The Vanderbilt Commodores open their 2021 soccer year at 7PM CT tonight from the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles. The match at the Vanderbilt Soccer/Lacrosse Sophisticated will be streamed on SECN+, which ought to be cost-free with your cable/satellite subscription. Attendance is, as for all soccer matches, cost-free.
Vanderbilt not long ago declared a sequence of promotions to stimulate supporters to appear out to matches. Tonight, the initial 250 lovers will get absolutely free ice product, and there will also be a “Kids Korner” with “poster earning station, sidewalk chalk, routines.” Any person go appreciate some ice product for me considering the fact that I am pretty unlikely to make it out for tonight’s match.
As Tom pointed out in the Anchor Fall yesterday, the SEC Coaches ranked Vanderbilt 4th in the league. Darren Ambrose’s squad had now been tabbed as #18 in the region by the United Soccer Coaches preseason poll. These rankings really should give you some strategy (if you have not browse anything I have created about the workforce) of how talented this team is and what variety of program Mentor Ambrose is constructing.
The two-match preseason slate gave Vanderbilt a brief time to figure out some significant issues. Although only three significant pieces moved on at the finish of final season, Haley Hopkins still left a gaping gap. No a person player is most likely to fill her footwear, and the inability to see the Memphis exhibition even more restricted my capacity to notice the changes from previous year. What I did see amazed me a little bit with the use of a 4-4-2 with a diamond midfield, but Maddie Elwell and Raegan Kelley also did not look in that match. With only one particular details position, it is tough to know no matter whether the deployment that night was just one we might see with the complete roster or was an adjustment dependent on who was out there.
Vanderbilt will encounter a Tennessee Tech workforce that prides itself on currently being virtually difficult to crack defensively. The Golden Eagles also performed two exhibitions. They opened by beating North Alabama 2- then dropped 2- to MTSU. Both of those matches ended up in Cookeville. The Golden Eagles return a incredibly experienced team. Katie Ban Lancaster is the only player who appeared in a match and is not returning. She started off 4 matches and played all 10.
To that issue, TTU performed a 10-match OVC-only routine. The Golden Eagles have been 4-5-1. Protection was the contacting card, and Isabelle Austin was named OVC Goalkeeper of the Calendar year. She started all 10 matches and played each minute while making it possible for only 7 ambitions from 65 pictures on goal. The defense making it possible for 6.5 SOG per match is not specially remarkable but not also negative. Austin acquired her award for guaranteed. The attack was a trouble though. Making 5.6 SOG for every activity is under regular but not dreadful. Scoring only 6 situations in 10 matches is not heading to win several contests nevertheless. I am not sure if shot top quality was the situation or if quality of finishing finished with two may well straightforward will save.
For some comparison, Vanderbilt 5.7 SOG for each game whilst scoring 1.88 objectives for every sport. Defensively, the Commodores authorized 1.25 plans per activity from 4.8 SOG per video game. Vanderbilt permitted 1.7 fewer SOG for every sport but was scored on .65 instances more for every sport. Sarah Fuller was fantastic in net, far too, so that tells you about Austin’s shot stopping skill.
Experiencing an expert squad early in the period poses some worries. I question Tech has many place battles up for grabs, but it is probable some freshman or other newcomers will be pushing for enjoying time, especially at midfield or forward the place far more attacking participate in may well be ideal. The great information is that Vanderbilt also is very expert. I outlined there remaining 3 sizeable losses. Outside of Hopkins, appropriate midfielder Leila Azari and goalkeeper/put kicker Sarah Fuller were the noteworthy departures. Kate Devine has impressed every single time she has been on the discipline, including starting about Fuller in previous spring’s NCAA tournament match versus Penn Point out.
Azari’s alternative probably is dependent on what formation and tactical devices Mentor Ambrose chooses to hire. There is also a smaller bit of suspense about Myra Konte’s availability. The Hustler appeared to reveal Konte would not be playing this time, but she is portion of the advertising schedule poster giveaway. Since the personal injury in dilemma occurred previous season, it would seem odd that she would be on the poster if the staff knew she would not be taking part in. Both way, the defensive selections with out her are nonetheless much more than experienced among Ava Hetzel, Ella Shamburger, Maya Antoine, and Madiya Harriott.
Exterior of the development, I even now want to see who is taking part in up top. It is not just about changing Hopkins. Regardless of how outstanding she was at ahead, university athletics are all about replacing gamers as they cycle out. As I discussed in the ahead preview, the Commodores have some theoretically excellent options there and which pair or trio is effective best with each other may not be the two or three most independently gifted gamers.
Issues aside, this match is winnable. It is a matchup Vanderbilt really should acquire relatively handily. Tennessee Tech are not pushover, but their protection was not notably very good at suppressing photographs. Elwell, Kelley, Brighton, and many others are unlikely to be held off the board if the Golden Eagles allow for the similar shot volume. Even a ‘keeper as proficient as Austin will possibly make a miscalculation or just be crushed by a excellent shot at some issue.
Yet again, I will not be attending the match. Owing to operate, I would be not able to make kickoff, so I would instead just enjoy from property. I am preparing on creating it down for Sunday’s contest with Purdue. At the time the lineups are out, I will increase put up them in the comments. As usually, if there are any questions just before, in the course of, or after the match, experience cost-free to drop a remark.