2014 LSU Soccer Home Opener

LSU Soccer 2013-14 UEFA Champions League Pick'em

Following the group draw for the UEFA Champions League on Thursday of last week, members of the LSU Soccer program have made their picks of which clubs they think will advance from the group stage and into the knockout rounds of the world’s premier club tournament during the 2013-14 season.

Players, coaches and support staff have made their picks with their “expert” predictions of the teams finishing in first place and second place in each of the eight groups in this year’s UEFA Champions League. A total of 32 clubs from 18 countries will compete in group play with four teams in each of the eight groups battling to advance to the knockout rounds.

LSU Soccer’s inaugural UEFA Champions League Pick ‘Em Contest will feature a point system as points will be assigned for correct picks throughout the tournament. A winner will be crowned after the UEFA Champions League Final to be played on May 24, 2014, at the Stadium of Light in Lisbon, Portugal.

First in this two-part pick ‘em contest features the group play predictions by players, coaches and support staff for the LSU Soccer program.

There will be 1 point awarded for each team correctly picked to advance to the knockout stages and 2 bonus points awarded for each perfect group in which a contestant correctly picks both the first-place and second-place teams in order that advance to the knockout stages.

Scoring for the knockout rounds will award 3 points for correctly picked quarterfinalists, 6 points for correctly picked semifinalists, 12 points for correctly picked finalist and 24 points for correctly picking the champion of the 2013-14 UEFA Champions League.

Teams drawn in each of the eight groups with our “expert” picks are listed below.

BATON ROUGE – The group stage of the UEFA Champions League is off and running for the 2013-14 season as Europe’s top clubs look to position themselves for the knockout rounds. As part of LSU Soccer’s UEFA Champions League Pick ‘Em Contest, we will review the group play results and standings following each match day.

View Champions League Standings

LSU Soccer’s UEFA Champions League Pick ‘Em Contest

Final Tournament Scoring
Heather Magee, 107
Shannon McLain, 73
Debbie Hensley, 71
Will Stafford, 68
Kevin Dempsey, 66
Fernanda Pina, 66
Leah Gross, 65
Josh McReynolds, 59
Megan Kinneman, 59
Natalia Gomez-Junco, 56
Alex Ramsey, 53
Brian Lee, 48

Semifinal Results
Real Madrid def. Bayern Munich (5-0 agg.)
Atletico Madrid def. Chelsea (3-1 agg.)

Final Result
Real Madrid def. Atletico Madrid, 4-1 (extra time)

Semifinal/Final Picks
Semi I Semi 2 Champion
Brian Lee
Head Coach
       
Debbie Hensley
Asst. Coach
       
Kevin Dempsey
Asst. Coach
 
     
Josh McReynolds
Director of Operations
       
Will Stafford
Sports Information
       
Leah Gross
Marketing
       
Shannon McLain
Manager
       
Megan Kinneman
Sr. Goalkeeper
       
Alex Ramsey
Sr. Midfielder
     
       
Natalia Gomez-Junco
Jr. Midfielder
     
       
Fernanda Pina
So. Midfielder
     
       
Heather Magee
So. Midfielder
     
 

Quarterfinal Results
Atletico Madrid def. Barcelona (2-1 agg.)
Bayern Munich def. Manchester United (4-2 agg.)
Chelsea def. Paris Saint-Germain (3-3 agg. away goals)
Real Madrid def. Borussia Dortmund (3-2 agg.)

Quarterfinals Picks
       
Brian Lee
Head Coach
         
Debbie Hensley
Asst. Coach
         
Kevin Dempsey
Asst. Coach
 
       
Josh McReynolds
Director of Operations
         
Will Stafford
Sports Information
       
Leah Gross
Marketing
         
Shannon McLain
Manager
         
Megan Kinneman
Sr. Goalkeeper
         
Alex Ramsey
Sr. Midfielder
       
         
Natalia Gomez-Junco
Jr. Midfielder
       
         
Fernanda Pina
So. Midfielder
       
         
Heather Magee
So. Midfielder
       
 

Bracket Play Picks/Results

Round of 16 Results
Barcelona def. Manchester City (4-1 agg.)
Manchester United def. Olympiacos (3-2 agg.)
Atletico Madrid def. AC Milan (5-1 agg.)
Paris Saint-Germain def. Bayern Leverkusen (6-1 agg.)
Chelsea def. Galatasaray (3-1 agg.)
Real Madrid def. Schalke (9-2 agg.)
Borussia Dortmund def. FC Zenit (5-4 agg.)
Bayern Munich def. Arsenal (3-1 agg.)

Round of 16 Picks
               
Brian Lee
Head Coach
                 
Debbie Hensley
Asst. Coach
                 
Kevin Dempsey
Asst. Coach
 
               
Josh McReynolds
Director of Operations
                 
Will Stafford
Sports Information
               
Leah Gross
Marketing
                 
Shannon McLain
Manager
                 
Megan Kinneman
Sr. Goalkeeper
                 
Alex Ramsey
Sr. Midfielder
               
                 
Natalia Gomez-Junco
Jr. Midfielder
               
                 
Fernanda Pina
So. Midfielder
               
                 
Heather Magee
So. Midfielder
               
 
 
Picks for Group Play
 
Group
 
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H

Brian Lee

Head Coach
1st
2nd
   
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H

Debbie Hensley

Asst. Coach
1st
2nd
   
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H

Kevin Dempsey

Asst. Coach
1st
2nd
 
 
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H

Josh McReynolds

Director of Operations
1st
2nd
   
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H

Will Stafford

Sports Information
1st
2nd
   
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H

Leah Gross

Marketing
1st
2nd
   
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H

Shannon McLain

Manager
1st
2nd
   
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H

Megan Kinneman

Sr. Goalkeeper
1st
2nd
   
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H

Alex Ramsey

Sr. Midfielder
1st                
2nd                
   
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H

Natalia Gomez-Junco
Jr. Midfielder
1st                
2nd                
   
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H

Fernanda Pina
So. Midfielder
1st                
2nd                
   
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H

Heather Magee
So. Midfielder
1st                
2nd            
 

Champions League Group Assignments

Group A
Group B
Group C
Group D
Group E
Group F
Group G
Group H

Manchester United

Real Madrid

Benfica

Bayern Munich

Chelsea

Arsenal

Porto

Barcelona

Shakhtar Donetsk

Juventus

Paris Saint-Germain

CSKA Moscow

Schalke

Marseille

Atletico Madrid

AC Milan

Bayern Leverkusen

Galatasaray

Olympiacos

Manchester City

FC Basel

Borussia Dortmund 

FC Zenit 

Ajax 

Real Sociedad 

Copenhagen 

Anderlecht

Viktoria Plzen 

Steaua Bucharest 

Napoli 

Austria Wien 

Celtic