyas have a freshman leading their offensive attack. Brandon Allen, a native of Old Bridge N.J. has 15 goals and a total of 32 points in 24 games. He leads the nation with 10 game-winners.’

They’ll need it all against Maryland, which has won all 28 meetings it has had with Georgetown, the most recent being in 2009 when the Terps won on the road 2-1. Read more about all four teams.

There will be two St Louis goalkeepers playing in the Final 4.

SLUH grad Louis Soffner (@louie_soffner) is a senior & team captain for the Hoosiers, opened his season with a 2-1 win at SLU and has gone on to start all 22 games and play every minute this season, compiling a 14-5-3 while allowing 18 goals. It’s Louie’s photo of the facility pictured above, taken from his Twitter feed.

Webster Groves grad Tomas Gomez (@tomasgomez01) is a sophomore goalkeeper for Georgetown took over the starting position against Lehigh October 9th, going 11-1 since then (15-2 overall). The lone loss was to Notre Dame in the Big East Tourney Final in the 2nd OT. He started 17 games and earned recognition on the All-Rookie Big East squad in 2011.

Both players are also alumni of St Louis Scott Gallagher SC.

Scott Gallagher Friendlies – Video Highlights


SLSG College Friendlies Wednesday Night from Paul Bryant on Vimeo.

Some nice video highlights from last weeks College games at the AB Soccer Complex in Fenton.

Missouri S&T played McKendree, followed by Indiana (white) against Tulsa (blue). That’s Mike Roach (CBC 2007) scoring on the diving header for Indiana, which also featured Tommy Meyer and Will Bruin that evening.best escort service

Missouri Nets Two Parade All-Americans

SLUH Billikens Defeat DeSmet Spartans Missed this announcement back in late May but it’s worth posting now. From the St Louis Post-Dispatch:

In 1980, St. Mary’s High senior Keith Meyer was honored by Parade magazine as its high school boys player of the year. This year’s All-America team, which will be featured in the Parade Magazine in the Sunday Post-Dispatch, will include two area standouts — SLUH’s Tommy Meyer and DeSmet’s Will Bruin. Tommy, (who is) Keith’s son, was also named to the Parade team last year.

Meyer, who stands 6 feet 2 and weighs 170 pounds, will begin his collegiate career in the fall at Indiana University, his father’s alma mater. Keith Meyer, also a defender, helped the Hoosiers capture their first two national championships in 1982 and 1983.

Will Bruin (pictured in a game against DeSmet October 13th 2007), a 6-foot-2, 195-pound striker, was a two-time All-Metro selection who had 29 goals and 16 assists last fall as a senior, completing his Spartans career with 103 goals and 39 assists. He will also attend and play at IU.

They’ll be joined by Graham Basecke, Glendale Falcons/Springfield SC, in the Fall of 2009.

And who can name Springfield’s only Parade All-American soccer player?

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Tommy Tombridge Commits To Northwestern Wildcats

Region 2 U16 Semifinal - Springfield SC vs Michigan WolvesSpringfield, and Springfield SC, has another representative in the Big 10. Goalkeeper Tommy Tombridge (Kickapoo 2009) verbally committed to the Wildcats a week ago, where he’ll play for Head Coach Tim Lenahan at the campus on Lake Michigan, in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, IL.

Unlike many of the players I’ve talked to about their recruiting experience, playing college ball wasn’t necessarily on his radar screen. A bit hard to imagine with an older brother who is part of the squad at Washington University (Bryson, Kickapoo 2007) and a club team that will likely see every single player go onto to college ball, it was just a question of time for this young man. So despite carrying a 30 ACT score into the recruiting fray along with his considerable skills, it’s another reminder that goalkeepers are a special breed.

