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Tick, Tock

Posted in Uncategorized by mattmanley on September 11, 2009

We’re counting down the hours to start of the high school soccer season, although a lot of teams may be counting for a long time considering the nasty weather outside right now and, apparently, later to come.

As of right now, here’s what’s still on in the Shore Conference:

Marlboro at Freehold Township, 4 pm
SJV at RBC, 4 pm
Matawan at Raritan, 5 pm
Brick at Toms River North, 7 pm
Red Bank at Ocean, 3:45 pm
Long Branch at Neptune, 7 pm
 
And the postponements:

Holmdel at Manasquan, TBA
Toms River East at Lacey, Tomorrow, 1 pm
Jackson Memorial at Southern, TBA
Wall at Freehold, TBA
Point Beach at Rumson, TBA
Shore at Asbury Park, TBA
Henry Hudson at St. Rose, TBA
Point Boro at Central, TBA
Barnegat at Pinelands, Tuesday, 3:45 pm
Lakewood at Manchester, TBA

I find it hard to believe anybody’s playing, but I suppose the turf fields will be playable. The players will just have to contend with the wind, which always seems to swing the game one way or the other.

I’m going to take a drive over to Freehold Township, barring a postponement in the next hour or so. I’ve got Freehold Township ranked a few spots ahead of Marlboro, but these two teams have had some competitive games over the last few years. Township took three of three against an extremely talented Marlboro team and I think the Pats are the more talented team this year. Regardless of the outcome, it’s going to be hard to get a read on which team’s better in these conditions, which can be said about any game today.

I’ll probably head down to see Toms River North open up against Brick, although I’m tempted to see what Long Branch and Neptune have. North owned Brick last year and they should own most of the division with the lineup they have. Outside of Toms River South, no team even comes close to the Mariners’ talent level. But, as the old saying goes, that’s why they play the games.

RBC-SJV is an interesting one if it goes down. RBC didn’t lose in the preseason, and while they’re only scrimmages, it definitely means something to be playing good soccer heading into the first game. Both teams have a nice mix of old and young and I see this being a good rivalry this year.

Matawan gave Raritan some trouble in the last A Central game for the two teams last year. The Huskies have a lot of experience, but Raritan has just as much and they return a more accomplished group. Matawan is going to be a headache for whoever they play and they might be able to give a banged up Raritan team some trouble, although anyone who’s read me the last year-plus knows I think Raritan is very good. So you know who I think is going to win.

Don’t sleep on Red Bank (I guess that’s kind of hypocritical when you see where I ranked them in the division). They were incredibly young last year and they started to look better deeper into the season, and they’ll be facing an Ocean team with some issues, albeit some talent.

That’s it for the inagural post. If anyone gets scores or knows of any postponements, please post them.

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  1. Welcome Back said, on September 11, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Matt:

    Nice site. Nice Blog. Nice Analysis. Are you equipped to receive digital photos for upload on the site? Stay dry.


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