No. 10 Syracuse doesn’t convert chances in 3-0 loss to No. 1 UConn

first_img Comments Roos Weers screamed toward the sideline for a ball to be rolled in.“Ball, ball, ball,” Weers shouted, along with other SU players. As the Orange forwards sprinted ahead to take advantage of the numbers edge, Weers needed a ball after it went out of play. Syracuse had a golden opportunity for a counter attack, moments after defending the Connecticut penalty corner. It took seven seconds for a ball to be given to Weers. She played the long pass ahead to Kira Wimbert, but by then, the chance was gone. In those seven seconds, Connecticut’s defenders sprinted back into position and easily diffused the counter-attack. Weers turned back again to the sideline, angrily shouting, “Pay attention,” to the ballperson on the sideline. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhat could have been Syracuse’s best chance in the opening half instead turned into an eventual turnover, a costly missed opportunity. SU couldn’t finish, in contrast to UConn. The Huskies mustered four shots on goal, scoring three, leading to No. 10 Syracuse (3-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) dropping its second game in three days, 3-0, to No. 1 Connecticut (6-0). The Orange spent large parts of the match on the front foot, attacking the stout Huskies defense. Despite the pressure and possession, SU had throughout the match, it repeatedly failed to generate clear chances. “Statistically we were dead even,” SU head coach Ange Bradley said. “I thought the game was closer than the score indicated. ”Kevin Camelo | Digital Design EditorFor the amount of time the Orange spent attacking, they created just one shot in the opening half, a Weers attempt from a corner that was comfortably saved after deflecting into the chest of goalie Cheyenne Sprecher.When Connecticut got its chance, a penalty corner 14 minutes into the game, the Huskies made the Orange pay. Syracuse failed to clear the ball after the first shot attempt was blocked, and UConn’s Jessica Dembrowski poked the ball into the net. Weers immediately challenged, but the video referral deemed it a good goal. Six minutes into the second half, SU’s Sasha Bull went to hit the ball back into play after an out of bounds. She misplayed the pass, and it was intercepted. Less than 10 seconds later, the ball was in the net, off the stick of Cecile Pieper. Pieper was gifted a wide open shot from inside the circle, and she backhanded it into the corner to double the lead.Yet when SU freshman SJ Quigley forced a turnover deep in the Huskies’ half, her open shot attempt was saved from the stick of the diving Sprecher. It was another missed opportunity on a day full of them. Syracuse had its most dominant period of the match midway through the second half, right before and after a yellow card was given to UConn’s Karo Kueskes. The Orange couldn’t find a goal. In 10 minutes, five of which came with a player advantage, SU created five shots, three on goal, all saved. “I do think we deserve more than 3-0,” Weers said. “I think we controlled them, we had the upper hand and we just didn’t finish.”Prior to Quigley’s chance, Weers had an opportunity to finish directly off of a corner, but she had her attempt stopped by Sprecher’s outstretched right leg. Even as Bradley yelled “pressure, pressure,” from the SU sideline, the Orange frequently saw attacks break down in the final third. When Connecticut earned another corner in the final minute, the Huskies again punished SU to seal the win. Svea Boker grabbed the rebound out of a scramble, after Weers was unable to clear. Within a second of the ball crossing the line, SU’s Jamie Martin ripped her facemask off and threw it 20 feet away from the goal. Martin’s frustrations carried over from the offensive end, when she found herself a few feet from the goal, with the ball falling right to her stick late in the second period. Her attempt was deflected inches wide. “The shots aren’t there yet,” sophomore Chiara Gutsche said. “I think it’s something we have to work on.”A quick glance at the stat sheet would make this game appear even, Bradley said. Both teams had the same number of shots on goal and possession was square. Yet Sunday, Connecticut’s ruthless finishing proved why it’s the number one team in the nation and hasn’t lost since 2016. “We need to practice on our own and shoot and get better,” Weers said. “There’s a lot to do, but it’s good that we found that out now.” Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on September 9, 2018 at 5:44 pm Contact Anthony: [email protected]last_img read more

