Ainsley Maitland-Niles sends warning to Hector Bellerin ahead of next season

first_img Metro Sport ReporterMonday 18 Mar 2019 12:53 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link29Shares Advertisement Advertisement Bellerin played 19 games this season before getting injured (Picture: Getty)More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘When Hector comes back maybe it’ll be a good challenge for me and him.‘It all depends on how he comes back. Hector is a fantastic player and I wouldn’t want to force anybody out of the team, it’s more about healthy competition with him.’Arsenal’s next fixture is against Newcastle on April 1 before a clash against Everton on April 7.MORE: Arsenal target on-loan Monaco star Gelson Martins in summer transfer moveWill Arsenal finish in the top four this season?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results Comment Maitland-Niles scored in Arsenal’s recent game against Rennes (Picture: Getty)Ainsley Maitland-Niles insists he’s ready to challenge Hector Bellerin to a starting berth in Arsenal’s team next season when the Spaniard returns from injury.Bellerin was ruled out for the rest of the season in January after he suffered a serious knee injury against Chelsea.With the 23-year-old being forced to the sidelines, Maitland-Niles has come in to fill in at right-back and has put in a string of impressive performances.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHe now remains in the running to take Bellerin’s usual position in the team on a full-time basis once he’s back from injury.ADVERTISEMENTHowever, the Englishman insists he has work to do remain in the team but he’s stated he’s all for the competition for places.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I’m still adapting to [the position] but the manager and coaching staff are helping me a lot at the moment,’ Maitland-Niles told‘My best qualities are going forward, creating. I’ve spoken to the manager and he seems to think the same as me. Ainsley Maitland-Niles sends warning to Hector Bellerin ahead of next seasonlast_img read more

Lady Wildcats Defeat Lady Pacers

first_imgFranklin County High School Girls Varsity Soccer beat Switzerland County High School 1-0.The Lady Wildcats drove more than 90 minutes to take on the Pacers in Vevay Indiana. It was worth the drive as the Wildcats topped the Pacers 1-0. Franklin County was in control of the game and dominated play with possession and ball movement however the Pacers packed in the defensive end frustrating the Wildcats in the first half.The pitch was much smaller than what the Wildcats have played on this season which led to a season-high 115 throw-ins in a single game and a lot of turnovers. A combination of simple passing led to Jordan Nichols finding the feet of Grace Noble who slid the ball past the Pacer keeper to score the only goal of the game.The offensive stats:Jordan Nichols – 1 Assist (with 2 shots on goal)Grace Nobbe – 1 goal (with 6 total shots)Jaime Stortz – 4 shots on goal and 4 corner kicksThe following players also had quality shots: Morgan Stewart, Brylee Pace, Kloe Bolos, Kamryn Dozier, Kylee Gibson.Defensive stats:Karlie Hahn – 8 savesLaura Edwards – 25 throw-insTaylee Conrad – 16 throw-insFouls committed: 8Sophomore Kaitlyn Brunemann recorded her first varsity start of her career.last_img read more

Gundogan tests positive for coronavirus

first_imgRelatedPosts Derby County want Jordon Ibe Townsend: Eze’s an incredible talent Derby County lead Jordon Ibe chase Man City midfielder, Ilkay Gundogan, has tested positive for coronavirus, the club have confirmed.The 29-year-old will now self-isolate for 10 days, which will see him miss at least three matches against Wolves, Bournemouth and Leicester. In a statement, Man City wrote: “Manchester City FC can confirm that Ilkay Gundogan has tested positive for COVID-19.“Ilkay is now observing a ten-day period of self-isolation in accordance with Premier League and UK Government protocol on quarantine.“Everyone at the Club wishes Ilkay a speedy recovery.”Gundogan was a regular starter in Man City’s midfield last season as he made 49 appearances in all competitions.And his form in the club’s 2018/19 domestic treble-winning season was rewarded with a new long-term contract last year. Gundogan’s absence for the start of the new season could lead to more first-team opportunities for Phil Foden.The 20-year-old midfielder has been in the spotlight for the wrong reasons in recent weeks as he was sent home from England duty for inviting girls back to his hotel room with Mason Greenwood in Iceland.However, Foden will look to put that behind him when City travel to Wolves, who beat them twice last season, on Monday.—Tags: BournemouthIlkay GundoganLeicesterMan Citylast_img read more

