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Monday, August 14, 2017

Collegiate Soccer

It's a collegiate game now.

Who went on to play in college.

Who didn't?

Where are they now?

Share your collegiate soccer experience at D I, D II or D III.

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Anonymous said...

Stop whining if you lost.

Anonymous said...

Marlton and MF will play in the finals MF will roll on. Marlton had difficulty with an average at best Hudson team. MF toyed with ironbound. IB had no bench and really only 4 players that showed any real ability IB goalie was good if he wasn't it could have. Wen 11-0. Marlton a only chance is to go at the MF defense and in particular the center defense as they seemed to be unorganized in many instances Expect a lot of goals tomorrow with MF winning. Offensively MF will run circles around marlton while marlton will play the long ball with their counter attack

Anonymous said...

Town team

Anonymous said...

How ignorant can you be? You don't mean the same town team that beat you less then a month ago do you. There is no such thing as a town team at this age.

Anonymous said...

SSC didn't back up the bus, they got on it and left town.

Anonymous said...

Why do you say that? Did they forfeit a game this weekend?

Anonymous said...

State Cup Championships in this age group have been won by
MatchFit, Marlboro, and Stronghold. Not sure if anyone else has won one since they were teenagers. Am I missing someone?

Anonymous said...

Although my sons team was not able to win a state cup, they sure did get close a few times. It was a great ride watching him grow up alongside his teammates and see the growth that they had. Some got much better, some did not but they all played their hardest. Playing the top teams in NJ and the region for what seems like forever will be something that we all will remember and soon miss more than we all might think. I had the chance to speak to some opposing teams parents over time and it seems like MF and Marlboro will have almost their entire teams playing in college. I was wondering what the other teams out there have in terms of numbers of players moving on to play in college. We have a great amount also, about 65% playing but again these are the top teams.

Anonymous said...

Those are good numbers. My son is on a top 20 NJ team and we will have 2 playing in college.

Anonymous said...

As per EDP standings, Stronghold has played a game. For those wondering where the bus was, I guess it was on the field or they rented it to Europa.

Anonymous said...

Looks like they put a team together for a home game. I bet EDP is cracking down on the club.

Anonymous said...

Enough of the SSC obsession. Game scheduled, game played. Had more players then Marlboro did so if you call that "putting a team together", so be it. No one in this age group had a better run in the past 5 years (MF and Marlboro just as good) including State and national championships.

Anonymous said...

7:40 made some valid points. May also want to add that SSC is not the only team not to have played their matches.

Anonymous said...

May also want to add that SSC's coach has more cards than hallmark.

Anonymous said...

Only distinction is MF has been competing for state cups for 3 years and have won each year. Anybody else have a 3-peat in the history of NJ State Cup? Just asking...

Anonymous said...

Any other team here that used to play in academy league but dropped down a level where they can now be the best among the club teams?

Anonymous said...

Who said they are the best? One of the best yes. Didn't Holmdel win 3 State Cups? Didn't Marlboro win 4 State Cups in the past 4 years? Typical MF, impossible to win with class.

Anonymous said...

quick disclaimer, I do believe MF is the best team in NJ but there are some other items to look at. 11 losses in the past year, lost to SJEB, Marlboro 2x and to Marlton. Deeper look has Marlboro #1 and MF #2 in the state at this time. I know these gotsoccer rankings dont tell the entire story but Marlboro won the USclub State cup and MF won the NJYS state cup. It would be easy to say they are 1 and 2 as they both have championships this year. Deeper look, MF has played Marlboro 2x in the past year and Marlboro won both. Am I surprised by looking at that, yes, but facts are facts and MF should be proud of their 3peat but also be aware that the post bragging about it will bring out the facts.

Anonymous said...

Figured I'd stir things up one last time. After all, this blog gets pretty boring when everybody gets along. Best of luck to all the kids on all the teams. Good luck to Marlboro in nationals! Peace out, folks.

Anonymous said...

