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Post by Harry Redknapp on Thu Nov 20, 2008 6:55 am

One question to ponder in the run up to the next game: who starts at right mid?

I assume that rest of the team is as per the last several games. No reason to change anything when it comes to Kelsey, Jessica, Kassi and Korie, Megan S, Michelle O, Charney, Megan R, Dani and Sophie. But after several very assured games Sara had an off day on Sunday; Janelle came in and had her worst game in weeks, and then finally Kristen settled things down.

So?

I have no idea if anyone was hurt or sick on Sunday. And I've no intel on what has happened in practice this week. All of which is pretty important if you are actually picking the team.

My guess is Sara starts again. "One bad game and out" is harsh. But Kristen or Janelle could be on quick if it does not look right.

Without jinxing the game on Saturday this is a game Pilots should win: it's the next three games that are really tough. Playing any three of Stanford, UNC, UCLA, Notre Dame (assuming that's who wins out) leaves no room for error.

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Re: Pilots v. JMU

Post by FANatic on Thu Nov 20, 2008 7:47 am

Right mid is a tough one, Harry. Like you said, probably start Sara, maybe back up with Janelle. But I was fairly impressed with Kristen at right mid. She is quick enough, tough and has a strong and accurate leg.

Bet that Garrett is trying different combos again this week in practice. If something is not working, he fortunately does have options.

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Re: Pilots v. JMU

Post by aleppiek on Thu Nov 20, 2008 7:53 am

I think you go with Sara, then Janelle, but definately get Kristen some time there as well, as we may need her to step in come the tougher competition.

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Re: Pilots v. JMU

Post by karanicole on Thu Nov 20, 2008 8:22 am

Is Chandokee out for the rest of the season?

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Re: Pilots v. JMU

Post by aleppiek on Thu Nov 20, 2008 8:29 am

Karanicole,

It appears so, I think at this point even if she was healthy they would hold her out so that she can potentially use a medical redshirt year. If you play less than a certain percentage of your team's games due to injury you can get a special eligibility extension from the NCAA.

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Re: Pilots v. JMU

Post by PilotDrummer on Thu Nov 20, 2008 8:32 am

karanicole wrote:Is Chandoke out for the rest of the season?
Yes.

I sit next to her parents. They were indicating that she should be eligible for a redshirt and that she does want it.

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Re: Pilots v. JMU

Post by eProf on Thu Nov 20, 2008 9:14 am

In case anyone is feeling overconfident about the JMU game, check out the recap of one of my most frustrating games as a Pilot fan. It was the last game of the 2003 regular season against then 9-7-3 USD, and really hurt our playoff seeding.

Shots on goal:
  • Pilots: 17
  • Toreros: 2

Final score:
  • Pilots: 2
  • Toreros: 2

Here's the link: http://www.portlandpilots.com/news/2003/11/8/28951.aspx?path=wsoc

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Re: Pilots v. JMU

Post by Geezaldinho on Thu Nov 20, 2008 9:18 am

Lots of Kristen Moore references this week. Smile

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Re: Pilots v. JMU

Post by fan from afar on Thu Nov 20, 2008 9:23 am

That's the scary part about playing an important game against an decided underdog that packs it in on defense. You can outshoot them 17-2, thoroughly outplay them, and then have to go to a shootout. We need a goal in the early going and we'll be fine.

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Re: Pilots v. JMU

Post by fan from afar on Thu Nov 20, 2008 9:28 am

Karanicole must be related to Geezaldinho - notice the extra e?

I agree with everyone else - Sara probably starts, Janelle if needed, Kristen deserves some time. And, you would need to know how practice went his week, if anyone was ill or hurt, etc etc.

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Re: Pilots v. JMU

Post by harryb on Thu Nov 20, 2008 9:39 am

After the way she played on Sunday, I wouldn't be surprised to see Kristen start. It's not as though Sara had a starting spot nailed down all season.

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Re: Pilots v. JMU

Post by Poopdeck Pappy on Thu Nov 20, 2008 11:31 am

fan from afar wrote:That's the scary part about playing an important game against an decided underdog that packs it in on defense. You can outshoot them 17-2, thoroughly outplay them, and then have to go to a shootout. We need a goal in the early going and we'll be fine.

