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Playoff Predictions - 3rd Division

Post  Raider9726 on Wed Jul 27, 2016 10:25 am

Time to potentially right my wrongs, or continue to not believe in certain teams, the latter of course will spark a fire under specific readers and when they prove me wrong, they'll call me names on Twitter.  But I'm ready for it!  I'm putting myself out there to be criticized, all for the collective benefit of the league.  So you can thank me while you cuss me out, then I'm all good:

3rd Division

#6 Aurora Arsenal II (5-3-2) at #3 FK Bosna (6-2-2)
Pre-season Predictions: Aurora Arsenal II to finish 9th, FK Bosna 8th

So I missed on both of these teams, mainly because I thought the division would be a bit stronger.  Celtic Classic, GWB and Revolution all disappointed me to a degree, and hence some teams had to move up.  I'm actually disappointed these two teams are meeting in this stage, as I think of the four playing this weekend, they're the best two.  I would have loved to pick AAII into the semi finals, but I can't really disregard FK Bosna's form.  They haven't lost in league play since May.  Their lone loss since then came at the hands of Rogue FC in Cup play, and they lost 1-0.  Impressive indeed.

Prediction: FK Bosna 2, Aurora Arsenal II 1

#5 Devils (5-3-2) at #4 LaSalle (6-3-1)
Pre-Season Predictions: Devils to finish 7th, LaSalle to finish 6th

For awhile there, LaSalle was proving me wrong.  Wrong in the sense that they'd actually have their talented players stay committed, and it showed as they raced off to the lead in the division table.  But the collapse certainly came, and I can't help but notice that this took place while Ryan Edwards stopped showing up (out of the area for the remainder of the season).  Huge blow.  Goal scoring will have to come from King and Ventresca, but the Devils are strong in between the pipes.  I'm not super high on the Devils, but I think they can get by LaSalle, who is a shell of who they once were, considering their attendance issues.

Prediction: Devils 2, LaSalle 1 OT

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Semi-Finals

#5 Devils at #1 Dutch (8-2-0)
Pre-season Prediction for Dutch: 1st (Hey now!)

This is a bad, bad matchup for Devils, one we didn't get to see in the regular season because Devils were granted arguably the easiest D3 schedule this season.  Dutch win comfortably, 4-1.

#3 FK Bosna at #2 Youngstown Marksmen (7-1-2)
Pre-season Prediction for Youngstown: 3rd

This could have the makings of a great game.  Promotion is on the line, and these two teams are probably closer to equals than the scoreline back in May suggested, when the Marksmen disposed of Bosna 4-1.  Youngstown has been consistent all year, while Bosna has been red hot.  I think we have yet another OT game here, but I'll give an ever so slight edge to the Marksmen.  Yougnstown 2-2, winners in PK's on some nice saves by Mr. Hastings in net.

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Final

#2 Youngstown Marksmen at #1 Dutch

I'm predicting another super hot day on the Nichols turf at 1pm a few weeks from now.  With the lack of fans present (people fans and non-people fans to cool the players), this game will be more of a drag.  Both are up for promotion already, so it's all about who wants the Trophy more.  I think we see two teams happy to simply finish out a long season, and Dutch gets a goal early in the second half, followed by another right before the final whistle.  2-0 Dutch.

Predicted champion: Dutch


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Re: Playoff Predictions - 3rd Division

Post  ajbalsd on Wed Jul 27, 2016 2:07 pm

That post is a huge reason people shouldn't get mad at you, but I know that doesn't stop them. You use some great logic in your choices, although most of us don't use logic when thinking/talking. I'll throw in my own skewed viewpoints on this playoff season....

AAII at FK Bosnia

I would have to agree with your assessment here. FK Bosnia starting picking up speed a few weeks into the season, and have not slowed down. They have many talented players, especially down the middle. They are pretty big and are not afraid to play the body if necessary (or talk trash, which I can attest that a few of them know how to do, granted, I probably started most of it). I was not really impressed with AAII. Yes, we lost to them, but they pretty much had one player that they fed throughout the game. He was pretty fast and talented, but also kind of cheap. You take him out (no, not injuring/hurting him), and their team is not that dangerous.

Prediction: FK Bosnia 3, AAII 1

Devils at LaSalle

This one will be tough for me to predict without having a slight (or huge) bias towards the Devils (a good chunk of the guys all went to the same high school that I did, and I played with a few of them). Also, we only saw LaSalle with eight guys. There was only one guy that was very dangerous for LaSalle, both ridiculous speed and great skill with the ball. If they can somehow contain him, I think the Devils can move on. That, and their keeper is pretty darn good/amazing.

Prediction: Devils 3, LaSalle 2

Semi-Finals

Devils at Dutch

Again, this is going to be tough to call. I was laying on a beach when we played the Dutch, so I can only go by their record and what I saw during the indoor season. They seem to have it all together this year, and I am not too sure the Devils can overcome that. Plus, I would rather see the Devils in our division next year.

Prediction: Dutch 3 - Devils 2

FK Bosnia at Youngstown Marksmen

We didn't have the pleasure of playing Youngstown this year, but 95% of their players are half our age. I think that this will hurt them in this game. FK Bosnia has plenty of youth on their team with a good mixture of veteran players. I think that this will push them over the edge. I agree on the OT though.

Prediction: FK Bosnia 2 - Marksment 2 (FK 5-4 in PK's)

Final

FK Bosnia at Dutch

It really is no fun to play at Nichols at 1pm. You feel like you are playing on an oven, and there is no relief. Your feet are on fire from the minute you step on the field, and it feels like you can't breathe at times. However, it is a great field to play on. If this indeed is the final, I might have to make a trip out there, no matter how hot it is. These two teams playing for the trophy would be a great game! Also, we had a TON of fans last year for our game, and we even stayed for the other games too! That being said, I think the Dutch will pull this out in OT, scoring in the second extra time session,

Prediction: Dutch 2 - FK Bosnia 1 (OT)
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Re: Playoff Predictions - 3rd Division

Post  BHastings on Thu Jul 28, 2016 9:52 pm

It's a dirty job, but someones gotta make the predictions.

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Re: Playoff Predictions - 3rd Division

Post  ajbalsd on Mon Aug 08, 2016 9:02 pm

Would you look at that? A "perfect" playoff prediction up to the final.......
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Re: Playoff Predictions - 3rd Division

Post  MitchAC on Tue Aug 09, 2016 4:40 pm

Well played. Would have been amazing if you even called the forfeit.

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Re: Playoff Predictions - 3rd Division

Post  ajbalsd on Tue Aug 09, 2016 6:34 pm

I think that was implied with the Devils moving on lol......

Good luck to you guys. Glad to see you are showing the league where you really belong!
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Re: Playoff Predictions - 3rd Division

Post  MitchAC on Wed Aug 10, 2016 5:59 pm

Haha thanks Rev! Couldn't have done it without your support. Hope you guys rebound next year!

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