So even though the men’s basketball team is heading to Italy, we are still still a few months away from the regular season; but hey UNO has other sports to keep me from debating a chemically induced coma to ride out the wait until mid-November.
My wife and I recently took a much needed 10 day vacation, half of it was in Portland and the other half was in Vegas. While we were in Portland, our friends were talking a lot of Portland Timbers talk and I just stood there and did the smile and nod to pretend to know that I knew what they were talking about. A majority of our friends in the Northwest are Washington State alumni and fans, so they absolutely hate the University of Washington and I have jumped in that circle of hate (for the conformity). Since the Cougars do not have a men’s soccer team, I have allowed them to join in on the Mavericks soccer bandwagon. They were actually pretty satisfied to join the Mavericks bandwagon since UNO plays an exhibition against their bitter rival Washington Huskies. We have a few more fans!
I know very little about soccer. I sit there and watch it, and I am generally pretty entertained, but I am a lot like a woman trying to watch Avengers: Age of Ultron as her first movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Offense? I do not understand how to formulate an offense in soccer. Whenever I have played open soccer, my strategy is to just kick it the ball in that one direction that gets less people getting mad at me.
So instead of being that guy that opens the hood of his car and pretends to know what he is doing until breaking his pride realizing that his man card is about to expire, I am just going to throw out some blind resumes and hope for the best here.
In the 2014 season: Denver, Omaha, Oral Roberts, and Western Illinois all tied for the regular season championship. Denver won the conference championship, but how about we take a look to see if anyone can overthrow them as Summit League champions by looking at the blind resumes of those four teams based on some 2014 statistics. Aside from these four teams, IUPUI looks like they can actually be pretty good this season. I based that on very little.
If you were a die hard fan, you probably already know who all of these teams are, so yeah, I am dumb.
Overall Record: 11-8-1
In 2014, they had 6 All Conference players, one of which was on the 1st Team. Of those six players, they are losing 2 of those players. If you are keeping track, they are returning four 2nd Team players.
Best RPI win was against # 55, and they also had a win against # 57.
Worst RPI loss was against # 146, also lost to # 142.
Goals on the year: 32 (1.6/game)
Opponents Goals: 25 (1.25/game)
Steaks: 3 separate two game winning streaks
Overall Record: 10-5-2
In 2014, they had 5 All Conference players, three of which were on the 1st Team. Of those five player, they are losing three of those players. They will be returning one 1st Team player and one 2nd Team player.
Best RPI win was against # 91, also had a tie with # 55.
Worst RPI loss was to # 166.
Goals on the year: 25 (1.47/game)
Opponents Goals: 18 (1.05/game)
Steaks: 3 separate three game winning steaks
Overall Record: 9-7-3
In 2014, they had 5 All Conference players, four of which were on the 1st team. Three of those players have graduated. They will be returning one 1st Team player and one 2nd Team player.
Best RPI win against # 99
Worst RPI loss to # 189
Goals on the year: 22 (1.15/game)
Opponents Goals: 18 (0.95/game)
Streaks: 6 game winning streak (all shutouts), 2 separate two game losing streaks
Overall Record: 8-8-2
In 2014, they had 2 All First Team Conference players, both of which have graduated.
Best RPI win was against # 76.
Worst RPI loss was to # 183
Goals on the year: 24 (1.33/game)
Opponents goals on the year: 25 (1.38/game)
Streaks: 4 games in a row without scoring a goal (3 losses, 1 tie). 3 shut out wins in a row
Based on this very little amount of information, I would have to say Team 1 is the favorite, but there is also very little information because I know very little…