Saturday, November 15, 2008

Tigers, Kangaroos and Pirates start well in post season

University of Missouri Women, UMKC and Park university men all won their first round games on Friday.

Missouri 2 – 0 Evansville
Michelle Collins and Candace Ruff each scored a goal in the first half to give Missouri a first-round victory over Evansville and send them through to Sunday’s regional championship game. Mizzou totaled 28 shots on the night, 16 of them in the first half. With the win the Missouri women will advance to the regional championship match on Sunday (Nov. 16). The Tigers will face the University of Illinois who earned their spot in the title game by defeating Memphis, 1-0, in double overtime. Sunday's match will begin at 1:00 p.m. CST in Walton Stadium. The NCAA has awarded video streaming rights to the University of Missouri, allowing the Mizzou Athletic Department to stream this weekend's matches worldwide. The free stream, which will include a manned camera following the action from Walton Stadium, may be found on Mizzou's NCAA Soccer Central page.

UMKC 1 – 0 Western Illinois
Sophomore keeper Ken Cooper made 9 saves as the Roos were outshot 15 – 9 by Western Illinois. The big hero in the double overtime game was Bryan Perez who would hit paydirt in the 108th minute. A WIU foul 20 yards from goal set up a dangerous free kick opportunity for UMKC. Brian Quintana touched the ball to Perez who onloaded a low shot for the game winner.
The Kangaroos will face regular-season champion and top seed Oakland in the championship match on Sunday. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. ET (11 a.m. CT) with live stats (free) and streaming video (fee) available at the tournament website.

Park University 2 – 0 Westminster College
Senior James Katajwa provided both goals as the Pirates fought through rain, wind and below freezing wind chill to defeat the Westminster Griffons. Both goals came in the second half as Park out shot their opponents 10 – 6.
With two goals from senior James Katajwa, the Park University men’s soccer team withstood the cold and rain to defeat Westminster College (Utah), 2-0, Friday night.
Host school Bellevue University also won its game on Friday by a score of 1-0. The Bruins took down the University of Great Falls (Mont.) in overtime. The Pirates and Bruins will play Saturday, November 15, at 6:00 p.m. at Tranquility Park in Omaha for the championship of the National Qualifying Tournament. The winner of the match tomorrow will earn an automatic bid into the First Round of the NAIA National Tournament.

More UMKC news…
With 11 goals and four assists during the regular season, UMKC men's soccer player Brian Harris was named The Summit League Offensive Player of the Year on Thursday. Harris, a senior forward collected the Offensive Player of the Year award after leading The Summit League in goals and points (26). His 0.65 goals per game are good for 26th in the nation and his 1.53 points per game rank him 27th. The Edwardsville, Ill., native received the league’s offensive player of the week award on three separate occasions and recorded a hat trick earlier this season helping UMKC defeat league foe Oral Roberts. Harris was also named to the All-League First Team for his exceptional offensive efforts this season.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Kevin Souter interview 11/12/2008 part 2

Kevin 'Soapy' Souter being interviewed...

Kevin is asked how he sees his and the team's future, his goal setting, and makes predictions on a few championships...

A shot back from April when hardly anyone knew who Soapy was.
Kevin beating Kevin...

Kevin Souter interview 11/12/2008 part 1

This one was little long so I broke it into two parts...

Kevin talks a bit about his first year, being a little starstruck, playing at the higher level and being a pro...

A little joking about Kevin and Beckham at begining, so in case anyone forgot. Kevin got into his first MLS game when the Wizards played LA. They happened to have Kevin's hero on the team. So the first thing young Soapy Souter does is steal the ball from David Beckham. Then after the game he tries to talk him out of his shirt as well...
The second part will be up soon...

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Michael Harrington interview 11/12/2008

Michael's sophmore year has seen him starting every game. With the exception of a brief venture to the right side he has become The left back for the Wizards. His highlight and lowlight of the season probably came in one game, a handball to give up a PK and then a goal right after half to tie it back up. Well known for his hair styles as well.

This is Michael answering question from Sean and a couple from me...

Michael Kraus interview 11/12/2008

Another one of the end of season interviews. Michael got into the Columbus game which was a good achivement for him. The announcers on the game reported that Coach put Kraus into the 18 because he had a couple good weeks in practice and earned it. I can confirm that, everytime I saw him at the last few practices his play was exceptional.

Michael being interviewed.

Chance Myers interview 11/12/2008

Chance was one of the players I wanted to talk to and I almost missed him. While he was always avaialble and always friendly, I had not taken much opportunity to talk to him this year so I wanted to correct that.

Chance Myers after playing in the reserve game with NY...

Wizards end of season interviews

On Wednesday there was a number of players avialble to interview. I was able to talk to the following players: Chance Myers, Michael Kraus, Kevin Souter, Michael Harrington and Jimmy Conrad. I will be posting these over the next few hours so check back to listen.

A couple of the interviews are pretty long, should I chop them up or leave them intact?
Teaser photo: Jimmy and Sean from MLSnet...

Andy William's wife needs a donor...

