Monday, November 06, 2006

COM: Blogarithmic #166

Well, it was a better football weekend with the major exceptions of Wimberley beating Ingram 56-0 (although congrats to my friends at Wimberley!). Nevertheless folks are pretty down around here, since not only is ITM winless, but it's an ugly winless. And of course the Ags falling a point short on some, what appear to be anyway, coaching errors was not welcome, and after a week in which Franchione was a press darling for turning the Ags around and producing a bowl bid.

On the good side, Smithson Valley dominated powerhouse Judson 35-20, Tivy escaped with a 12-7 win over Boerne, keeping them in the playoff chase, and No. 1 ranked Highland Park made mincemeat of an initially spirited Greenville 48-26. Don't know William's stats but he's up to 400 yards receiving for the season.

I feel a Garrett-Charles war of words coming on!
ITM is statebound
The Daily Times

Published November 6, 2006The Ingram Tom Moore boys cross country team finished second in the UIL Region IV meet Saturday at Brooks City-Base, earning a trip next week to the state meet in Round Rock.The Warriors finished with 100 points, trailing only champion La Vernia (78), and topping Luling (145) and Lytle (153).Sophomore Hogan Campbell led ITM, finishing 15th overall in 16:33. Joseph Hubble was 19th in 16:47. Then, following in a tight pack, Zachary Morris was 21st in 16:49, Wade king was 22nd in 16:50, Steven Toler was 23rd in 16:50 and Jacob Rios was 24th in 16:51. Jeremiah Rios finished 77th in 18:00.

And the Schreiner Soccer Team (i was their first coach back in the 80s) rightly deserved their number one seed and the hosting spot for the ASC tournament, after finishing the regular season with their best record ever. Congrats. Unfortunately it didn't end so well . . .

Mountaineers fall in tournament opener
The Daily Times
After finishing the regular season as American Southwest Conference champions, the Schreiner men’s soccer team earned the right to host the conference’s postseason tournament. However, the homefield advantage was short-lived as the Mountaineers surrendered a 2-1 lead in a 3-2 season-ending loss to Mississippi College Saturday at the Schreiner Soccer Field. Mississippi lost to Hardin-Simmons, 2-1, Sunday in the ASC championship match.

Schreiner’s season ended with a 12-5-1 record. In Saturday’s loss, David Ramos broke a 1-1 tie with a goal in the 56th minute to give the Mountaineers a 2-1 lead. Jorge Pineda assisted the score.But four minutes later, Mississippi’s Phillip Applewhite tied the match on an unassisted score before scoring the match-winner in the 75th minute. Applewhite was assisted by Stephen Hudgins and Jesse Purvis. Pineda started the scoring with a fifth-minute goal before Micah Lanier tied the match, 1-1, with a goal shortly before halftime.

Hardin-Simmons advanced to the championship match by virtue of a 1-0 win over the University of the Ozarks in Saturday’s semifinal round. David Salas scored the only goal of the contest in the 55th minute for the Cowboys. In Sunday’s championship match, Hardin-Simmons rallied from a 1-0 halftime deficit to win 2-1. The two goals were scored in an eight-minute span for the Cowboys. Estevan Arbiza scored the equalizer in the 52nd minute before Salas, the tournament MVP, scored the match-winner in the 60th. Phillip Buffington scored the only goal for Mississippi in the 12th minute.


From Soccer America:
Duke, SMU and St. John's head men's champs
The final weekend of the men's college regular season resulted in 22 conference champions clinching automatic berths into the NCAA Division I Men's Tournament, which begins on Friday.
The NCAA Division I men's committee must decide by this afternoon the other 26 teams that will complete the 48-team field. The teams will be announced on ESPNEWS's NCAA Selection Show between 4-5 p.m. ET (1-2 p.m. PT).

There was bad news for teams on the bubble as at least two at-large slots were lost over the weekend when teams with no shot of gaining at-large bids beat out teams that must settle for at-large bids: Horizon champion Loyola (Ill.), which beat UIC in a shootout in the semifinals, and Patriot champion Bucknell, which also downed Lehigh on PKs in the semifinals. Rhode Island, which won its second straight Atlantic-10 title with a 2-0 win over Saint Louis, might not have otherwise made the NCAA Tournament. SLU will surely get an at-large berth.