Dann accepts blame for Villa winner

first_img Press Association Dann’s positional misjudgement gifted Belgium strker Benteke the chance to fire the winner in Villa’s 1-0 Premier League victory at Palace on Tuesday night. The in-form defender has been touted for an England call, with boss Neil Warnock hailing him Palace’s “outstanding player” this term. Scott Dann has admitted he will never win an England call-up if he keeps giving away soft goals like Christian Benteke’s strike that consigned Crystal Palace to Aston Villa defeat. Benteke’s first goal after nine months battling knee surgery ended Villa’s nine-game winless streak, but dragged Palace back into the relegation mire. “It’s nice for people to talk about you in that way,” said Dann of calls for him to earn England recognition. “But as a professional you just get on with your job: I have just got to concentrate on my club form and make sure I don’t many any more mistakes like that. “The more consistent I can be for Palace, the more chance I have got. It is just a case of trying to keep improving and to keep doing the best I can.” Former Blackburn defender Dann raced out of his central position in Tuesday’s Villa clash to chase a lumped ball to the wing, but dallied when he should have booted out of play. Benteke raced in, picked his pocket, headed infield and side-footed past the helpless Julian Speroni, with Brede Hangeland backing off and handing him too much time and space to complete his finish. Palace boss Warnock admitted his defender should have “kicked it over the stand and not been ashamed”, and Dann has accepted responsibility for the goal. That solitary strike proved the winner on a low-quality night, with Palace wasting half-chance after half-chance in a frustrating night for manager Warnock. The otherwise-composed Dann offered a candid assessment of his costly error, pledging to sharpen back up. “Obviously I am disappointed to give the ball away there, it is uncharacteristic for me,” he said. “Ninety-nine times out of 100 I would clear that down the line so that, even if you do lose the ball, they will not go on to score. “But things like that happen in football and you have to learn from your mistakes, get on with it and take the rough with the smooth.” Palace have now slipped to five defeats in eight games and Dann admitted Warnock’s men face a tough challenge to hit back to form in Saturday’s league clash at Tottenham. “It is always a tough game at White Hart Lane,” said Dann. “They are a big club and have got a lot of top players. “They have just started picking up results but we need to sharpen up in the final third. “It is hard to take because we had a lot of the ball and had a lot of chances. “We probably should have put some of them away. We played well and dominated the game and they did not have many chances at all. “Even when we went a goal down I thought we looked in control and looked like we could have scored. “We got the ball into crossing positions but just could not get it right.” last_img read more

ICC World Cup ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 final: England, New Zealand eye glory after years of pain