Springboks’ report card: plenty to like

first_img7 October 2013While New Zealand secured the Castle Lager Rugby Championship with a 38-27 victory over the Springboks on Saturday, only the most disappointed of South African supporters would feel that the team is not on an upward trajectory.South Africa’s coach Heyneke Meyer was both disappointed and encouraged after the game, telling the media: “We had a great Championship. There was a record score in Soweto, a first win in Mendoza, a great win in Brisbane and the biggest margin against Australia at Newlands.“This is much better than last year and I think we improved tremendously. This team can go places.”Rugby Championship standingsA year ago, the Boks finished third in the Rugby Championship, level on points with Australia, with 12, and with a positive points’ differential of only 11. In 2013, the Boks finished second, totalled 19 points, and enjoyed a positive points’ differential of 86.Most tellingly, they scored 23 tries and conceded 13 this season, compared to scoring 12 and letting in 10 in 2012. In year two under Meyer, the South African offence has taken a huge step forward.In the lead-up to the showdown at Ellis Park, it was pointed out that South Africa had scored 11 tries against New Zealand in their previous two outings against the All Blacks at the ground, back in 2004 and 2000. However, not many people believed the Springboks could secure a bonus point for scoring four tries against the reigning world champions. They were wrong.A celebration of the gameWith both teams prepared to attack and run the ball, using the width of the field, they produced a memorable encounter and a fantastic advertisement for the game of rugby. Most often, clashes between leading teams result in hesitant, defensive arm- wrestles. At Ellis Park, a celebration of the game unfolded.“We gave everything on attack and did well. I am disappointed in our defence though. When you play the best team in the world you cannot afford poor defence. It did let us down tonight,” Meyer said.“We have conceded one try per test match this year, so it is not the structure. Today the guys shot out of line perhaps because they were too keen to make big hits.‘One of the best games’“The guys came out firing and this was one of the best games I have ever been involved with. We did go for the four tries, but we allowed them to score some soft tries.”Neither team would have been happy with their defence, which is usually so solid, but credit must go to the ambition and excellence of execution that both sides exhibited in breaking through the other’s lines.“Our defence just let us down badly tonight,” Springbok captain Jean de Villiers said. “Our defence was a man-on-man thing, we did not make the tackles we should have.”Advantage of youthWith two years to go to the next Rugby World Cup, there is plenty of optimism that South Africa will be able to challenge New Zealand for the title. And with almost half of the All Black starting line-up on Saturday set to be well into their thirties in Japan, the advantage of youth on the rise is with the Boks.Sure, there are some South Africans getting on, but they will have less holes to fill than the New Zealanders in the not-too-distant future. And, with some extraordinary talent emerging from the youth ranks in recent years, there is cause for real optimism about the men in green and gold.Holding on to number oneTwo years after winning the 2007 Rugby World Cup, the Springboks were no doubt the best team in the world, defeating New Zealand three times in 2009 and winning a series against the British and Irish Lions. By 2011, a further two years on, they were no longer number one, with the All Blacks claiming the Webb Ellis Trophy on home soil.Now, two years on from winning that Rugby World Cup, New Zealand is number one, having won the 2013 Rugby Championship without losing a match. Can they hold onto that run of success into 2015? It appears, if any team will have the ammunition to stop them, it will be the Springboks.last_img read more

Infographic: what you can do to save water

first_imgSmall changes at home and work can go a long way to minimise the effects of the current drought in South Africa. We’ve collected these easy tips so everyone can contribute to saving water.Saving water can be easy by making tiny changes in lifestyle habits. (Image: Pixabay)Words and research: Priya PitamberDesign and infographic: Sandile KhumaloSouth Africa is experiencing a severe drought but we can all do our bit to save water and learn to use it wisely.The Department of Water and Sanitation has urged people to follow water saving measures strictly as dam levels across the country continue to fall.“If we are to secure enough water for each citizen amidst this very real water crisis, we need to pull together and do every bit we can to save and preserve our water resources in our province,” said MEC for co-operative governance and traditional affairs Paul Mashatile, speaking about Gauteng.Click on the image for a larger view.Source: Department of Water and SanitationWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Make sure equipment is tuned and ready for planting season

