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Watched the FDU game on video stream. What a lost opportunity. Cannot allow these games to be lost. We were clearly more talented but let physical play and poor officiating (yes they do miss offsides from time to time) get inside our head. Just so frustrating. This had better be a lesson learned if we want to do anything in the Los season.
I was at the game. Also, I watched the goals from the archived live stream afterwards. What hideous camera work. I don't see how anyone could tell what was really going on. The archive of the Howard game is so much better. The setup for this game was bad, and there was so much unnecessary zooming in and out. When the camera swung wide, it was no longer level. Unwatchable.
They say you can only learn form your mistakes, so I hope that we learned a lot, especially defending on the counter attack. On the winning goal three FDU players got forward in front of the goal with only Cherry back to cover them. Their second goal was also a counter off one of our corner kicks.
FDU has a lot of talent. They don't look as strong Hofstra, but they challenged us well all game long. They deserved their victory.
Also of note for the FDU game, Kibu Mbaluku was not in uniform. He started each of AU's previous matches.
One other note: a lot of college teams ignore the top of the penalty box on corner kicks or counter attacks or other situations where there is likely to be a clearance. Nobody sets up there or just beyond to contain the play in case the ball gets cleared right up the middle. In counterattacks, a trailing player can hold up his run at the top of the box in case the ball pops out to center, as it often does. I noticed one of FDU's counterattack goals came after they cleared the ball right up the middle, but no AU player was in the area. This is an important part of the field we need to cover when we are attacking in order to contain the play.
AU remains at number 21. Seems fair considering the very poor result against FDU. When you're home and have much more talent you need to put the opponent away. AU did not do that. Instead we gave up four goals and did silly stuff like get a yellow card for diving and watched an FDU goal develop because we were pleading for offsides. We were lacking the killer instinct. Cute play will not win the big games.
AU's next two games are against top 20 teams, Loyola Marymount and New Mexico, Fri/Sun games at the New Mexico tournament. These matches will go a long way in shaping our season to see if we can bounce back against stiff competition.
AU notched a 1-0 victory over nationally ranked Loyola Marymount in the New Mexico tournament. They scored in the 6th minute, increasing their string of early goals. Unlike vs FDU, they held on for the victory. Even more impressive is that they outshot LMU 15-11 and got 7 corner kicks to only 1 for LMU. When you score early, the tendency is to relax, and the other team winds up getting more shots. Clearly AU did not fall into that trap.
A very nice recovery from their only loss.
Au's next game vs the nationally ranked Lobos Sunday night at 8pm EST is available on video from Campus Insiders. Go to the New Mexico Lobos men's soccer website to find the link.
AU men's soccer lost 2-1 in OT to New Mexico. I watched the live feed on Campus Insiders.
The game followed the typical pattern of one team scoring first, and then the other team attacking more, getting more shots and corners in trying to even the score. But also leaving themselves vulnerable for a counterattack.
AU scored at the end of the first half, and then New Mexico had a sizable shot advantage in the second. AU had three good counterattacking opportunities, didn't convert, and New Mexico finally scored five minutes to the end. In OT, a New Mexico corner kick resulted in the game winning goal.
It was a somewhat sloppy game with both teams giving away the ball at times.
The NSCAA rankings like AU! We are not in either the Soccer America Top 25 or Top Drawer Soccer Top 25, but it looks like Hofstra is 17,18,19 in all three polls. That makes me comfortable in realizing we belong in that range. Now if we can take care of business in the conference and show nicely at Virginia, maybe we'll really create a stir.
We looked confidant against New Mexico, but also like we were pacing ourselves to outlast them.
In a weird and disappointing game, AU men's soccer lost their PL opener 2-1 at Colgate. AU came out like gangbusters in the first half wildly dominating Colgate, who could barely gain possession of the ball. AU outshot Colgate 11-3, had a 1-0 lead, and it looked like AU would coast the rest of the game, surely to score multiple goals.
The second half was a different story. Not only that, but on a play in which Colgate seemed to retreat in preparation for an AU goal kick, the ref awarded what seemed like a very late penalty to Colgate. I could not figure out why.
The rest of the game was lackluster, and then on a counterattack, Colgate's best player found himself one v. one on the goalie. He scored easily with less than 90 seconds to play. The AU keeper didn't come out enough, and the scorer smashed the ball easily inside the near post.
One interesting note, AU has scored in each of their nine games so far. I can't remember when they've had such a good scoring run. Certainly not in the PL.
I know Colgate's keeper is good, but the pattern of late collapses and missed opportunities to put teams away is maddening. Great teams follow through. Maybe this is a test for the coach to see if he can get this group over the hump. As a fan, I'm just plain disappointed to be watching another promising season crumble in slow motion.
In a nationally televised game, AU men's soccer plays Princeton at 7pm Tuesday night. The game will be on ESPNU. Exciting times for AU soccer, it will be interesting to see how they play under the spotlight, and it will be interesting to hear the commentary. SO far, AU has looked very good at moving the ball and they have been playing an attractive, attacking brand of soccer with two men pressing up in the middle and the wings being agressive working down the sideline. They have gone with both very short and long passing, and I hope they can keep up their good work rate.
Most teams have been very surprised by them in the first half, only to adjust in the second.
Another frustrating game for AU, coming up with a 1-1 tie against Princeton despite 21 shots vs. 9 for Princeton. AU looked dangerous throughout. Panos Nakhid and Liam Robley both looked terrific, and Chris Fanet excelled on both ends of the field. Unfortunately, some golden opportunities did not lead to a second goal for AU.
I am crossing my fingers that Goalkeeper Dylan Hobert can learn from his mistakes.