first_imghighlights New Delhi: February 20, 2015. Westpac Stadium. Wellington. England’s ultimate hour of humiliation. Tim Southee takes 7/33, England is decimated for 123. New Zealand chase the total down in just 12.2 overs. It was so bad that even the floodlights for this Day-Night encounter were not on and England fans had not even woken up to catch the match on TV back home. England was eliminated in the first round, New Zealand reached the final where they were beaten by Australia. Four years later, after the humiliation at Wellington, England are in the final and in a divine Act of Providence, they square up against the team which resulted in humiliation and ultimate transformation. The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 has seen the end of the hegemony of Australia and India. At Lord’s on July 14, there WILL be a new world champion.For England, the final is four years of planning, revamping and total change of outlook to be where they are. After the Wellington humiliation, England transformed into ‘New England’. Gone was the team which played cricket like the 90s. This was an England team that pushed the boundaries of aggression. At the helm of their transformation has been Eoin Morgan, an Irishman. Batsmen like Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes have changed the way England perceive their ODI cricket and their ruthlessness, aggression and fearless cricket make them a sight. Add Joe Root’s solidity and Morgan’s calmness and England’s batting is intimidating.Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett and Mark Wood offer pace, accuracy, hostility and guile. Rashid is playing through the pain of a shoulder injury but such is the determination of England to achieve the glory that they are willing to push themselves to the next level. The heartache of 1979, 1987, 1992 and losses in the 2013 Champions Trophy final and the 2016 World T20 are all driving forces for England to shed their tag of ‘perennial underachievers.’ALSO READ | BCCI official confirms MS Dhoni’s retirement news: SourcesAt the other end, the other ‘perennial underachievers’ are showing their alchemy in ICC World Cups. New Zealand, a population of 1/100th of India and a cricket budget which is 1/8th of England, show that on the big stage, there is none better than them. For New Zealand, this is another chance to come out of the giant shadow of the All Blacks, the all-conquering Rugby team considered the greatest sporting team of all time. New Zealand had missed the chance in 2015 in Melbourne. They have a chance in 2019 at the home of cricket.Kane Williamson’s tactical acumen has grown in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, as it was experienced by his batting approach and captaincy during the semi-final against India. Unlike England, Williamson and Ross Taylor are the only batsmen contributing. Martin Guptill and the other batsmen have failed for consistency. In the bowling, there is only Matt Henry, Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson who have been impressive with Mitchell Santner showing his worth against India.With so little resources and support, they have had to resort to cunning and New Zealand have mastered that brilliantly. However, on the big stage, can New Zealand handle the pressure and not repeat the mistakes of 2015? The situation is similar. In Melbourne, 93000 Australians were behind the team. Here, 30,000 England supporters and millions outside will be gunning for Morgan’s side to finally shed the underachiever tag. For New Zealand, this is an ideal opportunity to spoil the party and stake their name in the history books.For Eoin Morgan, he might not be tempted to make any changes for the final despite Adil Rashid’s dodgy shoulder. With the Lord’s wicket potentially assisting seam and swing, the team might go unchanged. If the wicket is flat, they could potentially play Moeen Ali in place of Liam Plunkett.EnglandProbable XI: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark WoodNew ZealandWith Matt Henry bowling superbly in Old Trafford, he might stay in the side. Henry Nicholls gave a solid exhibition against India and he might open with Martin Guptill.Probable XI: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(w), Colin de Grandhomme, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent BoultWho will win?There is desperation for England, having lost in all ICC event finals in the last couple of decades. With the trend of home domination, England will be expected to be the favourites. However, never count out New Zealand but on the big stage, one feels with the team composition, England holds all the aces.Weather and PitchThe forecast in London is fair on Sunday and thus there might not be a need for a reserve day. Lord’s has dished out green pitches in this edition of the tournament.Stadium and TimingsThe encounter will take place at Lord’s in London at 15:00 pm IST local. England has lost three finals in 1979, 1987 and 1992 World Cups.New Zealand lost in the final of the 2015 World Cup.England defeated New Zealand in the league stages of the 2019 World Cup in Durham.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

FB : Home turf: Entering 2nd year with Orange, MacPherson achieves goals set in Syracuse upbringing