The team that took the worst hit over the weekend was probably Denver, which went into its final two games with the MPSF lead but lost, 2-0, at UNLV -- the first win in 17 games for new coach Mario Sanchez! -- then at New Mexico, 3-0, to give the Lobos their third straight conference title.

Duke won its second straight ACC title with a 1-0 victory over Wake Forest, last week's No. 1, on Mike Grella's golden goal to claim the No. 1 spot in the final Soccer America Top 25. SMU, which finished second, won the Conference USA title with a 3-0 win over Kentucky.

The hottest team entering the tournament could be St. John's, which won four games, all by shutout, to win the Big East title. In the championship game, Adam Himeno's golden goal gave the Red Storm a 1-0 win over West Virginia, which would have claimed the top spot in the Soccer America rankings with a victory.

Five conference champions were crowned via golden goals. Besides Duke and St. John's, America East champion Binghamton (goal by Barry Neville in the 100th minute), Missouri Valley champion Creighton (goal by Chris Schuler in the 96th minute) and Atlantic Sun champion Gardner-Webb (goal by Carlton Hughes in the 97th minute) won in overtime.

Hofstra claimed its third straight conference championship when it beat George Mason in a shootout to win the tough CAA.

MEN'S CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS
ACC: Duke
America East: Binghamton
Atlantic Soccer: Adelphi
Atlantic Sun: Gardner-Webb
Atlantic 10: Rhode Island
Big East: St. John's
Big South: Winthrop
Big Ten: Indiana
Big West: UC Santa Barbara
CAA: Hofstra
Conference USA: SMU
Horizon: Loyola (Ill.)
Ivy: Harvard
MAAC: Fairfield
Mid-American: Northern Illinois
Mid-Continent: Western Illinois
Missouri Valley: Creighton
MPSF: New Mexico
Northeast: Monmouth
Pac-10: California (no automatic bid)
Patriot: Bucknell
Southern: UNC Greensboro
WCC: Santa Clara

Q&A: Picking the 26 men's at-large teams
Besides seeding the teams, the NCAA men's soccer committee's other main task is to pick the 26 at-large teams. Here are some questions the committee must examine:

Does it again give the nine-team ACC eight berths? Champion Duke, Wake Forest, Maryland, Virginia, Clemson and North Carolina are locks. Boston College should get in. Virginia Tech lost in the ACC tournament play-in game to N.C. State but had wins at St. John's (2-1) and over Clemson (5-2) and a tie at Duke (0-0).

Does the Big East again get seven berths? Champion St. John's, West Virginia, Rutgers and Providence -- the final four teams -- are shoo-ins. Notre Dame and UConn ranked in the Top 25 in the RPI rankings released by the NCAA on Oct. 24. Cincinnati would figure to be a bubble team, but its Big East Red Division title should ease the Bearcats in the NCAA's final 48.

Does the CAA get at least four tournament berths? Besides champion Hofstra, Towson (13-game unbeaten streak), Old Dominion (at-large bids in the last four seasons) and George Mason (2006 runner-up) should get in. UNC Wilmington's overtime loss to ODU in the first round of the CAA Tournament probably cost the Seahawks (who beat Duke) serious consideration.

How many Pac-10 teams will get in? There is no automatic berth for the Pac-10 this season -- the delayed fallout from Fresno State's decision to drop men's soccer after the 2002 season -- but champion California and UCLA will go, for sure. San Diego State (9-5-4) finished second in the Pac-10 and beat Cal twice. Washington opened with eight straight wins, slumped when conference play began but might have saved its at-large berth with a 2-1 overtime win at Oregon State on Friday.

Who besides champion Indiana from the Big Ten goes? Penn State played the toughest non-conference schedule in the country but can't realistically get in with a 7-12-2 record. Runner-up Ohio State should get in. Semifinalist Wisconsin and Northwestern, which lost to Penn State in the quarterfinals, will be sweating it out.

