Tuesday, November 07, 2006

COM: Blogarithmic #167

From Soccer America:
ACC teams clean up on men's postseason seeds
Duke, No. 1 in the final Soccer America Men's Top 25 of the season, was also selected as the No. 1 seed for the NCAA Division I Men's Tournament, which begins play with first -ound action on Friday and Saturday.

Four ACC teams were named among the top five men's seeds -- Duke, No. 2 Wake Forest, No. 4 Virginia and No. 5 Maryland -- and six ACC teams were among the 16 seeds that received byes into the second round on Nov. 15.

The ACC and Big East led all conferences with seven teams each picked to the 48-team field. The CAA had a conference-record four teams selected to take part in postseason play. The Pac-10 also is sending four teams to the NCAA Tournament.

Four teams will be making their first appearance in the tournament: Fairfield, Gardner-Webb, Loyola (Ill.) and Monmouth.

The 26 at-large selections included several surprise omissions. UC Irvine, the Big West runner-up, didn't get in despite a school record 13 wins -- including victories over tournament-bound San Diego State and Big West champion UCSB.

With wins over SMU and South Carolina in the last two weeks of the season, UAB leapfrogged over Conference USA rivals Kentucky and South Carolina and joined SMU, the C-USA champion and No. 2 overall seed, in the NCAA Tournament. Other teams passed over for other conference opponents included Big Ten runner-up Ohio and Ivy League runner-up Penn.

Last year, the ACC sent a record eight teams to the NCAA Tournament. Boston College didn't get last season, its first in the ACC. This year, BC and N.C. State were the only ACC teams not to get invites.

First Round, Nov. 10 or 11

Brown (10-4-3) vs. Adelphi (11-6-1)
Rutgers (10-6-2) vs. Rhode Island (12-5-4)
UAB (10-6-3) vs. Gardner-Webb (9-7-3)
Harvard (13-4-0) vs. Binghamton (9-6-5)
St. John's (13-5-2) vs. Monmouth (14-3-3)
UIC (12-2-5) vs. Western Illinois (15-7-0)
San Francisco (12-6-1) vs. New Mexico (13-3-3)
George Mason (12-5-3) vs. Bucknell (8-7-6)
UC Santa Barbara (12-7-0) vs. San Diego State (9-5-4)
Old Dominion (13-5-1) vs. Winthrop (15-3-3)
Cincinnati (11-5-2) vs. Northwestern (11-7-0)
UNC Greensboro (14-7-0) vs. Virginia Tech (11-7-1)
Northern Illinois (14-5-1) vs. Loyola (Ill.) (11-7-2)
Washington (12-6-1) vs. Creighton (13-4-3)
Connecticut (10-6-2) vs. Fairfield (14-5-1)
Hofstra (11-5-3) vs. Providence (13-6-0)

Second Round, Nov. 15
No. 1 Duke (16-3-1) vs. Brown-Adelphi winner
No. 16 Lehigh (15-1-2) vs. Rutgers-Rhode Island winner
No. 9 Clemson (12-4-2) vs. UAB-Gardner-Webb winner
No. 8 UCLA (10-5-4) vs. Harvard-Binghamton winner
No. 5 Maryland (15-4-1) vs. St. John's-Monmouth winner
No. 12 Notre Dame (13-5-2) vs. UIC-Western Illinois winner
No. 13 California (12-5-1) vs. San Francisco-New Mexico winner
No. 4 Virginia (14-3-1) vs. George Mason-Bucknell winner
No. 3 SMU (17-1-4) vs. UC Santa Barbara-San Diego State winner
No. 14 North Carolina (11-5-3) vs. Old Dominion-Winthrop winner
No. 11 Saint Louis (13-4-2) vs. Cincinnati-Northwestern winner
No. 6 West Virginia (15-2-3) vs. UNC Greensboro-Virginia Tech winner
No. 7 Indiana (14-4-2) vs. Northern Illinois-Loyola (Ill.) winner
No. 10 Santa Clara (12-4-4) vs. Washington-Creighton winner
No. 15 Towson (14-1-3) vs. Connecticut-Fairfield winner
No. 2 Wake Forest (15-3-3) vs. Hofstra-Providence winner

WOMEN: Top seeds could face tough early tests
Santa Clara and Texas joined Notre Dame and North Carolina, ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the Soccer America Women's Top 25, as the top regional seeds in the NCAA Division I women's tournament, which begins with the first two rounds Thursday-Sunday at 16 regional sites.

