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5a Soccer 2018
« on: October 08, 2017, 10:13:56 pm »
I know it's early but I'm curious to read what you guys think of the new season. Will it be more of the same? Or will there be any surprises we are in store for?

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Re: 5a Soccer 2018
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2017, 01:48:13 pm »
PA Girls will likely be better than last year.  Lost two senior starters, but several new players coming into high school this year who will add depth.  At least a couple of the girls who started last year wouldn't have started most years for PA.  They would have played a lot, but normally would have come off the bench as freshmen.  Those girls will be better this year because of the experience, and the new players will ensure we can sub two or three during big games without as much drop-off.

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Re: 5a Soccer 2018
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2017, 06:11:48 pm »
PA Girls will likely be better than last year.  Lost two senior starters, but several new players coming into high school this year who will add depth.  At least a couple of the girls who started last year wouldn't have started most years for PA.  They would have played a lot, but normally would have come off the bench as freshmen.  Those girls will be better this year because of the experience, and the new players will ensure we can sub two or three during big games without as much drop-off.
So do you think they can win the conference title this year? I know LRCA will have something to say about that.

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Re: 5a Soccer 2018
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2017, 04:49:10 pm »
So do you think they can win the conference title this year? I know LRCA will have something to say about that.
PA will have the talent to win, but LRCA was the best team we played last year.  We split in the regular season and lost to them in PKs (8 shots deep) in the 5A Central finals.  The games between these two teams could go either way.

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Re: 5a Soccer 2018
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2017, 02:26:43 pm »
5A Boys

DeQueen (My pick to win. Best players last year were sophomores.)
Hot Springs (A lot of talent coming back even with Eric graduating)
Maumelle
Valley View
Lakeside

So yes, more of the same.

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Re: 5a Soccer 2018
« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2017, 03:31:00 pm »
The south will continue its dominance again. Dequeen and Hot Springs will show up big this year and you can always count on Lakeside to make a statement. With Hope you never really know about them until the season kicks off. White Hall got a new coach who is young but very smart about the game. He will have them disciplined and ready to build the program.


Here's my early pre-season top 10:

Hot Springs (South)
Valley View (East)
Dequeen (South)
Lakeside (South)
Maumelle (West)
LRCA (Central)
Clarksville (West)
PA (Central)
Sylvan Hills (Central)
Nettleton (East)

Teams I have looking in:
White Hall, Greenbrier, Batesville


You can't really tell much until the season kicks off, but I just thought it would be interesting to get a pre-season top 10 going.

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Re: 5a Soccer 2018
« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2017, 11:59:54 am »
Top 15 Pre-season Rankings:

1. Hot Springs
2. Dequeen
3. Valley View
4. Maumelle
5. Lakeside
6. Clarksville
7. Nettleton
8. LRCA
9. Batesville
10. Harrison
11. PA
12. Sylvan Hills
13. Hope
14. Greenbrier
15. White Hall

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Re: 5a Soccer 2018
« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2017, 03:47:46 pm »
Top 15 Pre-season Rankings:

1. Hot Springs
2. Dequeen
3. Valley View
4. Maumelle
5. Lakeside
6. Clarksville
7. Nettleton
8. LRCA
9. Batesville
10. Harrison
11. PA
12. Sylvan Hills
13. Hope
14. Greenbrier
15. White Hall
Is this official? I just think it's a good list, that's why I was wondering. But LRCA has talent coming up. I put them at 6 in my top 10, but I feel like I will be surprised.
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Re: 5a Soccer 2018
« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2017, 09:37:51 pm »
5a Girls Top 10

1. Harrison - 5a champs
2. LRCA - rough outing last season, will come back stronger
3. Pulaski Academy - solid team with solid coaching
4. Valley View - a strong team with talent
5. Maumelle - runner up, will be a competitive team
6. Greenbrier - will make noise in the west
7. Dequeen - represents the south
8. Batesville - a very competitive team from the east
9. Vilonia - a team that is continuously improving
10. Sylvan Hills - has players coming back, should be a good team

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Re: 5a Soccer 2018
« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2017, 09:17:44 am »
Need to specify boys or girls.

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Re: 5a Soccer 2018
« Reply #10 on: November 15, 2017, 09:30:33 am »
Batesville Girls have a new coach.  It will be interesting to see how the girls respond to him.  This considering  thei relative success of the team under Coach Rowe, who while not that knowledgeable,  was quite a motivator and who had a great rapport with the girls.   

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Re: 5a Soccer 2018
« Reply #11 on: November 15, 2017, 11:01:26 am »
Need to specify boys or girls.
jimmyt was talking about boys. I specified that it was girls.

