Archive for September, 2009

A soccer blog exclusive

September 29, 2009

I went to the Fayetteville Academy/Fayetteville Christian match tonight.

I know, two in the same week. A record, right?

Keep it down.

Anyway, the Academy wiped out a 1-0 Warrior lead en route to a 4-1 win.

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Thoughts from The Boneyard

September 29, 2009

Terry Sanford was a rude guest last night in a 5-0 win over Jack Britt.

Wait, you didn’t read the story?

Go read it.

Anyway, here are a few thoughts:

  • When you push your midfielders forward, you have to do the same with your backline. When that backline lacks a speed guy to deter through balls and the opposing team has fast forwards, easy scoring opportunities are the result. Rocket Court and Kemji Nwuoso spent the better part of 70 minutes running at the Jack Britt goal, and the Bucs never really found an answer.
  • Lane Erwin’s celebration – sprinting from the penalty box for about 60 yards to celebrate with his teammates in the Terry Sanford half of the field – after he scored the fifth goal in the 77th minute drew some criticism from the home fans. But since the reserves were in and it was, after all, his first varsity goal, I’m inclined to give him a pass.
  • The score flatters Terry Sanford a little. The fourth and fifth goals came in the last 10 minutes, when both teams were substituting liberally. That, and the fact that Britt controlled the match for the first 15 or 20 minutes, makes the five-goal margin a little deceiving.
  • CJ Komons did a nice job rotating his forwards in and out, keeping fresh legs on the pitch and pressure on the Britt defense.
  • Both Court and Britt’s Garrett Rasmussen caused problems for the opposing defenders. Court just cashed in on those chances a little bit better.

Terry Sanford was the better side last night, but the return match on Oct. 21 might be a touch more competitive.

Poll watching

September 28, 2009

Fayetteville Academy is riding a four-game winning streak in which it hasn’t allowed a goal.

That recent effort has them in 10th place in today’s North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association Private School Poll.

On Tuesday night, they visit their cross-town rival, Fayetteville Christian. Barring something unforeseen, I’ll be there.

But first things first.

Terry Sanford visits Jack Britt tonight in a game with plenty of Mid South implications. The Buccaneers are off to a perfect start in league play, but the visiting Bulldogs are just one game back.

Should be fun. So much fun, in fact, that I’ll be there to check it out.

See you there…

Poll watching

September 21, 2009

The Academy is still in the private school poll, released this morning by the North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association, but the news today is that Fayetteville Christian has entered the “others receiving votes” section.

The Eagles and Warriors clash on Tuesday, Sept. 29.

Hmm, sounds like a good place to be…

An educational weekend

September 21, 2009

huskies

Every once in a while, I’m wrong.

It’s tough for me to admit it, as it is for most people. But, in the rare times when it does happen, I try to own it, learn from it and move on.

So in the interest of self-improvement, here we go:

Pete Carroll

I didn’t watch a second of Washington’s 16-13 win over USC Saturday, so maybe someone who did can answer a question for me.

If your stud freshman quarterback can’t play, and you replace him with another stud freshman who’s terrible why wouldn’t you ask Mitch Mustain – a former Parade All-American with a perfect record as a college starting QB – to put down the clipboard and go win the game?

It seems like hubris to me from Carroll, who might have seen such a move as an admission of poor player evaluation on his part.

Maybe now we know why he threw such a hissy fit when he lost…

Mark Sanchez

ESPN and FOX were comparing the former USC starter to Joe Namath in the pregame shows Sunday, so I can only imagine the praise that will be flowing like the Mississippi from the talking heads after Mr. GQ led the Jets to a 16-9 win over the Patriots in the Meadowlands.

I say he led them, but really, it was an outstanding defense that flustered the other Mr. GQ, Tom Brady, into mistakes. And without his personal security blanket, Wes Welker, Brady didn’t handle the blitz very well.

So, to sum up: Sanchez is pretty good, the Jets defense is really good and Rex Ryan might not be the pro version of…

Lane Kiffin

I have to say it. When I saw that 29-point line in the Tennessee/Florida game, I thought it was out of whack.

As in way too low.

But Kiffin, who’s been tossing one-liners at Florida since swapping Raider black for Tennessee orange, had a brilliant game plan.

By running the ball between the tackles all day while milking the clock and making Tim Tebow stand on the sidelines and watch, he kept the score down.

Toss in a stellar defensive gameplan from his dad, and Tennessee sent a warning shot across the bow to the rest of the SEC.

Personally, I think he’s a bit of a punk. But when Lane Kiffin gets some players – and according to the early reports, he is – watch out.

