Daily Archives: October 6, 2006

Will we win the League Title? A look at the possibilities

I just wanted to add this, because it gives and idea of how well the kids have done in their first season so far.

In our eight school league, four schools have boy’s soccer. This year and next, each team will only play each other one time in league play (we played one team twice, one in league, one in district). We beat two of the teams in our league by 10-0 (ten goals stops game due to state mercy rule), and tied the other 3-3. The team we tied has yet to play the other two, so several scenarios have arisen as to who can and will win the League title.

As it stands now, we have seven points (3 points for a win, 1 for a tie, 0 for a loss). The most points the teams we beat can accumulate is six points. That leaves the team we tied.  They still have to play the other two teams.  Should they beat both teams (they should) they will have seven points as well.  That leads to tie breakers.

The first tie breaker is head-to-head in league.  We tied so there is no change.

The second tie breaker is wins in league.  We would still be tied with each team winning twice.

The third tie breaker is goals against in league.  We have three total goals against us in the league, as does the team we tied, but they still have to play the other two teams.  If they get scored on in either game, we would win the league.  If they post two shutouts, we would still be tied.

The fourth tie breaker is goals for in league.  We have score 23 goals in league, with two 10-0 mercy rule shutouts.  If the team we tied doesn’t beat both teams by the same scores, we would win the league.  If they win both games 10-0, then we would share the league title.

It looks pretty go for us so far, but there is a small problem.

The ten-goal mercy rule is only invoked in the second half of a game.  All games must go at least one half, so if the team we tied manages to score more than ten goals in a half without being scored on, they would win the league.  Could it happen?  It would be difficult, but I don’t think impossible.  So to sum up, we have a very good chance of winning at least a share of our league title.

It’s not a lock, and winning the league wouldn’t put us in the state playoffs, but it would be a nice way to introduce ourselves as a varsity program.

I’ll let you know how it turns out.

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High school soccer: Friday game

After the epic 3-3 draw last Tuesday, including our giving up the tying goal with :14.8 seconds left to go in the game, our team is at home this afternoon. The other team doesn’t have a great record, but they have given other teams some good games. We better not have a let down.

I got on them yesterday, because in practice, they don’t always give everything they have, don’t go full speed, and tend to slack. They also don’t do all their running as hard as they ought to do. We’ll see if this lecture leads to better effort.

Additionally, we’ve had some kids become ineligible. I had younger kids become ineligible earlier, but the juniors (our oldest grade) got their progress reports yesterday. I lost one, maybe two for the season, and another (one of my captains), for at least two weeks (At least my goalie, who was close to failing some classes, stayed eligible). The good news is I may get one back either today or Monday, but I still have to bring up some JV kids for today’s game. I brought up three, and made sure a fourth (who I’d brought up earlier, but couldn’t make the games) would be there. They may have to play, and they need to step up.

This game will get us back to .500 on the season, as well as in our district. It will also keep our faint shot of making the state playoffs still alive. It will also break our three game win-less streak (two losses and a tie in our last three).

We should win, but I’ve said that before….

UPDATE:  The good news is my captain, and leading goal scorer stepped up, but the bad news is we didn’t take the other team seriously.  The result?  A 5-5 tie.  Who says soccer isn’t high scoring.

We went down 2-0 then up 4-2, then down 5-4, before tying it in the waning minutes.  My captain was a stud, scoring all five goals.  It would be nice if he had passed once in awhile, he might have had 2 assists and a win.

It’s a learning process, and we have to learn how to win as a team, not as a bunch of individuals on the same team.  We need to win our last three games to assure ourselves of a winning record.  A great accomplishment, considering how many chances we’ve squandered this season.  That being said, we still have a lot of work to take care of.

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Fun for the whole family

This should be interesting…

The Columbus Day Parade on Saturday is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and include nearly 600 participants, more than 100 vehicles, and numerous floats, Denver police say. The parade will start at 15th Street and Court Place, proceed down 15th Street to Stout Street, turn right to 17th Street, and then continue down 17th Street to Broadway and end at 14th Avenue.

See? Fun for the whole family…that is if your family likes parades that, in the past, have had protests, mini riots, arrests, vandalism, and even Molotov cocktails. You see, apparently there are some folks that are a touch mad a other folks celebrating “Columbus Day”, and get all feisty. Then there are the folks that like celebrating “Columbus Day”, and get a touch mad that those other folks get all feisty, so they get all feisty too.

And as my mom always used to say about the “old” country and parades…“When folks feel feisty, factions figure to find fellow feisty folks’ faces…forces fighting.”

Don’t tell me which “old country” she is talking about…she never told me.

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