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Re: 5a Soccer 2018
« Reply #12 on: November 15, 2017, 02:59:42 pm »
I was speaking for the boys. Just trying to get some discussion going..

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Re: 5a Soccer 2018
« Reply #13 on: November 15, 2017, 04:56:58 pm »
I was speaking for the boys. Just trying to get some discussion going..
I understand. I feel like the west will be a fight between Harrison, Clarksville, Maumelle and possibly Greenbrier. The south will be a shoot-out between Hot Springs, Dequeen and Lakeside. The central is probably going to be dominated by LRCA but I think Sylvan Hills is up and coming. I'm questioning PA right now. The east will be all Valley View but Nettleton alongside Batesville will battle it out for #2 seed.

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Re: 5a Soccer 2018
« Reply #14 on: November 30, 2017, 09:05:21 pm »
I understand. I feel like the west will be a fight between Harrison, Clarksville, Maumelle and possibly Greenbrier. The south will be a shoot-out between Hot Springs, Dequeen and Lakeside. The central is probably going to be dominated by LRCA but I think Sylvan Hills is up and coming. I'm questioning PA right now. The east will be all Valley View but Nettleton alongside Batesville will battle it out for #2 seed.

I agree with your questions about the PA boys right now. They not only had a terrible end to a pretty decent season last spring, but they also lost some big names in their squad as well. Their top goalscorer, and top 3 centre-backs all graduated leaving a huge void in a PA team that relied heavily on defense and quick, one-way goals. On top of that, their transfer student from Ireland that started at CDM moved back last summer as well. So, the question will be how well they can react to these cons, and bounce back with a decent team again this season.

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Re: 5a Soccer 2018
« Reply #15 on: November 30, 2017, 10:33:47 pm »
I agree with your questions about the PA boys right now. They not only had a terrible end to a pretty decent season last spring, but they also lost some big names in their squad as well. Their top goalscorer, and top 3 centre-backs all graduated leaving a huge void in a PA team that relied heavily on defense and quick, one-way goals. On top of that, their transfer student from Ireland that started at CDM moved back last summer as well. So, the question will be how well they can react to these cons, and bounce back with a decent team again this season.
I honestly was so shocked when you guys lost to McClellan last year. I never heard what happened that game.

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Re: 5a Soccer 2018
« Reply #16 on: November 30, 2017, 11:49:19 pm »
I honestly was so shocked when you guys lost to McClellan last year. I never heard what happened that game.

It honestly shouldn't have been such a game, but McClellan never gave up like we thought during the game. Of course there were issues in the lineup at the start of the match, as our top goalscorer received a controversial red card against Fair the game before. So, we ended up putting our star CB up at striker (he can play anywhere really) and that left a hole in our defense. It was 1-1 at half time, so our coach pulled him back to defense to solidify what we had, and hoped someone else could find the back of the net. Yet, nobody seemed confident in front of goal that game. We got more and more nervous, as it got closer to penalties, and McClellan held out. We went to penalties and choked, and that's how one of the biggest 5A upsets happened.

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Re: 5a Soccer 2018
« Reply #17 on: December 01, 2017, 09:20:34 am »
Hate to hear that frotator..

What position do you play and how will the team look this year?

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Re: 5a Soccer 2018
« Reply #18 on: December 01, 2017, 11:29:18 am »
Hate to hear that frotator..

What position do you play and how will the team look this year?

I usually play either striker or CAM for PA and my Bluebirds club team. Team's very questionable right now, our tryouts are going to be held next week, so I've been trying to find and recruit as many people as I can. In my opinion, PA's offense has the potential to be somewhat of a threat as we've kept a lot of our attacking force. The only problem I see is our defense (something PA relies heavily on). I talked with my coach earlier in the year, and he said our team would be much more physical than last year since I've heard rumors of a lot of the football seniors joining the team. But again, until after tryouts I won't really know, but I'll be sure to give my opinion to y'all after the tryouts.

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Re: 5a Soccer 2018
« Reply #19 on: December 01, 2017, 12:30:16 pm »
Good luck man! PA always seems to put together a good bunch of kids. I'm sure your coaches will get yall going.