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Macky and Cameron MacPherson were only children, but they felt like kings. As they rode their bikes or walked or ran to Manley Field House to watch Syracuse’s football practice, the brothers were two of the guys.Their grandfather and legendary former SU head coach Dick MacPherson would go with them, and the two youngsters could roam around the field during practice. Syracuse’s then-head coach, Paul Pasqualoni, was a former assistant under MacPherson.‘The guys would mess around with me and my little brother,’ Macky MacPherson said. ‘They’d all just mess with us, and I think they enjoyed us being around.’But as they grew up as part of the Syracuse program, their gallivanting started to get in the way. So in an attempt to keep Macky occupied, Dick asked the Syracuse long snapper at the time to teach Macky how to long snap.What was meant to amuse the 8-year-old Macky’s attention span turned into an interest. That interest turned into a skill.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘The long snapper, you can imagine how excited you’d be to teach an 8-year-old,’ said Maureen MacPherson, Macky’s mother, with a hint of sarcasm. ‘But he did it, and Macky got the hang of it right off.‘I think certainly that was always Macky’s dream to play there.’The skill stuck with him through his childhood, all the way through his high school playing days as a center at Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse. And the dream — to play football at SU — became a reality in his junior year at CBA, when he verbally committed to Syracuse. Now an even greater aspiration is being realized, as Macky is in line to take over as the Orange’s starting center as a sophomore.It’s everything a Syracuse lifer, the grandson of one of the most heralded coaches in SU history, could hope for.‘I’m loving this,’ he said. ‘I mean, honestly, I never thought in a million years I’d be in this situation. As a sophomore, being able to play with the ones, and I’m just trying to secure that starting spot.’Macky has always been close to Syracuse football and the SU community — walking-distance close. The MacPherson’s home lies less than a mile from both the Carrier Dome and Manley, allowing for those easy bike rides to practice.It’s the same house Dick MacPherson lived in when he was head coach of SU. Maureen MacPherson bought the home from her parents, and with that, Macky essentially grew up living on campus. And with the SU football team at practice.‘Macky was running around, working hard, snapping the football,’ Dick MacPherson said. ‘We’d go eat, and then I’d take him home. He grew up watching these guys play.’Maureen MacPherson gives her father a lot of credit for helping raise Macky. On Sundays, Dick would take his grandchildren to church, breakfast and the toy store.Once Macky was old enough to handle it, he became a ball boy for Syracuse. He no longer needed to be kept busy at practice. Now he had a job to do.In Macky’s first game as a ball boy, he received his first hit. Maureen said one play spilled out of bounds, and Macky didn’t get out of the way in time.‘He was standing there watching, and next thing you know, his feet were over his head,’ Maureen said.Though Macky said he was too young to completely grasp everything he was taking in as a ball boy, he still reaped the benefits. Most of the time, he was on the opposing team’s sideline, he said. That was beneficial for him because he got an outsider’s opinion of players on the SU football team he adored.And sometimes he got a scoop. While working the sideline during a Syracuse-Rutgers game in 2007, Macky chatted with then-Rutgers junior running back Ray Rice. They talked about how Rice originally wanted to play at SU before choosing Rutgers. Rice proceeded to tell Macky he planned to leave for the National Football League.Macky also had the opportunity to work as a ball boy for the Champs Sports Bowl in 2004, the last bowl game the Orange played in until SU won the Pinstripe Bowl last year.It was Macky’s bowl game experience seven years ago that set his mind toward playing in a bowl game one day.‘That’s really how I kind of knew I wanted to play Division I,’ he said, ‘or at least the highest level I could, because I fell in love with it.’Macky’s younger brother, Cameron, became a quarterback. It was almost too perfect to be true. One of the brothers snapped the ball, and the other dropped back to receive it.Their mother said the whole neighborhood could watch their routine in the streets. As long as the snow wasn’t too deep, Macky would snap to Cameron out of the shotgun. Cameron would throw up a bomb down the street, and Macky ran down to catch it. The center would run back up the field of concrete, and they would do it again.Both went on to play at CBA. Macky grew into the role of starting center. Cameron, a rising senior in high school, will start at quarterback next fall.But it was not a foregone conclusion for Macky that Syracuse would be the next step after CBA. As a junior, he received interest from Stanford, Maryland and a few other schools, including Ivy League schools, Maureen said.‘We only heard a little bit from Syracuse, so we really weren’t sure if they were interested in him,’ she said.Syracuse’s peak point of interest came when Macky was visiting another school. He was in Boston, meeting with the Harvard head coach and watching the Crimson’s spring football game when he received a call from SU linebackers coach Dan Conley, Maureen said.Conley, a former player under Dick MacPherson, wanted Macky to stop by and talk with the Syracuse coaching staff. When they returned home, Macky and his mother met with SU head coach Doug Marrone the next day.Just like that, Macky was offered a scholarship to the school he’s been associated with his entire life. He jumped on the opportunity, verbally committing that day.Macky got immediate playing time as a freshman at long snapper. Even though he wasn’t playing center, he was learning.The Orange’s starting center was senior Ryan Bartholomew, who anticipates getting selected in April’s NFL Draft. For Macky, Bartholomew was the perfect person to have on the team to answer questions. And Bartholomew knew he had another role when it came to Macky.‘I knew he was the future of the center position,’ Bartholomew said. ‘His way was to try to learn from me. … Because he wanted to learn, I tried to teach him as much as possible.’Though Macky is small — he weighs 256 pounds, whereas Bartholomew weighed 298 a season ago — he makes up for it with his football IQ. Both Bartholomew and current Syracuse offensive guard Zack Chibane said he will overcome the lack of size.Marrone is also confident in Macky’s ability to step in as starting center. Marrone, a former SU offensive lineman, said as long as Macky listens to those next to him on the offensive line, he will be fine.‘He’ll be OK,’ Marrone said. ‘I feel good about him, I do. He’s played center, he can move, he’s smart, he’s bright.’Macky also has Syracuse in his bloodlines. From his grandfather’s success with the Orange to the home he grew up in less than a mile from campus, Macky was raised on the turfs of the Carrier Dome and Manley.The center calls his grandfather after every practice and almost every night. But he isn’t calling ‘Coach Mac.’ He’s calling his grandfather. They don’t talk Xs and Os.Dick MacPherson said they talk about five nights a week about how he’s doing academically and how he’s adapting to the rigors of handling a college course load and playing football at the same time. Macky said the best thing he can do for his grandson is to not give any advice. He wants to leave that for Marrone.Dick said he’s proud of his grandson’s work to become SU’s starting center in the same way any grandfather is proud of his grandson for chasing his dreams. Dreams that started on bike rides to Manley and Sunday routines a decade ago.‘I’m very proud of who he is and how he’s working and doing the right thing,’ Dick said. ‘And I think the most important thing is his teammates and his coaching staff feel the same way, and hopefully they do.’mcooperj@syr.educenter_img Published on April 6, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: | @mark_cooperjrlast_img read more

