Sunday, November 18, 2007

NC Region 11 Men's Soccer Team

Catawba Valley Athletic Conference in red

Choua Lee Alexander Central
Alex Dzierzynski Bandys
Mark Bridges East Burke
Justin Walker East Burke
Chas Deal East Wilkes
Logan Clippard Fred T. Foard
Mackenzie Sherrill Fred T. Foard
Jon Teague Fred T. Foard
Stewart Wilkinson Fred T. Foard
Yee Lor Freedom
Frankie Pascual Freedom
Collin Taylor Freedom
Tito Vicente Freedom
Miguel Aguilar Hibriten
Nick Beeson Hickory
Tucker Broome Hickory
Drew Knapp Hickory
AJ Osbahr Hickory
Pablo Alzate Lake Norman
Matt Fox Lake Norman
Matt Gwilt Lake Norman
Ryan Mertes Lake Norman
Anthony Vega Lake Norman
Will Mack Mooresville
Sam Sackenheim Mooresville
Mark Comer Newton-Conover
Derek Filip Newton-Conover
Bryan George Newton-Conover
Zach Mellon Newton-Conover
Nathan Poteat North Wilkes
Arael Regino Patton
Jared Pyles South Caldwell
Chris Laws South Iredell
Josh Kerley St. Stephens
Jeff Schluter St. Stephens
Brent Daino Statesville
Doug Ryan Statesville
Jesus Cabello West Iredell
Eli Flores West Iredell
Michael Watkins West Iredell
Cory Garlock West Wilkes
David Andreski Wilkes Central
Doug Skidmore Wilkes Central
Drew Walker Wilkes Central

NC High School 4A & 2A Finals, recaps

George's second half goal lifts N-C over Cardinal Gibbons

Staff Photo by Jason Arthurs
Cardinal Gibbons' Patrick Donahue goes head and shoulders above Zach Melton of Newton-Conover.
Red Devils edge Crusaders for title

Raleigh N&O Photo Album N-C vs CG

Newton-Conover wins 2A boys' soccer title

Staff Photo by Jason Arthurs
Broughton's Ben Iiames, center, lets the crowd know his team is the best in the state.

Capitals make it back-to-back state titles

Raleigh N&O Photo Album

Whirlies come up short in overtime

Broughton Wins Soccer Championship in Overtime

Saturday, November 17, 2007

NC High School State Final Updates

Broughton wins 4A Championship!
Broughton defeats Grimsley 3-2

Thanks Josh for picking up the trend:
Broughton Goal - 8th Minute
Grimsley Goal - 8 Minutes to go in Regulation
Broughton Goal - 8 Minutes into 1st OT Period
Broughton Goal with 8 Minutes left in 2nd OT Period
But Grimsley didn't cooperate and pull one back in the 98th minute choosing the 96th to score their second goal.

NC High School State Final Updates, 11/17

Newton-Conover wins 2A Championship!!
The "Gurley Boys" did a fine job representing the West and the CVAC tonight defeating Cardinal Gibbons 1-0 in Raleigh. Congratulations!

NC High School State finals pics and vids

North Carolina School of Science and Math
Photo Album on Local replay

Lake Norman's game winning goal

More video

Lake Norman Photo Album on Localreplay

NC High School News, 11/17

Lake Norman rallies for 2nd straight title

Foxx's clutch hat trick lifts Wildcats to second straight state title

Fike falls, 4-2, in OT at 3-A championship

Title computes for Science & Math

Lake Norman rallies to slip past Fike

Broughton will face familiar foe for 4-A title

Crusaders reach soccer final

Grimsley hopes to give Broughton the cold shoulder

Friday, November 16, 2007

NC High School State Championship Update

UNICORNS WIN 1A Championship
North Carolina School of Math and Science 1
East Montgomery 0

Lake Norman 4
Fike 2

LN down 2-0 with less than 10 minutes to play. Matt Foxx scores 2 to tie it. 1st OT Foxx gets the hattrick. Brantley makes it 4-2 with two minutes left in OT.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Emilio MVP

The Golden Boot and the MVP. Steve Goff is also reporting that Emilio, Olsen and Gomez have made the Best Xl.

The Myth of the Tahuichi Gold Mine

Paul Gardner, the NY Sun soccer writer, always seems to do a good job staying on message regarding MLS. His message, "you need a more attractive product on the field". That's hardly a controversial stance but I do take some exception to his article, "How MLS lost the Tahuichi gold mine", in October's Soccer America magazine.