The wake up call came last year after the Springfield SC U16’s lost to the eventual regional champion Michigan Wolves in the semifinals of the Region 2 tournament. Soon after his return to Springfield he began to receive email invitations to consider attending College Camp programs from half a dozen coaches interested in introducing their program to him (NCAA rules limit the contact to that level apparently). He attended the Goalkeeper Camp at Marquette the summer of 2007 and continued his training with Springfield SC, and more importantly Jesse Miech, now GK coach at Clemson University. It wasn’t until March of this year, following the Dallas Cup, that Northwestern became part of the recruiting picture. It was there that Lenahan first saw him play, on the recommendation of the Akron Zip’s coaching staff who saw the team at the Disney Cup the previous December.

Interspersed among these Showcase opportunities, Tommy had begun identifying programs he was interested in and contacting them. He also took the ACT test. Twice! So when the opportunity arose in Dallas, he was ready. Coach Lenehan saw the first game, a 3-2 win. While that never hurts, the feedback Tombridge received later was that his academic results were a requirement before Northwestern would even talk to him. That, along with the earlier recommendation, are what brought Northwestern to his sideline among the many options available to a coach at the Dallas Cup.

NCAA rules don’t allow direct contact at that point but an invitation to visit the Northwestern campus was extended. Tommy did his overnight visit in April, when the Club team was scheduled to be in Rockford IL for MRL games. April in Chicago can be pretty darn nice (in between the snow showers that are always possible) and the Coaches, team and campus made a big impression on him.

There was still more to be done however with additional discussions continuing with programs like Wisconsin, Bradley, Missouri State and Tulsa among others. And then in April, once Coach Miech arrived on campus at Clemson, Tommy was suddenly on the radar screen for an ACC team as well.

I asked Jeremy Alumbaugh, Director of Soccer Operations at Springfield SC, about Tommy and the recruiting process. He had some very interesting things to offer:

Recruiting is an especially difficult process for goalkeepers. There are always questions. The games at Regionals as well as the Showcase events the boys qualified for this year test the entire team and allow constant evaluation. That plays an important role.

More importantly though, Tommy is a player who is focused on pushing himself to the top. I’ve worked with some excellent goalkeepers, from Matt Modersohn (MSU), Brad Guzan (2 time national champ with the Chicago Magic, now at Fulham) as well as Matt Pickens and Lance Parker. Only Guzan came close to Tommy’s work rate. He just likes to work. The individual effort he has put in has taken his game up significantly and is going to help him reach the next level.

Penn State Nittany Lions at Northwestern WildcatsThe final decision for Tommy came down to Clemson and Northwestern. ACC or Big Ten. After attending the Northwestern camp in mid-July, he had verbal offers from both programs and a decision to make. It’s the purple of the Wildcats that we’ll be following. His decision was based upon the academic opportunities, with a major still to be determined. He’s not admitting to any need to be closer to home but that’s OK, I’ll accept that answer. The Northwestern home field has to qualify as one of the most scenic in the Midwest. That’s Ann Cook, Springfield native and assistant at Penn State, pictured at a game last Fall I covered. Lake Michigan is located a stone’s throw behind her in this photo, with the campus stretching for a significant distance along the lake.

I also have a better idea of how I’ll be spending my birthday this year. Northwestern renews their rivalry with SLU, playing at Hermann Stadium on Tuesday September 30th at 7:00 pm. They last played to a 1-1 draw in an exhibition game last August. Before that, Northwestern knocked the Billikens out in the 2nd round of the NCAA playoffs in 2006 enroute to a Quarterfinal finish.

So I’m a happy camper. I’m looking forward to watching the battles between Devon Newport and Tombridge in the future. Club teammates now, college foes soon. Now I’m off to figure out who “Explosions In The Sky” is, Tommy’s pre-game music choice. Congrats Christopher ‘Tommy’ Tombridge! UPDATE – as noted, the other Big 10 player (besides Rachel Lavoy at Purdue) will be Graham Basecke who will be playing for the Indiana Hoosiers. That’s what I get for finishing this story at 2:30 am dubai escort

Devon Newport And Graham Basecke – Future Billiken And Hoosier

MRL U17 Premier Red: Springfield SC vs Pacesetter Premier (ON) 2008 has been an incredibly active year when it comes to college recruiting news. I have not done it justice in terms of recognizing the opportunities the players in this region have created for themselves. The most difficult challenge is pursuing a Division I opportunity. The two most recent decisions in that area come from one team – Springfield SC. Devon Newport and Graham Basecke both recently made verbal commitments to a pair of storied Division I programs.

