THE OFFICIAL VCU SOCCER (Association Football) THREAD

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TUDELA JOINS MEN’S SOCCER COACHING STAFF
RICHMOND, Va. – Since taking over the reins of the VCU men's soccer program, Dave Giffard has been working to reintroduce the Rams as a player on the national soccer scene.
The newest addition to the Black & Gold coaching staff knows all about being a player on the national soccer scene. Giffard announced the hiring of Josh Tudela , a two-time NCAA national champion and five-year pro, as an assistant with the Rams for this fall.
"Josh emerged from an extremely talented pool of candidates. He is a very driven and hungry competitor who made himself into a successful college player at the highest level as well as a successful pro," Giffard said. "His experiences and background will be a valuable addition to our staff and will be a great resource for our players as they reach toward some of the very same goals that Josh has already achieved. We are excited to add Josh to our soccer family here at VCU as he begins his coaching career, in which I'm sure he will be very successful."

http://www.vcuathletics.com/sports/msoc/2012-13/releases/20120715bn540w


 

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RICHMOND, Va. – The VCU Men's Soccer team has already earned the respect of its Atlantic 10 Conference peers. On Thursday, the Rams were selected to finish third out of 16 teams in the league's annual preseason coaches poll.

2012 A-10 Men's Soccer Predicted Order of Finish (2011 record)

1. Charlotte (16-5-4/6-1-2 A-10)
2. Xavier (12-5-4/4-3-2 A-10)
3. VCU (11-9/6-5 CAA)
4. Saint Louis (6-10-1/4-5 A-10)
5. Fordham (11-7-1/7-2 A-10)
6. George Washington (10-6-3/7-2 A-10)
7. Butler (7-8-3/2-4-2 Horizon)
La Salle (7-9-4/4-2-3 A-10)
9. Duquesne (7-9-2/4-4-1 A-10)
10. Dayton (5-13-1/4-4-1 A-10)
11. Temple (9-10/5-4 A-10)
12. Rhode Island (7-10-1/4-4-1 A-10)
13. Massachusetts (4-13-2/2-5-2 A-10)
14. Richmond (5-12-1/4-5 A-10)
15. St. Bonaventure (4-12-3/0-7-2 A-10)
16. Saint Joseph's (2-15-0/1-8 A-10)

http://www.vcuathletics.com/sports/msoc/2012-13/releases/2012080205osmy
 
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The rankings are weird. They are listed by overall record rather than A10 record. :?
 
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Wouldn't the A10 rankings be based just on the A10 records, not the overall record?
 

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Wouldn't the A10 rankings be based just on the A10 records, not the overall record?
The records listed are from last season, whereas the rankings are for predicted order of finish in the upcoming season.
 
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The records listed are from last season, whereas the rankings are for predicted order of finish in the upcoming season.
Oh. I see that 2011 record now. And CAA. Dur. I have a cold and have been a bit loopy the past two days.
 

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Women's Soccer Picked Fourth in Atlantic 10 Preseason Poll

RICHMOND, Va. – Following a run to the Colonial Athletic Association Championship match a season ago, the VCU Women's Soccer team is poised for yet another strong campaign. The Rams will look to make noise in their first season in the Atlantic 10 this fall after being selected to finish fourth in the league's preseason coaches' poll.

The Black & Gold was picked behind defending A-10 champion Dayton, which returns eight of 11 starters from last year's 19-win season. Cross-town rival Richmond and La Salle, which posted the conference's top two regular season records in 2011, were picked second and third, respectively.

VCU returns several key players from last year's squad, including their top two goal scorers with junior Courtney Conrad and reigning CAA Rookie of the Year Cristin Granados. The duo combined for 12 goals and 27 points, and was responsible for five of the team's nine game-winning scores.

2012 A-10 Women's Soccer Predicted Order of Finish (2011 record)

1. Dayton (19-4-0, 7-2-0 A-10)
2. Richmond (13-5-3, 7-1-1 A-10)
3. La Salle (15-2-3, 7-0-2 A-10)
4. VCU (9-8-4, 6-2-3 CAA)

5. UMASS (14-5-2, 6-2-1 A-10)
6. Charlotte (7-10-4, 4-4-1 A-10)
7. St. Bonaventure (9-7-4, 4-2-3 A-10)
8. Fordham (8-8-3, 3-4-2 A-10)
9. Saint Louis (5-10-3, 3-5-1 A-10)
10. Butler (8-10-2, 3-5-0 Horizon)
11. Xavier (7-8-3, 2-5-2 A-10)
12. Rhode Island (7-10-2, 2-6-1 A-10)
13. Saint Joseph's (7-7-5, 2-4-3 A-10)
14. George Washington (5-12-2, 2-5-2 A-10)
15. Duquesne (3-14-1, 2-7-0, A-10)
16. Temple (5-12-1, 2-6-1, A-10)

