Monday round-up: Get on it

Monday round-up: Get on it

If you’ve been a reader of this site for a few months, you know we’ve tried a few different approaches to a offering a community calendar. But have you taken a look at our new one yet?

Building a decent calendar is the opposite of sexy. It’s time-consuming, deathly dull, and basically devoid of creativity.

That said, a career in the news business convinced me there were few things more important than a good calendar of upcoming events.

So here’s the pitch: If you’ve got an organization or a team or a league that has a schedule, why not share it with me? I’m not currently set up to give you the keys to the calendar, but I’ll enter it for you — if you give me the information in an organized way.

See all those S.C. Spurs listings for their Tottenham watch parties at Prohibition (547 King St.)? Your team can have the same. Just send me a list of what games you’ll be watching, when, and where. And see that Tottenham page on the site? Your supporters group can have one, too. Email me at dan@danconover.com.

Nicki and his younger brother Jonathan, the captain of Scotland's paralympic football team.

Nicki and his younger brother Jonathan, the captain of Scotland’s paralympic football team.

NICKI PATERSON SERIES: I interviewed Battery midfielder Nicki Paterson back on Sept. 2, and didn’t actually finish transcribing our conversation until this morning. One reason it took me so long is that I’ve been, uh, over-scheduled this month. Another is that, well, Siri isn’t alone in her struggle with the Scottish accent.

But I’ll tell you what: In addition to being a fan favorite and one of the great modern players in Battery history, Paterson is also a candid, insightful talker, with a personal history in soccer that’s basically a study in tough breaks and perseverance.

So be on the lookout for a series of excerpts from that interview over the coming week or so. I’m also hoping to get started on a series of articles reviewing the 2013 Battery season.

NON-CONFERENCE SEASON ENDS WITH A THUD: If you look around the Charleston collegiate soccer landscape at the moment, it’s littered with the debris of valiant ambition, near-misses and smoldering question marks. Not one of our four teams has a winning record.

The College of Charleston men, starting over this fall with a lineup that relies heavily on at least five freshman and a junior-college transfer, head into conference play this weekend with a 1-5-0 record that includes losses to No. 8 Akron, No.  47 Stanford, and — on Sunday night — No. 4 California (they also lost to an alarmingly good Vermont team, and in a squeaker at Furman). They did manage to claim one ranked victim — a 1-0 win over No. 27 Xavier — in Ralph Lundy Jr.‘s brutal warm-up to the Cougars’ first Colonial Athletic Association season.

Likewise, things went south for the College of Charleston women (2-7-0) last week, even as they drove north to play UNC-Charlotte. The Cougars lost 0-6 to the 49ers. Not exactly the outcome you’d like right before the games that count.

The Charleston Southern Bucs (3-4-1) looked flatterer than a Nebraska wheat field in the first 78 minutes of their match against USC-Upstate this weekend… but then ran off a furious and inspiring comeback that fell just short of an equalizer.  With an All-Conference candidate in senior forward Toni Lashley and a collection of intriguing attacking players in Emma Faubert, Chelsea Frankeny, Chelsea Phillips and Allie Lewis, the Bucs look like a team that’s capable of surprising opponents. You can hear the cylinders firing, but their timing is just a bit off.

Meanwhile, over at The Citadel (2-3-2), the Bulldogs missed a chance to close out their non-conference season with a winning record last week when their leading scorer — senior forward Mariana Garcia — went down with a knee injury in the first half against Winthrop. They ground their way to a 2-2 draw regardless — thanks largely to Bob Winch’s two stellar freshmen: Goalkeeper Naomi Carter of New Zealand and attacking midfielder Lea Raedle of Germany. This might not be the most talented team in Charleston, but they’re certainly putting together the best team performances.

Anyway, that’s all in the past now. It’s a huge weekend at Patriots Point, with the Cougar women getting things started with their first conference match of the CAA Era Friday night at 7 p.m. against Northeastern. The men take their shot Saturday night at 7 against UNC-Wilmington.

The Bucs play the first match of the week on Wednesday when they open Big South play at Liberty University, and The Citadel are hoping to have Garcia back when they open their Southern Conference schedule at Furman on Friday.

Working out the angles for the McCallie Jones video shoot with Don Lewis of Modern Mediaworks in Mount Pleasant.

Working out the angles for the McCallie Jones video shoot with Don Lewis of Modern Mediaworks in Mount Pleasant.

ALSO COMING UP: Don Lewis of Mount Pleasant’s Modern Mediaworks is on the road for a gig in Kentucky this week, but in his down-time he’s editing our first video for the site. Topic: CofC senior forward McCallie Jones‘ flip throw.

Now look. We know that fanatical soccer people have seen flip throws before. Hell, a woman from Winthrop was doing them last week against The Citadel. But Jones’ flip-throw is special, and when I published a photo of her in mid-flip on Facebook a few weeks ago, your message was clear: NEXT TIME GET VIDEO. So we did, catching her before practice on Sept. 17.

Jones is one hell of an athlete — flip or no flip — and if you’re a local soccer fan, she’s somebody you ought to know.

So is Toni Lashley of CSU. I got to interview her on Sept. 10, and her profile piece is in the works, too.

WHAT WE’LL BE COVERING: As we’ve done for the past few weeks, we’ll round-up the away-matches (CSU/The Citadel) for our college teams and go all-in with the home games. With both College of Charleston teams beginning the CAA Era on back-to-back nights, that’s where we’ll be, Friday and Saturday.

Due to another paying job I took on Saturday, I won’t be able to cover the first day of the S.C. United Battery Academy’s two-day U16/18 series with IMG Academy out of Bradenton, Fla. But I should be there for both matches on Sunday.

In short? We’ll have so much to cover this weekend that we won’t have full (photo gallery) coverage until later in the week. But that’s good, right?

So anyway: Lots going on around here.

Got something you’d like for us to be covering? Let us know.

TOP IMAGE: Bucs and Spartans race for the ball last week at Blackbaud Stadium. Dan Conover photos.