The No. 1 regional seed assures a team of home-field advantage -- if it keeps winning -- through to the Women's College Cup Dec. 1-3 in Cary, N.C.

Santa Clara beat both of last year's Women's Cup finalists, Portland and UCLA, and won the WCC title. But the Broncos were drawn in one of the most difficult regional brackets. They open against USC and could face neighbor Stanford, one of the hottest teams on the West Coast in the last month, in the second round if the Cardinal beats Nevada on Friday.

Texas earned the highest seeding in the program's history, sneaking past a host of teams in the last two weeks to earn a No. 1 regional seed. The Longhorns, the Big 12 champions, will be heavily favored against Long Island in the first round, but they could face Connecticut in the second round if the Huskies get past Columbia. UConn held Notre Dame to a 0-0 tie last month for the only blemish on the Irish's record. North Carolina and Connecticut are the only two teams who have been invited to the tournament every year since its inception in 1982.

Columbia is one of 10 teams are making their first appearance in the tournament, along with Drake, Grambling State, Louisville, McNeese State, Nevada, Niagara, Old Dominion, Southeast Missouri and Toledo.

OREGON: Heartbreak for the Ducks
With 64 teams in the NCAA Division I Women's Tournament, there would seem to be plenty of bids to go around for everyone, but there wasn't one for Oregon.

In Monday's biggest surprise, the NCAA women's soccer committee ignored the Ducks, turning out the Pac-10's second-place team for the first time in history. Coming off a weekend in which Oregon upset UCLA, 2-1, on Friday and dropped USC, 3-1, in the regular-season finale, the Duck contingent was stunned.

"I believe that in my 12 years as athletic director at the University of Oregon that this is perhaps the biggest injustice of any of our programs," said Oregon director of athletics Bill Moos. "The bottom line is we finished second in the Pac-10, we beat the first-place team that was third in the nation at the time. We finished strong. Usually in these selections, how you finish is important."

The Ducks lost only once in the last month to finish at 12-6-2 -- their first winning season in program history -- and were confident of getting into the NCAA Tournament.

"I knew that we were in," said Oregon coach Tara Erickson. "I could look everybody in the eye right now and say we deserve to be in. We're not a bubble team. We played ourselves in and we should be right up there with everybody else."

Erickson's players were crushed.

"It's devastating," said goalkeeper Jessie Chatfield. "It's really heartbreaking. It makes us feel like, what were we supposed to have done more or better with the teams we beat and finishing second in the Pac-10? It's like they just didn't count it."

Sixth-year senior Nicole Garbin wrapped the regular season with the golden goal against UCLA and two goals against USC and finished her career holding or sharing 19 school records.

"Why do you even play? Why do you even step on the field?" said Garbin. "My ultimate goal was to get to the tournament. All the records weren't going to mean anything if we didn't get into that tournament."

NCAA DIVISION 1: Women's Draw
Regional Play
Nov. 10-12 in Chapel Hill, N.C.
No. 1 North Carolina (21-1-0) vs. UNC Asheville (10-6-3)
William & Mary (16-1-3) vs. Navy (21-1-0)
Nov. 10-12 in Knoxville, Tenn
Louisville (13-4-2) vs. Duke (9-8-2)
No. 4 Tennessee (11-6-3) vs. UAB (8-11-1)
Nov. 10-12 in Winston-Salem, N.C.
No. 3 Wake Forest (15-5-1) vs. Old Dominion (17-4-1)
West Virginia (14-3-3) vs. Virginia (10-7-2)
Nov. 10-12 in College Station, Texas
(16-4-1) vs. McNeese State (10-6-2)
No. 2 Texas A&M (14-5-1) vs. Grambling State (9-6-2)
Nov. 10-12 in Los Angeles
No. 2 UCLA (17--3-0) vs. UNLV (9-10-3)
Cal State Fullerton (11-7-2) vs. Loyola Marymount (10-2-6)
Nov. 10-12 in Milwaukee
Marquette (11-6-2) vs. Purdue (14-5-3)
Florida (13-5-4) vs. Loyola (Ill.) 14-6-3
Nov. 9-11 in Salt Lake City, Utah
No. 4 Utah (15-4-1) vs. Idaho State (10-8-1)
BYU (13-2-4) vs. Portland (14-3-3)
Nov. 10-12 in Austin, Texas
Connecticut (10-7-3) vs. Columbia (10-4-3)
No. 1 Texas (17-3-2) vs. Long Island (13-7-1)
Nov. 10-12 in Santa Clara, Calif.
No. 1 Santa Clara (15-4-1) vs. USC (10-4-5)
Nevada (13-4-4) vs. Stanford (13-6-1)
Nov. 10-12 in Clemson, S.C.
Clemson (11-7-2) vs. Vanderbilt (10-4-6)
No. 4 Oklahoma State (16-3-2) vs. UNC Greensboro (13-7-2)
Nov. 10-12 in St. Louis
No. 3 Illinois (14-7-0) vs. Southeast Missouri (10-7-2)
Saint Louis (14-3-2) vs. Drake (12-5-2)
Nov. 10-12 in Tallahassee, Fla.
California (11-4-5) v. Auburn (11-5-3)
No. 2 Florida State (14-3-4) vs. Jacksonville (11-9-1)
Nov. 10-12 in University Park, Pa.
No. 2 Penn State (15-4-3) vs. Niagara (12-6-1)
Toledo (9-8-4) vs. Villanova (15-3-2)
Nov. 10-12 in Piscataway, N.J.
Boston College (11-6-2) vs. Boston Univ. (13-4-3)
No. 3 Rutgers (15-3-3) vs. Hartford (10-8-2)
Nov. 10-12 in Boulder, Colo.
No. 4 Colorado (12-5-4) vs. Colorado College (15-5-1)
Denver (18-2-1) vs. Kentucky (14-6-3)
Nov. 10-12 in South Bend, Ind.
Wisconsin-Milwaukee (16-3-1) vs. Michigan (9-7-5)
No. 1 Notre Dame (20-0-1) vs. Oakland (8-10-1)

