Purple Haize wrote:
47/5-2 wrote: ↑September 28th, 2022, 12:30 pm
Unacceptable result. We are squandering our resources establishing a floor while capping our ceiling.
Not sure about squandering resources. Or capping a ceiling. Especially when you see the caliber of teams they’ve competed against.
Longwood is traditionally one of the worst programs in men's college soccer. Since 2017, if you take away their results against Liberty, UNC Asheville (one of the worst programs in the country), Robert Morris (one of the worst programs in the country... although they are moving into being at least competitive because they lucked out with getting O'Keefe after the App State budget cuts), Howard (one of the worst athletic programs in the country), and VMI (the worst men's soccer program in the country... we beat them 9 - 1 last year, the same year VMI had a 3-3 draw with Ashville... point is, wins against VMI and Ashville are inevitable) Longwood is 9-58-9 (they have 12 wins against VMI, Ashville, Liberty, Robert Morris over that time period). Literally, these are all programs that routinely have 1 to 3 win seasons. We have now lost to them in 2021 and tied them in 2022.
The resources and facilities available to our men's soccer program are BETTER, or at least equal 2 (and in almost every situation they actually are better) most Big Ten & ACC programs.
We cannot, in back to back years, have negative results to a program like Longwood. We simply can't.
We have top 25 resources AND top 25 expectations. This is no longer a program in transition. This is year four. We are a junior/senior laden team. This team has been building for this year. Could we drop a game to a Lipscomb or FGCU? Sure. They're good teams. And as you know, soccer is a sport that is susceptible to the better/more talented team not always winning. But we can't drop both. And we certainly can't go two straight years losing or drawing Longwood. That result is shocking.
Like Bill Parcels said, "you are what your record says you are". Right now, we are 2-3-3 and that's not good enough for where we should be (or expect to be) in this process. I'm sure the staff isn't happy with that record (or the results) and would say the same. The conference (regular season) is most likely already out of reach and we are still in September. Hopefully, they start to get back on track against Stetson. If not, we may find ourselves on the struggle bus to even make the conference tournament. Stetson may just be the biggest game of our season. Let's hope we can beat the Hatters!
If you don't have time to do something right, when will you have time to do it over?