2015 Mary Kline Classic: Syracuse players of interest perform in top high school showcase

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 31, 2015 at 12:15 am Contact Sam: | @Sam4TR WEST ORANGE, N.J. – Matthew Moyer lost his footing and slipped. He looked like he was about to get hurt.But then the rising high school senior gathered himself, spun inside past two defenders and arched his left hand high, floating the ball in past two swooping defender’s hands.Two Syracuse commits – one of which was Moyer – along with many other SU targets and players with offers, joined some of the nation’s top talent east of the Mississippi river Saturday night at the Mary Kline Classic. The basketball tournament, started by Syracuse senior Alex Kline in memoriam of his mother, who died from brain cancer, played its fifth annual event in the West Orange high school gymnasium. The event raised $43,000 for cancer research.Moustapha Diagne, Four-Star Power Forward, Class of 2015, CommittedThough he said he was there just for fun, Diagne, listed as 6 feet 8 inches and 240 pounds by Scout, wasted no time in throwing his weight around.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen receiving the ball in the low post, he varied his movements from using a power-dribble into a drop-step and spinning into the lane. Diagne drew “Oohs!” from the crowd when he gained inside position on 6-foot-11-inch tall Josh Sharma, a Stanford commit, and powered through his larger opponent to finish a lay-up. He also deftly used his left hand to finishing a leaner in traffic and fooled an opponent with a drive and a reverse lay-up.“I’ve been working for everything for next level,” Diagne said. “I know I can get a lot better. I’ve been working on my jump shot from 15 feet, 17 feet.”Diagne put that practice to use in the Classic, making two-of-four jumpers, one being a fadeaway that followed a crossover. He attempted one 3-pointer that clanged off the far rim.Diagne pushed the ball up the court often, once throwing a nice bounce pass for a dunk. He also turned the ball over twice.Matthew Moyer, Four-Star Power Forward, Class of 2016, CommittedMoyer’s night didn’t start well. He missed a 3-pointer from the top of the arc and then committed a foul.But he soon found his rhythm and led his team in scoring with 12 points at halftime behind three straight possessions which ended with a Moyer dunk.Moyer, currently Syracuse’s only 2016 commit, consistently drew double-teams off the pick-and-roll and found big men open underneath for easy dunks. He also shot three jumpers, something he’ll be working on a lot more this summer.“I’m trying to be known as a knock-down shooter, not just an athlete,” Moyer said.He said he’s talked daily with Syracuse assistant coach Gerry McNamara and two or three times per week with head coach Jim Boeheim.“When we talk, it’s never about ball,” Moyer said. “It’s like, ‘Should I break up with my girl?’ or things like that. Life things. Special program, special people. With G-Mac, it’s like a father-figure and son.”Jack Meriwether, who coached against Moyer in the game, said he could tell Moyer wasn’t pushing his hardest because he’s a big-game player, but that his staff still had trouble deciding who to guard Moyer with. He’s too big for guards and too quick for big guys, Meriwether said.Moyer will attend an NBA Top 100 camp in two weeks.Trevon Duval, Five-Star Point Guard, Class of 2017, Offered Duval missed an alley-oop, a dunk and a jump-shot to open the game and was visibly frustrated.But after a drive, dish and dunk by a teammate, Duval’s play improved. He drew fouls, hit his free throws and distributed to teammates, but also had four turnovers.Duval visited Syracuse last year during Midnight Madness, and said he’s received offers from Villanova, Virginia Tech, Maryland and California.“I’ve got no time-table for picking schools,” he said. “Right now, I’m getting a lot of mail.”His uncle, Frank Martins, said he’s also been offered by Michigan and that he’ll starting short-listing schools at the end of next summer, but they haven’t even talked about it yet. Duval was born in New York, Martins added, and that his family grew up Syracuse and St. Johns fans.Sedee Keita, Four-Star Power Forward, Class of 2016, OfferedKeita, quick for a big man listed at 6-foot-9 and 220 pounds, was very active on the defensive end and forced two turnovers. But he committed some turnovers as well on the other end of the floor.The South Carolina native, with other offers from Iowa State and Memphis, missed two lay-ups at one point, but snagged the third rebound and put it home. He rebounded well and had one particularly thunderous block.Jordan Tucker, Four-Star Small Forward, Class of 2017, OfferedTucker missed three 3-pointers, one of which was tightly contested, and two jumpers. He turned the ball over twice and missed a lay-up.Nicholas Richards, Four-Star Center, Class of 2017, OfferedRichards had to bow out of the classic due to other obligations, Kline said. Commentslast_img read more

