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Saturday Warm-Up

Posted in Uncategorized by mattmanley on October 3, 2009

Some quick thoughts before I hit the road for a long Saturday.

– If I had to guess, Marlboro will be vulnerable for another game and a half. It just works out that way during a long season. A team as talented and playing as sharp as Marlboro was before the Freehold Twp. game just hits a lull sometimes and my nonprofessional prognosis is that they’ll be beatable for the next three halves of soccer. Colts Neck needs to kick them while their down, while the Mustangs just need to either grind through it or catch the Cougars on a bad day. I think I just made up the last 90 words. That’s what happens when you write from your gut.

– Based on the last two years, Freehold Township doesn’t really have letdowns. They have hot streaks and cold streaks. I don’t expect them to lose today. And to Howell, you’re welcome for the jinx.

Edit: Marlboro and Howell both win 2-1. I’ve never had a worse read on a team than I have on Marlboro. Please don’t listen to me. I hope you’re not listening. Just read and laugh…at me, not with me.

– Toms River East will not go quietly into that good night. They were all but burried after the loss to Mon Don Monday, but a win over a struggling Brick Memorial team gets the Raiders back to .500 in the division.

– I know Lacey, losers of two straight,  is three games over .500, but the Lions and their Saturday opponent, Jackson Memorial (4-5), will both be desperate for a win.

– A win over Toms River North today could really put Toms River South on the SCT radar. The Indians have caught the goal-scoring bug, but their defense needs to show up against a Mariners team that is even better on turf than South is. North, meanwhile would probably be in the clear for a top four seed in the SCT with a win today.

– Rumson and RBC could both use a win in their showdown today. With a tough A Central schedule, losses outside the division will really hurt the Caseys’ postseason chances, while Rumson needs the out-of-division wins to strengthen its SCT seeding case. Should be a well-contested, even game.

– From now on, Saturday’s in Shore Conference Soccer will be known as “Judgement Day.” That sounds very ESPN.


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