Wednesday, November 15, 2006

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From Soccer America:
SMU-UC SANTA BARBARA PREVIEW
The Mustangs were No. 1 most of the season but struggled to put away teams. With renewed speculation about a possible move by Coach Schellas Hyndman to FC Dallas, the pressure will be on SMU to finally win a national championship. Striker Scott Geppert is out for the year, and Brazilian Paulo da Silva has been in and out of the lineup suffering from strained abdominal muscles. The midfield is solid, however, with Chase Wileman, Adrian Chevannes and Bruno Guarda, the SMU's other Brazilian-born, Texas-educated star. UCSB has been one of the most inconsistent teams in the country. It opened with a 5-0 win over Akron, the top-ranked team at the end of last year's regular season, but bottomed out with a 5-0 loss to Big West foe Cal State Northridge in late September. The Gauchos are 8-3-0 since the Northridge debacle and have the kind of team that could lasso the Mustangs. Senior Kyle Reynish was the Big West's Co-Goalkeeper of the Year, while giant Englishman Andy Iro was once again the conference's Defender of the Year.

Videira and Lapira in race for Hermann Trophy
Michael Videira of No. 1 Duke leads the 15 players named as semifinalists for the 2006 Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy.

Videira and Notre Dame Greg Dalby are the only repeats from last year's short list. Notre Dame (Joseph Lapira and Dalby), SMU (Bruno Guarda and Jay Needham), Maryland (Maurice Edu and Stephen King) are the only teams with two players named to the list.

Guarda and Virginia's Yannick Reyering are the only sophomores on the list. All other players are juniors or seniors.

The winner will be announced at a banquet in St. Louis, hosted by the Missouri Athletic Club on Dec. 2, the eve of the NCAA Division I men's final.

SOCCER AMERICA'S TAKE: Charlie Davies was the top offensive player in ACC, but the fact BC didn't make the NCAA Tournament hurts his case. West Virginia's Jarrod Smith deserves consideration but isn't well known. The award might come down to a two-way race between Videira (the lone nominee from the nation's top team) and Lapira (the nation's top scorer). (Not among the 15 nominees but deserving consideration: Wake Forest's Julian Valentin, Maryland keeper Chris Seitz and Washington junior forward Kevin Forrest.)

MAC Hermann Trophy-Men's Semifinalists
POS. PLAYER TEAM YEAR HOMETOWN
D Andrew Boyens, New Mexico, Sr., New Zealand
-- Dominating force on the Lobos' backline.
M Greg Dalby, Notre Dame, Jr. Poway, Calif.
-- Named Big East Midfielder of the Year.
F Charlie Davies, Boston College, Jr., Manchester, N.H.
-- Led the Eagles in scoring with a school record 15 goals.
M John DiRaimondo, Saint Louis, Sr., St. Louis, Mo.
-- Making his second appearance on semifinalist list.
M Maurice Edu, Maryland, Jr., Fontana, Calif.
-- Four of five goals have been game-winners.
M Bruno Guarda, SMU, Soph. Piracicaba, Brazil
-- Named Conference USA Player of the Year.
G Tally Hall, San Diego State, Sr. Gig Harbor, Wash.
-- Finished season with 1.04 goals-against average.
D Julius James, Connecticut, Jr., Trinidad
-- Big East Defender of the Year for the second consecutive season.
M Stephen King, Maryland, Jr. Medford, N.J.
-- Has never missed a start in his collegiate career.
F Joseph Lapira, Notre Dame, Jr. Lake Charles, La.
-- Leads all NCAA Division I scorers with 20 goals and 45 points.
D Jay Needham, SMU, Sr., Fort Worth, Texas
-- Named Conference USA Defender of the Year.
F Yannick Reyering, Virginia, Soph., Germany
-- Leads Cavs with nine goals and seven assists for 25 points.
F Dane Richards, Clemson, Sr., Jamaica
-- Named a first-team All-ACC selection.
F Jarrod Smith, West Virginia, Sr. New Zealand
-- First-team All-Big East pick after scoring 14 goals.
M Michael Videira, Duke, Jr. Milford, Mass.
-- Named MVP of the ACC Tournament for No. 1 Devils.

