Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Race is (Still) On – Women’s Soccer

Now we’re down to the last weekend of conference play. All we’ve managed to accomplish in the past week is to eliminate one team from a chance at the conference tournament. You do you have love a conference that is so competitive that even down to the last week it is unclear who will win the conference regular season, host the tourney or even make the tourney field. The only problem with that is that it does wreak havoc with having LSC teams ranked nationally when the conference leaders are defeated by conference members in the bottom half of the standings.

The aforementioned surprises continue. The weekend featured an ACU loss to ENM, and then a Wildcat tie of West Texas – at home – in the normal conditions (gale-force cold winds) at The Pitch. ENM manages the win over (then) conference leader ACU, and then allows Angelo a 1-0 win? Central Oklahoma jumped into the vacated drivers seat with a 2-0 decision over Midwestern. TWU found their home-field mojo – can they find a way to take it with them to Oklahoma? SWOSU seems to have turned the corner, do they have two more wins in them to get to 5-5 in conference play?

We’re not brave enough this week to try and guess what might happen - let’s just set the stage for the weekend and let it happen. Central Oklahoma has 18 points and can get to an untouchable 24 with wins over Commerce and TWU. ACU stands at 17 points but only has one game left – against Midwestern – on the road. West Texas has 16 points, and has 22 points possible – facing ECU and NSU on the road. Midwestern, TWU and Commerce all have 15. Midwestern has ACU and Angelo at home, TWU has struggled on the road, and has road games at SWOSU and Central Oklahoma. Commerce also faces Central Oklahoma and SWOSU on the road. Angelo, SWOSU and ENM stand in the wings with 9 points. Angelo has Midwestern on the road, but ENM faces ECO and NSU and could get to 15 points. SWOSU could also reach 15 points with wins over TWU and Commerce. Only NSU has no chance at a tourney berth, but could have an impact upon seeding with their two games left.

Blow the whistle and touch the ball – we can’t wait !

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