this guy evidently hired to work for AD
Coach Hutch remains the only coach east of the Mississippi River to win the NC. This occured this year because ASU bitch-slapped Florida in the WS Finals, 2 games to none.
Florida was the dark horse in this race. The finished first in the SEC East Division and received a #2 seed in the SEC tournamant but lost to LSU in the semi-finals. Alabama went on to beat LSU in the SEC Finals. Florida got revenge when they met up with Alabama in the WS Semi-finals and took 2 games in the double elimination style tournament.
ASU Fr Pitcher Dallas Escobedo was dominate all season long. Although, we beat ASU and Esconbedo (1-0) on 17MAR11 at the Judi Garman Classic.
Michigan, as most know, lost to KY in the Ann Arbor Regional. KY was a very fast and rather small team that manufactured runs. KY lost to California in the regionals 2 games to 1.
The team will have a few weeks off before starting fall practices in August. Fall ball begins in September and usually consists of a few home games and 1 away tournament.
Bring on the colored leaves
A friend of mine recently alerted me to the fact that former Michigan hockey star and 11 year NHL veteran with the Penguins and Thrashers has opened a gym in Brighton and does personal training work.
As some of you know I volunteer with an alumni group that runs an online auction that benefits several undergrad scholarships at Michigan. We just received a donation of three personal training sessions with Chris Tamer at his gym in Brighton. If you're interested here's the link: http://www.biddingforgood.com/auction/item/Item.action?id=136784680
Earlier today at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ, the USWNT hosted Mexico in the last tuneup before the World Cup in 3 weeks. Here was an opportunity for payback for the November loss in Cancun.
It was a 1-0 victory for the US, but it wasn’t until the second minute of stoppage time at the end of the game that sub Lauren Cheney scored from ~30 yds out with a rising shot across the goal to the upper left corner.
The US controlled play throughout the game, but lacked that last quality touch, resulting in many shots that were not on frame. IIRC it was 13 shots in the first half, with only 3 on goal; 21 for the game, with 6 on goal. At times in the first half Abby Wambach had the ball up front, but midfield support was late arriving, and nothing happened.
The best US opportunity in the first half came about 37’ in when a long ball got Carli Lloyd behind the defense at the right side of the box. She crossed it in to the center, but Amy Rodriguez kicked a 12-yd field goal. A few minutes later Abby Wambach got the ball in some space just outside the top right of the box, and she crossed it back to the center, missing Megan Rapinoe, who was wide open on the middle left. Had the pass been a firm one going forward that she could have run onto, she would have been in alone on the goalie. As it was, Lloyd got to the ball but stumbled. She recovered and got a pass to Rapinoe, who shot it wide.
Mexico decided to give the start to their 16-yr old goalie Santiago (she does have U-17 and U-20 experience). She played pretty well, coming out aggressively to challenge on a few through balls that got past the defense. Though she didn’t always win the ball, her team, playing very defensively, was there to clean up. In the 41’ after a short corner, the cross went to the left (far) post, and Shannon Boxx got a strong header at the six. Santiago made the save, landed hard on her back and got up hobbling. After some attention from the trainers, she stayed in the game.
A few minutes into the second half, it got a bit more exciting. After a few passes in the offensive zone, Heather Mitts passed the ball down the right side to Heather O’Reilly, who crossed it in toward Wambach at the six. Santiago knocked it away from her, but Lloyd settled the ball near the top of the box, dribbled into the center and ripped a shot past Santiago, who had just gotten to her feet at the six. Unfortunately, a defender was back on the goal line covering and made the (hip?) save. Not long after that, the US had a corner from the right, and Wambach got her head on the ball, but it popped up in an arc going back to the near post, where a defender near the goal line headed it away from danger. The US was getting closer, but still no joy.
More pressure from the US, but with shots blocked, going wide or over. Then in the 70’ Wambach had the ball on the left side, passed back to Stephanie Cox, who saw Lloyd making a diagonal run from center to left, and got the ball to her. Lloyd pushed the ball past a defender and got a shot from just outside the left 6-yd box. It was a hard shot going short side, but Santiago knocked it out of bounds.
On the winning goal Cheney powered through a challenge at midfield, dribbled a few yards more, then ripped it from downtown and beat the goalie.
Early in the second half announcer Ian Darke noticed that the US seemed to have heavy legs. Julie Foudy said they had been training hard all week and said Coach Sundhage should have tapered off right before the game. She thought it would be better to go into the final pre-Cup game feeling good, rather than worn down. And it was a frustrating game with a ton of possession but nothing to show for it at that point.
