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WPS: Going there

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I was at the preseason scrimmage between the Philadelphia Independence and Penn State last night. I saw many of the ‘big names’ up close, and they are neither as tall nor as short as you would think they were. (Except for PSU’s Lexi Marton…she really is as tall as they say she is. Must be the hair.)

Miserable weather, but at least we got to see the players up close. If you can, I highly recommend watching scrimmages with the players. They say the darndest things.

That’s all I’m going to say. I think I need a shower.

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Written by teamongolia

March 24, 2011 at 5:20 pm

NCAA: Get your Hermann Trophy semifinalists right here

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Q: So who’s in contention for the Hermann Trophy now?

A: Cassie Dickerson, Crystal Dunn, Sinead Farrelly, Adrianna Franch, Katy Frierson, Sarah Hagen, Melissa Henderson, Bianca Henninger, Kristen Mewis, Alex Morgan, Christine Nairn, Christen Press, Sophie Schmidt, Katie Stengel, Ingrid Wells.

Dr Dibble’s prediction that Sydney Leroux and Ali Hawkins would be in contention ended up being wrong. Not that either of them deserved to be in contention, anyway. Leroux can score for sure, but she was hardly as dominant as she was last year. What stuns me the most is Christine Nairn’s inclusion and Lauren Fowlkes’ exclusion. Alex Morgan shouldn’t really be on this list either, but I suppose being on the USWNT has its perks. (Once again, I have to remind you people that I always support Alex Morgan, I’ve been a fan of hers since November 2008. That doesn’t mean that I think she deserves every award under the sun, like UNC thinks it does.)

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: this award is Christen Press’ to lose. I would love it if Sarah “Badass” Hagen won it, but pretty sure she’s just there as a background extra.

P.S. I received a blog hit from somebody who wants to know if Christen Press has been called up to the national team. No, I do not know. Call Pia and ask.

NCAA: I’m My Own Grandfather

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All self-respecting women’s soccer fans should know about Lorrie and Ronnie Fair, Kristen and Samantha Mewis, and the DiMartino sisters. However, I must put some misconceptions to rest once and for all:

  1. Casey Nogueira and Mariah Nogueira are NOT RELATED. Full stop. End of story.
  2. Neither are Melissa Hayes (Penn State alumna) and Maya Hayes. This should be quite obvious with some research, but I had to learn this the hard way. Don’t be like me.
  3. On the other hand, incoming test subject Tar Heel Kealia Ohai is the younger sister of Megan Ohai (USC), who was on National Lampoon or something. Google “Megan Ohai” and you’ll see what I mean. Those Trojans, really.

Written by teamongolia

July 22, 2010 at 11:00 pm

NCAA: On Krissy Tribbett and Kristin Hartmann

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After sitting behind three-time All-American Alyssa Naeher for the past two years, Tribbett and Hartmann will be competing to take the starting role next season. With the Nittany Lions opening their spring exhibition season Saturday against West Virginia, the former backups will finally have their chance to play.

(The Daily Collegian, 2010 February 26)

Written by teamongolia

February 28, 2010 at 4:22 am