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2017 U14 ECNL NATIONAL PLAYOFFS

Post by Cleansheets on 09/06/17, 09:25 pm

The brackets are out;
 
A- Solar
    GSA
    Michigan Hawks
    Strikers FC

B- Seatle Reign
    San Diego Surf
    Jacksonville FC
    Indiana Fire

C- PDA
    Eclipse Select
    Dallas Texans
    DeAnza

D- Charlotte SA
    Real Colorado
    Western NY Flash
    Arsenal

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Post by Gunner9 on 16/06/17, 01:59 pm

Hope they cut the grass. Or the NTX teams practiced on shag carpet to get ready.

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Post by Zizou on 16/06/17, 07:14 pm

Gunner9 wrote:Hope they cut the grass.  Or the NTX teams practiced on shag carpet to get ready.

I agree, the pitches will not be a fast track. Rain, by the end of the week could have them playing at a snail's pace.

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Post by Relegated on 21/06/17, 08:31 am

Good luck to the Solar and Texan teams this week.  Both are quality teams that have a realistic shot at winning the whole thing.  Neither team had a favorable draw like San Diego Surf did, so just getting out of their groups will be impressive.  I hope the Texas teams get the few breaks needed to make the semis. #bringhomethehardware
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Post by ElClassico on 22/06/17, 11:48 am

Solar / Strikers was a draw and Texans lost 5-3 to Eclipse. Texans still have PDA to play, their road looks a bit rocky at this point. Solar should still be ok as long as they can beat Michigan Hawks.

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Post by mykidsmom on 26/06/17, 11:06 am

Looks like it's Solar and Eclipse in the finals tomorrow morning. Good luck Solar!

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Post by Cleansheets on 26/06/17, 01:19 pm

Zizou wrote:
Gunner9 wrote:Hope they cut the grass.  Or the NTX teams practiced on shag carpet to get ready.

I agree, the pitches will not be a fast track. Rain, by the end of the week could have them playing at a snail's pace.
Sat this one out at home but the wife said the fields were slow as Christmas. Said she had never seen the playing field grass so tall. Texans did not play their best soccer. Having Eclipse and PDA in their bracket didn't help either. Hope Solar can pull it off but Eclipse is tough.

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Post by Zizou on 26/06/17, 01:29 pm

Yep, fields have been very slow!

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Post by TulsaFootballDad on 27/06/17, 05:43 pm

My DD played in SuperCopa in Rockford a couple of weeks ago and the grass was definetly an issue the Fescue they use slows the ball down too much.
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Post by ForReal on 27/06/17, 05:48 pm

Congrats to Solar on their Championship. Another national championship in the books for this great team.

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Post by NoFanOfDrama on 28/06/17, 12:38 pm

Fields were very slow, grass was a Kentucky Bluegrass, cold weather over-seed that was still very thick.
With temperatures in the 70/80 range, it's no surprise the summer grass had not taken over yet.

But the field is the same field all teams played on in this tournament and the talented clubs adapted to the conditions. Solar adapted and shot many balls into space knowing the grass would be forgiving enough to let their flankers catch up. Lesser teams didn't put enough on their passes and Solar intercepted pass after pass after pass.

Solar absolutely dominated in the semi-finals, obliterating SoCal Arsenal 4-1 and completely bossed around Eclipse Soccer 3-1 in the finals. It was clear that Solar 03 was in a different class than the other teams out there.

The only real challenge was So Cal Strikers in group play and that resulted in a draw 1-1. SoCal Strikers had a keeper that made 2 phenomenal saves that most other keepers would have missed. Michigan Hawks were also a draw in GP, but the score did not reflect the dominance Solar had over them - it was pure luck that prevented the score from being 3/4/5-1.

Solar 03 ECNL is a very talented group of girls in every position on the field - it was only fitting they won the national championship given how they dismantled everyone this year.
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Post by ElClassico on 28/06/17, 12:48 pm

NoFanOfDrama wrote:Fields were very slow, grass was a Kentucky Bluegrass, cold weather over-seed that was still very thick.
With temperatures in the 70/80 range, it's no surprise the summer grass had not taken over yet.

But the field is the same field all teams played on in this tournament and the talented clubs adapted to the conditions. Solar adapted and shot many balls into space knowing the grass would be forgiving enough to let their flankers catch up.  Lesser teams didn't put enough on their passes and Solar intercepted pass after pass after pass.

Solar absolutely dominated in the semi-finals, obliterating SoCal Arsenal 4-1 and completely bossed around Eclipse Soccer 3-1 in the finals.  It was clear that Solar 03 was in a different class than the other teams out there.

The only real challenge was So Cal Strikers in group play and that resulted in a draw 1-1.  SoCal Strikers had a keeper that made 2 phenomenal saves that most other keepers would have missed.  Michigan Hawks were also a draw in GP, but the score did not reflect the dominance Solar had over them - it was pure luck that prevented the score from being 3/4/5-1.  

Solar 03 ECNL is a very talented group of girls in every position on the field - it was only fitting they won the national championship given how they dismantled everyone this year.

How many of these girls will be transitioning to DA next year? Not a knock, just an honest question regarding a very talented bunch of girls.
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Post by Cleansheets on 28/06/17, 02:19 pm

Nice homer call there. I wouldn't quite say they dismantled everyone.