Marcia Williams has leukemia. She is the wife of Real Salt Lake player Andy Williams. The NY Times has a good article: In Search of Donor, a Soccer Player’s Family Finds a Community . The Utah Soccer community has rallied together and formed Soccer Unites Utah to help. Evan in Texas has joined the effort and put some game used Kevin Hartman gloves on Ebay to raise money. Please help out if you can. Please also consider joining the National Marrow Donors. You may not be able to help Marcia but you might be able to help save a life. This is the sort of thing that transcends team, city and sports.

Also do not forget the auction for Arnaud's and Watson's shoes to benefit their former coach.

Tigers, Kangaroos, Pirates and Devils, Oh my...

Lots of good college action lately.

University of Missouri Women’s soccer team won the Big 12 championship in San Antonio Sunday. No. 15 Missouri soccer team (15-5-1. 7-3-0) claimed the Big 12 tournament with a 1-0 win over No. 10 Colorado (14-4-4, 6-2-2). Senior captain Mo Redmond scored in the sixth minute and the Missouri defense shutout the Buffaloes.

Two Tigers earned team of the week selections for their performances in the Big 12 Tournament. Junior goalkeeper Tasha Dittamore was named by Soccer America and senior defender Kat Tarr was chosen to Top Drawer Soccer's best eleven.

The Missouri women will play Evansville in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers, the four-seed in their region, were selected as one of 16 host sites for the first and second rounds. Illinois and Memphis complete the group. opening round matches will be played on Friday, Nov. 14 at Walton Stadium with the winners advancing to meet on Sunday, Nov. 16. For more info go to Missouri Women’s Soccer. Go Tigers!!!

The UMKC Kangaroos are the 3rd seed in the Summit League men’s soccer tournament. The tournament will be held Nov. 14 and 16 in Rochester, Mich., with the champion earning an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. Go Roos!!!

The Park University Men’s Soccer team moved up one spot in this week’s NAIA Men’s Soccer Top 25 Coaches Poll without even playing a game last week. The Pirates were No.10 in last week’s poll receiving 465 votes, but this week moved up one spot to No. 9 receiving 477 votes. The Pirates are 10-2-3 on the season, falling only to now No. 1 Lindsey Wilson and now No. 8 Bellevue University.

No 2 seed Park University men’s soccer team will take the field this Friday, November 14 at 5:00 p.m. against Westminster College (Utah) in the NAIA National Qualifying Tournament. For more info visit Park Athletics.

Kansas City Kansas Community College soccer played in the Region VI playoffs to qualify for the National Championship and won the quarterfinal game 5-1 vs Cloud CC. Reon Thomas scored 3 goals to lead the way. The KCKCC Blue Devil’s advanced to the semifinal game vs. #2 Barton. KCKCC carried the game and had a 1-0 lead until the 85th minute when a questionable PK call gave Barton a goal. Momentum was lost and so was the game 2-1.

Leave a comment if I missed some other successful local teams.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Random shots - 11/12/2008

Donovan wins Honda Award as clueless voters get it wrong, Ives is not subtle in his opinions. He is not wrong either… Speaking of Mr. Forehead, Donovan To Train With Bayern Munich (Alternate headline: Donovan willing to do anything to escape “the Bruce”)

England storms up Fifa rankings - now if they can only qualify for something…

Andrea Canales had an interesting look at Blanco – not one of my favorite players but a good article with a view of his success and how other foreign players need to take the league seriously.

If soccer bloggers ruled the world, someone would pay me for this.

Locally, Yael T. Abouhalkah continues being supportive and positive towards progress.

Formally local - Eddie Johnson wants to stay on with Bluebirds

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Davy Arnaud called into National team camp

Davy Arnaud of the Kansas City Wizards has been called into camp as Bradley Names 19 Players for Domestic Training Camp in Colorado. More players will be called into camp as MLS teams are eliminated from the playoffs and foreign based players to round it out the roster.

Davy Arnaud celebrating after a goal against Chivas...

MLS Awards round 3

MLS announced the 2008 Newcomer and Coach of the year awards today. Columbus Crew Head Coach Sigi Schmid was voted the 2008 MLS Coach of the Year after, capturing the Supporters' Shield trophy and first place in the Eastern Conference.

San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Darren Huckerby was voted the 2008 MLS Newcomer of the Year. Six goals and four assists in just 14 games. Not too shabby.

Huckerby at practice...

I absolutely agree with Huckerby. I watched their practice when they were here and could see his skill. I would like to have him here.

I would have voted for Yallop for coach of the year, he did great with an expansion team and came very close to making the playoffs. I can understand why Sigi won though, it’s hard to argue with the Crew’s performance this year.

Coach Yallop showing he still can play...

Veteran's day

Please take time to remember veteran's and the sacrifices they have made today.

Arlington National Cemetary

Monday, November 10, 2008

KC 0 - 2 Crew

That was not good. One bright spot was the KC fans traveling to Columbus to support their team. Check out

Cauldron crashes Columbus and also Wives crash cauldron to see some fun shots. If Hillcrest keeps this up we will have to get him a better camera.

Happy Birthday Marine Corps

Happy Birthday to the Marine Corps and to all Marines, past and present.

November 10th, 1775 - November 10th, 2008.