October 23, 2017

Nor'easter News - Week 8

By Henry Loughlin

Recap of the Week

The postseason isn’t quite here yet, but it sure feels like it is getting to be that time of year again. Thankfully, we have just a few more days before conference tournaments kick off. And, since the notable games are summarized below and this week features a longer-than-usual Game of the Week section, I’m keeping this introduction short. Read on!

Impressions

There are generally two directions that a competitive Game of the Week can take: either it’s a high-scoring, pulsating affair punctuated by goals for both sides, or it ends up being a tepid match with defense at the forefront. Saturday’s contest between Connecticut College and Bowdoin ended up being the latter as, despite chances for both sides, the game ended up as a 0-0 draw. Perhaps this was a predictable outcome, as the matchup featured two of the best NESCAC goalkeepers in Stevie van Siclen and A.J. Marcucci, both of whom kept clean sheets on Saturday. Things don’t get easier for either side, as Bowdoin travels to Tufts for a Tuesday afternoon kickoff (which there’s more than enough text about below), while Conn. will do battle with Wesleyan on Wednesday.

In NEWMAC action, Springfield failed to win for the first time this fall as it was held by WPI on the road on Saturday night. In another 0-0 match, the visiting Pride generated more shots than their hosts but couldn’t solve the Engineers’ defense. Both teams are 5-0-1 in the conference, meaning that hosting rights for the NEWMAC tournament are still up in the air; next Saturday, Springfield will close...

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Nor'easter News

 

Nor'easter News provides coverage of Division III men's soccer throughout the New England region, home to the NESCAC, one of the nation's strongest and deepest conferences, as well as the NEWMAC, CCC, LEC and others. Each week the more significant results of the previous week are discussed, along with impressions and analysis, followed by the selection of a game to keep an eye on in the week ahead.

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Henry Loughlin

Henry Loughlin is a Brandeis University graduate (2014, Politics & American Studies) and has enjoyed watching Division III soccer for the past six years as a student and alumnus. Though a writer by trade, his interest in numbers and statistical analysis makes soccer writing and commentary a favorite pastime. [see full bio]

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