Trojans return north to face Stanford

first_imgLast month, the No. 1 USC men’s water polo team upended Stanford 10-9 in an overtime thriller in the semifinals of the NorCal tournament.Leader of the pack · Junior driver Nikola Vavic tops the USC men’s water polo team in scoring this season with a total of 43 goals. – Chris Roman | Daily TrojanFast forward three weeks later and the Trojans (14-0, 1-0) return to Palo Alto, Calif. on Saturday, looking to notch another win over the No. 4 Cardinal — with this month’s contest counting toward the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation standings.The conference rivals square off at the Avery Aquatic Center at 9 a.m. in a televised game on the Pac-12 Network.This time, though, the Trojans are hoping it isn’t as close.“We allowed Stanford to get back into the game more than once,” said USC coach Jovan Vavic. “This time, we need to be more defensively aware and give no open looks to their deadly outside shooters.”USC topped No. 2 UC Santa Barbara 14-5 to earn the SoCal tournament title last Sunday and the team hopes to use its strong performance to continue its double-digit winning streak come Saturday against Stanford (6-2, 0-0).“We basically shut down every team we played early,” said junior driver Nikola Vavic, who finished with a career-high six goals in the championship game win over the Gauchos.Stanford, as well, poses a similar threat.“They’re strong and probably bigger than us, but if we can take them out early then we’ll be good,” Nikola Vavic said.The Trojans are on a roll right now, but the current situation is all too familiar to some of the team’s veterans.“We’ve been in this situation in seasons past, where we’re in a good situation in the rankings and with our record,” senior driver Michael Rosenthal said. “Two years ago, we lost to Stanford right after [winning] the SoCal tournament. We don’t want another letdown.”In 2010, the Trojans were 15-0 after a SoCal tournament win and heading to Palo Alto, but they had their worst offensive output of the season in a 5-3 loss to the Cardinal, and lost at home to California the weekend after.After playing five games this past weekend, Jovan Vavic and the coaching staff are taking measures to keep the team physically ready for the early start on Saturday.Though the bulk of the conference slate is beginning, the schedule does have its advantages.In five of the last seven weeks of the season, the Trojans only play one game per week, allowing for more rest in comparison to the packed-tournament schedules.While the Trojans have yet to lose, their consensus is that there is still room to improve.“Our counter-attack, our time-out, and our 6-on-5s need a lot more repetition and practice for us to really fine-tune them,” Rosenthal said. “By the end of the season, hopefully we’ll be more of a well-oiled machine.”last_img read more