Back in 1998 deputy commisioner of MLS, Sunil Gulati, recognized the quality of Jaime Moreno and Marco Etcheverry. Knowing they each came out of the Tahuichi youth club in Bolivia Gulati made a bold move. According to Gardner "He brokered a deal with Tahuichi, under which MLS paid Tahuichi $100,000 a year, in return for first refusal on any promising youngsters." After Gulati lost his job the following year "the deal continued for a couple of years and then was quietly abandoned."

This according to Paul Gardner is "a decision that now stands out as the most stupidly short-sighted gaffe the league has ever made." I'm sorry but we are talking MLS, I'm thinking taken in context this isn't even in the top ten of stupidly short-sighted gaffes the League has made.

At the time $100,000 annually to a struggling League bleeding losses was huge. The fact that MLS was seeing no return on that money was even worse. Only one player began a MLS career out of Tahuichi, Joselito Vaca was drafted by Dallas in 2001.

The decision was also tempered by the fact that the League had no infrastructure in place to handle youth players adequately, as Gardner points out "[Tahuichi has] consistently...produced technically skilled players - young players of considerable promise. No more than promise, of course - this is a youth setup, and the next step is the responsibility of pro clubs." The League wasn't in a position to develop players at the time.

The reality of the situation is that MLS has not lost sight of the need for flair or the talent South of the border. This year a dozen players were signed from Central and South America and only three used Designated Player slots, while all had immediate impact for their team (although Denilson's was negative).

So while Gardner takes jabs at MLS for its short sightedness, Steve Goff reports that DC United is doing what it does best, finding and signing talent.

"United Coach Tom Soehn and General Manager Dave Kasper are in South America this week on a scouting mission. One source tells me they are attempting to finalize a deal with Argentina's Juan Sebastian Veron. Another source tells me they are looking at Veron as well as others."

Back in June when it was announced that Etcheverry would be working for DC United again I had posted a link to an article about El Diablo's visit to San Lorenzo. Who knows maybe another youth academy agreement is afoot. But I gotta tell ya, I'm pretty happy with the job United does identifying and signing talent.

NC High School Soccer News, 11/15

Lake Norman's Pablo Alzate (21) tries to shake off a Charlotte Catholic defender during the Wildcats' 3-0 win over the Cougars in the 3A state playoffs Wednesday. Lake Norman will defend its state title against Wilson Fike.
Wildcats clinch another trip to state title game

North Meck eliminated from 4A soccer playoffs

Grimsley advances to play Broughton for title

Newton-Conover denies Shelby a trip to State soccer finals

Red Devils win the West in 2A, will play for title

Crusaders reach soccer final

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

NC High School Updates

4a Finals

Broughton will face Grimsley

Grimsley defeated Lake Norman 1-0.
Lake Norman went down a man late in the first half.
Grimsley scored off a corner with about 15 minutes left in the game.

3A Finals

Fike will play Lake Norman.

Lake Norman defeated Charlotte Catholic

2A Finals

Newton-Conover will go up against Cardinal Gibbons

N-C beat Shelby 1-0.
Newton-Conover scores on a PK in the final minutes of regulation

Swansboro and Cardinal Gibbons goes to PKs, tied 4-4 after first five, CG wins 2-1 in the second round

NC High School Playoff Updates, 11/14


Broughton will face the winner of:

Grimsley @ North Meck, 7:00pm, 11/14

Greensboro Grimsley Whirlies at North Mecklenburg Vikings

The Caps Capitalize in the Blink of an Eye

Haynes lifts Caps into state final

News & Observer photo gallery

Falcons fall in regional final

Grimsley reaches state semifinals in boys soccer


Fike will face the winner of:

Charlotte Catholic @ Lake Norman, 7:00pm, 11/14

Charlotte Catholic Cougars at Lake Norman Wildcats

Lake Norman ends season for Fred T. Foard soccer

Fike beats Jacksonville, 1-0, to advance to first soccer state championship


The winner of:

Cardinal Gibbons @ Swansboro, 7:00pm, 11/14

will face the winner of:

Newton-Conover @ Shelby, 7:00pm, 11/14

Shelby seeks first trip to 2A State finals

Golden Lions advance to 2A Western finals

Red Devils take out Brevard with penalty kicks


NCSSM versus East Montgomery, 5:00 PM, 11/16, WRAL Stadium

NCSSM photos

East Montgomery photos

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Ray Hudson would have a stroke..,

...working the booth with Dave O'Brien!

Everyone who knows me knows my love of Ray Hudson (as a commentator not a coach!). Finally someone has started a blog dedicated to the wisdom of Ray Hudson named Hudsonia. The blog is a running list of Hudsonisms and is a must to bookmark.

Here are a few of my favorites:

"There's more flair in this team, in this club, than a nineteen-seventies high-school reunion."

