Local College Soccer

Discussion in 'NorCal Scene' started by ECNL, Aug 30, 2016.

  1. soccerislife

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    Stanford vs UNC in 2 weeks will be fun. UNC seems to have it's best team in a few years. Stanford well...just roll the team out there and enjoy the art work!

    Agree on CAL to some extent but if you pay close attention, they were missing 1/2 their starting line-up last night's (Their whole offense). That being said, they still seem to be down this year compared to normal.

    College season is always a fun time to track everyone especially the nor cal kids. Good luck to all!

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    Just saw the score and couldn’t believe it. Cal 2, UCSB! Anyone see/watch the game!??
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    Yep... Cal went up 2-0 early and fell apart in the last 20-30 minutes. They're not even on the same planet as Stanford.
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    Cal (Neil) doing Cal (Neil). Same story different year.
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  5. ECNL

    ECNL Well-Known Member

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    Should let Neil go after his extension expires. Cal would receive so many
    Great applicants.

    Lauren Hansen at SJSU would certainly apply as would
    Former great Tiffany Roberts at UCF (hometown San Ramon).
    Sonoma State coach who has been very successful at D2 and probably many coaches in the
    US Soccer development tree.

    I really don’t see any reason to keep him. IMO he’s underperformed at such a fine institution
    That many recruits want to go.

    On that note, also expect Travis at St. Mary’s to be gone this year if he can’t win 2-3 games in the WCC this year.
    I believe it’s time for them to hire their first qualified female coach there.
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    FYI- it’s possible for even top 25 programs to have an off year(lacking talent Cal is). Look at Florida this year as an example. Not saying they shouldn’t go deeper in NCAA tournament in the past but harsh to justify it on this

    But no doubt CAL would get many good ones. This year is different though. They usually have good records in pre season. Clearly some tough results.

    Not sure anyone can win at SMC. Very difficult in that conference.
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    Agree about SMC. Probably not enough money for a regional school to compete in that conference.

    Cal is having a rough start. But I’m not sure Cal cares enough about the women’s program to fire McGuire. He gets all those mustang girls for free who raise the athletic department’s academic numbers. If he’s not making waves why would they get rid of him? No one really cares how the women’s soccer team does. Other than us parents.
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    Any opinions on USF Dons? I saw somewhere that they offer the highest scholarship for women's soccer amongst all colleges in CA that have women's soccer program. And they're roster size is only 23 compared to 30 at most other colleges.
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    If true USF a great place to go. Tier 1 school in the top 115.
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    Not sure how a d1 program can offer more money then another d1 that's fully funded. They have same amount of scholarships to give.

    USF has a done solid job the last few years. Their coach has lots of experience(former USC coach) and been around the college game for years. While it can get cold, the setting at USF on a Friday night is pretty neat. Tough conference so it's tough to really break into the top few but certainly a solid d1 program from what I see.

    Cal 1 Davis 1...OK, that's a bad result!
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    Local headline tonight;
    No. 7 Santa Clara battled No. 1 Stanford to a 1-all tie Sunday evening on the road, snapping a 29-game winning streak for the Cardinals and giving the Broncos their best start since 2007.
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    That was a fun game to watch - fast and physical with a few yellow cards. Santa Clara hung tough as Stanford had the better of the opportunities. It wasn't completely one-sided as Santa Clara had opportunities as well.
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    SCU had chances but if the Bronco GK had merely a "good" and not "exceptional" game, Stanford wins by 2 or more. She was sensational.
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    So glad Santa Clara was able to get the tie. They certainly didn’t get any help from the ref. Some pretty dirty tackles and fouls by Stanford and no yellows shown. Pretty unbelievable favoritism by the ref for Stanford.
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    Most of the mustang kids are rostered and not getting much, if any money. McGuire is going all in with EQ and Mustang players and not sure that's a great combo to have. But I agree...the admin won't fire Mcguire because a) he's semi-successful, b) he's not making waves, and c) he'd have to have his contract bought out and no way a UC is gonna pay him to watch from the sidelines.
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    Clarke stepping up to the plate in a contract year.
    The win over Pepp and tie to Loyola was huge for him.
    Perhaps the program is going in the right direction.

    Cal going in the wrong direction. Not sure how such a distinguished school
    W recruits lining up on their doorstep could be under .500.
    Bad recruits I suppose. Neil going all in with mustang and earthquakes girls.

    USF was doing so good until they met SC this weeeknd. Trip down to LA this weekend is key.

    Davis. You just can’t win there. Twila had one good year but I’m not seeing the progress.

    Pacific. Another losing year in year 3 of a rebuild after losing double digit seniors..

    SJSU. Just make the playoffs. Anything can happen as they found out last year as MTN west champs.

    Sac state. Bad nonference record but always a player in the big sky.
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    We are all subject to recent results, I guess.

    Cal lost a 4-year starter at GK and 3 seniors on their backline (including an all-American). It is not surprising that this is a down year but their next 2 or 3 classes will be strong. Will it make a difference? Remember when Cal and UCLA played at Cal only 3 years ago? Cal 7, UCLA 0, and that was only 2 seasons after UCLA won the national championship. 2 years later after losing 0-7 to Cal (and finishing 8-10-1), UCLA lost to Stanford in the finals.

    I'm not predicting Cal will win a national championship in 2 years but my point is that it is worth examining the 1st round losses b/c the same size is big enough BUT one off year after losing a great senior class can happen to even national contending programs.

    My point? Doing week-by-week, or even one season in isolation, predictions of whose job is secure and whose is not seems a bit knee-jerky to me.
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    I’m sure it’s done to all the rage coaches as well!

    Cal on average gets good kids but don’t sit here saying they have all these legit recruits at their door step. They aren’t Stanford, UCLA, UNC, etc.

    Still won’t matter because Stanford likely winning again!
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    I am not sitting here saying any such thing. What I am saying is that Cal has had a pretty consistent Top 25 program the last several years but lost a lot of players to the '18 graduation - some were notable like Boyd and Gibson and some hugely important if not a player who jumps off the page (Fitzgerald). The have some good sophs who played well with the seniors last year but seem to be finding themselves this year. And they will have a very strong freshman class next year and in 2020. I expect Cal to rebound in 2019 when those sophs are Jrs and they have a likely 4-year starter in goal (plus some other strong recruits). And as the current sophs show their leadership as Srs and the 2020s arrive, I think the course will be well-corrected.

    But you are right to note Stanford, UCLA, UNC and we can prob add Penn State, Duke, WVU and maybe one or two others that will be consistent Top 10 programs and Top 10 recruiting classes (or near Top 10). But other than swimming and water polo, what sports at Cal have consistently been at that level?

    (Full disclosure: my kid will NOT be going to be Cal but I watch them closely because of geography and my affection for people affiliated with the program. I want to see Cal do well and I believe that this year is a blip and, in the long run, will be important for the sophs who will set the tone for the program in '19 and '20. Still may not make a difference compared to Stanford as it prepares for a UNC-like run (though that is much, much harder these days than it was previously))
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    Lol sorry that was meant for ECNL :)

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