The ACC in 2011

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  1. Sandon Mibut

    Sandon Mibut Member+

    Feb 13, 2001
    Didn't see a thread on this yet so I thought I'd start one.

    Up-and-down start for the ACC teams this past week...

    West Virginia 1, Virginia 0 (neutral)

    Maryland 3, St. John’s 0 (neutral but in Maryland)

    @Boston College 3, George Mason 2

    @UNC Greensboro 3, Duke 2

    @NC State 0, St. Francis (PA) 0

    Howard 2, @Virginia Tech 1

    North Carolina 3, UNC Wilmington 1

    South Florida 2, @Wake Forest 0

    @Alabama-Birmingham 2, Clemson 1


    @Maryland 3, West Virginia 1

    @Virginia 7, Richmond 1

    @Boston College 2, Fairfield 1

    Duke 1, @Furman 0

    NC State 2, VMI 0

    Maryland: 2-0-0 6 GF, 1 GA
    Boston College: 2-0-0 5 GF, 3 GA
    NC State: 1-0-1 2 GF, 0 GA
    North Carolina: 1-0-0 3 GF, 1 GA
    Virginia: 1-1-0 7 GF, 2 GA
    Duke: 1-1-0 3 GF, 3 GA
    Clemson: 0-1-0 1 GF, 2 GA
    Virginia Tech: 0-1-0 1 GF, 2 GA
    Wake Forest: 0-1-0 0 GF, 2 GA

    This week…

    Quinnipiac @Boston College

    Stanford @Maryland
    Oregon State @ North Carolina
    Virginia vs. Cincinnati (in Blacksburg)
    Wisconsin @Virginia Tech
    NC State vs. Southern Methodist (in Durham)
    UC Santa Barbara @Duke
    Louisville @Wake Forest
    South Carolina @Clemson


    Boston College @Dartmouth
    Louisville @North Carolina
    Virginia vs. Wisconsin (in Blacksburg)
    Cincinnati @Virginia Tech
    Radford @Maryland
    NC State vs. UC Santa Barbara (in Durham)
    Southern Methodist @Duke
    Oregon State @Wake Forest

    UNC Greensboro @Clemson
  2. Sandon Mibut

    Sandon Mibut Member+

    Feb 13, 2001
    A few thoughts and observations...

    *No shame in losing to Howard... in the 70s and 80s! :eek: In 2011, an ACC team that was in the Final Four when it's current seniors where HS seniors is inexcusable, ESPECIALLY at home. Howard's RPI last year 197 - seventh from the bottom.

    *Maryland looks strong. Interesting that fifth-year senior Will Swain is starting in goal over heralded freshman Keith Cardona. I wonder if he'll keep the job all year or, just as Sasho did when Seitz and MacMath were freshmen, if the holdover backup keeps the seat warm for a few games till he thinks the hot-shot freshman is ready.

    *Virginia is racked by injuries. Seniors Hunter Jumper, Brian Ownby and Mike Volk all DNP this weekend. Meanwhile, 5 freshmen started in the win over Richmond.

    *As a freshman, Duke's Andrew Wenger played D-mid. Last year he played defender. This year, he's playing forward and scored a brace against UNCG. Kid's just a baller. Since MLS started, Duke hasn't had a player leave early on a P40 or GA deal but I think Wenger will be the first.

    *Charlie Rugg is off to a great start for BC with 2 goals and 2 assists. He's a stud. Like all good BC players, I assume he'll sign with a Scandanvaian team this winter. (I say that only half in jest.)

    *Hard to read much into Wake and Clemson's losses to solid teams. Could be just a blip on the way to solid seasons but after having losing seasons last year they need some wins soon to get rid of the losing mojo.

    *NC State didn't play the toughest of opponents, but keeping a pair of clean sheets is always a good way to start the season, especially with a new coach and a new system. And they did it with Sonny Mukungu, one of the top defenders in the conference, not playing.

    *Finally, the Heels looked solid in getting their W but they'll get a much bigger test this week, especially against Louisville. That could be both a Final Four rematch and preview.
  3. Vilhelm

    Vilhelm Member

    Sep 9, 2005
    I think you mean when VT's current seniors were HS seniors which just makes it worse.
  4. Sandon Mibut

    Sandon Mibut Member+

    Feb 13, 2001
    Good catch, thanks. I edited it to avoid confusion.
  5. JoeSoccerFan

    JoeSoccerFan Member+

    Aug 11, 2000
    Jumper got 2 yellow cards against WV on Friday.
  6. JBohland

    JBohland New Member

    Feb 6, 1999
    Coach Briz is in the last year of his contract, as I understand it. He's not exactly making a great initial case to stick around with this result. The program is really sinking at the moment and there is no reason it should be. I'd actually be shocked if he was still here next year.
    Early leader in the club house for the job next year? My money would be on Dustin Fonder from High Point. He's done a great job there and has SW VA roots (he's from Roanoke). Meant to be an excellent recruiter as well. Would be a good hire, IMO.
  7. Hararea

    Hararea Member+

    Jan 21, 2005
    Makes sense. He's brought several national-level recruits to High Point, which can't be easy.

    At the same time, it's pretty disappointing that they don't face a single ACC team this year. They've got several teams only a stone's throw away, and they've got the talent to make a good game of it.
  8. tman1

    tman1 Member

    Jan 27, 2006
    With Maryland,..... they won 2 games where they came back from behind and "don't" sleep on West Virginia. They're a tough physical bunch.