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest To ensure the safest, most efficient planting season possible, tuning up farm machinery can be as important as scouting for weeds, tilling the soil or other spring field operations, a Purdue Extension specialist says.Robert Stwalley, assistant clinical professor of agricultural and biological engineering, urged producers to get a jump start on vehicle maintenance.“Early preparation for spring planting is time well-invested,” he said. “Instead of wishing for sunnier days and warmer weather, the wise farmer uses the gray and cold times to be ready to hit the fields running when the seasons change.”Well maintained equipment is also much safer than equipment in disrepair. Stwalley offered these tips for keeping farm machinery in good working order:• Clean the equipment: Wash machinery thoroughly with soap and water to remove dirt, chemical build-up, excess grease and plant material. Stwalley noted that some experts even recommend washing machinery between operations in different fields to reduce the chance of chemical or biological contamination from one field to the next. While washing the equipment, farmers should note any necessary repairs or parts that need to be replaced. • Verify functionality: Stwalley said producers should disassemble, clean, inspect and refurbish all seed distribution components on their equipment. He advised making sure each assembly is functioning properly before re-installing it on the planter.“Seed delivery mechanisms, fertilizer applicators, herbicide nozzles and insecticide distributors are delicate pieces of equipment that perform critical operations during planting season,” Stwalley said. “Work across each row and through all applicators on the planter, and treat seed metering and dispensing assemblies as if they were a high-performance carburetor or delicate pocket watch.”• Calibrate the machine: Each dispensing apparatus on each row must be calibrated. To do this, producers will need to engage all of the distribution mechanisms and run the machine through a calibration course at operational speed. The next step is to count the number of seeds dropped or measure the weight of the dispensed material. This process will help producers determine how to adjust the machine to achieve proper distribution during planting.• Verify the correct operation of all planter sensors: Stwalley recommends verifying the proper operation of each row’s monitoring system and replacing any malfunctioning components.“Modern planting equipment is filled with electronics,” he said. “Precision agriculture requires massive amounts of data, and only good data is worth collecting.  Bad data makes things hard to manage and is sometimes difficult to spot. You can’t fix bad data after the fact.”last_img read more

9 years later, Liverpool back in Champions League quarters

first_imgFamilies in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving It couldn’t have been an easier passage for the five-time European champions, either, as they coasted to a 0-0 draw against Porto on Tuesday to clinch a 5-0 aggregate win in the last 16.Having scored five goals without reply in a dazzling first-leg display in Portugal three weeks ago, this was always going to be a procession for Liverpool at Anfield — a ground that has been something of a fortress this season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAt times, it felt like the English club was going through the motions, especially since it faces a huge Premier League game against Manchester United in the Premier League on Saturday.No major injuries were sustained — captain Jordan Henderson had strapping applied to his right thigh after the game, but Klopp said it was nothing more than a dead leg — and Liverpool rarely looked like conceding. Liverpool’s Sadio Mane, right, attempts a shot at goal during the Champions League round of 16, second leg, soccer match between Liverpool and FC Porto at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England, Tuesday March 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)LIVERPOOL, England — There’s a familiar name back in the quarterfinals of the Champions League.“It’s time we showed up again,” Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said after his team secured a place in the last eight for the first time in nine years.ADVERTISEMENT Cavs star Love reveals battle with panic attacks Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus MOST READ Now, a member of European soccer’s royalty can look forward to the draw for the quarterfinals on March 16. They return as the competition’s top scorers this season with 28 goals and will be feared by the other qualifiers.“This year, we belong there,” Klopp said, “it should not be a surprise. There will be seven other very good teams — maybe four of them will be from England, which doesn’t make to easier, to be honest. But we have a chance, for sure, to go through to the semifinals.”Porto coach Sergio Conceicao was even more confident about Liverpool’s chances.“Liverpool are definitely one of the teams that can win the competition,” he said. “They are a really strong team, everyone knows that.”Also in the draw for the last 16 will be Real Madrid, which beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 away on Tuesday to clinch a 5-2 aggregate win in the marquee matchup in the round of 16.ADVERTISEMENT Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Cristiano Ronaldo was one of the scorers for Madrid, the Portugal forward netting for the ninth straight game in the Champions League. PSG’s wait to win Europe’s most-prized trophy goes on, despite the hundreds of millions of dollars spent since Qatar Sports Investments bought the French club in 2011.A year ago this week, Barcelona became the first team to overturn a 4-0 first-leg deficit in the Champions League knockout stage when beating PSG 6-1.Porto, the Portuguese league leader, had to go one better but Klopp’s decision to field a strong team rendered that unlikely scenario even more inconceivable. The joint-top scorer in the Premier League — Mo Salah — and world’s most expensive defender — Virgil van Dijk — were on the bench for Liverpool, but most of its other big names played.And it was the hosts who had the better of the chances, with Sadio Mane — the scorer of a hat trick in the first leg — hooking a volley over the bar and then striking a low shot against the post in a low-key first half.Roberto Firmino ran clear but ended up having a shot blocked on the hour, before immediately being taken off by Klopp as Liverpool’s main striker was protected ahead of the United game.Porto pressed late on but to no avail, as it failed to collect a first away win over an English opponent in the Champions League at the 13th attempt. The visitors became the first team to stop Liverpool from scoring in this season’s competition, not that Klopp minded too much.“It feels good, to be honest,” he said. “It’s a long time. I know about it … It’s a good development at Liverpool at the moment. It’s a good moment.” Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoMan City ace Gabriel Jesus: I’m learning a lot from Aguero