WOMEN'S HERMANN TROPHY: Hanks makes case
North Carolina forward Heather O'Reilly and Nebraska midfielder Brittany Timko have been named to the women's short list for the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy for the third straight year.

Both Notre Dame selections -- midfielder Jen Buczkowski and Kerri Hanks -- are repeat semifinalists. North Carolina (Yael Averbuch and O'Reilly) and Portland (Stephanie Lopez and Angie Woznuk) are the only other teams with two selections on the 15-player semifinal list.

NCAA Division I coaches who are NSCAA members will vote on the men's and women's awards.

SOCCER AMERICA'S TAKE: Hanks probably gets the nod. She has been on a tear of late, taking over the NCAA Division I lead in points with 58. O'Reilly, the U.S. international, was edged out by Averbuch, her UNC teammate, for the ACC Offensive Player of the Year award. Adams has been hot since returning from the 2006 U-20 World Championship in Russia, but fellow Bruin and U-20 Lauren Cheney has scored six more goals. Worth noting: It's been a big year for defenders with five on the Hermann shortlist. (A sixth, Texas sophomore Kasey Moore, also figures among this year's big crop of outstanding backs.)

MAC Hermann Trophy-Women's Semifinalists
POS. PLAYER TEAM YEAR HOMETOWN
M Danesha Adams UCLA, Jr. Shaker Heights, Ohio
-- Bruins No. 2 scorer with 11 goals in only 16 games.
M Yael Averbuch North Carolina, Soph., Upper Montclair, N.J.
-- ACC's Offensive Player of the Year.
M Jen Buczkowski Notre Dame, Sr., Elk Grove, Ill.
-- All-Big East selection for third year in a row.
D Rachel Buehler Stanford, Sr., Del Mar, Calif.
-- Anchor for the Cardinal, who have had a big year.
D Marian Dalmy Santa Clara, Sr., Lakewood, Colo.
-- Led all WCC defenders with six goals.
D Laura Georges Boston College, Sr., France
-- Nominated for the FIFA Women's Player of the Year award.
F Kerri Hanks Notre Dame, Soph., Allen, Texas
-- Has had another big season (21 goals and 16 assists).
D Ali Krieger Penn State, Sr., Dumfries, Va.
-- Converted to defender by necessity and named all-Big Ten selection.
F Selin Kuralay Florida State, Jr., Australia
-- Leads the Seminoles with 12 goals and five game-winners.
D Stephanie Lopez Portland, Jr., Elk Grove, Calif.
-- Has juggled duties with U.S. U-20s and senior team.
F Heather O'Reilly North Carolina, Sr., East Brunswick, N.J.
-- Experience has been critical for young Heels' winning streak.
F Ashlee Pistorius Texas A&M, Jr., Bloomington, Ill.
-- Golden goal handed UNC its only loss.
M Brittany Timko Nebraska, Sr., Canada
-- Only Canadian on short list was co-Big 12 Player of the Year.
F India Trotter Florida State, Sr., Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
-- Another player with U.S. national team experience in 2006.
M Angie Woznuk Portland, Jr., El Cajon, Calif.
-- One of college soccer's most stylish playmakers.

TOURNAMENT CENTRAL: Texas moves into third round
Texas, one of four No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Division I Women's Tournament, earned a shootout victory over Connecticut Monday afternoon in a game delayed 24 hours because of inclement weather and moved from UConn's Morrone Field to Yousef Al-Marzook Field on the campus of the University of Hartford.

The Longhorns edged UConn, 3-1, on penalties after their game ended in a 1-1 tie. Defender Kasey Moore gave UT the lead on a header in the 51st minute, but Lauren Ebert responded for UConn 19 minutes later.

The win sets up a date for Texas with defending national champion Portland in Austin on Sunday. The Pilots are unseeded in this year's tournament but are perfect in seven meetings against Texas. Two years ago, UP beat the Longhorns, 2-0, in the NCAA Tournament.

In NCAA Division III action on Monday, Yared Yedenekachew's golden goal gave North Carolina Wesleyan a 1-0 win over host Virginia Wesleyan.

In women's second-round action, Virginia Wesleyan outlasted Johns Hopkins, 5-3, in a shootout after their game ended in a 0-0 tie, while Wheaton (Ill.) downed Macalester, 3-0.