Some thoughts: In the World Cup the US will need to finish on the chances it gets, especially since they might not get as many. Entry passes need to be more on the mark as well. Hopefully this was just an off game, with the team a bit tired from training hard. Neither Mexico nor Japan challenged the defense too much, so it’s a bit hard to judge where we’re at. At least everyone was healthy. Becky Sauerbrunn did get PT and played well when Christie Rampone was out. The competition at left back between Amy LePeilbet and Stephanie Cox should help. If this game is any indication, perhaps the more defensive LePeilbet has won the starting job. It might not be a bad thing to have Cox as a sub to bring more offense. With two shots and none on goal, Mexico didn’t challenge Hope Solo. At the half Brandy Chastain said even without much work, it was important for Solo to be vocal and organize the defense.
Ian Darke said the expectation is to win the whole f**king thing (#NotADirectQuote), and it would be disappointing not to make the final game. Another third place finish is right out. With Kristine Lilly retired, none of the current players have won a World Cup, so they want to make their mark.
G: Hope Solo
D: Ali Krieger, Rachel Buehler, Christie Rampone, Amy LePeilbet
M: Heather O’Reilly, Shannon Boxx (defending mid), Carli Lloyd (attacking mid), Megan Rapinoe
F: Abby Wambach, Amy Rodriguez
Captain Christie Rampone was back from a groin strain (she had played last week with her club). LePeilbet is a center back on her club team, but she did make some runs up the flank, showing she can adapt to being a left back.
Heather Mitts, who trained fully all week (had been out with a hamstring), subbed in at half for Krieger. Ian Darke said it was an audition to stay on the team, since she had been out so much. Mexico didn’t do much on offense, but on their most dangerous opportunity, a player made a run down the left. Mitts seemed to be able to run well enough to stay with her, but then she got beat to the inside. The Mexican got into the box and had the next defender leaning the wrong way, and I thought she had enough space to take a shot, but she tried to dribble in closer, held onto the ball too long, and another player tracked back to steal the ball. Not very well done on Mitts’ part, but Whitney Engen, who was called up to train with the team in case Mitts couldn’t go, only has two caps. Will Mitts’ experience win out?
Stephanie Cox subbed in at 61’ for LePeilbet, along with Lauren Cheney for Rodriguez. Lori Lindsay in at 71’ for Boxx. Alex Morgan in at 76’ for Rapinoe, which moved Cheney to midfield. Becky Sauerbrunn in at 84’ for Buehler.
Midfielder Kelley O'Hara was named to replace Lindsay Tarpley (ACL).
Next up: N Korea at noon ET on Tu 6/28. World Cup starts on Sun 6/26 with Nigeria vs France at 9AM ET, and Germany vs Canada at noon ET.
U-S-A! U-S-A!! U-S-A!!!
Kristine Lilly was honored before the game. She retired with 354 caps (world record) and 130 goals (2nd to Mia Hamm's 158).
The great rivalry is renewed. It's Federer vs. Nadal on NBC right now, for those of you who are awake. Come on Roger!
I am currently watching some of the collegiate Rugby Sevens tournament. What a tremendous, hard-hitting, fast-paced sport. Is this a club sport or varsity? Does Michigan compete at that level? I noticed Penn State and Ohio State have teams that qualified for the 16-team tournament. The sport's dominant team for many years has been the Cal Bears, though last year Utah won. This is also an Olympic sport, and the USA is the reigning Gold Medal team. The coach is on hand today scouting. Check it out, and if anyone has any info on Michigan Rugby, please chime in.
4:30 Start time from Foxborough MA. Should be a great crowd to see this US friendly match. The US starts a stretch of 4 games in roughly a week:
Spain 4:30 today Foxborough, MA
Tuesday 8:00 vs Canada at Ford Field
Saturday 6/11 vs Panama at Raymond James Field Tampa Fl
Tuesday 6/14 vs Guadeloupe at Livestrong Park Kansas City.
Starting lineups reported as follows:
- - - - - - - - - - - - Howard - - - - - - - - - - - -- -
Spector - - - Onyewo - - Ream - - - - Lichaj
Klejstan - - - - Edu - - - - Jones - - - Rogers
- - - - - - - Agudelo - - - - - Altidore - - - - - -
Further Note: Fernando Torres will not start for Spain.