August 28, 2008

Season Preview: Men's Soccer

Tomorrow kicks off the men's soccer season. Of course they play Boston College at Boston College. Such a fitting start to the year. Oh, and BC is preseason ranked #4. Again BC shows the world that money can by you anything, even an ovelry high preseason rank.

As I gave you with the women's soccer team I'll provide some insight and some things you might what to know as the men's soccer team begins their sure-to-be triumphant season.

2007 Record: 9-7-4

In depth:
Conference: 3-2-3
Home: 6-1-2
Neutral: 1-1-0

Dominant on Nickerson. Too bad that old turf is gone. Let's hope that didn't have anything to do with it.

Credentials: The Terriers lost in the conference quarterfinals to UNH on Penalty kicks. They recieved an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament but lost 2-1 to the Minutemen of UMass. Last year was the first time since '91 that the Terriers were an at-large build, which is quite an accomplishment.

Key Losses: Captain Defender Derek Puerta and Midfielder Kevin Grammer. That's about it. Those are the seniors who left at least. It's like BU basketball circa 07-08. Let's hope not with similar results.

Key Returnees:
Leading scorer, Sophomore midfielder and America East Rookie of the Year Aaron O'Neal, Junior Defender Shaun Taylor, Junior Midfielder Samuel Appiah. Just look at him, you know he runs like a 4.3 40.

BU returns 17 members from last year while they bring in 12 freshmen. That is not a typo. The freshmen on the team represent roughly .006% of the incoming class. Think about that. College Soccer News ranked BU's incoming class in the Top 40. That's gotta count for something. Maybe a Rookie of the Year for someone?

Who's Gonna Have to Step Up: Senior forward Shaun Taylor.

It's time he stop intimidating everyone in the dinning hall and start intimidating people on the field. And he oughta back that name (with different spelling) with some huge hits. He should probably just change his number to 21, in honor of the late/greate Redskins DB, of course.

Oh and the Freshmen. One in particular - Stephen Knox. He's a member of the U-20 Trinidad and Tobago National team, was the starting center forward for the U-17 National team during the FIFA U-17 World Cup and scored 21 goals for his nation. Dropping that fun fact should be a good enough pick up line.

What the Coaches think:
Third. That's where they were picked to finish last year. With a simliar team and much younger team, that pick isn't too surprising.

1. Vermont (5), 60
2. Binghamton (3), 53
3. BU, 51
4. New Hampshire (1), 38
5. UMBC, 35
6. Hartford, 32
7. Stony Brook, 29
8. Albany, 17
9. Maine, 9

A Look Into Some Key 2007 Stats:
- BU outscored their opponents 26 to 19.
- The Terriers averaged more than a shot a game than their opponents.
- 25 yellow cards for BU on the year. That's a little more exciting than the lady's 6.
- Only 73 corners for BU. 84 for their opponents.
- While BU gets a lot of yellow cards they were outfouled by their opponents 299-307.

Hot Dog's Predictions:
This is really teh type of year that could be simply amazing or simply awful. It could totally go either way because of the youth of this team. They are youthful, but at the same time they return a lot. This is the type of mix and chemistry that could be beneficial.

- Final Record:
This is going to be a tough year with an incredibly tough schedule.

- Final Finish:
Unfortunately, I don't think the Terriers can live up to last year. Being young has nothign to do with it - it's a tough tough schedule. If the Terriers can win the AEC tournament they have the potential to be a Bracketbuster in teh NCAA's. I think the Terriers will make it to at the conference semifinals. Depending on who they beat in non-conference play can and will determine if they are deserving of an automatic bid.

2008 Schedule:

8/29 - @ #4 BC
8/31 - vs. #13 UMass
9/6 - @ #2 UConn
9/12 - @ St. John's
9/14 - vs. Rhode Island
9/17 - vs. #11 Brown
9/20 - vs. Colgate
9/23 - @ Northeastern
9/30 - vs. Harvard
10/4 - vs. Albany
10/8 - @ Stony Brook
10/11 - vs. Binghamton
10/15 - @ Maine
10/18 - @ New Hampshire
10/22 - vs. Vermont
10/25 - @ UMBC
11/1 - vs. Hartford.

Well, here we go. This should be an adventure. But don't forget about this:

Woopty woo!

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