    Swain, so far has been solid but it's early. Cardona is a big time talent. There is "no doubt" that Maryland has covered the loss of Doug Rodkey with Sunny Jane, who might be the quickest player with the ball at his pheat in the ACC.

    I'll say this ...the biggest loss with Cassel for Maryland were his free kicks on set pieces. That's a spot I don't see Maryland having anybody that comes close to what Matt did. He was outstanding on the free kicks

    The foursome of Casey Townsend , John Stertzer, Sunny Jane, and Patrick Mullins is the best in the ACC (IMO)... I want to see North Carolina. I know they're the favorites but we'll see... Tman.
  9. JoeSoccerFan

    JoeSoccerFan Member+

    Aug 11, 2000
    FYI - MD beat SJU 3-0 - no comeback.

    I think that the biggest loss was Ethan White - defense is where I would be worried about.

    I expect that Metzger is going to be a starter in the DM by year's end and that Shinsky may supplant Forbess.
  10. Sandon Mibut

    Sandon Mibut Member+

    Feb 13, 2001
    Are "pheat" what the kids call players with good footskills?
  11. Sandon Mibut

    Sandon Mibut Member+

    Feb 13, 2001
  12. Sandon Mibut

    Sandon Mibut Member+

    Feb 13, 2001
    At the risk of piling on, to put Tech's loss to Howard in perspective, yesterday the Bison lost to George Mason.... 9-0. Yes, NINE.
  13. JBohland

    JBohland New Member

    Feb 6, 1999
    Does not bode well for the season, that is for sure. If the rumors of Tech possibly going to the SEC are true, it won't help matters in terms of turning this thing around and generating interest in the program. I guess we'll end up in Conference USA or the Colonial (if they would have us).
  14. Sandon Mibut

    Sandon Mibut Member+

    Feb 13, 2001
  15. Sandon Mibut

    Sandon Mibut Member+

    Feb 13, 2001
  16. Sandon Mibut

    Sandon Mibut Member+

    Feb 13, 2001
    North Carolina fell behind early to Oregon State on a goal by freshman Khiry Shelton but responded with 5 unanswered goals to win 5-1.

    Billy Schuler had a brace and Enzo Martinez had two helpers.
  17. Sandon Mibut

    Sandon Mibut Member+

    Feb 13, 2001
    Clemson wins their in-state derby with South Carolina 2-0. Freshmen Ben Myers and Amadou Dia scored both goals. The Cocks played the last 30 minutes shorthanded after a player got his second yellow.
  18. Sandon Mibut

    Sandon Mibut Member+

    Feb 13, 2001
    As some of you may have seen if you watched the game on FSC, Maryland jumped all over Stanford early and cruised from there.

    Pat Mullins scored before the game was 30 seconds old, Casey Townsend added a brace and Helge Leikvang scored a sceamer on a freekick to go up by four by halftime before the Terps took their foot off the gas in the second half and it ended 4-0.

    Keeping in mind that Stanford isn't a good team - they aren't bad, but I don't think any of their starting field players would start for Maryland - but they completely dominated this game and looked really good, both individually and cohesively.

    They weren't perfect but they were impressive.
  19. Sandon Mibut

    Sandon Mibut Member+

    Feb 13, 2001
    Duke lost what appeared to be a barn-burner to UCSB 3-2 in OT.

    The Devils scored in the 1st minute, UCSB tied it up in the sixth and went ahead on a PK in the 80th. Duke tied it in the 87th (Wenger, again) but St. John's transfer Dom Sarle scored the game-winner in OT.
  20. delo_pata

    delo_pata Member

    Jan 12, 2001
    Durham, NC

    Very entertaining game. Duke scored in the first 30ish minutes, UCSB answered back about 7 minutes later. Duke looked pretty out of sorts the rest of the first half, had trouble possessing, looked less skilled in general. Second half was much better from Duke, better possession and much better defending. A couple of fantastic saves from the UCSB keeper kept it even at 1-1.

    With about 15 minutes left, a Duke man came flying into the UCSB box to come onto a high bouncing ball and was met by a flying studs up challenge to the chest a la Nigel deJong. Only got a yellow.

    I had a poor angle on the PK (was on the opposite end)--UCSB player dancing nicely in the box, Duke player leans in, maybe has a leg out a little too far, UCSB player falls over the leg and sells it well. Maybe soft, but hard to say. Duke tied it on a free kick (or maybe a corner? can't recall) after a huge scramble in the box with bodies flying--UCSB keeper got walloped in the tangle and stayed down for some time after the goal.

    Duke arguably had the better of the play in OT, but gave up a break that was finished well.

    Pretty exciting and a decent level of play overall. Some very skilled guys out there on both sides.
  21. Sandon Mibut

    Sandon Mibut Member+

    Feb 13, 2001
  22. Vilhelm

    Vilhelm Member

    Sep 9, 2005
    Louisville 2-0 over Wake. Game delayed several hours due to weather.
  23. xpowerout

    xpowerout Member

    Nov 17, 2010
    Tottenham Hotspur FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Sandon, I was at the Maryland-Stanford game. Great stuff from the Terps, especially early on. Leikvang's free kick will probably stick as one of the year's top goals.
  24. tman1

    tman1 Member

    Jan 27, 2006
    Fear the Turtle....

    What's scary about this team that Sasho has is don't focus on where they're at now, look to the end of the season as this club is still putting it together. They're not there yet but they're showing signs. Nobody should grab their chest , if this squad makes it to the cup

    We'll see........ Tman.
  25. Bill-DC

    Bill-DC Member+

    May 20, 2002

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