Re: Newton North Boy's Soccer
posted at 11/18/2010 10:34 AM EST
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.