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Re: 5a Soccer 2018
« Reply #20 on: December 01, 2017, 02:43:53 pm »
I usually play either striker or CAM for PA and my Bluebirds club team. Team's very questionable right now, our tryouts are going to be held next week, so I've been trying to find and recruit as many people as I can. In my opinion, PA's offense has the potential to be somewhat of a threat as we've kept a lot of our attacking force. The only problem I see is our defense (something PA relies heavily on). I talked with my coach earlier in the year, and he said our team would be much more physical than last year since I've heard rumors of a lot of the football seniors joining the team. But again, until after tryouts I won't really know, but I'll be sure to give my opinion to y'all after the tryouts.
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I hope you guys pull out a good squad. If thatís the case, then it will be you guys and LRCA fighting it out in the central conference.
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Re: 5a Soccer 2018
« Reply #21 on: December 04, 2017, 08:18:54 am »
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Re: 5a Soccer 2018
« Reply #22 on: December 04, 2017, 08:21:36 am »
5a Girls Top 10

1. Harrison - 6X 5a champs, 2X 5a runner-ups
2. LRCA - 3X 5a champs, 5X 5a runner-ups rough outing last season, will come back stronger
3. Pulaski Academy - 2X 4a champs, 4X 5a champs, 5X 5a runner-ups solid team with solid coaching
4. Valley View - 1X 4a champ, 1X 4a runner up a strong team with talent
5. Maumelle - 1X 4a runner up, 1X 5a runner up, will be a competitive team
6. Greenbrier - will make noise in the west
7. Dequeen - represents the south
8. Batesville - a very competitive team from the east
9. Vilonia - a team that is continuously improving
10. Sylvan Hills - has players coming back, should be a good team
Fixed that for you. ;)
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Re: 5a Soccer 2018
« Reply #23 on: December 04, 2017, 11:35:02 am »
Fixed that for you. ;)

I think VV won the 4a State Championship about 4 or 5 years ago.

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Re: 5a Soccer 2018
« Reply #24 on: December 04, 2017, 07:47:39 pm »
You were right.  The boys won one year and the girls the next year.  Thanks.
Updated Harrison, PA & LRCA too.

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Re: 5a Soccer 2018
« Reply #25 on: December 07, 2017, 02:08:25 pm »
LRCA boys lost a lot offense last year.  They are moving folks around and have a couple freshmen coming up.  It might be rough early and will depend how people adjust to new positions.

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Re: 5a Soccer 2018
« Reply #26 on: December 07, 2017, 03:25:23 pm »
LRCA boys lost a lot offense last year.  They are moving folks around and have a couple freshmen coming up.  It might be rough early and will depend how people adjust to new positions.
They were very talented last year.

Does anyone know who will be playing in the boys side of the LRCA tournament March 3?

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Re: 5a Soccer 2018
« Reply #27 on: December 08, 2017, 08:58:25 am »
As of right now I only know of White Hall

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Re: 5a Soccer 2018
« Reply #28 on: December 08, 2017, 09:53:13 pm »
PA tryouts just finished and here's my opinion on the team:

There's 29 players this year, a lot more boys tried out this year. The number is a big step up from the team of 21 from last year. The coach has more options on the bench and said he would be conditioning the team much more than last year due to the fear of injuries going away with a larger number of people at his disposal. The team is a very interesting mix of physical seniors and juniors, and technically skilled sophomores and freshman. Just by playing an 11 a side game at tryouts, you can tell that PA are going to be much more of a passing and calm unit than last year's team. Again, it is probably too early to say anything, but PA look like they are actually going to be coming back as a stronger threat, even with the losses of some crucial players from last year. All I can say is that it's going to be interesting fight for first in central this year.   

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Re: 5a Soccer 2018
« Reply #29 on: December 09, 2017, 06:16:14 pm »
PA tryouts just finished and here's my opinion on the team:

There's 29 players this year, a lot more boys tried out this year. The number is a big step up from the team of 21 from last year. The coach has more options on the bench and said he would be conditioning the team much more than last year due to the fear of injuries going away with a larger number of people at his disposal. The team is a very interesting mix of physical seniors and juniors, and technically skilled sophomores and freshman. Just by playing an 11 a side game at tryouts, you can tell that PA are going to be much more of a passing and calm unit than last year's team. Again, it is probably too early to say anything, but PA look like they are actually going to be coming back as a stronger threat, even with the losses of some crucial players from last year. All I can say is that it's going to be interesting fight for first in central this year.
Iím glad to hear that PA will have numbers this season. Personally, I think the south and central conferences are the most exciting to watch because the soccer is so exciting and the games are unpredictable for the most part. I will be ready to hear about the games between PA and LRCA. Whoever wins the central will most certainly deserve it.

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Re: 5a Soccer 2018
« Reply #30 on: December 12, 2017, 04:18:06 pm »
I recently heard rumors that the Valley View Boys soccer program is in a bit of a flux. 1) There were contributing players who decided not to return and play this year. 2) Coach Teat cut players (juniors & sophomores) who had been on the team and played since their freshman season. 3) Interestingly, all 9 incoming freshman from tryouts made the team. VV could have had good numbers with experienced players. Not sure what to think of it, but I am sure Coach Teat has a plan.

 

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