NAIA: Appeal on at-large bid upheld
Ever wished your school could appeal its non-selection to the Big Dance?

That's what NAIA school Oklahoma Christian University did -- and it won. It was successful in its appeal of the selection process for the 2006 NAIA women's championships and was granted a berth in the national tournament after first being overlooked in favor of Bethel of Tennessee.

The national tournament selection committee was found to have erred in its application of one of the criteria approved for the selection of at-large qualifiers. While Bethel had the edge in the TPI (Total Point Index) used for at-large berths, the teams were so close that it triggered a secondary set of criteria. One of the criteria was applied improperly, favoring Bethel. On appeal, the NAIA's Council of Athletics Administrators ruled the majority of the seven criteria should have favored Oklahoma Christian.

The NAIA tournaments begin on Wednesday -- the men in Daytona Beach, Fla., and the women in Olathe, Kan.

PROGRAMS: Central Arkansas drops men's soccer
Another Division I men's soccer program has been dropped. The University of Central Arkansas has announced the elimination of the men's intercollegiate soccer program, which played its first season of Division I ball in 2006.

The move stems from UCA's failure to find a D1 soccer conference in which to play. Athletic Director John Thompson said the men's soccer team did not receive an invitation to join either the Missouri Valley or Conference USA. (MVC coaches had supported a move to expand.) UCA had also approached the Mid-American, which is in danger of losing its automatic bid in 2007 because it will have only five teams playing men's soccer.

Faced with the alternative of again playing as an independent, UCA chose to drop the program.

UCA joined the Southland Conference and moved to NCAA Division I effective July 1 of this year. The Southland offers women's soccer, but does not offer men's soccer as a championship sport. Thompson said that UCA would continue to play women's soccer.

NJCAA MEN: High-scoring GPC begins title defense
Top-ranked Georgia Perimeter looks to defend its NJCAA Division I men's title at the national finals that kick off Thursday in Tyler, Texas.

The Jaguars (21-0-1) are led by a pair of freshmen from the Miami area, Martin Nunez and Heber Hernandez, who ranked No. 2 and No. 4 nationally among JC scores and have combined for 54 of GPC's 114 goals. Another freshman, Lucas Rogue, leads the nation's two-year colleges in assists with 21.

Yavapai and Mercer County, two long-time JC powerhouses, square off in Thursday's quarterfinals. Yavapai has won five national titles, beating Mercer in the 2002 and 2003 final. In 2004, Mercer beat Georgia Perimeter in the final for Coach Charlie Inverso's fifth NJCAA title and Vikings' eighth overall. Both schools have a long tradition of producing players who move on to the pros. Trinidad & Tobago World Cup playerrs Stern John and Avery John went to Mercer and Yavapai, respectively.

NJCAA D1 MEN'S QUARTERFINALS
Nov. 16 in Tyler, Texas
#1 Yavapai (22-0-1) vs. Mercer County (13-2-3)
#3 Louisburg (15-1-3) vs. Northern Oklahoma -Tonkawa (17-3-0)
#4 Illinois Central (17-1-0) vs. Jefferson (18-3-2)
#1 Georgia Perimeter (21-0-1) vs. DuPage (15-1-4)

NJCAA WOMEN: Monroe goes for three-peat
Monroe Community College is seeking its third straight national title in the NJCAA Division I women's championship that begins Thursday in Albany, Ga.

The Tribunes, this year's top seeds, feature Northern Ireland international Roisin Havelin and Aveann Douglas and Ayana Russell, who are on Trinidad & Tobago's roster for the Women's Gold Cup that starts this weekend in Miami. Monroe is 17-0-2 with its only ties coming against No. 2 seed Young Harris and No. 8 Navarro, its opening-game opponent.

Young Harris features a third JC player, Kennya "Ya Ya" Cordner, named to T&T's Gold Cup roster.

NJCAA D1 WOMEN'S QUARTERFINALS
Nov. 16 in Albany, Ga.
#1 Monroe (17-0-2) vs. #8 Navarro (9-6-3)
#4 Laramie County (15-4-1) vs. #5 Iowa Western (18-1-1)
#2 Young Harris (14-1-1) vs. #7 Harford (16-2-0)
#3 Schoolcraft (14-0-2) vs. #6 Mesa (15-2-2)


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