Does Penn give the Ivy League three NCAA-bound teams? Champion Harvard gets in. Brown, 11th nationally in the Oct. 24 RPI rankings, should move on. Penn's 1-0 win over Princeton on Saturday gave the Quakers second place in the Ivy League and perhaps wrapped up a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

Will UC Irvine get in as an at-large team from the Big West? The Anteaters blew a chance to clinch the Big West title when they lost to Cal State Northridge on Saturday and UC Santa Barbara beat UC Riverside, but UCI finished with 13 wins, a school record. Another Big West candidate: Northridge, which beat UCI twice.

SOCCER AMERICA MEN'S TOP 25: Final Rankings
RANK/TEAM (RECORD) PREVIOUS RANK

(Last week's results)
1. Duke (16-3-1) 4
2. SMU (17-1-4) 3
3. Wake Forest (15-3-3) 1
4. Indiana (14-4-2) 7
5. West Virginia (15-2-3) 2
6. Virginia (14-3-1) 5
7. Maryland (15-4-1) 6
8. Santa Clara (12-4-4) 8
9. Clemson (12-4-2) 9
10. North Carolina (11-5-3) 10
11. California (12-5-1) 11
12. New Mexico (13-3-3) 15
13. St. John's (13-5-2) 25
14. UCLA (10-5-4) 16
15. Creighton (13-4-3) 18
16. Harvard (13-4-0) 24
17. UC Santa Barbara (12-7-0) NR
18. Hofstra (11-5-3) NR
19. Rhode Island (12-5-4) NR
20. Saint Louis (13-4-2) 12
21. Notre Dame (13-5-2) 13
22. Towson (14-1-3) 14
23. Lehigh (15-1-2) 17
24. Kentucky (14-5-2) 20
25. UC Irvine (13-4-3) NR

WOMEN: Notre Dame, UNC finish 1-2
Notre Dame and North Carolina won the Big East and ACC titles to finish 1-2 in the final Soccer America Women's Top 25.

Both teams are assured of all-important regional seeds that will keep them at home through the quarterfinals -- if they keep winning -- but last week's results did nothing to settle the other two regional seeds.

UCLA (No. 3 in last week's Top 25), Santa Clara (No. 4), Florida State (No. 6), Texas A&M (No. 8) and West Virginia (No. 9) all lost, while defending national champion Portland (No. 5) was tied by Loyola Marymount. Texas (No. 7) helped its cause by winning the Big 12 Tournament in San Antonio, Texas. A darkhorse for a top seed: surging Big Ten champion Penn State.

The NCAA Division I women's committee must decide by this afternoon the seedings and 34 at-large teams, to go along with 30 conference champions, that will comprise the 64-team field. The teams will be announced on ESPNEWS's NCAA Selection Show between 3-4 p.m. ET (12-1 p.m. PT).

Here's a look at the major conference tournaments:

ACC. Senior Elizabeth Guess scored the golden goal on a give-and-go from freshman Whitney Engen in the 99th minute to give top-seeded North Carolina a 2-1 victory over second-seeded Florida State. The championship was the Tar Heels' 17th overall in the 19-year existence of the tournament. Robin Gayle played the last two games for UNC after beginning the week with Canada at the Peace Queen Cup in South Korea.

BIG EAST. Notre Dame defended its title with a 4-2 victory over Rutgers in Sunday's final. Sophomore forward Kerri Hanks scored the first two goals to earn Most Outstanding Player honors. Hanks, who also scored in the semifinals, now has 18 goals for the season. Rutgers had upset West Virginia, 3-2, in a wild semifinal.

BIG TEN. After Penn State beat Illinois, 3-1, in the final, Nittany Lions coach Paula Wilkins said the victory would help her team in the seedings. "We are peaking at the right time," she said, "and I hope the selection committee sees that we battled through injuries early on and now we have some people healthy." Aubrey Aden-Buie set up the first and third goals to be named the tournament's top offensive player.

