Thursday, September 01, 2005

The Real Football Previews

The men's and women's soccer season begins today at nine different venues. Here are links to team previews (where available) throughout the Centennial Conference.

Franklin & Marshall: The Franklin & Marshall College men's soccer team has been selected to finish fourth in the quest for the Centennial Conference (CC) title according to a poll of the CC head coaches.
Gettysburg: In 2004, the Gettysburg men’s soccer team absorbed a tough lesson about margin of error – or, more specifically, the lack of one in the Centennial Conference (CC).
Haverford: Led by seniors Ben Bowens and Ben Leftwich in attack, and by seniors David Poolman and Greg Reed on defense, the Fords look forward to competing for a Centennial Conference playoff berth in 2005.
Johns Hopkins: The Blue Jays return seven starters and enter the season ranked first in the Centennial Conference and 11th in the nation, which is exactly where they left off last November.
Muhlenberg: Imagine a place so dreaded that the mere mention of it elicits groans. Now imagine going there voluntarily.
Swarthmore: The Swarthmore men’s soccer team kicks off the 2005 season at the annual Garnet Alumni Classic on Labor Day Weekend.

Bryn Mawr: Thanks to a strong core of returning players and a talented recruiting class, Head Coach Amy Nakamoto and her Bryn Mawr soccer team are ready to make some noise in the Centennial Conference this season.
Franklin & Marshall: The Franklin & Marshall College women's soccer team has been selected to finish eighth in the quest for the Centennial Conference (CC) title according to a poll of the CC head coaches.
Gettysburg: Yes, the Gettysburg women’s soccer team graduated a number of key players from last year’s Centennial Conference (CC) championship squad. But that doesn’t mean the r-word applies to the 2005 version.
Haverford: After a record-breaking 2004 campaign - in which the Fords set new college marks in wins (15), goals scored (65) and fewest losses (2), Haverford is focused on winning the Centennial Conference Championship this year for the first time since 1995.
Johns Hopkins: Despite success, winners never settle. For Leo Weil's Johns Hopkins women's soccer team, 2004 was another winning season, highlighted by a 16-5-1 record, good for second most wins in the program's history and a tie for the third best winning percentage (.750) by a Hopkins squad.
Muhlenberg: While the members of the Muhlenberg women’s soccer team spent their preseason waiting for Head Coach Leslie Benintend to give birth to her first child, they were also working hard to help the program experience a rebirth.
Swarthmore: The leaf that is the 23rd edition of the Swarthmore women’s soccer team has turned, bringing new faces to scenic Clothier Field. Eight seniors and head coach Amy Brunner have departed, signaling a changing of the guard for the Garnet.

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