"They're looking as nervous as a Beirut grocery-run here in the opening going."

"Their defence was tighter than a camel's backside in a sandstorm ..."

"Ah, Phil, if he cannot hit this, there's something wrong with his hammer."

"They started off like a cup of Sanka and ended up like a double-shot espresso, cappuccino."

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Friday, November 9, 2007

Newton-Conover @ Brevard, 6pm, 11/10

Who will carry their team to the 2A West Final; Bryan George, senior with Newton-Conover, 22 goals and 8 assists or Jake Hagedorn who hit his 40th goal versus Owen?

The unbelievable thing to me, is everyone knows Hagedorn is Brevard's go to guy, yet he still manages to find ways to score.

Bryan George has the same knack. As the season has progressed both players have seen their goals coming more from set plays and less from the run of play.

Here are some of the news about the teams over the course of the season:

Brothers connect on lone goal in Brevard win
Confident Brevard, Owen squads meet in rematch
Brevard drops Panthers in overtime
Hibriten looks to avoid loss to Brevard
Hagedorn scores twice as Brevard stays unbeaten in WAC
Soccer Best of the West: Brevard gets off to hot start

Red Devils advance to third round in soccer playoffs

Fred T. Foard defeats Newton-Conover 2-0 in soccer
Newton-Conover defeats Bandys in soccer action

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Rob Stone & The Red Hot Chili Peppers

"It was like somebody Tasered my mouth"

NC High School 2A East Bracket, 11/08

22-0 First Flight (#1 NEC)faces 22-1-2 Swansboro (#1 ECENT)

First Flight beat Croatan 4-0

Swansboro dropped Richlands 3-0

The winner plays the winner of:

22-2-2 Cardinal Gibbons (#1MIDS) against 17-5-3 Northwood (#3 MIDS)

CG embarassed West Stokes 8-0

Northwood slips by Cedar Ridge 3-2 in OT

High School 2A West Bracket, 11/8

14-5-3, Shelby (#1 SWRN) versus 15-4-2 Lincolnton (#1 SNRP)

Shelby blanked E lincoln 5-0 to advance

Lincolton won 4-3 on penalties to knock out Mt Pleasant

The winner will play the winner of:

18-6-1 Newton Conover (#1 CVAC) faces 19-3-1 Brevard (#1 WATH)

N-C beat Wilkes Central 2-1

Brevard defeated Owen 1-0

Monday, November 5, 2007

Bruce Arena Unemployed

"Citing the need for stronger progress, Red Bulls Managing Director Marc de Grandpre announced on Monday that Sporting Director and head coach Bruce Arena has resigned."

As usual Steve Goff at Soccer Insider had the news first.

NC High School News, 11/05

Owen's Clark Uhlenhopp battles for the ball against Starmount's Drew Cain during the Warhorses' 3-0 win Saturday.
Owen shuts out Starmount in soccer playoffs

Reynolds, Roberson eliminated

Asheboro HS comes out ‘flat’ against Marvin Ridge

Watauga handles Alexander Central Cougars

photo by Chris Seward
Panther Creek's Gabe Latigue (7) jumps all over teammate Nate Latigue after he scored the winning goal during the state playoff second round game played at Chapel Hill Friday night.

Panther Creek defeats Chapel Hill

Camden rallies to beat Louisburg in soccer

Terry Sanford soccer team eliminated by Green Hope

West Brunswick eliminates Eastern Wayne

C.B. Aycock advances to third round for first time ever

Leesville Road gets best of Rose in 4-A soccer

Hibriten looks to avoid loss

Hibriten falls to Brevard in OT

East Burke fall in soccer playoffs

Broughton ousts Athens Drive

Shelby advances in 2A soccer playoffs

Sunday, November 4, 2007

NC HS 2A WEST Bracket and news, 11/04

13-5-3, Shelby (#1 SWRN) faces, 9-11-2, E Lincoln (#2 SRNP)

Shelby had a first round bye and defeated Monroe 3-1 in the second round.

E Lincoln defeated wild card N Wilkes 4-0 in the first round and
Central Carolina's #1 seed Salisbury 1-0

The winner plays the winner of:

13-2-2 Mt Pleasant (#1 RRIV) versus, 14-4-2 Lincolnton (#1 SNRP)

Mt Pleasant had a first round bye and defeated Central Carolina's #2 seed, W Davidson, 2-1 in OT.

Lincolnton also had a first round bye then beat Ledford 4-2 in the second round.

The lower half of the bracket features:

17-6-1 Newton Conover (#1 CVAC) squares off against 14-2-2 Wilkes Central(#1 MTNV)

This is the game alot felt would determine the winner of the 2A West bracket. I'm not so sure after Smoky Mtn took Wilkes Central to OT.

