Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Soccer: A Look at Futbol during Football Opening Week

Days away from kickoff and we're talking about soccer. It's ok - you can expect at least one non-revenue sport post from us each week. This week: spotlighting the two nationally ranked soccer programs that BC has trotted out onto the pitch this year and how they've faired.

Record: 2-0-1 (0-0-0)

After a tough draw to Comm Ave. rival BU to open the season, the #12 Women's soccer squad fired off a pair of 1-nil wins over Fairfield and Rutgers. As is the story every year, BC's season success will depend completely on the incredibly challenging ACC play, which doesn't begin until #4 Virginia makes a trip to the Newton field in the third week of September.

Looking closely at the slate, you can get the sense of why the conference dominates the sport of women's soccer. Consider that between September 18, when the Cavaliers come to town, and October 20 when the current #1 North Carolina Tar Heels come to the Eagles' home pitch, the BC women will face half of the top ten of Women's soccer (those two games are accompanied by a home match against #5 Duke and road trips to #3 Maryland and #7 Maryland). So, the ACC is going to be pretty competitive. That's what I'm trying to say.

This is a good team that definitely will be tested throughout the season. With three pre-season All-Americans - senior keeper Jillian Mastoianni, pictured above) as well as midfielder Kristen Mewes and forward Victoria DiMartino, both juniors - the talent level is there. The best case scenario is to keep healthy and fit through the early part of the season and to then make a run for the tough conference season and playoffs. It can be done.

Record: 2-0-0 (0-0-0)

The men's squad doesn't have a trio of results to analyze, but in the two fixtures they've played, the Eagles put five in the back of the net. Junior Kyle Bekker and his classmate Charlie Rugg (pictured here) both had great weeks. In the 2-1 win over Fairfield, Bekker netted two, and in the season opener against George Mason, the men scored thrice in the final 12 minutes - two of them off the foot of Rugg. New England Soccer gave Rugg player of the week honors for his efforts against the Patriots and Stags.

Just like the women, the BC squad is likely to hang around the rankings all season - and likely move their way beyond the mid-teens (slated at #16 in the most recent release). The ACC isn't doing any favors for itself, since again there are several conference opponents at the top of the tables of the men's soccer landscape. Circle that late season date in Newton with #3 North Carolina. That'll be a good test for the Eagles heading into the ACC playoffs.

Fun (and slightly depressing fact): The BC men's soccer team still hold the only ACC championship in BC's history - a result in Cary, NC in 2007 the Sunday after BC knocked off Clemson to win its first outright Atlantic title in true Matt-Ryan-fashion.

Best wishes to both squads in bringing some hardware to Conte Forum and forcing BC Interruption to add a section on its sidebar for Soccer titles.

1 comment:

  1. As much as I love futbol, must you distract from our Gridiron Bliss?