GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

October 17, 2012

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Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Pleuler nets game winner

Gloucester’s Clare Pleuler continues to make an impact as a true Freshman on the Boston University women’s soccer team.

Pleuler made her biggest play of the season in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Binghamton netting the game winning goal for the Terriers in the 47th minute.

The freshman midfielder buried a shot off the right post and into the net following a nice move to beat a Binghamton defender. The goal was Pleuler’s second of the season and it moved the Terriers’ record to 11-5-1 on the year.

Pleuler has played in all 17 games this season.

Pat Patriot

Pat Patriot will return Sunday when the Jets visit Gillette Stadium as the Patriots will be wearing their throwback uniforms.

The old school uniforms, featuring red jerseys and the iconic Pat Patriot on the helmet, will be worn on Sunday for the first and only time this season.

Taking a Swing

Rex Ryan has been a bit toned down this year considering the Jets disappointing 2011 season. But an upcoming matchup with the rival Patriots has the Jets head coach up to his old antics.

Ryan wants the Patriots to know that he believes the Jets will leave Gillette Stadium Sunday with a win.

”I want them to know, and they know, I think we’re going to beat them,” Ryan said to the media this week. “I don’t buy into all that other stuff. Look, I recognize they’re a great football team and Belichick’s a great coach. I’ve never once said he wasn’t, OK, but we’re not going to back down or concede anything. They’re going to get our best shot. We know we’re going to get theirs. It doesn’t matter who says what, because we’re going to be ourselves. We’re coming up there to take our swing. We’ll see if we land that punch to win the game.”

While entertaining, Ryan’s talk doesn’t even amount to trash talk. Although his words have grabbed headlines this week, the Jets head coach is just showing confidence in his team, he just happens to show confidence in his team with much more bravado than the average coach.

The Patriots are ripe for the picking at the moment, and the Jets are obviously mediocre, but with first place on the line the Patriots should expect nothing less than the Jets best.

-Compiled by Nick Curcuru