16 Sep

Syracuse men’s soccer’s defense tallies strong outing in ACC tourney 1st-round win without star defender

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 2, 2016 at 10:59 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Clad in a blue, rain-drenched jacket, one of college soccer’s best defenders watched the defensive unit he usually anchors churn out yet another strong performance. He saw it cut off passes, dribbles and shots. He looked on as Syracuse’s back four denied long runs and second touches. With a hood covering his head, Miles Robinson gazed at a unit once so dependent on him shut down an opponent for the second-straight game.Battered and left without its best defender, No. 5 seed Syracuse (11-3-3, 3-2-3 Atlantic Coast) cruised to a 4-0 victory over 12th-seeded Pittsburgh (2-13-3, 0-6-2) in the first round of the ACC tournament on Tuesday night. As light rain turned into a downpour and fans slowly filed out of SU Soccer Stadium with each SU goal, the Orange played one of its best defensive games all year. Even without Robinson, its sophomore defender, Syracuse advanced to the ACC quarterfinal thanks to its eighth shutout victory in 2016.“When we can press and we work hard,” Syracuse head coach Ian McIntyre said, “it disrupts and makes life uncomfortable for opponents.”Syracuse will play at Clemson on Sunday in the ACC tournament quarterfinal at 1 p.m. It’s a rematch of last year’s national semifinal in which the Tigers advanced past the Orange on penalty kicks. The teams played to a scoreless tie two weeks ago at Clemson.Tuesday’s win over Pittsburgh, a team whose season ended not having won since Sept. 26, is largely thanks to Chris Nanco, whose two goals gave the Orange a lead it would not relinquish. The senior forward had not scored since Sept. 9. Jonathan Hagman pitched in his fourth and fifth goals of the year for insurance. SU scored more than two goals in a game for the first time since a 3-0 victory over Cornell on Sept. 20.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut Tuesday’s defensive showing proved how much Syracuse has grown in its four games without Robinson. When the sophomore left for the United States Under-20 Men’s National Team in early October, Syracuse’s defense faltered. The Orange gave up three goals in two games, including a 2-1 upset at Albany and a 1-0 loss at Louisville.When Robinson returned after a two-game hiatus, Syracuse shut out its next three opponents, two of which were top-15 teams. Then, when Robinson obtained a red card in the sixth minute against No. 2 Wake Forest last week, the Orange faced another dire situation in which it had to scrap together a makeshift defense.Syracuse responded to its man-down situation by sinking in and playing with a defensive-first mindset. Kamal Miller’s goal tied the Demon Deacons, 1-1. On Tuesday, Syracuse again played without Robinson.McIntyre, in a soaked blue dress shirt, panned the field as Syracuse played. He opted to stand on the sideline and yell to his players instead of sit in the covered bench.“Johannes stop the pin!”“Drop back John, drop back!”“Get there Segio!” the head coach yelled as Sergio Camargo pounced on a defender.Robinson’s absence was felt as midfielders shifted to more defensive roles. Pittsburgh’s center area near the 18-yard box opened up at times, creating lanes, especially toward the end of the game. That’s an area that, with Robinson, likely would have been clogged.Syracuse’s defense grew more active in the second half. SU dropped back after securing 75 percent of possession in the first half. Freshman defender John-Austin Ricks sunk in coverage in an amplified role.Midway through the second half, a Panthers shot sailed just over Syracuse goalkeeper Hendrik Hilpert’s outstretched arm — Pitt’s only real quality look on goal.“We were ready for the challenge,” senior defender Louis Cross said.It’s now been four games that Syracuse has taken the field without its best defender. The last two have verified that Syracuse can suffocate teams with a relentless backline — even without him. Commentslast_img read more

