Written by Travis Clark

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The final stretch of the regular season is here for both men’s and women’s college soccer, as postseason play builds around the country. The women’s DI Tournament announcement is one week away, while men’s programs have two weeks to go.

Goals at this stage of the season can be critical. Whether keeping a postseason dream alive or extending a team’s chances of winning a conference tournament, nothing quite satisfies a striker like a big goal in a big game.

These four stunning strikes caught our attention, as the clock ticks on the 2016 campaign.

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Welcome back to 5v5. This week our panelists debate the best new coaching hires in both men’s and women’s college soccer.

Remember to tweet us your questions or comments at @JC_TDS. Let’s do this.


Who is the best new hire in women’s college soccer?


Jon Spencer, Orange County Blue Star head coach
: Angela Kelly at Texas. The biggest part of this new hire, other than it is at a school with unlimited resources, is that the contract is for five-and-a-half years. Clearly, that’s enough time to build a program into a title contender. This is a big pick up for Texas.

Nick Fredrickson, Freelance Soccer Writer: Texas did well in getting Angela Kelly. She did some great things at Tennessee that prepared her well for the Big 12.

Charlie Nobile, United States Football Club: Are we only talking Division I? How about Hawaii Hilo’s Unity Beddingfield? She’s young, energetic, and she has a great name.

Jahmal Corner, The 91st Minute: I’ll go with Sarah Barnes at George Washington. She’s been around winning her entire career and that could be infectious.

Mike Rimus, Freelance Soccer Writer: Angela Kelly, Texas.


Who was the best new hire in men’s college soccer?

Spencer: Jeremy Gunn at Stanford. Coming off a College Cup run is impressive in itself. Jeremy Gunn will have more resources and prestige to work with and he also has a more competitive academic standard to uphold – but all aspects of this hire look good for the Stanford program.

Fredrickson: Jeremy Gunn leaving for Stanford was kind of shocker, but Charlotte recovered well with a good internal hire in Kevin Langan who was the associate head coach.

Nobile: Kenny Arena, of Florida International, was one of the more highly regarded assistant coaches in the country and now has a chance to strut his stuff as the head man.

Corner: Michigan’s Chaka Daley is an up-and-comer who could build on what Steve Burns established while injecting his own identity into the program.

Rimus: Jeremy Gunn, Stanford.

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Three of the Georgia Bulldogs Women’s soccer team’s members Bella Hartley, Jenna Owens, and Madison Meyers grew up together in Colorado. They have played either with or against each other their entire lives, and when it came time to make the decision on where to play college soccer, the ladies chose Georgia to continue playing with each other. A lot of the recruiting process deals with feeling comfortable with a program and a school, and I’m sure having some friends go with you from Colorado across the country to college in Georgia is a very comforting feeling.

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