September 10, 2016

Week 1 Flybys

By Christan Shirk

Harking back to the Flyby columns of yesteryear, this is a special edition of a few random notes, observations, insights, and factoids from the first week of action.

  The new men's team at New Rochelle has written a great opening chapter for their history book with a debut 3-0 win at John Jay followed by a 3-1 victory versus Southern Vermont in their inaugural home match. Congrats to the Blue Angels and their coach Nate Kalin who came to New Rochelle after three years at Mount St. Vincent where he took a team that had gone 6-29-4 in the previous three years and produced two winning season and a 33-22-2 overall record in his short stint. At 2-0-0, a third victory without a loss is quite possible as New Rochelle plays Albany Pharmacy Saturday.

  Another debut men's team, St. Elizabeth, also kicked off their inaugural campaign with a win, however, they did so without even having to break a sweat. The Eagles were credited with a 1-0 forfeit victory over York (N.Y.) who failed to show for the game by 30 minutes after the schedules kick-off. The chance to match New Rochelle's 2-0-0 start comes Saturday when Bryn Athyn comes to Morristown, NJ. [CORRECTION: I had originally stated that St. Elizabeth had defeated visiting York (N.Y.) 1-0 when in fact no game was played. Having been corrected by a reader, I must embarrassingly and humbly confess to assuming the reported score represented a game played, and did not make the minimal effort to learn more about the game before including it in my column. My apologies.]

  What a juxtaposition of results for Rhode Island at the Roger Williams' opening weekend tournament! On Saturday the Anchormen lost 0-2 to Clark (25-42-5 over the last four years) before reversing the score line in a 2-0 Sunday win over Montclair State (72-15-5 over the last four years). Soccer game be such a funny, fickle game.

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Christan Shirk


Christan Shirk is a Messiah College graduate (1993, Civil Engineering) and has been a keen and passionate observer of D-III soccer for over a decade. Never more than a rec-league player himself, Chris brings an analytical approach and nationwide perspective to He loves D-III soccer history, statistical number-crunching, and off-the-radar action, all of which he gladly shares with his readers when he's able to find time to write.

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