Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Case for the newbies
December 13th, 2007 8:01AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

Paul Kennedy on the Men's College Cup
You have to go back to 1996, the first college season of the MLS era, to find an NCAA Division I Men's Tournament semifinal involving two teams making their final four debuts.

Neither Ohio State nor Massachusetts was ranked in Soccer America's Top 25 preseason rankings.

Our bad.

No one has come forward with an Ohio State-UMass semifinal on their bracket sheet.

Anyone?

But it will be the Buckeyes against the Minutemen in Friday's second game in Cary (TV: ESPNU, live, 7:30 pm ET; ESPN2, delay, Saturday, Dec. 15, 11 pm ET).

This year's NCAA Tournament says a lot about the parity in men's college soccer. There's the argument that the pros have stripped the top programs of their best players.

To be sure, teams like UCLA and Virginia and North Carolina had lousy seasons.

And an unprecedented six seeds lost their first match.

But this year's NCAA Tournament is also a testament to perseverance.

To coaches like Sam Koch of Massachusetts and John Bluem of Ohio State who began with little resources and built winning programs.

And to players who believed when no one else did.

After being snubbed for an NCAA Tournament in 2006, Ohio State's seniors returned for the final year determined not be overlooked again. They've done so well that three might end up being picked in next month's MLS SuperDraft.

As for UMass, no Minuteman was on Wednesday's initial list of players invited to MLS's January combine. No matter.

The Minutemen have already won four games in this year's NCAA Tournament -- including a convincing win over No. 1 seed Boston College in the second round -- and are only two wins away from following in the footsteps of UC Santa Barbara, which was also unseeded in 2006 and was crowned national champion.

TOMORROW: Wake Forest-Virginia Tech



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent College Soccer Reporter
Notre Dame, UC Irvine and Davidson top RPI rankings    
[MEN'S SOCCER] Defending champion Notre Dame is No. 1 in the initial NCAA Division I Men's ...
College soccer on the air    
[2014 SCHEDULE] On Thursday, California and Washington open play in Pac-12 men's action. For listings of ...
Orange soccer no longer an afterthought    
[SYRACUSE: Men] Syracuse came into the ACC in 2013 with a reputation as a basketball and ...
Brynjarsdottir is difference for Seminoles    
[FLORIDA STATE-VIRGINIA: Women] An early blast by Icelandic international Dagny Brynjarsdottir, her seventh goal of the ...
Soccer America Women's Top 25 Scoreboard    
[ROUNDUP: Sunday] After suffering its first loss of the season on Thursday, No. 3 Virginia Tech ...
No. 1 Bruins fall to Toreros as offense stalls    
[SAN DIEGO-UCLA: Men] Defender Patrick Zimmer, a German transfer from Division II West Florida, scored in ...
Sun Devils 'bummed' about only holding No. 1 Bruins to tie    
[ARIZONA STATE-UCLA: Women] No. 1 UCLA trailed for the first time this but came back to ...
Utes show what is possible in holding Cardinal even    
[UTAH-STANFORD: Women] No. 4 Stanford allowed a goal for the first time this season, and it ...
Fighting Irish make most of their chances    
[NOTRE DAME-NORTH CAROLINA: Men] A capacity crowd of 3,007 watched defending champion Notre Dame down North ...
Irish end Hokies' perfect start    
[VIRGINIA TECH-NOTRE DAME: Women] Second-half goals from Anna Maria Gilbertson and Kaleigh Olmsted carried No. 16 ...
>> College Soccer Reporter Archives