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

9 Sep

Memorable day for Gordon Elliott at Thurles

first_imgThe Meath trainer landed both graded races on the card to complete a four-timer for him and owners Gigginstown House Stud, as well as a treble for jockey Jack Kennedy.The fourth and most valuable leg of the quartet came in the Grade 2 Mares Novice Chase won by Dinaria Des Obeaux.The consistent mare put an unfortunate run at Leopardstown behind her as she battled on strongly to hold off the persistent Magic Of Light for a narrow victory.last_img

14 Aug

Four WHS players selected to first team All Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Div. IV

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WIDE RECEIVER AndaleHunter Knoblauch2nd MulvaneBrent CusickHM CollegiateKyler Ehm1st MulvaneJames ChancellorHM AndaleHunter Knoblauch1st AndaleMark Hageman2nd AndaleJason Hermreck1ST CollegiateAustin Waddell2nd CollegiateKyler Ehm1ST CollegiateJaquesWilliams1ST MulvaneJames ChancellorHM CollegiateJack Copher2nd AndaleGary O’Hair MulvaneAustin Brown2nd MulvaneLogan Elliot2ND CollegiateWill Locke2nd by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The 2014 Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division IV football list was released Sunday. Although the picks were announced at the year-end Wellington High School football banquet, the full AV-CTL CIV list could not be released by the media until the last league football team had played. Andale did that Saturday by winning the Class 4A Div. II state championship over Columbus 49-6.Wellington High School had three players on the first team offense and one player on the first team defense.Those named to the first team include:Trevor NanceColin ReichenbergerJason NorrisAdam Condit•Trevor Nance as quarterback and punter;•Colin Reichenberger as wide receiver;•Jason Norris as offensive lineman.•Adam Condit as defensive end.Other Wellington players on the all-league team include:Second team: •Connor Phelps – wide receiver;•Lane Beard – running back;•Norris – defensive interior line;•Connor Burnett – defensive interior line;•Brenton Troutman – defensive back;•Reichenberger – defensive back;Honorable mention: •Skyler Brand – offensive lineman;•Nick Hyde – offensive lineman;•Phelps – linebacker;•Brand – defensive end;•Austin Pfalzgraf – defensive back.Gary O’Hair of Andale was name the AV-CTL DIV coach of the year. 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