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City ace Gabriel Jesus: I’m learning a lot from Agueroby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City ace Gabriel Jesus admits he’s enjoying working alongside Sergio Aguero.The Brazilian’s lack of goals was partly down to limited game-time caused by the impressive form of his fellow South American Aguero.City’s all-time leading goalscorer recently missed three games with a groin injury, but City will expect to benefit from having both forwards healthy and in form.”Sergio is a good guy,” Gabriel said.”I like him. I like his football. He is a legend for City and I’m learning a lot from him.” last_img read more

a month agoMan Utd captain Ashley Young: A deserved win

first_imgMan Utd captain Ashley Young: A deserved winby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United captain Ashley Young was pleased with victory over Leicester City.United earned a 1-0 win at Old Trafford yesterday.”When you play as a defender, you want to keep a clean sheet and hope the boys up the top can go and get the goals,” said Young.”On days you’re not going to play well and you’re going to win games. On days you’re going to play well and not win games.”There’s going to be a balance and we just want to do the right things and keep applying ourselves the way we have this season.”I think we have been unfortunate, especially at Southampton the other week. I think it was unfortunate against Crystal Palace as well.”I think we’re very close [to getting it right]. It wasn’t a bad performance. I didn’t think it was a bad performance.”If we had gone on and got a second goal after we got the first then it would have been totally different.”But, like I say, we had to show that resilience and that grit and that determination not to concede a goal and we done that today.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Kelly Oubre Reflects On His Time At Kansas After Declaring For NBA Draft

first_imgWayne Selden, Kelly Oubre and Devonte' Graham celebrating Kansas' big 12 title.LAWRENCE, KS – MARCH 03: Wayne Selden Jr. #1 of the Kansas Jayhawks stands with Devonte Graham #4 and Kelly Oubre Jr. #12 after the Jayhawks defeated the West Virginia Mountaineers 76-69 in overtime to win the game and clinch their eleventh straight Big IX Championship title at Allen Fieldhouse on March 3, 2015 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Kansas freshman forward Kelly Oubre Jr., declared for the 2015 NBA Draft today. He’s pretty much a lock to be selected in the first round, and could even merit a spot in the lottery. Oubre Jr. made his move official in a video released by Kansas moments ago. In it, he declares he’s a “Jayhawk for Life.” //“It’s been a blessing to play the game with KANSAS across my chest…”Kelly Oubre Jr declares for the 2015 NBA Draft: kuathne.ws/1G59hxu #alwaysajayhawk #kubballPosted by Kansas Men’s Basketball on Wednesday, April 1, 2015Oubre Jr. averaged 9.3 points and 5.0 rebounds in 21.0 minutes per game in his lone season in Lawrence.last_img read more

Photo: A Duke Fan Gets A New Custom License Plate Every Time The Blue Devils Win A National Title

first_imgDuke fans get riled up for a game.DURHAM, NC – FEBRUARY 09: Cameron Crazies, fans of the Duke Blue Devils, prepare for their game against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 9, 2017 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)When Duke’s men’s basketball program won its fifth national championship under Mike Krzyzewski this past spring, it was time for the following car to get a new license plate. The driver of this Subaru Outback gets a new custom license plate every time the Blue Devils win a national title. Here they are: # 5 and Kounting pic.twitter.com/HoNr1uOVm6— Brad Allen Cleary (@bacduke_hoops) June 7, 2015Are all of the license plates kept on the car or were they just being shown off together? Either way, it’s an impressive collection.last_img read more

Video: USC WR JuJu Smith-Schuster Tossed A Utah Defender With A Nasty Stiff-Arm

first_imgA general view of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.LOS ANGELES – NOVEMBER 11: General view of action as the Oregon Ducks take on the USC Trojans on November 11, 2006 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. The Trojans defeated the Ducks 35-10. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)USC knocked Utah from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 42-24 victory tonight. During the win, USC wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster knocked a Utah defender clear out of the field of play with a nasty stiff-arm. It’s been speculated that Smith-Schuster was pointing at the defender to call him out to come get stiff-armed, but it looks like he was just trying to signal for more downfield blocking. Nasty play though.last_img read more