Texas/Southeast Region ODP Callups for Thanksgiving:
U-16, Region III 90 Boys
First Name Last Name City State Club
Shawn Barry Miramar Fl Boca Juniors
Warren Creavalle Acworth GA Nasa 08 Elite
Manuel Gonzalez Pompano Fl Misael Pintos
Joseph Goodwin Raleigh NC Capital
Clayton Holz Houston TX TFC Texans
Christian Ibeagha Edmond OK Noke Padova
Jared Jeffrey Richardson TX Dallas Texans
Jamel Johnson Miramar FL West Pines United
Christopher Klute Grand Prairie TX Dallas Texans
Enzo Martinez Rock Hill SC Not available
Christopher Miller Dallas TX Dallas Texans
Isack Niyongabo Knightdale NC Carolina Soccer Club
Cruz Oronos Converse TX Classic Elite 90
Josey Portillo Metairie LA Faizal
Dane Shea College Station TX US National
DouDou Toure Smyria GA Stars
Taylor White Marietta GA Nasa 08 Elite
Edvin Worley Palm City FL Treasure Coast United

U-14, Region III 92 Boys
First Name Last Name City State Club
Andrew Craven Simons Island FL First Coast KYX
Marlon Duran Duncanville TX Latino Americano
James Gulley Clinton MS Clinton Futbol Club
Stefan Jerome Davie FL West Pines United
Emmet Kumeh Dallas TX Andromeda
Bryan Leyva Irving TX Andromeda Spartans
Ruben Lopez Pflugerville TX Lonestar WL 92
Jack McInerney Alpharetta GA 92 Chiefs
Nolan McKeever Liburn GA Cobb Futbol Club
Brendan Moore Roswell GA Atlanta Concorde Fire
Patrick Mullins Met;airie LA Lakeview Soccer
Joel Nash Birmingham AL Briarwood Ambassadors
Chris Niemira Cumming GA Alpharette Ambush 92
Eric Reyes Pembroke Pines FL West Pines United
Ross Tomaselli Wilmington NC North Meck Soccer
Jared Watts Statesville NC North Meck Storm

U-13, Region III 93 Boys
First Name Last Name City State Club
Eduardo Alvarez Greensboro NC Greensboro
Federico Bertele Ormond Beach FL Apollo
Darvin Ebanks Macon GA 92 Cobb Chiefs
Jason Galatioto Cary NC 92 Triangle Futbol
Tomas Granitto Weston FL Weston Fury
Brian James Sunrise FL Weston Soccer
Cody Lofgren Kingwood TX TSA Texans
Myles Mansfield Greensboro NC GSC 92 Green
Marques Mayoras Fayetteville NC Angel Planells
Matthew Pacifici Charlotte NC 92 SCSA Gold
Andre Reyes Lewisville TX Dallas Texans
Nicholas Rittmeyer Savannah GA Bridge FA 93
Antonio Rocha Houston TX Texans
Jeffrey Torda Coleyville TX Tejano 93 Boys

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