Bunkers can be effective as FFA points out, but they can also backfire. The first time the Pilots played Northern Arizona, way back in mid-September, they tried to pack it in on us and we gave them a 7-0 beating. Playing in our offensive third allowed us to really pressure their goal for much of the game. I realize that this isn't an apples-to-apples comparison because JMU is probably better than NAU and our lineup is different now than then. I just wanted to point out that bunkers aren't always effective.

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Re: Pilots v. JMU

Post by fan from afar on Thu Nov 20, 2008 12:54 pm

Agreed. In fact, it probably fails almost all of the time.

I think the bunker D becomes more effective the longer the game remains scoreless - the defensive team gains confidence and the offensive team gets frustrated and then desperate. If we score early, no problem. I think we will. I also don't think Garrett would let the team get frustrated if it's 0-0 at half.

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Re: Pilots v. JMU

Post by ohhh_yeah on Thu Nov 20, 2008 12:58 pm

fan from afar wrote: if it's 0-0 at half.


i guarantee it will not be. Wink

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Re: Pilots v. JMU

Post by fan from afar on Thu Nov 20, 2008 1:03 pm

OK!! OK!!

I should have said, if it's only 3-0 at half, I don't think Garrett would let the team get frustrated.

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Re: Pilots v. JMU

Post by aleppiek on Thu Nov 20, 2008 1:05 pm

That looks much better Laughing

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Re: Pilots v. JMU

Post by UPSoccerFanatic on Thu Nov 20, 2008 1:45 pm

It doesn't look to me like JMU is a bunkering team.

Goals: JMU 42/Opposition 26

Shots: 322/290

Shots per game: 14.6/13.2

Goals per game: 1.91/1.18

It does look, however, like they work to get ahead in the first half and then defend in the second half. At least, their first half stats are significantly better than their second half stats.

Looking particularly at defense, JMU's stat system does not record shots on goal given up. However, their keepers have 110 saves and have given up 26 goals, which equates to 136 shots on goal (not counting balls cleared off the line by defenders), for an average of 6.2 SOG per game (22 games). By comparison, Kelsey has 39 saves and the Pilots have given up 6 goals, which equates to 45 shots on goal, for an average of 2.1 SOG per game (21 games).

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Re: Pilots v. JMU

Post by ohhh_yeah on Thu Nov 20, 2008 5:04 pm

[QUOTE=South American;16312660]Couple of very big time recruits coming in to Portland this weekend to attend the game.. Hope it's not pouring down rain ..California is allot nicer this time of year..[/QUOTE]

[QUOTE=ohhh_yeah;16314791]care to elaborate who they are?[/QUOTE]



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Re: Pilots v. JMU

Post by SoreKnees on Thu Nov 20, 2008 5:36 pm

Hmmm, this reminds me a bit of an April hoax...

Let's hope lots of high-powered recruits are visiting Notre Dame this weekend!

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Re: Pilots v. JMU

Post by ohhh_yeah on Fri Nov 21, 2008 9:46 am

[QUOTE=South American;16316731]I can tell you this, I've heard coaches from North Carolina to California calling one of them the next "greatest" American player.[/QUOTE]

Suspect

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Re: Pilots v. JMU

Post by aleppiek on Fri Nov 21, 2008 9:57 am

They could be referring to Ohai.

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Re: Pilots v. JMU

Post by aleppiek on Fri Nov 21, 2008 9:58 am

Or any other player from the u-17s for that matter seeing as they are now back from New Zealand.

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Re: Pilots v. JMU

Post by FANatic on Fri Nov 21, 2008 9:58 am

Geez - and just for grins lets say this is all true - what is your take?

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Re: Pilots v. JMU

Post by Geezaldinho on Fri Nov 21, 2008 10:07 am

I'm hoping Ohai, Eddy , and Bennett show.

But even if they don't, we know this coaching staff knows how and who to recruit....

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Re: Pilots v. JMU

Post by SoreKnees on Fri Nov 21, 2008 10:12 am

What about Samantha Mewis? She's only a sophomore now but started beside her sister on the U-17 team. They are from Mass and her sister is headed to BC, but who knows? Sounds like the kind of credentials that would prompt speculation about the "next greatest American player."

Or maybe Morgan Brian, the only 15-year-old on the team?

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