Here's is my game story from tonight, the boys Mountain League championship game.
By TY R. STATES Contributing Writer There are times that a team's overall win-loss record is not indicative of how good or bad they actually are. Huntingdon once again made a statement to that fact Monday in Mill Hall by beating Central Mountain 2-1 and taking the Mountain League championship with just its fifth win of the season. The Bearcats are definitely not your normal 5-13 squad. This year was very strange as Huntingdon lost nine games by one goal. The 10th such game was a win over the Wildcats (12-5-1) on their home turf. "I'm elated,!" Michael Armstrong said at the end of his first season as Huntingdon's head coach. "This makes up for everything. It takes the whole season and erases it. It means nothing now. I told them if you go out and become league champions, nobody is going to remember your record." The people from Central Mountain should have expected a good game against the Bearcats after wins by scores of 1-0 and 3-1 during the regular season. Instead, all the talk was about how can a team coming in at 4-13 be playing in the league championship. Huntingdon didn't back down and provided a sweet ending to a rough year with its first league title in five years. The Wildcats got on the board first less than 10 minutes into the match. Hunter Tressler took the corner kick and Kyler Klein was in the box to knock it past goalkeeper Jacob Finkle. It was a good play, but after that Finkle was great in front of the net, making big stops to keep the score at 1-0. This was his second consecutive game playing for the injured Keith Moore. "Jacob Finkle was incredible and stepped up in a huge way," senior Greg Yelnosky said. "After everything we've been through it was great to beat Philipsburg, and we played well all around tonight. We took it to them and came away with a league championship." The Bearcats beat Philipsburg 4-1 Saturday, then got help from Tyrone who topped Clearfield 1-0 to send Huntingdon to the league championship match. Huntingdon still trailed 1-0 heading into the second half. After a lot of good action from both squads, Ben Hsiung sent the ball up to Yelnosky and he registered his fifth goal of the year to tie the game with 20:42 still to play. Finkle made a great save on a shot from right in front of him. Time was winding down, but the 'Cats struck to take a 2-1 lead with 2:40 left on the clock. Peter Rosenberger put the ball into the box and Tyler Reed finished the play for the game-winning goal. Huntingdon ended its season with the best possible outcome, and made this year one to remember instead of one to forget.
Post by Crimson Cross on Oct 29, 2011 6:48:12 GMT -5
Norwich City has done pretty good in their return to the EPL, you've got to love that. So for you who live in England, whats your thoughts of the American owners of a team in the EPL want relegation removed from the EPL? It's stupid in my view and we need to keep our noses out of other countries rules for their sports leagues. These owners are afraid of being relegated, too bad then you shouldn't own a team when you have no clue what your doing..
Without it the lower leagues would be stifled. Part of the joy of football is that a lower league team can make it to the very top!
I agree. I love the promotion/relegation system. I understand why the owners of Premier clubs would want to abolish the system (it protects their investment) but I hope that it stays.
I think that the current system prevents teams from tanking for draft picks (like in the NBA), or cashing revenue-sharing checks (like MLB) without worrying about any real consequence (other than perhaps a 1-year dip in attendance). Relegation really puts a damper on those activities because you wouldn't want to risk being moved down and losing the "big" league's revenue streams.
I'm not suggesting that MLB adopt the system, but I love it for soccer.
Post by Crimson Cross on Oct 29, 2011 10:50:20 GMT -5
Relegation & Promoting is a very cool thing and from what was reported several weeks back it was only the American owners in the EPL that want Relegation gone. I honestly like the whole concept of Relegation and it is something that should remain unique to Football/Soccer...
Promotion/Relegation debate ? = Depends who you support I suppose in a way ? . My team Leeds Utd are not in the Premiership , but the league below (Championship) . So I would not agree with it . But personally no matter who it is the bottom 3 , should be relegated . Rules are rules . Got to give teams (and the fans) hope . Every team wants to play Liverpool , Man Utd , Chelsea etc . Most of the foreign owners saying NO relegation . Own clubs near the bottom end of the league . Where ever year relegation is a nervous 12 months ? . Theyre running out of nails to bite .
By the way what about never bizzare result Chelsea 3 Arsenal 5
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Gunners 5 - 3 win over Chelsea was AWESOME! Cannot say enough of RVP and the rest of the team is starting to gel...Wonder if Gael, Cesc and Sami would rather be playing more for the Gunners than watching where they are now...just wondering.
While not a Man City fan i really Really REALLY liked Man City giving Man U a taste of what they did to Arsenal earlier this year...Not so cool Man U fans when you get it full in the face.
On Relegaion...the foreign owners knew what they were getting into when they bought...FA won't likely change it. I love the promotion/relegation format and wish there was a league over here in the states that would go for a format as such to build popularity. With all of the changes in conferences in College Football, setting up a system like this in the BCS subdivision would be a lot of fun to see...