That is of course if Marlboro goes to Nationals. Do U19 teams really go? Same to MF at Regionals.

Anonymous said...

There's no other team in NJ that can move the ball around the field as beautifully as MF. You will never see them play the long ball or park the bus. Their superior skills were rewarded with 18 D1 commits. Tiki Taka!

Anonymous said...

NJYS State cup for U19 had to post a performance bond to ensure they show up to regionals.

Anonymous said...

Anyone can see that some of the D1 commits from MF got their offer because of reputation and not ability. We all know who these players are and i think they even know it

Anonymous said...

Not surprised to see that someone else sees what I see. Let's put it this way, I see almost all MF games and I too am surprised at some of the looks they got. Some less then they deserved and some more then they deserved. If being in the academy system was the reason then glad to have been there

Anonymous said...

Look many and I could could go as far as 99% of the MF kids were going to college regardless of soccer. Most come from affluent families whose kids are attending private schools which most have 90% acceptance rates. Those kids who don't need financial assistance and daddy says, "we're just looking for a roster spot" are a bonus to a coach and will get on a D1 roster. Now I'll finish by saying they are a top team, I'm just bringing another perspective into the conversation.

Anonymous said...

Does a college team have a certain number of roster spots to fill or does this vary with the coach? It seems that youth rosters get bigger every year so maybe it's the same with college rosters.

Anonymous said...

I love the way you guys think D1 coaches frivolously throw out roster spots to anyone who shows an interest. It really doesn't work that way. MF plays a style of soccer that is very attractive to college coaches. No long balling or backing up the bus. If you have younger kids you should make sure that are playing on a team that allows them
To show their talents. Midfielders don't get to show their ability if the ball is constantly being kicked over their heads. Having defenders who only kick the ball out or "send it" doesn't show college coaches anything. Having strikers who are just trying to beat defenders in a foot race shows nothing to college coaches.
Every kid on MF was seen by their college coaches numerous times before offers were extended. They don't just take kids who can't play because they can't help the team develop and they eventually will just have an unhappy kid that they have to deal with. They are not looking to bring in headaches.

Anonymous said...

10:53 makes a lot of very good points. However there are many instances where players have said that they will be playing at X and the coaches have not done anything but offer a roster spot. They have already been told that they should not come if they plan on playing a lot if at all. Issue is that the parents and the players are not hearing that part because "he doesnt mean me" is there thought process. GPA factors into it very much also. This is not something that only happens with the D1 programs, just speak to a D2 or D3 coach and they will tell you the same thing. Playing soccer in college shouldnt be a job but it turns into one and that is why the dropout rate is so high. Take a look at the # of freshmen vs the # of Seniors on any given team.

Anonymous said...

MF uses the same starters every game and they play most of the game. So how could a college coach see ant significant play from roster #s 14-22? I think college coaches are making judgement calls based on the teams name, not the individual names, and also the MF coach's recommendations. I'm not trying to criticize anyone but let's be honest.

Anonymous said...

So your son plays on MF? How else would you know this?

Anonymous said...

Isn't it true that you use the same starters for every game?

Anonymous said...

It is absolutely not true. They do not start the same players every game. There might be 4 guys that start pretty much every game. 2 of them are the CBs. The midfield and forwards are interchangeable. Level of play does not drop when subs come in.

Anonymous said...

Always different starters, not so much because they want to get everyone starting time but more because the players are not always there.

Anonymous said...

Stop the MF jealousy. Being part of a great team does get you opportunities that others will not. I am sure Marlboro, Holmdel, STA, SSC and a few others have had great success getting players into a good college.

Anonymous said...

MatchFit, if you are so talented (18 D! recruits) and so deep ("no drop off in talent") then why are you 2-2 in EDP this year? How did your stellar defenders give up 4 goals to Marlton.

Point being, you are never as good as you think and there are MANY players that are as good or even better. Count your blessings that is worked out for you and now your players will need to prove it all over again at the next level. Their college coach will not care about anything other then what he sees from now on.

Anonymous said...