Win over Cleveland State game of firsts for Wisconsin

first_imgAfter the Wisconsin football team dropped its lead and the game to Nebraska, the only victory of Saturday night came back in Madison, where the Wisconsin men’s soccer team topped Cleveland State by a score of 2-1. Although it was their 10th game of the season, the Badgers victory unveiled several firsts for the season.Badgers finally grab first home victoryWisconsin entered the match holding an 0-2-1 record at the McClimon Soccer Complex but was finally able to win its first home affair in front of a crowd of 545. Although it was the smallest home crowd of the season, Wisconsin finally settled in to its home stadium and finished the job for what head coach John Trask called the Badgers’ “truest fans.”“Considering that Wisconsin football was playing, it was a pretty impressive crowd,” Trask said. “Obviously we didn’t have the student section like we usually do, but there were a lot of youth and good soccer people from town [that came out].” It took four games to win one at home, but the Badgers have yet to reach the halfway point of their home schedule. Wisconsin still has five games to make it a very successful season within the confines of McClimon. The Badgers have beaten ranked opponents at home in each of the last two seasons – No. 22 Penn State in 2010 and No. 5 Indiana in 2011.Junior captain Chris Prince realized – in his 49 games of experience – if the Badgers are to be successful, it is rather important to win games at home. Following the victory, he said he sees significant room for the Badgers to improve in that aspect.“Playing at home should be like your home turf,” Prince said. “[Before the game] we hadn’t gotten a single win yet, which shouldn’t happen. We need to turn that around and start making this a tough place to play at.”UW gains adjusts to playing with leadOnly twice this season had the Badgers held a first half lead, and only one of those occasions ended in a Wisconsin victory.“I can’t tell you how many times we’ve been down a goal this season,” Prince said following the victory.And while they’ve trailed at some point in almost every game, the Badgers have done a good job of rallying from deficits that, if not to win the game, at least force overtime.Playing with a lead was a situation Wisconsin was certainly not used to, but one the team greeted Saturday night.Senior forward Jerry Maddi opened up the scoring in the first half with his first career goal in the 29th minute, and midfielder Drew Conner tacked on another goal just before halftime.Cleveland State attacked throughout the second half and eventually connected with a late goal in the 86th minute. Given the Vikings’ ability to get close to scoring at the end, John Trask was pleased with the lead the offense was able to build.“You wouldn’t want to be leaving that team in the game at 0-0 in the second half,” Trask said. “It would have been a really tricky game at that point.”Conner gets back on track in new positionConner’s goal in the 43rd minute was his first goal since the season-opener against Memphis and came at a new position for him.The freshman is used to playing center midfielder for the Badgers, but a recent change has moved Prince into that position and Conner to the right midfielder spot. Playing at center-mid for most of the season, Conner noted most of his scoring opportunities came in rebound situations, making the opportunity to score more often something he particularly enjoys about his new position.“Going into this game and the new position, I knew that I wanted to score,” Conner said. “I knew that there would be more opportunities out there for me.”His goal wound up being the difference-maker for the Badgers in the single-goal decision. Prince touched the ball into the box to Blake Succa before Succa crossed it to Conner. The freshman finished off the play, squeaking the ball under the defender’s legs and the goalie’s outstretched arms.Some may figure it to be a luckier goal than most, but given his scoring drought, Conner wouldn’t have it any other way.“I don’t think it was lucky,” Conner said. “I’ll take it. A goal is a goal.”Follow Sean on Twitterlast_img read more