BIG 12. The University of Texas Tower was lit orange Sunday night in the Longhorns' championship honor, as they won their first Big 12 tourney title with a shootout (5-4) victory over Colorado (1-1 after 110 minutes) in the final. Goalie Dianna Pfenninger kept Texas alive in the shootout, blocking Brittany Dornseif's shot on the Buffalos' fifth attempt to continue the PK session.

SEC. Megan Jones scored two goals to lead Kentucky to a 2-1 victory over Florida in the final. Keeper Anne Ogundele was the Tournament MVP for the Wildcats, who enter the NCAA Tournament 6-0-1 in their last seven games.

Upsets abounded elsewhere. UAB, seeded seventh in the Conference USA Tournament, was the lowest seed to win a conference tournament. McNeese State (No. 6) was the lowest seed entered in the Southland Tournament but captured the title. Three No. 5 seeds -- Jacksonville (Atlantic Sun), UNC Asheville (Big South) and Toledo (Mid-American) -- won conference titles.

No team had a more thrilling road to the championship than UNLV, which downed Wyoming on a goal by Katie Carney with two seconds left in regulation, then beat No. 13 BYU and No. 10 Utah in shootouts to repeat as Mountain West champ.

WOMEN'S CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS
ACC: North Carolina
America East: Hartford
Atlantic Sun: Jacksonville
Atlantic-10: Saint Louis
Big East: Notre Dame
Big Sky: Idaho State
Big South: UNC Asheville
Big Ten: Penn State
Big 12: Texas
Big West: Cal State Fullerton
CAA: Old Dominion
Conference USA: UAB
Horizon: Loyola (Ill.)
Ivy: Columbia
MAAC: Niagara
Mid-American: Toledo
Mid-Continent: Oakland
Missouri Valley: Drake
Mountain West: UNLV
Northeast: Long Island
Ohio Valley: Southeast Missouri
Pac-10: UCLA
Patriot: Navy
SEC: Kentucky
Southern: UNC Greensboro
Southland: McNeese State
Sun Belt: Denver
SWAC: Grambling State
WAC: Nevada
WCC: Santa Clara

SOCCER AMERICA WOMEN'S TOP 25: Final Rankings
RANK/TEAM (RECORD) PREVIOUS RANK
(Last week's results)
1. Notre Dame (20-0-1) 1
2, North Carolina (21-1-0) 2
3. UCLA (17-3-0) 3
4. Santa Clara (15-4-1) 4
5. Texas (17-3-0) 7
6. Portland (14-3-3) 5
7. Florida State (14-3-4) 6
8. Penn State (15-4-3) 16
9. West Virginia (14-3-3) 9
10. Utah (15-4-1) 10
11. Navy (21-1-0) 15
12. Oklahoma State (16-3-2) 11
13. William & Mary (16-1-3) 12
14. BYU (13-2-4) 13
15. Kentucky (14-6-3) NR
16. Colorado (12-5-4) NR
17. Oregon (12-6-2) NR
18, Texas A&M (14-5-1) 8
19. Wake Forest (15-5-1) 17
20. Illinois (14-7-0) 19
21. Rutgers (15-3-3) 22
22. Villanova (15-3-2) 18
23. Stanford (13-6-1) 14
24. Florida (13-5-4) 23
25. Loyola Marymount (10-2-6) 24
25. Clemson (11-7-2) 25

NCAA DIVISION 2: Men's & Women's QF Pairings
Men's Quarterfinal Pairings
Seattle (12-7-1) vs. Fort Lewis (19-1-1)
Southern Connecticut State (17-2-3) vs. Dowling (20-0-1)
Lincoln Memorial (14-1-3) vs. Northern Kentucky (16-2-3)
Queens (12-4-3) vs. West Florida (19-1-2)
(Games on Nov. 11 or 12; home teams not announced.)

Women's Quarterfinal Pairings
Franklin Pierce (18-2-1) vs. West Chester (22-0-0)
Grand Valley State (17-1-1) vs. Nebraska-Omaha (19-0-2)
Tampa (17-2-1) vs. Tusculum (14-2-3)
Metro State (21-2-0) vs. UC San Diego (20-1-2)
(Games on Nov. 11 or 12; home teams not announced.)


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