The Vanderbilt Commodores open their 2021 soccer season at 7PM CT tonight towards the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles. The match at the Vanderbilt Soccer/Lacrosse Sophisticated will be streamed on SECN+, which must be free with your cable/satellite subscription. Attendance is, as for all soccer matches, free of charge.
Vanderbilt not too long ago announced a series of promotions to persuade followers to arrive out to matches. Tonight, the very first 250 lovers will get absolutely free ice cream, and there will also be a “Kids Korner” with “poster creating station, sidewalk chalk, things to do.” Someone go delight in some ice product for me considering that I am pretty unlikely to make it out for tonight’s match.
As Tom pointed out in the Anchor Drop yesterday, the SEC Coaches ranked Vanderbilt 4th in the league. Darren Ambrose’s squad had currently been tabbed as #18 in the state by the United Soccer Coaches preseason poll. These rankings need to give you some notion (if you have not go through just about anything I have created about the staff) of how talented this crew is and what sort of system Coach Ambrose is creating.
The two-match preseason slate gave Vanderbilt a short time to figure out some vital concerns. Whilst only three considerable pieces moved on at the conclusion of past time, Haley Hopkins left a gaping gap. No one particular participant is probable to fill her shoes, and the incapability to see the Memphis exhibition even further minimal my capability to notice the modifications from past year. What I did see stunned me a bit with the use of a 4-4-2 with a diamond midfield, but Maddie Elwell and Raegan Kelley also did not appear in that match. With only 1 details level, it is difficult to know regardless of whether the deployment that evening was one particular we may see with the full roster or was an adjustment based mostly on who was offered.
Vanderbilt will facial area a Tennessee Tech workforce that prides alone on being virtually unattainable to crack defensively. The Golden Eagles also performed two exhibitions. They opened by beating North Alabama 2- then lost 2- to MTSU. The two matches ended up in Cookeville. The Golden Eagles return a pretty professional team. Katie Ban Lancaster is the only participant who appeared in a match and is not returning. She commenced 4 matches and played all 10.
To that stage, TTU played a 10-match OVC-only timetable. The Golden Eagles have been 4-5-1. Defense was the contacting card, and Isabelle Austin was named OVC Goalkeeper of the Calendar year. She started out all 10 matches and played each minute though letting only 7 targets from 65 shots on aim. The defense letting 6.5 SOG for every match is not especially spectacular but not also terrible. Austin acquired her award for absolutely sure. The attack was a trouble however. Creating 5.6 SOG per activity is below normal but not awful. Scoring only 6 periods in 10 matches is not going to earn numerous contests while. I am not positive if shot excellent was the challenge or if good quality of ending finished with two might straightforward saves.
For some comparison, Vanderbilt 5.7 SOG for each activity when scoring 1.88 ambitions for every match. Defensively, the Commodores permitted 1.25 objectives for each match from 4.8 SOG for each video game. Vanderbilt allowed 1.7 fewer SOG for every match but was scored on .65 times far more for each video game. Sarah Fuller was wonderful in web, much too, so that tells you about Austin’s shot halting capability.
Going through an knowledgeable squad early in the time poses some difficulties. I question Tech has a lot of situation battles up for grabs, but it is probable some freshman or other newcomers will be pushing for actively playing time, primarily at midfield or forward where by more attacking engage in might be desired. The superior news is that Vanderbilt also is really knowledgeable. I talked about there currently being 3 major losses. Exterior of Hopkins, ideal midfielder Leila Azari and goalkeeper/put kicker Sarah Fuller were being the noteworthy departures. Kate Devine has amazed each and every time she has been on the subject, which include starting up around Fuller in very last spring’s NCAA tournament match against Penn Point out.
Azari’s substitution very likely depends on what formation and tactical units Coach Ambrose chooses to hire. There is also a modest bit of suspense about Myra Konte’s availability. The Hustler appeared to show Konte would not be actively playing this year, but she is section of the advertising timetable poster giveaway. Because the injuries in dilemma happened final period, it looks odd that she would be on the poster if the staff knew she would not be actively playing. Both way, the defensive choices without having her are still extra than certified in between Ava Hetzel, Ella Shamburger, Maya Antoine, and Madiya Harriott.
Outdoors of the formation, I however want to see who is participating in up top rated. It is not just about changing Hopkins. Irrespective of how exceptional she was at forward, college or university sporting activities are all about changing players as they cycle out. As I described in the ahead preview, the Commodores have some theoretically good choices there and which pair or trio operates greatest alongside one another might not be the two or three most independently gifted players.
Issues aside, this match is winnable. It is a matchup Vanderbilt ought to get reasonably handily. Tennessee Tech are not pushover, but their defense was not specially fantastic at suppressing photographs. Elwell, Kelley, Brighton, and others are not likely to be held off the board if the Golden Eagles allow for the exact shot quantity. Even a ‘keeper as proficient as Austin will both make a miscalculation or only be overwhelmed by a good shot at some point.
Again, I will not be attending the match. Because of to operate, I would be not able to make kickoff, so I would instead just observe from property. I am organizing on producing it down for Sunday’s contest with Purdue. At the time the lineups are out, I will increase write-up them in the responses. As normally, if there are any concerns right before, through, or right after the match, feel free to drop a comment.