31 Aug

EDITORIAL – Politics without compassion

first_imgLast week the Broward County School Board took a bold step by unanimously passing a resolution to protect  students being sought by immigration agents for detention, and possibly deportation. The resolution states that if agents want to enter a county school for information, on, or remove a student, they must be authorized by a county judge.The school board and the Palm Beach County School district, have also taken steps to protect students from immigration officers, and the Miami-Dade School Board that is scheduled to vote on a similar measure as adapted by the Broward School board, must be commended for their courageous actions.The respective school officials will likely attract criticism from proponents of the recent harsh federal immigration policies. They’ll likely be criticized for impeding the work of immigration authorities. These critics could argue that it’s against recently declared federal policy for these schools to protect, or offer sanctuary, to undocumented students. The critics could base this argument on policies of the  new administration in Washington DC, that implicitly make it illegal for the cities were these schools are located to be sanctuary cities that shelter undocumented immigrants from detention and deportation.However, these school officials have shown the kind of compassion often lacking from the policies of the politicians now leading all sectors of government in Washington.Compassion is a quality that’s never lost by most migrants from the Caribbean. Caribbean people are accustomed to sharing food and even their last dollar with their poorer neighbors; assist those neighbors when they are sick, and hold their hand in the midst of tribulation.This could be the reason why most of these migrants register as Democrats when they become US citizens. In the Democratic Party, they tend to recognize politicians who concerned with treating their constituents with compassion.Most Caribbean-Americans cannot relate or even understand a party that is based on an ideology called Conservatism. Most find it difficult to fathom how Conservatives –  people who readily profess their Christian faith, seek to impose policies devoid of compassion, and oppose policies with inherent compassionate component.It’s the Conservatives who are opposed to Social Security and Medicare, policies implemented by governments led by the Democratic party to provide for seniors after they retire. It’s Conservatives who oppose food stamps to help the poor purchase food; who oppose government funded milk for mothers and babies; who oppose clinics providing healthcare to poor women; who oppose quality public schools; who oppose a federal  programs that assists low-income people to purchase a home for the first time; and it’s Conservatives who want to deny millions of Americans the means of affording much needed healthcare.Conservatives interpret compassion as a social weakness they have labelled as Socialism. Conservatives believe the state has no right to help those in need because the poor also live in an open capitalist society, which theoretically offers opportunities for everyone to become self-sufficient. But these Conservatives do little to make this theory become reality.And now, Conservatives find little wrong with immigration agents targeting undocumented immigrant families across South Florida, and the rest of the United States, for detention and deportation even if they are otherwise law-abiding. Conservatives see nothing wrong with immigration agents snatching parents in the presence of their child or children, carting the parents away to be deported. Conservatives see no wrong in students returning home to find their parents are gone, detained for deportation. Conservatives don’t even care about the welfare of these sudden parentless children. Where is the compassion? There seems to hardly any, because they are Conservatives.One hopes more organizations will act similarly to the Broward School Board in having compassion for undocumented children and families. One hopes those responsible for making laws and policies find compassion to consider the pain meted out to low-income families, those trying to help themselves, and to undocumented immigrants striving to be legally documented, in creating these laws and policies. A little compassion could make a real difference in this “land of the free.”last_img read more

16 Aug

Women’s World Cup 2019: Alex Morgan sends USA into final despite Megan Rapinoe’s absence

4 – England have taken more penalties (4) and missed more penalties (3) than any other side at the 2019 Women’s World Cup. Pressure. #FIFAWWC #Lionesses pic.twitter.com/QJEVqXXxvW— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) July 2, 2019A breathless start resulted in USA opening the scoring early, with Press meeting Kelley O’Hara’s deep cross with a fine header into the top-left corner.But England – who had looked overwhelmed – leveled nine minutes later, White expertly guiding Beth Mead’s left-wing cross into the top-right corner with a first-time effort.Morgan ensured USA went into the break ahead, however, racing on to Lindsey Horan’s lofted pass and glancing a header beyond Carly Telford, before appearing to mock England in her celebration, as she pretended to sip from a cup of tea. Rapinoe’s absence, said to be due to a hamstring issue, provided a pre-match shock, but Christen Press made a swift impact as her replacement when heading in the opener, before Ellen White’s equalizer was canceled out by Morgan nodding in just past the half-hour mark on her birthday.England produced a good response in the second half and White had a second goal ruled out for straying marginally offside, before Alyssa Naeher easily saved Houghton’s penalty and a frustrated Bright earned a second booking, providing a disappointing end for Phil Neville’s side. Related News The Lionesses improved after the break and thought they had the equalizer 23 minutes from time as White converted after Jill Scott’s gorgeous flicked pass, but a VAR review deemed the striker to have been just offside.Another VAR referral nine minutes from time gave England a penalty after Becky Sauerbrunn was deemed to have fouled White with the goal at her mercy, but Houghton’s feeble effort, taken a full three minutes later, was easily saved.Bright then showed her annoyance with a strong tackle on Morgan that earned her a second yellow card, and USA subsequently finished the job. Women’s World Cup 2019: Full bracket, dates, times, TV channels, results for every match Steph Houghton missed a controversial late penalty as the United States beat England 2-1 to reach a third successive Women’s World Cup final, despite the absence of inspirational co-captain Megan Rapinoe.The Lionesses had the opportunity to at least force extra-time with an 84th-minute spot-kick, but Houghton’s poor effort was saved and Millie Bright saw red late on as USA held on to ensure their title defense goes to the final stage. Women’s World Cup 2019: 3 takeaways from USWNT’s thrilling win over England read more

