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24 minutes ago, Lord Elrond said:

Do you think there’s any interest in the A10 getting any of the other schools to join as associate members for Men’s soccer? Not sure I see any.

The short answer is no.

If I could I would add a team or two of what’s left if I could drop a team or two from the A10. 

West Virginia left last season for the Sun Belt, after their NCAA Quarterfinal team. But the few remaining are better programs than some think at first glance. West Michigan is a consistent solid strong RPI team year after year going back a dozen or more years under their current regime. Northern Illinois has newer leadership and had a strong year last year. Sometimes these teams will have a strong season but have trouble sustaining it. 

Akron of course is big time. 3 College Cup Final Fours in the past 7 seasons, and a national title and an additional final four shortly prior to that. 18 of 21 NCAA Tourneys. 

 

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37 minutes ago, courtside said:

The short answer is no.

If I could I would add a team or two of what’s left if I could drop a team or two from the A10. 

West Virginia left last season for the Sun Belt, after their NCAA Quarterfinal team. But the few remaining are better programs than some think at first glance. West Michigan is a consistent solid strong RPI team year after year going back a dozen or more years under their current regime. Northern Illinois has newer leadership and had a strong year last year. Sometimes these teams will have a strong season but have trouble sustaining it. 

Akron of course is big time. 3 College Cup Final Fours in the past 7 seasons, and a national title and an additional final four shortly prior to that. 18 of 21 NCAA Tourneys. 

 

I didn’t think so either. I guess those programs will be scrambling for some conference affiliation, being an independent in soccer doesn’t seem to have an up side. 

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SLU v Memphis.

Likely 4-4-2 v 4-2-3-1

Memphis is a direct, not a possession team, that likes to play deep, absorb pressure, and counter through the middle with Rodrigues dos Santos through Cruz. Cruz will chase alone up top and force secondary traps. Solid defensively up the middle through to Weston. He is their primary scorer.

SLU can be effective forcing Memphis to play higher than they’d like, using the width of the field, spreading them out, work the undersized wingbacks (Anderson a long thrower, and Giolo) and create set piece opportunities for Max and Alberto, making them move East West in their own final third. 

Welsh is a solid keeper.

A draw with Lipscomb, wins over SMU and UCF, so they are very capable, even though most of their results were at home. 

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31 minutes ago, courtside said:

SLU v Memphis.

Likely 4-4-2 v 4-2-3-1

Memphis is a direct, not a possession team, that likes to play deep, absorb pressure, and counter through the middle with Rodrigues dos Santos through Cruz. Cruz will chase alone up top and force secondary traps. Solid defensively up the middle through to Weston. He is their primary scorer.

SLU can be effective forcing Memphis to play higher than they’d like, using the width of the field, spreading them out, work the undersized wingbacks (Anderson a long thrower, and Giolo) and create set piece opportunities for Max and Alberto, making them move East West in their own final third. 

Welsh is a solid keeper.

A draw with Lipscomb, wins over SMU and UCF, so they are very capable, even though most of their results were at home. 

SLU will have a few injuries to sort out.   Easton will not be available at center back. (concussion) Ross also dealing with an ankle injury along the back line. So a few pieces will move around, but the bulk of the SLU lineup will look familiar. 

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1 hour ago, Bay Area Billiken said:

College Soccer RPI as of 11/13/22:  SLU 18, Indiana 20. Why is Indiana seeded 13th, and why is this game at Indiana and not at SLU?

How about that dominant performance last night by #7 Seth Anderson, with the equalizing Goal and an Assist in the 2nd OT!  Bravo Seth and Bravo Billikens!

Seth was really good last night.

 And how about Mads channeling his inner Christian Eriksen for about 20 minutes.  Talk about “flow!”  Memphis was wondering “did Leverkusen accidentally leave this guy behind??”

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On 11/17/2022 at 9:34 AM, courtside said:

SLU v Memphis.

Likely 4-4-2 v 4-2-3-1

Memphis is a direct, not a possession team, that likes to play deep, absorb pressure, and counter through the middle with Rodrigues dos Santos through Cruz. Cruz will chase alone up top and force secondary traps. Solid defensively up the middle through to Weston. He is their primary scorer.

SLU can be effective forcing Memphis to play higher than they’d like, using the width of the field, spreading them out, work the undersized wingbacks (Anderson a long thrower, and Giolo) and create set piece opportunities for Max and Alberto, making them move East West in their own final third. 

Welsh is a solid keeper.

A draw with Lipscomb, wins over SMU and UCF, so they are very capable, even though most of their results were at home. 

4-4-2 vs 4-2-3-1

With Easton out, Buendia moved to center back, and Townsend moved to defensive midfield, where he played last year. Rodrigues dos Santos was not available for Memphis, and, it hurt them in the middle of the field.

