Defensive mishaps plague No. 10 Syracuse in loss against No. 1 Connecticut

first_img Comments In a scoreless game midway through the first quarter, Connecticut lined up for a penalty corner. Abby Gooderham’s shot deflected off of two Syracuse defenders and under goalie Borg van der Velde’s pads. As the ball dribbled out, midfielder Jamie Martin and back Roos Weers repeatedly swung at it. They never completed the clear. Instead, Connecticut’s Jessica Dembrowski converted, sinking the ball into the back of the cage. This defensive error, along with two others throughout the game, overshadowed an otherwise strong defensive game by the No. 10 Orange in a 3-0 loss to No. 1 Connecticut Sunday afternoon at J.S Coyne Stadium.For the majority of Sunday’s loss, Syracuse’s defenders contained a potent offense. The Orange cleared odd-man rushes and deflected shots away from the cage and goalie Borg van der Velde. Untimely defensive errors where what plagued Syracuse in its second consecutive loss.“Statistically, we were dead even,” SU head coach Ange Bradley said. “It’s a matter of taking big moments and learning from them, which we will.”Connecticut (6-0), didn’t overpower Syracuse (3-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) with their offense like it has previous opponents. The Huskies average more than four goals per game, and have scored under 3 goals once. On Sunday, they tied the Orange in shots with six apiece and had what Bradley described as a nearly equal time of possession.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEarly in the second half, freshman back Sasha Bull’s pass in from the sideline never made it to a Syracuse stick. Pieper intercepted the pass and carried the ball forward. Moments later she reverse hit the ball into the top portion of the Syracuse goal.“It happens,” Weers said regarding Bull’s turnover. “It’s up to me to ask for the ball there in the back, but like I said, it happens. Initially, I wasn’t too happy, but I just had to give her confidence, and she bounced back immediately.”The third UConn goal was similar to its first. With just over a minute left, Gooderham’s shot on the penalty corner was saved by van der Velde. The rebound bounced off of Weers’ shin and onto the stick of Svea Boker’s stick, and her diving shot found the back of the cage.“You have to box out, it’s just like basketball, and not stand up and watch it,” Bradley said regarding her team’s difficulty with clearing rebounds at times during the game. “When you have a 24- or 25-year-old Olympian, you can’t give a wide open shot to somebody like that.”With the exception of these three error, however, the Orange defenders didn’t allow the Connecticut attackers any open pathways to the cage. Less than 2 minutes after her turnover, Bull broke up a centering pass on a Connecticut attack, knocking the ball out of bounds off of a driving Husky. Bull and Weers, along with junior back Claire Webb, played all 70 minutes in the game.The bright spots against a top team are what excites Bradley headed into the ACC schedule.“It’s a learning moment,” she said. “Connecticut’s the gold standard, they haven’t lost a game in 29 games now, dating back to 2016.“We’ve got more opportunities in front of us, and we’ve just have to get out there on our own, practice, and get better,” Bradley continued. “This is an opportunity of where do we want to get in November.” Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on September 9, 2018 at 7:14 pm Contact Andrew: | @CraneAndrewlast_img read more

Howey on Newcastle, Ashley’s Rangers deal and Man City’s season

first_imgFormer Newcastle and Manchester City defender Steve Howey joined the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show to preview the upcoming Capital One Cup clash between the two sides.The Magpies come into the game on a back of a superb 2-1 Premier League victory against Tottenham, while the Blues will still be smarting from their 2-1 defeat to West Ham at Upton Park.Howey went on to discuss St James’ Park chief Mike Ahsley’s £2million loan to Glasgow Rangers and told Alan Brazil and Ray Wilkins: “You always think the money should be staying at Newcastle, rather than Ashley dipping in here, there and everywhere.”Do you believe Steve Howey is right? Leave your thoughts below…last_img read more


first_imgElection candidate Tim Jackson has called on Minister Joe McHugh to explain why he did not attend Saturday’s Save our Services March to prevent the removal of long terms beds from Lifford, Ramelton and Stranorlar communtiy hospitals.Describing McHugh as the “only politician in Donegal” who can reverse the closures, Jackson has called on the public to use the remainder of this election to pressure Minister McHugh into action.“I am very concerned that if the Department of Health do not reverse this decision before the election, then our hospitals will almost certainly suffer these cuts in the next term, and eventually close entirely. Voters must put a clear proposition to Minister McHugh: either overturn the decision now, or face the consequences at the ballot box.” “I am surprised Minister McHugh was not present on Saturday to address the meeting, so I hope he has not decided to go underground on this issue. I think it’s time for an explanation and update from Minister McHugh on his progress with the Department, at the very least. Most politicians in his position will try to dodge contentious issues close to elections, but now is not the time to jeopardise the future of our health services.”GE2016: JACKSON CRITICISES McHUGH OVER HOSPITAL PROTEST was last modified: February 15th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more