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Cardinal Points. (Plattsburgh, N.Y.) 1940-current, September 18, 1997, Image 16

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SEPTEMBER 18.1997 CARDINAL fUllSlb. \m Cardinal men take tough loss to Nazareth College Golden Flyers Sean Swift C.R staff writer The Cardinal men's soccer team suffered their first loss of the season on Sept. 13 afternoon, a 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Nazareth Golden Flyers. The Golden Flyers received an impressive performance from their goalkeeper Jim Tiffin. After just seven minutes Plattsburgh forward Marc Hinds was one-on- one with Tiffin when Tiffin made a spectacular sprawling save to prevent a goal. Tiffin again denied Hinds with another diving save, preventing Nazareth from falling behind. Pittsburgh's defense gave Cardi- nal goalkeeper Andrew Cumbo an easy first half by preventing Nazareth scoring opportunities. The second half started off slow with both teams playing solid de- fense. After about eight minutes the Golden Flyers created their first good scoring chance. Fifty- three minutes into the game, Nazareth sent a corner kick into the penalty box. The Cardinals couldn't clear it, and Cumbo made an outstanding diving save on the ensuing shot. Just three minutes later, Nazareth scored the eventual game winning goal. Golden Flyer mid fielder Zack Brooks ran down the sideline and sent a crossing Repeated Cardinal passing efforts were not enough to overcome the Golden Flyers pass into the penalty box when his teammate headed the ball into the net. • Plattsburgh came alive after Nazareth's goal, keeping the of- fense going for the remaining 34 minutes. It even seemed Plattsburgh would tie the score 22 minutes later, but Cardinal forwardChris- tian Gondek rattled a shot off the right goal post. Five minutes later, Dan Corbett sent a crossing pass into the Nazareth penalty box where sev- eral teammates waited but could not get a clear shot on the Golden Flyer net Just two minutes later, Plattsburgh was again at Nazareth's doorstep. Tiffin made another key save but left a re- bound and a wide open net. How- ever, Plattsburgh again failed to capitalize on a scoring opportu- nity. Finally, the Cardinals took their last crack at a tie with just three minutes remaining. Corbett blasted a shot toward Nazareth's net, but Tiffin smothered the shot and Plattsburgh's chances to tie. Plattsburgh played hard, but Tiffin's outstanding saves proved too much for the Cardinals, drop- ping their record to 2-1 -0. 1997-98 NFL season preview Steve Haffner C.R staff writer Coaches will also have an ef- play the great ones. A poor Balti- fect on their teams performances, more club played Jacksonville in Bill Parcells is now coaching the Jets, and he wilt make his team formidable. He is a strong coach who knows what needs to be done This year's NFL season should be full of excitement; already in the first three weeks there have been three one-point games, in order to win. His system is down, and won the game the opening week and lost by only one point. Philadelphia played Green Bay in Week 2, didn't al- low the Pack to score a touch- want you. Parcells' Jets won't make the of last year. Dick Vermeil is now the Rams' head coach. He lacks experience ami talent to make the team a powerhouse, but he can make them better. There will be plenty of races for simple; play hard-nosed, smash- divisional titles and playoff mouth football for 60 minutes, berths, and many players will and if you can't then he doesn't chase records that are decades old. For this upcoming season, no one team will dominate, and the players will have equal opportu- nities against one another^ com- pete. What we wilt probably see this season is most of the league fin- ishing with records between 6-10 and 10-6. Why? There are a whole host of reasons. Players have moved around. Kevin Greene was released by Carolina and picked up by the 49ers. To fill the void, the Pan- thers signed former Saint ReynaidoTurnbull. Turnbull is not as good, and he will have to get used to Carolina's defensive system. It weakens them slightly, and as a result, Carolina won't have as strong a defense as it did last year. Sure, it's only one player, but when the one player is Kevin Greene, H will make a difference. Change will also face the NFL because players have gotten hurt. Jerry Rice is no longer playing Young is not 100%. This situation is detrimental to San Francisco. The team still has enough talent to make the playoffs and even win the NFC West but they may not do as well as in previous seasons There will be many games that will be decided in the fourth quar- ter this season, regardless of who's playing who. Could the Falcons steal one from San Fran- playoffs this year, but an 8-8 sea- cisco at 3Com Park? Sure: Could son is realistic. He will bring Tennessee beat Pittsburgh at them away from the 1-15 debacle Three Rivers Stadium? Abso- lutely. Because of this, strange things could happen. A team that goes 7-9 could make the playoffs. A team that goes 8-8 could make it to a conference title game. And a \He runs a basic offense, but team could go 9-7 and win their what he is really trying to do is division. Every team has a hun- strengthen the defense. Bud ger to win, which is why many Carson is the defensive coordina- tor and he loves to blitz and throw different sets at opponents. Time will tell how the Rams' defense will perform. Mike Dttka is the coach we all love to hate. His brand of foot- ball is well known; mistake-free football, efficiency on offense, and a suffocating defense. So far, Ditka hasn't used any of these three, and tie witt have his hands full trying to bring the Saints back from last year's disastrous 3-13 campaign. Another reason why records will be average are because of the teams performances. The bad teams will rise to the occasion when they play good ones. The good ones will rise when they will wind up with the same record this year. Of course, there will be a few exceptions. Green Bay may run away with the NFC Central, and it would not be surprising if they go 12-4 or 13-3. The same goes for Denver in the AFC West On the flipside, learns like Seattle, Indianapolis, New Orleans and Atlanta could win no more than three games, especially after die way they have played thus far. However, 24 teams are left who could be bunched together and wind up duking it out in Week 17 to go to the playoffs. Even though many will post average numbers, it should make for a very exciting season

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