14 May

Real Madrid-Real Sociedad The disorder could to the epic

first_imgFrom the goal the Cup returned, with a more active Madrid, on the back of Vinicius, an essential figure. There is no deeper player in the squad. He repeated again and again without anyone accompanying his arrivals. Valverde, Ramos and Marcelo were also close to the goal. In return, Zidane’s team seemed as long as the worst day, with the trio upstairs lazy in the fold. That opened a highway to the Real in the backlash.Ramos took all the offensive licenses and Marcelo delivered too far back. He has lost the angel. Casemiro’s absence enlarged one and the other. And then Isak appeared, who studies for Ibrahimovic and progresses properly. In eleven minutes he scored three goals, the first invalidated by the VAR and the other two valid. Big striker, volley goals (after great play by Barrenetxea, far superior to Januzaj) and right-handed to the squad.A 0-3 like that kills anyone, but nobody like Madrid has come out alive from lunges like that. A quick goal from Marcelo, in clear error of Remiro, surpassed by his stick, put him back in the game. To the team and the public, for whom the epic is adrenaline. It lasted ten minutes. What it took to leave at the fingertips of the squad a shot of Vinicius, the most involved in the cause, and in shooting Merino to Areola in sending of Isak, the almighty of the party.The case was seen, but there is no competition with more progress than the Cup or player with more faith than Vinicius. They annulled a goal and gave another to Rodrygo, in a Bernabéu that flew from resignation to illusion. In the discount, Nacho minimized the white handicap. Of that Real daring of the beginning there was hardly anything left. Imanol had been collecting candles with the changes and managing time. The one that has run out of Madrid in this Cup. Zidane had rebuilt Madrid from back to front, shrinking the team, making him defensively responsible, inventing Valverde, raising Casemiro to the generalate. And suddenly, in the Cup, his damn competition, the worst of the past appeared to him: a gurpolargo, untied back, without order or concert, with Marcelo and Ramos in their worst versions. That, before a team from head to toe like the Real, did not slip, despite the heroic final onslaught. From the Bernabéu came out reinforced Odegaard and decorated Isak. Vinicius, again in highs, was no consolation.Zidane has mutated the traditional alignment of convenience in alignment of coexistence, which leaves the present outdoors to make the future better. It is in danger. He has used the Cup to keep Marcelo and James alive, players of great past and little future, so he can arrive; so that Areola remains in a state of alertness, although what he alerted this time was his presence; for Modric, Casemiro and someone else to cure fatigue and stress, common occupational diseases football; and for some to complete the master. Vinicius and Brahim, fundamentally. The Malaga is a player of craftsmanship and also of immediate uncertain future because it lacks continuity. Bale, suspected of severe escaping in the eyes of the public, now looks out of that coffee for everyone. It will be difficult to mend that emotional gap.So that hybrid team, mixed holders and substitutes, with more silk than corduroy, crashed into a very recognizable Real that only kept Portu, the top player of his squad in the sum of goals and assists. But the Imanol team is excellent in both areas and its average age provides a very long journey.In the white memory was that first swampy part against Atlético with five midfielders. So Zidane widened the field with Vinicius, his foreign affairs ministry, and placed Brahim as the third medium, behind James. It was an acceptance of the asymmetry with two half-pointers with more style than work and greater exposure to danger before a team of ammunition left over. That did not work out. Brahim played little as a team. James is on the verge of total disconnection, although he left a great shot that Remiro guessed.At the start, in any case, he lacked the cupper outburst. Madrid arrived with objections, without going straight to the point, and Real followed it, with soccer content and waiting for the error of others. He found it soon, halfway through the first part. Areola was wrong twice, first by rejecting badly a distant shot from Isak and then swallowing the satin and centered shot of Odegaard, who was on the rebound. The ball entered passed between his legs, a gesture that always snubes a goalie. The Norwegian complied with the code of good conduct of the loan and did not celebrate it. Feel close your return.last_img read more