Join us May 1st and 2nd for the US Open in Watson Arena in Brunswick, Maine. Competetors this year are Balam Robootis, University of Miami, University of Pennsylvania, and of course the Bites. See the “Open 2015″ tab for the schedule and more information.
Now that everyone has finally made it home and are healthy, we’ll be able to start getting some video.
Nao Team HTWK is a great RoboCup team (as shown by the fact that they made the finals last year). They are also my (Chown) favorite RoboCup team outside of the Northern BItes. Very cool people who do really innovative stuff.
They beat us 3-0 today. But we fought them hard and had a couple of great scoring chances. Sort of the story of the tournament for us, things just never quite broke right for us. I am extremely proud of the team though, they performed great under adverse circumstances (I suppose some might say that not having me around was the opposite of adversity), especially considering that there were no seniors on the team, nor anyone with extensive RoboCup experience.
Every game so far has been tight and hard fought. And in every game we just can’t seem to catch the right break that puts us over the top. This morning we played TJ Ark (China), an excellent team that already had played one of the finalists from last year very close (1-0).
The game was tied at halftime. Our goalie made a tremendous save on a point blank shot and was able to clear the ball away. Meanwhile, we had excellent chances but could not cash in.
In the second half we scored first on an amazing goal by Avril (video to eventually follow) and it seemed like it was finally going to be our day, but TJ Ark struck quickly and tied the game up after some defensive confusion.
We tied our second game with a very soccer-like 0-0 score. While it isn’t quite the result that we hoped for, it does still keep us in position to advance to the next stage. The game tomorrow morning with TJ Ark will be crucial.
Both games today were frustrating for the students as we tended to dominate play, but were playing teams that “clump” around the ball. Our teams does much better against better teams oddly, that are more spread out. Clearly something to work on for next year are strategies for dealing with clumping.