N-C won their second round match 4-1 over Forbush.

The winner will play the winner of:

18-3-1 Brevard (#1 WATH) versus 9-7-2 Owen (#1 WRNH)

Brevard beat Hibriten 4-3 in OT while Owen defeated Starmount 3-0 in their second round match ups.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Gut Wrenching-DC loses 3-2 on aggregate

Somehow this was much, much worse than last year. Banner ads will be going up to cover the psycho therapy. Soccer is a cruel mistress. We were a handball call away from finishing this season the way it was scripted. If Gomez's goal stands we would have been a "team of destiny". I felt sorry for Kevin Payne, I haven't had a cigarette in 23 years and I could have lit up tonight.

Beside the obvious off season need to solidify the central defense, Moreno's reaction after the game leads me to believe that his heir will be needed sooner rather than later.

DC - Fire, second leg preview

There are only two things you need to know; Jaime is healthy and he's pissed.

Okay if that's not enough Dan Loney says Ben Olsen is going to go caveman.

"If Emilio comes back on Thursday, this so-called curse the Fire have over United won’t matter. (And if he doesn’t, it probably still won’t matter, because Ben Olsen will go australopithecus afarensis on their asses.)"

So I've got the Guiness and the Brats ready, ESPN2, 7:30pm.

Remember wear black. (I think I'll wear my signed Ben Olsen Jersey, thanks Patrick!)

Breaking the Silence

I haven't posted anything on DC United since before the Columbus game. There are several reasons for my silence. There are of course underlying psychological issues as we get to this point in any sport season (I have been a Chicago Cubs fan all of my life). There are of course the usual blogger's issues of family life and paying jobs keeping me from the keyboard. The biggest reason though,is sheer anger.

Here I am pimping Tom Soehn as COY primarily based on his great rotation work with the roster and he makes a bone-headed decision to run out the starting line up in a game that had no meaning, saying we needed momentum going into the playoffs! HELLOO!!! MY GOD we sent the reserves to USOC games and there was hardware involved!

There seemed to be an uproar over Soehn's decision and tactics in the first game in Chicago. As a stand alone game I thought they were great, very smart. Give a couple of injured, key players some rest and try to play for the draw. Everyone felt the 4-5-1 was a huge mistake(the bright side:he didn't give a 3-5-2 a thought!), but Kpene looked better versus the Crew than he had all season, possibly on the verge of a break-out performance. When we dropped a goal he put the key players in and we just couldn't do anything in the final third. Again, I thought the tactics were sound.

But there was absolutely no reason we should have had two key players injured on the sideline!

So after two weeks of pyscho therapy working through my post season issues and my anger, along with guilt from DCenters I'll try to post again.

NC High School First Round Play Off News, Nov 1

Steve Dixon
Roberson’s Pablo Souza crosses over in front of Hunter Huss’s Trey Ferry during Wednesday’s match.
Roberson knocks out Hunter Huss

Patriots’ Darcy strikes quick in Southern Alamance soccer victory

Corner kicks find mark as Williams routs Nash

Apex, Green Hope, Athens Drive, Panther Creek all through to 2nd round

Morehead Panthers end season with 4-1 loss to Southern Lee

Elks roll in soccer playoff opener

RS Cental's Hilltoppers slip past Mooresville

N.C. 4A soccer playoffs: Sebastian Zuluaga's goal lifts Ashbrook in overtime

Jenni Farrow/The Daily Reflector
Members of the J.H. Rose soccer team follow the ball during their first-round playoff match with Fayetteville Jack Britt on Wednesday.
JH Rose advance in playoffs

D.H. Conley boys’ soccer come up short versus West Brunswick

West Henderson's Tim Finotti throws the ball in during Wednesday's playoff game against Forbush at West Henderson.
Forbush shuts out Falcons in first round

Photo N.M. LEWIS
Hibriten celebrates Tanner Sinclair's goal

Stamey 'tricks' in Panther win

The Lumberton High season came to an end losing 1-0 at Durham Jordan

Havelock soccer eliminated by Vikings

Central ousted by Monroe in double overtime

Broughton 2 SE Raleigh 0 Photo Journal

Rocky Mount shuts out South Granville in first round

East Rowan Mustangs fall to Asheboro

Hopewell downs Crest in 4A soccer playoff contest

Asheboro High School victorious in opener
Lake Norman's Parker Cromie (7) leaps to head the ball to a teammate in the Wildcats' game against Trinity on Wednesday in the first round of the 3A state playoffs. Lake Norman won 3-0.
Alzate comes through with three goals as Wildcats cruise in first round