Devon, pictured on the left, accepted an offer from the St Louis University Billikens in late February. Graham, on the right, accepted an offer from the Indiana Hoosiers in early April. The last player from this region to play for SLU is the KC Wizards Jack Jewsbury (Kickapoo), a decade ago, while Graham is the second regional player to be accepted into a Big 10 program following Rachel Lavoy (Kickapoo 2006) who is a Purdue Boilermaker. I can’t do justice to the quality of either of these programs if you are unaware of their place in the record books. Indiana University has won 4 national titles in the past 10 years, the last in 2003 and 2004, and is the only team with multiple titles in that period. SLU has won 9 titles, more than any other program, sports an Overall Record of 652-179-80 and has made 43 NCAA Tournament Appearance, the last in 2006 when they lost to Big 10 foe Northwestern in the 2nd Round.

I sat down with the two players recently, after a game in St Louis against Pacesetter Premier (Ohio North) in the Midwest Regional League. When I arrived at halftime on that cold dreary Sunday (two weekends ago) the boys were losing 0-3, a very uncharacteristic position for them. They proceeded to take Coach Cory Carr’s words to heart (are you a player? or a poser?) and storm back to win 4-3. You can see pictures of the game here. They are currently top of the table in the U17 Red Premier Division with a 4-0-1 record and two games remaining.

The boys begin play this weekend in the Missouri State Cup where they are defending State Champions in their age group (birth year 1991/1992). A repeat title in Cup, or finishing first in their Division of the MRL, will send them to Regionals for the second straight year.

All of these facts are pertinent to the conversation I had with these young men. They have been teammates and close friends since beginning play together on the Pershing team as sixth graders. That has continued with their play for the Glendale Falcons and most importantly, the Springfield SC U17 squad. The teams success on a national level, reaching the semifinals in Region II last year, was the catalyst for exposing them to the programs. While both college programs have strong St Louis roots (Indiana Coach Mike Freitag is a CBC graduate and former All-American player for IU) and both were noticed at State Cup last year by SLU Coach Dan Donigan, it has been the opportunity to play against programs from across the country, at Disney, Dallas Cup and through the MRL, that has allowed the boys to test themselves against the best and created the opportunities that have now presented themselves.

I generally attempt to understand the process a player went through during their recruiting cycle, so that we can all learn more about the process. For these two, it has been about the game. The recruiting cycle itself was a very stressful process, a necessary requirement to achieve their stated goal at playing at the highest level possible. Both Devon and Graham have professional aspirations. As Carl Rose recently shared with me, Devon indicated that to him as a 5 year old and Carl has had nary a doubt since that it has a good chance of happening. That is what led to an early decision, with offers, coaches and programs they have confidence in. Devon will continue as an attacking midfield player and Graham as a holding or central midfield player.

While both of them have achieved personal goals with these decisions, the commitment to the team goals remain paramount. Neither of them feels they have sacrificed anything in terms of friendships, school activities or other areas despite the long hours of training and travel to compete nationally. And it stems from the fact that this is a band of brothers that should graduate every member of the team to a quality collegiate program. And reaching the Region II competition is the next step. I’ll report from St Louis next weekend (May 3-4) on their progress. In the meantime, here’s a little treat…


Pershing Generals vs Cherokee Chiefs, Oct 18 2004 from oleolson on Vimeo.

The Pershing Generals, coached by Bob Jordan, take on the Cherokee Chiefs in a mid-season game on October 18, 2004. The Pershing team features current Springfield SC teammates Devon (xx), Graham (xx), Ian Newport, Ryan Partch, Ryan Squires and xxx on Pershing as well as Ryan Moses (xx), Tyler Bennett and xx for Cherokee. You can also see Skyler Russell (#10, Cherokee)

Give me a hand folks and identify all of the players for us 🙂

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