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Post by Koba on 28/06/17, 02:35 pm

NFOD has been a big time homer at each of his previous stops as well
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Post by NoFanOfDrama on 28/06/17, 02:49 pm

Cleansheets wrote:Nice homer call there. I wouldn't quite say they dismantled everyone.

I would say they did. 1 loss in regular season (when 6 of their starters were out and their keeper was injured), and 1 loss in tournament play (in PK's) over a 1 year time period.

Then a butt kicking of in the semi-finals and finals in the tournament of the best of the best. If that isn't a dismantling of the competition, I don't know what is.

Please tell me what other North Texas team in the 03 age bracket can even come close to saying that.

Don't be so jealous that you take one sentence from my post and make it your personal crusade.
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Post by NoFanOfDrama on 28/06/17, 02:51 pm

ElClassico wrote:
NoFanOfDrama wrote:Fields were very slow, grass was a Kentucky Bluegrass, cold weather over-seed that was still very thick.
With temperatures in the 70/80 range, it's no surprise the summer grass had not taken over yet.

But the field is the same field all teams played on in this tournament and the talented clubs adapted to the conditions. Solar adapted and shot many balls into space knowing the grass would be forgiving enough to let their flankers catch up.  Lesser teams didn't put enough on their passes and Solar intercepted pass after pass after pass.

Solar absolutely dominated in the semi-finals, obliterating SoCal Arsenal 4-1 and completely bossed around Eclipse Soccer 3-1 in the finals.  It was clear that Solar 03 was in a different class than the other teams out there.

The only real challenge was So Cal Strikers in group play and that resulted in a draw 1-1.  SoCal Strikers had a keeper that made 2 phenomenal saves that most other keepers would have missed.  Michigan Hawks were also a draw in GP, but the score did not reflect the dominance Solar had over them - it was pure luck that prevented the score from being 3/4/5-1.  

Solar 03 ECNL is a very talented group of girls in every position on the field - it was only fitting they won the national championship given how they dismantled everyone this year.

How many of these girls will be transitioning to DA next year? Not a knock, just an honest question regarding a very talented bunch of girls.

Nearly all of them - either to Solar 03 DA, Texans 03 DA or FCD 03 DA.
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Post by NoFanOfDrama on 28/06/17, 02:53 pm

Koba wrote:NFOD has been a big time homer at each of his previous stops as well

And to think that after shaking your hand a few months back, talking a bit about how good it was to see your daughter out on the field, and hoping to see you in the future that you'd be different....nope.
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Post by Cleansheets on 28/06/17, 03:12 pm

NoFanOfDrama wrote:
Cleansheets wrote:Nice homer call there. I wouldn't quite say they dismantled everyone.

I would say they did. 1 loss in regular season (when 6 of their starters were out and their keeper was injured), and 1 loss in tournament play (in PK's) over a 1 year time period.  

Then a butt kicking of in the semi-finals and finals in the tournament of the best of the best. If that isn't  a dismantling of the competition, I don't know what is.

Please tell me what other North Texas team in the 03 age bracket can even come close to saying that.

Don't be so jealous that you take one sentence from my post and make it your personal crusade.
Hmmmm...not jealous at all my friend. Never said anything that would detract from what Solar accomplished this year. Actually very impressed with the team. Played you guys three times this season and all three games were down to the wire but I wouldn't call any of them a dismantling.
BTW, don't weaken your position by using the cliche excuse of this person was out or that person was injured. Everyone has games like that. Unfortunately all that matters to most people is what the score was when the whistle was blown. You know as well as I do that there will always be two versions of what transpired during the 80 or 90 minutes between whistles.
You guys have a fantastic group and you were the better team this year and ultimately no one can take that away from you.

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Post by CBTeamworks on 28/06/17, 03:19 pm

ECNL 04 championship game

Found this link to a video replay. Good quality. I made it to halftime so far. Lot of girls slipping. Game was played at about 8am according to the video.

Solar got on the board early and have the advantage in time of possession. Solar looks to be the better team.
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Post by Zizou on 28/06/17, 03:49 pm

That Kentucky blue grass was like playing in a thick soup. No excuses, but by the look of the results of the entire tournament Dallas clubs came and represented themselves well.

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Post by Guest on 28/06/17, 04:30 pm

Zizou wrote:That Kentucky blue grass was like playing in a thick soup. No excuses, but by the look of the results of the entire tournament Dallas clubs came and represented themselves well.

Look... we've been through this like a-zillion times back when the '01's were in academy. It's an obvious fact that long grass has a greater impact on faster teams than slower teams, which is why all those teams with slow players dominated at ECNL Nationals this year... Sheesh... Rolling Eyes

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Post by ElClassico on 28/06/17, 05:16 pm

On a side note, is it that their grass was too long or do Texas teams simply play on concrete?
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Post by Guest on 28/06/17, 06:32 pm

ElClassico wrote:On a side note, is it that their grass was too long or do Texas teams simply play on concrete?

Both. Length of grass, and softer ground. Problems were not just with judging weight of touches due to speed of roll in the longer grass, but also judging the height and distance of bounces with the softer sub-surface vs. the hard clay subsurface in NTX.

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Post by Koba on 28/06/17, 07:45 pm

NoFanOfDrama wrote:
Koba wrote:NFOD has been a big time homer at each of his previous stops as well

And to think that after shaking your hand a few months back, talking a bit about how good it was to see your daughter out on the field, and hoping to see you in the future that you'd be different....nope.

Nope, wrong guy. I wouldn't have shaken ur hand
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