Breaking Down the Bracket

The NCAA College Cup Championship is coming to a close, with the semifinals being played later this week, where Stanford will take on South Carolina and Duke will take on UCLA.  Since this tournament has been filled with exciting moments, jaw dropping goals, and heartbreaking upsets, I don’t see the semifinals and final being any different. Each team has shown why they could take home this trophy, so let’s look at how each team could potentially go back to their colleges as champions.

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Stanford Sweeps Awards

It’s no surprise this year that Stanford University took home some major silverware- the only thing surprising is just how many awards they took home. The Cardinals earned 5 individual awards- the same amount of goals they scored against Wisconsin (sorry Rose Lavelle fans). They collected those awards along with 11 of their players selected to the All Pac-12 teams. Catarina Macario, Andi Sullivan, Tierna Davidson, Catarina Macario again, and Paul Ratcliffe all won Forward or the Year, Midfielder of the Year, Defender of the Year, Freshman of the Year, and Coach of the Year respectively. So let’s dive in and take a closer look at the performances behind the awards. Continue reading “Stanford Sweeps Awards”

College Soccer Coaches react to USMNT World Cup Failure

“It’s the sport that we love so much, it’s my livelihood, it’s my passion. World Cups in my opinion are meant to have the Americans in it. The reality of it still hasn’t hit.  It’s disheartening. The steps that we’ve taken in fan base and media coverage and individual players is at an all-time high. To now go into the summer without a team in the World Cup, I don’t know if it stalls that, but it doesn’t help it.”

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Red White and Lose

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If you’ve been on social media in the last two days, I would bet that you’ve seen more than one article giving the rundown about the United States Men’s National Team’s failure to qualify for the World Cup next summer. All that the USMNT had to do was tie Trinidad and Tobago (along with getting some help from Mexico and Costa Rica) to punch their ticket to the 2018 World Cup. However, the Stars and Stripes failed to beat the 99th ranked team in the world and was eliminated with Honduras beating Mexico 3-2 and Panama pulling an upset against Costa Rica winning 2-1. Continue reading “Red White and Lose”

We cannot do soccer the American way

On the back of the failure of the US Men’s National Team. Former forward Taylor Twellman discusses some hard truth’s regarding soccer in America. The whole system in the USA is under the microscope and changes will be made. How will the US College Soccer system fare when the US Soccer Federation makes their next move? Or does Bruce Arena actually have a point when he says “There’s nothing wrong with what we’re doing”?

Saving the Day- One Outstretched Glove at a Time

With the college teams starting to find their rhythm in games, most teams have found their anchor with a solid goalkeeper. Having a defense that doesn’t allow many shots is equally great, but nothing compares to having a goalkeeper that goes above and beyond to keep balls out of the back of the net. With the season progressing like it has, there’s already been some standout goalies that could be up for goalie of the year.

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The Freedom to Shoot

With such an explosive season so far- Stanford scoring 31 goals in September, the University of South Carolina going 10-1-0, and the University of Central Florida outscoring their opponents 38-6- it seems that the teams are more focused on putting goals in the back of the net more than anything else. While this results in an exciting season for fans, one big question is left- How is everyone finding the back of the net so easily?

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Bringing that California Heat

While the University of Southern California’s Women’s team seemed to struggle in the preseason- tieing with UC Irvine, and barely winning against Long Beach State- it seems that the Trojans have found their shape in the beginning of the 2017 season. While I was doubtful about this team, they’ve appeared to have proven me wrong going 5-1 in their first six games, playing three away and three at home. So far in the season, the Trojans have recorded wins against UC Davis, Missouri, Santa Clara, Iowa State and Loyola Marymount- outscoring these teams 9-3. 

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