Somebody seems a bit angry.

Anonymous said...

Who cares about EDP league games? Neither of the starting CBs were at that Marlton game. When the game mattered we took care of business....

Anonymous said...

Well I didn't say this, but MF did "Level of play does not drop when subs come in". Now the only reason they lost was because they were not there.

Anonymous said...

Just so I have it straight, MF lost to Marlboro and Marlton in EDP play. Are you telling me that the players went onto the field when it was #1 vs #2 and they have the ability to not try? 18 year old boys trying to capture the title of #1 and having come off a loss in their last match vs Marlboro collectively said no worries this is just an EDP game. Is that what you are saying? Marlton loss, well I would have to say MF got the revenge they needed and in a very big way.

Anonymous said...

Well 4:33 try to keep up. The CBs were 2 of the few who started every game. Remember I said that? Of the 11 goals we scored last weekend I think were scored by 8 different players. Our 18yr olds don't care about EDP games. Can't tell you how Marlboro feels. By the way I think it is 19 players in D1. Team was mixed up constantly. So when the subs came in at the 20 minute mark there were different combinations. That's why there is no drop off and so much success. That is also why all of our kids were able to showcase themselves in front of college coaches. You know nothing about how MF manages its personnel.

Anonymous said...

So top athletes pick and choose which games they want to perform in? Bad recruiting if you ask me

Anonymous said...

Congrats to MF on their college acceptances. Are there other club teams that have done well with this also? My sons team has 2 moving on to play in college and 2 that say they will walk on and try, but I do not really remember heavy recruiting going on.

Anonymous said...

It was not Penn State or Virginia but we had at least one college coach at every one of our regular slate of games. Tournaments many more of course.

Anonymous said...

U get recruited, sign NLI, coach who recruited you leaves, U cant leave or change your mind. Not right.

Anonymous said...

Match fit. Shmatch fit. That's great that so many MF players are going on to play in college. But I certainly wouldn't gloat like this means something real in the long run. There are a small handful of players from nj who aren't academy players and are going to actually play in D1. When it's all said and done there may be 3-4 players from this class that will have significant playing time and will get through all 4 years on the team. The success of the MF club is wonderful but not very relevant from here on out.

Anonymous said...

Maybe they were just using soccer to get into a school that they wouldnt have been able too. Maybe you are wrong on your numbers. Maybe you are right, so tell them not to dream?

Anonymous said...

Well, it is all over. As stated, Stronghold did not finish their season, and Europa screwed us all. Well done boys.

Anonymous said...

It is not over yet, still have mid atlantic regional championships.

Anonymous said...

Are all the boys going on to play in college on summer teams? There seems to be a huge increase in the number of summer teams around but I think kids need to rest before their demanding college season starts in August, they've been playing a HS season, indoor winter. then spring. A few months rest is important.

Anonymous said...

Good question. MF and Marlboro still have regionals to play. They have the advantage of practicing because they have too without worrying about a schedule to deal with

Anonymous said...

regionals begin today. Mostly 99's

Anonymous said...

LOL PDA playing in the B flight AND not going to win their division.

Anonymous said...

Ok ass, PDA 8 goals today.

Anonymous said...

Good effort MF. Great work and great watching you Best of luck in college

Anonymous said...

So is that it? No tournaments, no games, this age group has completed to the end? It was fun, good luck to all that are moving on.

Anonymous said...

Stronghold parent. We would like to wish good luck to our boys as they approach their next steps in life. Thanks to all the parents and boys to their commitment to the team. Thanks to their trainer, coaches and managers. It truly has been lots of fun and made some lifelong friendships Both parents and players.. we would also like to thank our opponents over the years for some great games.. good luck to this age group. We will miss the fun times...

Anonymous said...

You could have written this last year; bunch of quitters...

Anonymous said...

NYSCm great work at the NPL nationals. Double OT loss is nothing to worry about, effort and attitude was great. Still have 2 National Championships under your belt.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

NYSC, that close to a 3peat. Moving up and moving on.

