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: arcrane@syr.edu | @CraneAndrewlast_img read more

Super Falcons Head to Gambia Today

first_imgThe return leg will take place at the Agege Stadium, Lagos on Monday, 11th June. The fixture is the last qualifying round for the 11th Women Africa Cup of Nations taking place in Ghana later in the year.THE 20 PLAYERS FOR GAMBIAOsarenoma Igbinovia, Joy Jegede, Christy Ohiaeriaku, Amarachi Okoronkwo, Tochukwu Oluehi, Glory Ogbonna, Josephine Chukwunonye, Ngozi Ebere, Anam Imo, Alaba Jonathan, Esther Sunday, Onome Ebi, Faith Michael, Halimat Ayinde, Ngozi Okobi, Chinaza Uchendu, Asisat Oshoala, Desire Oparanozie, Francisca Ordega, Christy Ucheibe Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria’s Senior Women Football Team, Super Falcons, will fly to Banjul, capital of Gambia today for the first leg of their 2018 Women Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixture against the Gambia Senior Women Team.The Gambians, who defeated Burkina Faso in the earlier round as Cup holders and eight-time champions Nigeria drew bye, have picked Wednesday, 6th June for the opening leg of the fixture, and the Independence Stadium in Bakau is venue.NFF’s Head of Women’s Football, Ruth David told thenff.com that the Falcons’ delegation will fly aboard an Air Peace aircraft from Lagos on Monday morning, to arrive Banjul by 11am. The team left Abuja for Lagos on Sunday night.last_img read more

Blake Griffin’s double-double leads Clippers past Bulls

first_imgCHICAGO — When the Los Angeles Clippers lost All-Star Chris Paul to a separated shoulder, they turned to Blake Griffin for leadership.And he has responded by stepping up his play.Griffin had 26 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 112-95 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Friday night. The Clippers improved to 7-3 since Paul, who was averaging 19.6 points and 11.2 assists, was injured.“Blake doesn’t run from a challenge,” Clippers guard Jamal Crawford said. “He’s one of the hardest workers I’ve seen.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I don’t think any aspect of our defense was any good,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said.The Clippers have won four straight against the Bulls, and improved to 3-2 on their seven-game trip.Chicago cut the lead to eight in the third quarter but Darren Collison answered with two quick baskets and the Clippers led 92-80 heading to the fourth.Los Angeles got off to a strong start. The Clippers shot 10 for 14 on 3s and finished 64.1 percent overall from the field in the first half to take a 68-55 lead at halftime.Jordan’s dunk gave the Clippers a 60-39 lead, their largest margin, with 3:52 left before halftime.Los Angeles was 7 for 8 from beyond the arc in the first quarter to set a franchise record for 3s in a quarter. The Clippers led 41-26 after shooting 73.7 percent in the period.“That’s kind of what we talked about, especially defensively,” Griffin said about the quick start. “But we still didn’t do a good job in the first quarter. We were just so hot early. We got that lead and kept it. Especially on the road, you never want to come out sluggish.”In the teams’ previous meeting, the Clippers routed the Bulls 121-82 on Nov. 24 for their worst loss of the season in the first game after Derrick Rose suffered a season-ending knee injury.The Clippers were averaging 105.4 points, fifth in the league. The Bulls were one of the NBA’s top defensive teams, holding opponents to 92.5 points per game before Friday.“Giving up 3s, we strive for five or less,” Bulls forward Taj Gibson said. “That was just crazy. We kept fighting. But once they give a team like that confidence, it’s hard to shut them off.”J.J. Redick scored 18 points and shot 4 for 7 from 3-point range.Collison, playing despite a sprained toe, had 17 points.Boozer, back from a one-game absence due to a sore left calf, scored 16 points in the first quarter.Gibson added 18 points, Mike Dunleavy had 17 and Joakim Noah 12 as the Bulls shot 43 percent from the field and 6 for 19 from 3-point range.The Bulls were without Kirk Hinrich, who missed his second consecutive game with a strained right hamstring.“I think we were passive,” Bulls guard Jimmy Butler said. “I don’t like the word ‘soft,’ but I think we were a little bit of that too.They got the shots they wanted to get. We didn’t make it too tough for them at all.”NOTESRivers said the Bulls shouldn’t let Thibodeau get away. Thibodeau was on Rivers’ coaching staff from 2007-10 with the Boston Celtics. “I think it would be nuts not to have him here,” Rivers said. “He’s the best coach, one of the best coaches, in the league, so if you have that, that’s an asset. And I don’t think any right-minded organization would allow that asset to leave. Because with all this adversity they’ve had with injuries, if you allow that one to leave, things will fall apart — and that would be pretty much a guarantee.” Thibodeau declined to address rumors about his future. … Hinrich will possibly miss the Bulls’ trip to Charlotte on Saturday as he continues to receive treatment, Thibodeau said. … Thibodeau said it would be a great experience for Rose to play for Team USA if he is healthy. Rose was one of 28 players named to the 2014-16 national team pool. The FIBA Basketball World Cup will be Aug. 30-Sept. 14 in Spain. Rose is out for the NBA season after undergoing knee surgery on Nov. 25. … Thibodeau picked up a technical foul with the Bulls trailing 86-74 with 2:10 left in the third quarter.center_img The Clippers enjoyed a strong outside game, opening up Griffin on the inside, and he finished with his 27th double-double.“(I want to be) a leader for us, knocking down shots and being able to mix up my game, going inside when I felt the need to and going outside when I needed to,” Griffin said.Crawford added 19 points for the Clippers, who had six players score in double figures and shot 54 percent from the field — including 13 for 21 on 3-pointers. DeAndre Jordan added 10 points and 12 rebounds.“They were open, the right guy was taking them, all of our 3-point shooters,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “They made them, and that opened it up for Blake.”Carlos Boozer scored 22 points for the Bulls, who snapped a three-game winning streak.last_img read more

Tom Brady selling customized Cadillac Escalade for $300,000

first_imgTampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback, Tom Brady, is selling his Cadillac Escalade ESV for $300,000.He is parting ways with his ESV! Brady has listed the 2018 stretched Cadillac Escalade ESV on California-based Becker Automotive Design’s website. The 20-inch customized SUV comes complete with a 32-inch LCD television screen, rear doors that extend by 10 inches, beige-leather interior seating that includes two six-way electric reclining seats with extra leg rests and a mobile internet router that allows for multiple service providers.According to the listing, the SUV only has 13,000 miles on it. The asking price is $300,000 or best offer.last_img read more