In part II of our NWSL College Draft Preview, we will be breaking down each team in the NWSL and what their needs will be come draft day. It has been a busy off season thus far with free agent signings, multiple trades and with the introduction of the Houston Dash, an expansion draft. But now with teams gearing up towards Friday morning’s College Draft, teams will hope to fill some of those needs from America’s rising talent.
With the 2014 National Women’s Soccer League College Draft just two weeks away, Our Game Magazine will be breaking down all the Draft in two parts. Part One will be the Draft Big Board with a ranking of players by position and some sleepers that you will want to keep your eyes on come Draft Day. Part Two will break down each team of what they have done over the off season and what they positions they will be looking to fill via the draft.
by JJ Duke
It’s been about a week since the conclusion of the 2013 NCAA Women’s Soccer Season, giving us plenty of time to think about how to reflect on the past few months. We knew coming into 2013 that this season would be a wild and crazy ride full of unexpected twists and turns. And this season was exactly that. We saw new faces rise to the occasion, new teams take their game to the next level and the season ended with some of the old guard taking a step or two back. Also, most importantly to the plot line, we had a College Cup that involved four teams that never won a National Championship.
For many years now the NCAA has coined the build up to a National Final Four as “All Roads lead to ____(insert city that the tournament will conclude in)”. After the Elite Eight matches concluded last weekend: Florida State, Virginia, Virginia Tech and UCLA will take to the road one more time, with the destination being WakeMed Park in Cary, NC. Two national semifinals will be played on this evening and the victors comes the opportunity to play for a National Championship on Sunday afternoon.
How time flies when we are having fun. It started with 64 teams two weeks ago and after 56 matches, the 2013 NCAA Tournament has been whittled down to just eight teams. And we have seen it all so far: classic 1-nil nail biters, 4-nil (and one 9-nil) shellackings, overtime winners and seven matches decided by penalty kicks. Through all that only eight teams, including all four Number One seeds, have won three straight matches and see themselves only 90 minutes away from Cary and the College Cup. Lets take a look how we got here and what to expect on Friday and Saturday.
The 2013 regular season and conference tournaments have concluded and the NCAA has whittled the competition down to 64 teams to battle it out to reach the College Cup in Cary, NC. We have seen a lot of great stories in that time: the introduction of some rising players, the return of familiar faces, a team that ran the table in the regular season but couldn’t reach the final of its conference tournament and a few underdogs that played the spoiler role.
But now its the business end of the NCAA season. And after the NCAA revealed the Road to the College Cup, here is OGM’s Preview Guide for the 2013 Division I NCAA Tournament: