Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Decision on football scrimmage due Wednesday

Word will come late Wednesday afternoon whether there will be a football scrimmage on Saturday in the 49ers’ new stadium.

The stadium is being inspected on Wednesday. If it passes, the scrimmage will be played. If not, it won’t.

Time for the scrimmage is tentatively set for 12:30 p.m. There will be no concessions or restrooms available, so plan accordingly.

Other notes

-- The 49ers women’s soccer team is pretty much limping into this week’s Atlantic 10 tournament at Rhode Island (which is still scheduled to be played despite Hurricane Sandy).

The eighth-seeded 49ers (10-7-2, 4-4-1) are 0-4-1 in their last five games and haven’t won since Oct. 12, when they beat Fordham 3-1. Charlotte’s next game was at La Salle, and it matched the last two unbeaten teams in the league. The Explorers won 2-1 and the 49ers haven’t been the same since, going scoreless in their last three games. They squeezed out the No. 8 seed for the eight-team tournament ahead of Richmond based on their 2-1 victory against the Spiders on Sept. 30.

But Charlotte gets a rematch with top-seeded La Salle (14-4-1, 8-0-1) in a first-round game at 11 a.m. Thursday. Other opening round games have No. 4 Butler facing No. 5 St. Bonaventure; No. 2 Dayton against No. 7 UMass and No. 3 VCU against No. 6 Saint Joseph’s.

-- Charlotte’s men’s soccer team can clinch a tie for the league’s regular-season title with a victory against George Washington on Saturday at Transamerica Field. The 11th-ranked 49ers (12-2-3, 6-1-1, 19 points) can win it outright if VCU (10-2-4, 6-1-1, 19) loses to Richmond. The Rams own the tiebreaker with Charlotte, by virtue of their 4-1 victory against the 49ers.

The league tournament, set for next week at Charlotte, figures to be extremely competitive with four teams – Charlotte, Saint Louis, VCU and Xavier – all being ranked nationally in various polls this season. Even Temple is a threat. The Owls (9-5-3, 5-1-2, 17) could win the regular season with a victory Saturday against Saint Joseph's and if Charlotte, VCU and Saint Louis lose their final games.

The 49ers, incidentally, will play their first-round game at 8 p.m. on Nov. 8, no matter what they are seeded.

The following night (Friday, Nov. 9) figures to be a busy one at Charlotte. The soccer semifinals are at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and the men’s basketball team opens its season at 6 p.m. in Halton Arena against Charleston Southern.
     
      -- Four Charlotte golfers posted season-low rounds Monday in the first round of the Pacific       Invitational at Stockton, Calif. Play was delayed Tuesday due to fog on the course.

Junior Joe Toland (seven-under 65) was tied for the tournament lead, while junior Franco Castro (70), sophomore Raoul Menard (71) and freshman Thomas Rowland (75) also all had season lows. Charlotte’s 10-under 278 was also a team season low and tied the 49ers for fourth place behind co-leaders Kansas State and Pacific and third-place BYU.

-- The Green baseball team took two out of three from the White in the Green-White World Series over the weekend. Brad Elwood’s four RBIs (including a homer and triple) clinched the series for the Green on Sunday with a 7-4 victory.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

VCU will likely trounce Richmond this weekend and Charlotte will defeat GW if the 49ers play anywhere near their capability. I'll be interested to see how many A10 teams make the NCAA and how Charlotte will be seeded should they be fortunate enough to win the league tournament. Hoping for a first round bye and at least one home game after that.

Anonymous said...

GO NINERS!

J said...

"Green-White World Series"

Am I the only one who laughed out loud at that? World Series? Not the way we played last year.

I'm not brimming with confidence for the soccer team. I really think we took a step back when we lost our coach. If VCU gets the league title and we lose in the first round of the A-10 tournament, I wouldn't be a bit surprised if we didn't get an NCAA bid at all. Hopefully I'll be dead wrong, we win both the regular season and tournament titles, and the NCAA is forced to make us a top 3 seed.

Anonymous said...

Men's soccer RPI is 9. (Thanks David for reporting this,BTW) It isn't going to drop enough for us to be left out of the NCAA altogether. I doubt last year's team had an RPI that high before the tournament. That by no means assures a run in the NCAA, since soccer results are very unpredictable.

Anonymous said...

Even if we lose our last home game and then lose in the A10 Tourney, the rpi will not drop that much. The A10 has some soccer teams with a fairly high rpi. We should already be a lock for the NCAA. Making it all the way to the National Championship Game again is a completely different story.

Anonymous said...

Even if we lose our last home game and then lose in the A10 Tourney, the rpi will not drop that much. The A10 has some soccer teams with a fairly high rpi. We should already be a lock for the NCAA. Making it all the way to the National Championship Game again is a completely different story.

Anonymous said...

My prediction: VCU wins to Richmond; Charlotte wins. VCU will win the regular season conf title by virtue of the tie breaker game already played this year. If Charlotte can win the A10 conf title, then we get a spot in the NCAA. If not, then our RPI of 9 should be enough to guarantee us an at large bid. Last year our RPI was below that and we still got an at large bid.