Anonymous said...

Good team i am surprised they lost.

Anonymous said...

How come the score of the marlboro national final is not posted? Game was played this morning and all other games are posted.

Anonymous said...

Marlboro was in the National Finals again? Where was it played? I dont see a link to it anywhere.

Anonymous said...

It was the US CLub National Cup. Same and only National they won last year.

http://clubsoccer.us/TTSchedules.aspx?tid=USCLUBI&year=2017&stid=USCLUBI&syear=2017&div=U19M01

Anonymous said...

That is impressive. Now onto college.

Anonymous said...

Hearing Marlboro and their big mouth coach got into yet another fight and the final was stopped. What a discrace. Great way to play your last game as a team. Typical of the 2 Marlboro Coaches.

phann son said...

Bethesda results were mixed for NJ teams. No real dominating or overly positive results but these teams have not practiced right? At this point do the scores even matter?

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Anonymous said...

Where did you hear that? What is your source?

Anonymous said...

MF final ranking #1 !!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

MatchFit, again you jump the gun. Marlboro has not yet been awarded the US Club Nationals points. Either finalist or champion, whichever it is. When those points are awarded Marlboro will end as the #1 team in NJ. My opinion is that Matchfit is the best team but points and head to head Matchfit vs Marlboro show Marlboro as the better team.

Anonymous said...

There may not be any points awarded to either Lake Gtove or Marlboro for the poor exhibit of sportsmanship. Rumblings are both teams to be disqualified.

Anonymous said...

9:56 please stop. Do not listen to rumors. I am a coach and I too heard some "rumblings". I spoke directly to the LGN coach and he was very clear on what happened. LGN scored in the last 3 minutes to take a 2-1 lead over NJCSA Marlboro and when the match ended a player, and coach made it very clear that it was only one player, punched a Marlboro player. A referee saw it and intervened and while he did the LGN player then punched the referee. The referee's called the police and charges filed. There was no team fight, no coaches fighting, it was one player who made a couple of real stupid mistakes. The tournament does not want to reward LGN and I do not know what has since happened with any of that.

Anonymous said...

It's not a rumor. What went on was bad sportsmanship. There should be zero tolerance!

Anonymous said...

If the above is true then why would Marlboro be disqualified? For that matter why would Lake Grove be disqualified, the game was over.

Anonymous said...

The game was not over because the teams were still on the field. Would a fight that took place on school grounds after hours be any less significant? And I'm sure the Marlboro player did not go down quietly.

Anonymous said...

Ok so say the game wasnt over, the score was still 2-1, so now what? ONE red card was given out (to the LGN player). NO other cards were handed out at the end of the game. Please dont say you are sure what someone did when you are in fact making up your opinion.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure there was a fight if the ref had to break it up. That's just logic. I don't care what the final decision is but bad sportsmanship in youth sports should not be acceptable or rationalized.

Anonymous said...

U guys are funny. No fight. I repeat no fight. One jerkoff from lake grove ran around punching a player and a ref. No one was happy with the kid from either team. It really was that simple

Anonymous said...

My wife and I are taking our son to college tomorrow. It's long enough of a drive that I should have gone to bed hours ago. But I'm feeling rather nostalgic and unable to sleep.

My son played at the high end of the EDP level and was able to attract a decent amount of attention from college coaches from all three NCAA levels. In the end, he made his own decision and I was pretty happy with it. My son's a rather frugal kid and the school that both met his academic credentials and made his education least expensive for him was the one that got his signature. It's a school where he should definitely get playing time by his sophomore year and may even be able to earn a fair share of minutes as a freshman. He's going to study business and I think he's started his education with a good business decision. Assuming he stays the course for 4 years, he'll graduate without any debt which was always my goal for him.

As I keep rather ridiculous records, I recently spent a couple of hours estimating what we paid for him to play club soccer over the years. The detail of the data I was able to compile was extremely complete (down to miles driven to and from training). I left out hotel costs for our family as I see these more as the vacation money we never spent because we were too busy going to Bethesda (or the like) instead of the Bahamas. The final number was just over $47K! I never looked at club soccer costs as an investment as I wanted to give my son the opportunity to compete at an appropriate level for his ability. And, unless you can land on an Academy roster, club soccer certainly has its' costs. But in the end, he's ended up with a LOT more than $47K's worth of education offered to him so I guess it turned out to be a good investment anyway.

College will offer a whole new experience not only for him, but for me as well. Just about all his school's matches will be streamed so I'll be able to watch on my computer. But that hardly sounds like as much fun as going to see matches live. I'll get to a few (at least) I'm sure. But my son's youth is ending. Of course, this is a good thing! So why am I so sad tonight?

Sorry for the ramble. This was more for me than the readers here.

Fall's coming! Can't wait!

Anonymous said...

Yes, all will be leaving today/tomorrow or at some point over the next week. Statistically speaking 28% will not play soccer for their college this time next year. Hope they break that trend. Choosing the correct school is so important yet we all get caught up with the sport of choice. These are top players going to good programs and some can not handle the mental aspect of not playing. It is a grind both fall and spring semester and many feel it just is not worth it.

Anonymous said...

Going to be interesting to follow the players we know and the new teams they now play on. I hope they all find success on the field and in the classroom.

Anonymous said...

August 7, 2:26

Congrats, I am happy to hear that your kid will be one of the fortunate ones.

Also, sometimes we just want to mention out loud how happy we are with our kid's accomplishments and that is fine. It is not easy managing practice 3 to 4 times a week, games on the weekend, homework in the car and etc...

Good luck this fall.

Anonymous said...

Thanks August 10, 12:14.

Getting used to life with him elsewhere. Trying to leave him alone as there were no cell phones to stalk me with when I went away to school back in the last millennium.

The house certainly is quieter.

But I can't wait for that first live stream! I'm going to hook my computer up to the TV and invite the neighborhood over!

Anonymous said...

Livestream college games are tough to watch, camera work not that good.

Anonymous said...

Rutgers Freshmen class is a special one, good recruiting job done and a bright future ahead.

Anonymous said...

Rowan brought in a bunch this year, not all will will be on the team. Just too many players.

Anonymous said...

What's special about Rutger's freshman class? RU struggles against other big ten teams. The others are stacked with international players. Good luck to RU but I'd be surprised to see many wins.

Anonymous said...

Have you not looked at Rutgers recruiting class? Maybe you have not seen them play but if you had you would know this is a great job of recruiting by the RU staff.

Anonymous said...

OK proud papa of a former MF player. They have a recruit from Uraguay who is probably excellent. Other than that, about 80% of the roster consists of NJ players. We'll see how the team does but past results have not been too positive.

Anonymous said...

Oh so because he is from Uruguay he is excellent? This is the issue with college recruiting. Maybe he is, maybe he isn't. BTW no way that is a MF parent writing that, I know them both and I am positive they both feel lucky to be there and do not feel they are the top recruits. Rutgers coach is a nice guy but a poor recruiter and does not get results. Should not be leading the program at Rutgers.

Anonymous said...

Do you realize that 2 years ago coach of Rutgers was voted Big 10 Coach of the year? I realize you guys have axes to grind but c'mon...

Anonymous said...

There are no axes to grind. Prior results can't be argued. Good luck to RU in the future but there's not much diversity in that roster.

Anonymous said...

10 games under .500 over 7 years is not a good record no matter how you cut it. Lucky to have the job.

Anonymous said...

Think they just extended his contract too!

Anonymous said...

And are now predicted to come in last this season. Oh now that is good recruiting

Anonymous said...

Granted it was just an exhibition but RU did just beat UCONN. Hope they have a good season.

Anonymous said...

Scrimmages in full swing, season to start very soon. Players will now begin to love or question their decision to go where they did and school has not yet started. Add in the school work and that will really make some question what they really want to do. Good luck to all.

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