http://www.vcuathletics.com/sports/wsoc/2012-13/releases/20120808o479bm
 

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VCU Battles James Madison to 1-1 Draw in Exhibition Match
VCU STARTERS:
#18 E. Kruse (GK), #2 J. Krasko, #5 G. Wilson, #6 B. White, #7 B. Kunz, #8 C. Conrad, #10 T. Cressy, #12 C. Edgcomb, #15 B. Moore, #16 L. Hutchinson, #20 W. Acosta
JAMES MADISON STARTERS:
#1 K. Courter (GK), #2 K. Menzie, #3 M. Brown, #6 L. Wilson, #10 K. Kerrigan, #12 T. Naquin, #13 E. Halik, #15 K. Germain, #17 H. Miller, #24 A. Clayton, #26 I. Chang

http://www.vcuathletics.com/sports/wsoc/2012-13/releases/20120812tnsd06

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Women's Soccer Player to Watch:
Courtney Conrad

By Andrew Phillips

RICHMOND, Va. - The first time VCU Women's Soccer co-head coaches Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak and Tim Sahaydak saw Courtney Conrad, she was still playing soccer at the youth level in Canada.
Now, years later, Conrad is a junior on the Sahaydak's team at VCU. Although the story, so far, seems like any other college recruiting story, it's not.

http://www.vcuathletics.com/sports/wsoc/2012-13/releases/20120812fwezc3
 

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Men's Soccer Player to Watch:
Juan Monge Solano
By Andrew Phillips
RICHMOND, Va. – The transition from high school to college is already tough. Add that to being a student-athlete, plus being in a new country, and for some, it is almost too much to handle.

VCU Men's Soccer sophomore Juan Monge Solano accomplished all of those feats, and did so in impressive fashion with a breakout rookie campaign in 2011. The Rams' left back scored five times, and assisted on another goal to finish with 11 points. It didn't take long for his peers to notice his impact as the awards started rolling in, including several Freshman All-America citations.

"There's no doubt Juan had a strong freshman year," said VCU Head Coach Dave Giffard. "I don't think that the college game is littered with left backs who can do what Juan can do, so as a freshman he garnered a lot of attention and recognition."


http://www.vcuathletics.com/sports/msoc/2012-13/releases/201208147u5w77
 

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VCU Women's Soccer Introduces Seven New Faces This Fall
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RICHMOND, Va. – With the VCU Women's Soccer team set to open the 2012 campaign Friday night against High Point, we give Ram fans a quick look at the new faces they'll see this season.
Joining the Rams this fall
midfielders:
Elora Frye (Yorktown, Va./Grafton), Olivia Defelice (Trenton Falls, N.J./Red Bank Catholic), Brianna Nielsen (Vienna, Va./McLean),

forward:
Kailyn Slade (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge)

defenders:
Wendy Acosta (San Jose, Costa Rica), Natalie Moik (Cologne, Germany)

goalkeeper:
Emma Kruse (Woodbridge, Va./Forest Park)

"We are very happy with the way the new group of players has been integrating with our core of returners. We have certainly strengthened our roster and look forward to the impact some players will make immediately," Co-Head Coach Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak said.


http://www.vcuathletics.com/sports/wsoc/2012-13/releases/20120817zshy2p
 

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VCU Battles Lengthy Weather Delays
in Exhibition Match at #21 UAB
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The VCU men's soccer team battled through several lengthy weather delays Saturday night in a narrow 2-1 loss at 21st-ranked UAB.

The Rams and Blazers, who ended up playing three 35-minute periods in what was VCU's only exhibition match of the preseason, were delayed for more than two hours total before completing the contest. Both teams waited out a nearly 30-minute delay prior to kickoff. Play was halted again for nearly 90 minutes after the first period.

"Tonight was a great exhibition game for us," said VCU Head Coach Dave Giffard. "UAB is a very good team who was a seed in last year's NCAA Tournament. Not only did we get 70 good minutes for our starters, we also got an additional 35 for the rest of the team. Those are minutes that will be extremely valuable for us as we enter the regular season, especially with our Friday, Sunday format in both the early season tournaments as well as the A-10."

http://www.vcuathletics.com/sports/msoc/2012-13/releases/20120819n26oxx
 

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VCU Cruises to 3-0 Win at Longwood, Posts Ninth Shutout in Last 12 Games
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We're happy with the result against a strong Longwood team tonight. The Longwood players worked hard for 90 minutes and fought until the end. I'm proud of how we came out in the second half after a slow start to the match. We came out with an attacking mentality and finished some of our chances. We also had great performances from the players coming off the bench. Overall, it was a positive night for the team and we look forward to going to Tennessee this coming weekend."
-VCU Co-Head Coach Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak
http://www.vcuathletics.com/sports/wsoc/2012-13/releases/201208196jlhry
 
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