SLU trapped the wings well, played diagonally through the middle, until Memphis was able to switch fields wide on a long ball and Christensen got past Lane and Alex, and he pulled it back for Primo trailing the middle. Not enough man marking in the box on transition. Numbers were fine. SLU likes to pinch the middle with its wings, long balls wide to force transition were an opportunity for Memphis, though seldom utilized.

SLU used the width of the field and played the corners effectively throughout the game against Memphis’ outside backs. 

Floriani won the near post set piece header as he does every game to Okpoye who almost had one. And again later he does the same thing to Petersen, who hit one far post, Welsh made another diving stop. 

Another SLU forced turnover, Petersen diagonal run, draws several defenders for Anderson’s tap in finish. 

As the trapped wings continued and without Rodrigues dos Santos, the middle of the field opened up more and more as the game progressed.

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In the 2nd,

another set piece throw for Lane to CJ, cleared to Mads side of the box service back to CJ, header off of the bar. 

Mads give and go with Seth, and Mads draws 3, Seth plays to CJ 1v1 back to goal target and turns and hits it just wide. Mads has come a long way on the wing, going back and forth from up top. 

Memphis gave Suarez lots of space. (if they give you the space you take the space) and he sends Johnny in behind two defenders for the foul and Alberto PK goal. This is Memphis sitting deeper at times often. 

Memphis 2nd goal, defending the 18, set piece, SLU had 3 to 4 chances to clear, Memphis kept it alive and finally equalized. 

OT, Lane throw, Max near post off of defender to Okpoye far post heads it in off of the defender. So many times this season.

Tired Memphis legs on the 4th goal. Long ball from Seth to Legut to Johnny to Seth, end line to Mika for the finish. 

Two SLU goals created from the wing position, (Mads and Seth) one goal via set piece final third, and one taking the space. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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9 minutes ago, courtside said:

4-4-2 vs 4-2-3-1

With Easton out, Buendia moved to center back, and Townsend moved to defensive midfield, where he played last year. Rodrigues dos Santos was not available for Memphis, and, it hurt them in the middle of the field.

SLU trapped the wings well, played diagonally through the middle, until Memphis was able to switch fields wide on a long ball and Christensen got past Lane and Alex, and he pulled it back for Primo trailing the middle. Not enough man marking in the box on transition. Numbers were fine. SLU likes to pinch the middle with its wings, long balls wide to force transition were an opportunity for Memphis, though seldom utilized.

SLU used the width of the field and played the corners effectively throughout the game against Memphis’ outside backs. 

Floriani won the near post set piece header as he does every game to Okpoye who almost had one. And again later he does the same thing to Petersen, who hit one far post, Welsh made another diving stop. 

Another SLU forced turnover, Petersen diagonal run, draws several defenders for Anderson’s tap in finish. 

As the trapped wings continued and without Rodrigues dos Santos, the middle of the field opened up more and more as the game progressed.

………………..

In the 2nd,

another set piece throw for Lane to CJ, cleared to Mads side of the box service back to CJ, header off of the bar. 

Mads give and go with Seth, and Mads draws 3, Seth plays to CJ 1v1 back to goal target and turns and hits it just wide. Mads has come a long way on the wing, going back and forth from up top. 

Memphis gave Suarez lots of space. (if they give you the space you take the space) and he sends Johnny in behind two defenders for the foul and Alberto PK goal. This is Memphis sitting deeper at times often. 

Memphis 2nd goal, defending the 18, set piece, SLU had 3 to 4 chances to clear, Memphis kept it alive and finally equalized. 

OT, Lane throw, Max near post off of defender to Okpoye far post heads it in off of the defender. So many times this season.

Tired Memphis legs on the 4th goal. Long ball from Seth to Legut to Johnny to Seth, end line to Mika for the finish. 

Two SLU goals created from the wing position, (Mads and Seth) one goal via set piece final third, and one taking the space. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The save the Memphis Keep had on the shot from right about the edge of the Box vs Mads I think was as good of a save as you will ever see. Ball coming through the crowd, looked like saw it late then laid flat out 3-4 feet off ground with a dive to his left to deflect wide. Brilliant shot, even better save. 
 

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Probables:

4-4-2 v 4-2-3-1

Indiana is a balanced team, scoring by committee with its front four. 

Pratt and Harms have shared time in goal, and while solid, are less experienced and it’s not a settled position. 

Munie controls the defense and is a two time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year at center back. Often plays left side next to Maher. (Bebej, Sessock)

Wagoner/McDonald

Front four, Wittenbrink and Endeley on the wings, Mihalic in the middle and speedy Sarver up top. Wittenbrink has been the big find for them season often on left wing. Mihalic combines well with him. Experienced Endeley is still very good. 

IU tinkers and adjusts their line based on how the game is going, their possession and pressure as well as their opponent.

Balanced, good, a little inconsistent at times, playing up and down to opponents. Efficiency in the final third at both ends is a key for them. 

 

 

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