Re: MIAA Tourney Scores
posted at 11/11/2010 1:29 AM EST
In Response to Re: MIAA Tourney Scores
[QUOTE]Alex, what are your thoughts on D2 North? Winchester and CC still the favorites, but how about the seedings and the teams that made it to the quarters?
Posted by dogboy55[/QUOTE]
Sorry, not sure I fully understand your question, but I'll try to answer.
I'm guessing you wanted my thoughts on D-2N going forward, which includes all the teams left. North Andover, Winchester, Arlington, Concord-Carlisle.
The first thing that has caught my eye is Arlington with a home game against higher seeded Winchester. I really don't have an answer for this. Honestly, they really need to hire a tournament director for soccer, someone that knows the team's, knows the atmosphere etc. It's at this point, between the unbalanced teams(south, north etc), random seeding, back to back games and now giving lower seeds a home game, which makes me question the MIAA's competence in running a fair and balanced tournament.
Concord-Carlisle has a slight advantage being closer to home and having played on AB's turf before. Concord-Carlisle and Winchester win easy, but you probably knew that.
In regards for N. Andover to have a chance, they have a history in the tournament of allowing a lot of goals, with the exception of this season. Both of their wins were 1-0, which gives them a fighting chance. Tarbox mentioned before the season he didn't have the offensive weapons from last season, so maybe they are going with a more defensive alignment. If N. Andover is hoping to have a chance, they really need to figure out a way to shut the CC attack down.
Arlington has a history of going out early in the tournament, so to see them here is a bit of a surprise.
You never know which Arlington team is going to show up. This year they have been quite inconsistent, however have won when they needed to. Home field advantage gives them a fighting chance. Winchester just got by Belmont, so it could be a sign they're tiring possibly. Oddly, first game they just got by Lynn Classical, outside of one player really isn't very good. But then won convincingly over two pretty good teams in MC and Pentucket. 15-20 years ago I would've said zero chance, but more parity, deeper benches gives them a chance.