Absentee blogger

September 17, 2009

539w

I’ve been naughty.

I’ve been away for a while, blogging away in other place while neglecting the place, here, where it all started.

Unacceptable behavior on my part, I must say.

Sorry.

Anyway, let’s hit a few high notes:

Yankee scuffle

Anybody else think that MLB is just plain getting lazy?

Maybe you read about Jorge Posada and Jesse Carlson’s dust-up the other night in the Bronx. Anyway, MLB handed out four-game bans to both yesterday, then reduced them to three when both players promised not to appeal.

What, is Bud Selig too busy to hold a hearing in New York?

And the $2,500 fine to Posada? Steve Czaban did the math this morning and it’s the equivalent to a $12 fine to a guy making $60,000 a year.

Laughable.

Personally, I think fighting in baseball should be treated the same as it is in hockey. One-on-one. Anybody off the bench gets a 25-game ban.

Bingo. Problem solved.

Tressel under fire

Ohio State fans get the idiots of the week award for blaming coach Jim Tressel for the loss last week to Southern Cal.

It’s not a mystery as to why Ohio State has trouble winning games against USC and Florida. It’s really quite simple.

The Trojans and Gators have better players.

I guess beating Michigan every year and dominating the Big 10 isn’t enough for some Buckeye fans.

Get over it.

Foreign legion

September 17, 2009

Soccer

Check out the piece from the legendary Earl Vaughan Jr. on the young Englishmen on the roster at Fayetteville Academy.

I don’t know Walsh yet, but I’ve had plenty of exchanges with Ward and his equally-devoted-to-Newcastle father, Darron and have grown to like them both a great deal.

After all, as Darron is fond of saying, a Geordie’s word is his bond.

Anyway, check it out here.

Force update

September 17, 2009

U15 Force

U13 Force

If you’ve been reading my column in the sports section on Wednesdays, you already know what I’m about to type.

But in case you missed it…

Douglas Caylor sent in this information on the Force U15 girls’ team: The Fayetteville Soccer Club Force Girls’ U15 team won the Capital Area Soccer League (CASL) Labor Day Kick Off Tournament with four consecutive wins. The team won its first game against CASL XXTreme, 3-0, the second game against FVAA Flames Red, 9-0, their semifinal match against CASL Wake Forest United, 6-1, and the final match against CASL Lightning 1-0.

Eight different players scored goals and the team had 19 goals while allowing only one.

Pictured in the top photo on this page, from left to right, is coach Aaron Wood (standing) Back Row, Taylor Petroski, Katie Caylor, Rayleen Orello, Hannah Morrison, Madison Wirt, Amanda Priest and Mackenzie Castillo. Front Row, Gina Celata, Abigail Moore, Courtney Deblois, Karly Gustafson, Sam Baker, Laura Deihl and Madi Britt. Kayla Mundell, Helene Beltran and Rachel Bowles are not pictured.

Guy and Shelia Brooks sent this note on the U13 boys’ team:

The U13 Fayetteville Force team was runner-up in the Winston-Salem Twin City Classic Tournament U13 Division. Team members are: Back row, left to right, coach Bobby Graham, John Sellers, Brett Burns, Austin Griggs, Brandon Jordan, Alex Gilland, Matthew English, Tyler Beaman, Jace Ward, Kerry Elder and Alex Brooks. Front row, Joshua Cheshier, Chance Mathias, Kishan Patel and Williams Wicks.

Poll watch

September 14, 2009

The latest North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association poll is out, and Fayetteville Academy is 11th in the latest private school poll.

And here’s a look at the latest standings in the Mid South and Cape Fear Valley.

And let’s not forget the Cape Fear Independent, either.

Before we go, how about a sweet goal from Jermain Defoe:

Age is just a number – but not for running backs

September 10, 2009
Will Tomlinson rebound?

Will Tomlinson rebound?

I like LaDainian Tomlinson. Really, I do.
But I avoided him during my two fantasy football drafts, and you should have done so as well.
Why?
He’s 30.
I know what you’re thinking. 30’s not that old, right?
If you’re a tree, it’s actually quite young.
Of course, LT2 is not a tree.
Nor is he a spring chicken.
It’s a fact that NFL running backs hit a steep decline at age 30. Need some proof?
Eric Dickerson, Marcus Allen, Edgerrin James and a host of other backs with Tomlinson’s skill set started trending downward after hitting the big 30.
But to me, the biggest indicator of his diminishing skills in a simple one.
The Chargers are shelling out north of $6.5 million to his backup, Darren Sproles, after slapping the franchise tag on him during the offseason.
If LT2 was still the same back he was three years ago, that would not have happened.