Five questions: Wisconsin vs. Miami

first_imgFollowing a disappointing performance against No. 3 Alabama to open the season, the Wisconsin football team will head back home to Camp Randall to take on Miami (Ohio) on Saturday. Here are five questions Wisconsin hopes to have answered as they look to rebound from defeat.1. Is Stave here to stay?Despite the loss, fifth-year senior quarterback Joel Stave was as impressive as he has ever been in the season-opener against Alabama, completing 26 of his 39 passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns, consistently making quick, efficient passes to a total of eight different receivers.Stave’s 39 passes, however, were uncharacteristically high for a traditional Wisconsin offense that in the past has made its mark as a ground and pound attack. But, after a groin injury sidelined junior running back Corey Clement for a majority of Saturday’s matchup with the Crimson Tide, Stave was forced to throw a high volume of passes.Now, while the quarterback may not throw as many passes this upcoming game, it is possible he tests his range against a weaker opponent in Miami (Ohio).The Badgers remained conservative for the most part with their short passing game, but given that redshirt senior receiver Alex Erickson and junior receiver Robert Wheelwright both have the potential to serve as deep threats in the passing game, Stave may look to see if his accuracy has the potential to reach greater lengths.2. Can McEvoy bounce back from Week 1 and prove his worth at WR?Redshirt senior Tanner McEvoy was listed as the No. 2 wide receiver going into the meeting with the Crimson Tide — his first on-field time as a receiver. But, an unimpressive showing from the former safety and quarterback, as he finished with zero catches, is leaving some major question marks surrounding McEvoy’s role in the offense.There were times Saturday where McEvoy looked lost and uncomfortable as a wide receiver and his route running was not very crisp throughout the game. While Wisconsin coaches are unlikely to give up on the McEvoy experiment after just one week against one of the best defenses in the country, there is a real possibility that his position as a receiver is reconsidered should he fail to impress against a lesser opponent in Miami (Ohio).3. How much will Caputo and Clement be able to play?If fifth-year senior Michael Caputo had it his way, he would have never left the field after suffering from a concussion Saturday against Alabama, as the safety is the anchor of the Wisconsin defense both as a player and a leader.However, after going through the concussion protocol, head coach Paul Chryst announced Thursday that Caputo has been cleared to play. While nothing is official until the second-team All-Big Ten performer takes the field this weekend, it is an encouraging sign for the Badger defense that there appears to be no lingering effects.On the other side of the ball, Clement, who is dealing with a groin injury, said Tuesday he felt 75 percent healthy and has every intention of playing Saturday. Whether Clement has limited time on the field is still up in the air, but assuming the running back is as healthy as he claims to be, expect a full workload from the junior, unless UW builds up a large lead.4. Can the linebackers keep bringing the heat?Senior Joe Schobert and redshirt freshman T.J. Edwards lead not only the UW linebackers, but the entire defense in their losing effort to Alabama, combining for nearly a third of the team’s total tackles.This was expected out of Schobert — who had a team-high 13 tackles — as he had high expectations coming into the season, but Edwards exceeded expectations with his 12 tackles and ability to breakthrough Alabama’s offense front with relative ease.With the team’s seemingly toughest task out of the way, it appears as though the linebackers’ production will only increase as the season goes on and could ultimately make this Wisconsin defense one to be feared for the second season in a row.Fellow outside linebacker Vince Biegel didn’t have as impressive of a showing on paper against the Crimson Tide, as he only recorded five total tackles, but he still serves as the emotional leader of the defense and will find a way to make his mark as he looks to build on his 2014 second team All-Big Ten season.5. Can the offensive line continue to grow together?The offensive line, as is, has played together as a unit for only a few weeks, and the lack of a running game against Alabama showed they still have some work to do and chemistry to build between them.They will likely see Saturday as a prime opportunity to work on creating bigger holes for the team’s running backs to run through and giving Stave time in the pocket to make the throws he needs to make.It is also possible that the UW coaches decide to do some more shuffling of the starting line, as Chryst hinted at the idea that redshirt freshman Micah Kapoi could get more playing time with the Badger front five. Regardless of who is out there, improvements will need to be made, especially if Wisconsin wants to get their rushing attack back on track.last_img read more