Newton North Boy's Soccer

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    Newton North Boy's Soccer

    Deserves a lot of recognition for their late season heroics. After the passing of Ucal McKenzie who was coaching soccer at Newton North in 2008. Maybe the win vs. Lynn Engligh wasn't their best win, however they then proceeded to knock off Lexington, Acton-Boxboro, Masconomet and Brookline, arguably 4 Top 10 teams when they are playing at their best.

    Last season, I put them on the list of soccer powerhouses on their way down and ripped them for their 3 win season. However, it's only fair in return to acknowledge what they were able to do this season. Hopefully, this is a sign of NN returning to power.

    http://www.boston.com/sports/schools/soccer/articles/2010/11/17/the_slipper_slips_off/
     
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    Newton North playoff games.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/cbf9427
     
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    NN sure seems like an interesting story.  On the one hand, 4 of their regular-season wins were their games against D2 teams, so one argument would be that with a 3-5-6 record in D1, they should not have even qualified for the play-offs.

    But, 14 games against D1, that alone, is a strong schedule.  Using 3 points for a win (the general practice around the world), NN had 15 points in D1.  Running thru their playoff opponents:

    Lynn English only played 3 D1 games in their regular season, winning 1 for 3 points.

    Masco only played 2 D1 games in their regular season, winning both for 6 points.

    A-B went 8-1-1 in D1 matches in the regular season, so managing a tie in the playoffs was impressive (NN advanced after a shootout).

    Next was Lexington, which, despite their undefeated record overall, was like Masco, winning all 2 of their D1 regular-season matches.

    NN then faced Brookline, which was 7-2-6 in D1 play.  NN had played them twice during the season, most recently tieing them in late October.  NN forged another tie in the playoffs, advancing after another shootout.
    A fair revision of history might be to say that in the playoffs, NN should have been considered the favorite in 3 of their wins.  That said, kudos to them for managing ties against A-B and Brookline, after which the luck of the shootout fell their way twice in a row.
    All of this might be an argument to have all schools compete in the playoffs, and/or seed by points earned in the division.

     
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    Lets also not forget that Newton North wasn't just playing any D1 teams.  They played Braintree twice who got to the south sectional sem-finals.  Weymout twice who lost in the sectional final and brookline twice who newton beat in the north final.  Oh yea they played framingham twice who I think played in the two of the last 3 state finals.  And needham twice who also qualified for the tournament and is a perennial contender to win their sectional.
     
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    Really respect AlexFilides for this thread. Ucal was a man that I knew, and a great figure in the community. He was so excited to coach this team, and take them to this point in the season. This team fought for him. Critique their schedule anyway you'd like, but these kids fought when no one thought they could. Congratulations.
     
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    I don't think anyone can critique their schedule in a negative light.  My only point would be that their not really a 19 seed.  There clearly a top 10-15 team in the state and only playing in the toughest league in the state keeps their seeding so low.
     

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