Syracuse defense settles down in 2-1 win over Miami

first_img Published on October 22, 2015 at 11:45 pm Contact Michael: Facebook Twitter Google+ With Syracuse possessing the ball on Miami’s half of the field midway through the first half, SU goalkeeper Courtney Brosnan strayed far away from her goal to watch the action and yell instructions to her back line.Brosnan stayed in that spot for much of the first half, when Syracuse consistently dominated the ball and prevented Miami from generating much offensive pressure. And when the Hurricanes did move the ball forward, SU’s defenders were usually there to stop the ball and make life easy for Brosnan, who only had to make one save in the first half. But the early parts of the second half were a different narrative for the Orange, who suffered a few defensive breakdowns. Miami took advantage on one and got a ball past Brosnan, but that was all the Hurricanes (5-10, 2-6 Atlantic Coast) would get before Syracuse (6-10-1, 2-6) cleaned things up in a 2-1 overtime win at SU Soccer Stadium on Thursday night. In the win, SU limited Miami’s Gracie Lachowecki — who has the third-most goals in the ACC — to zero shots on goal. Syracuse head coach Phil Wheddon said he knew one of the keys to stopping Miami’s attack would be taking Lachowecki out of the action. So he had Erin Simon shadow her throughout the game, and Lachowecki never managed to get much going.“I thought Erin was superb,” Wheddon said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the opening 45 minutes, so was the rest of Syracuse’s back line, namely Maddie Iozzi, Alana O’Neill and Jessica Vigna. The trio consistently turned away Miami’s attackers and broke up crossing passes. The Hurricanes got just one shot on goal, which Brosnan turned away with ease. “I thought we did really well on shifting,” Vigna said. “When someone stepped to the ball, the other backs did well on stepping in and making sure nothing got past us.”In the second half, though, Vigna said she and the rest of the defense came out flat. Miami began to create more pressure and push the ball forward. Syracuse struggled to build anything from the back, and its longer passes usually got returned by Miami’s midfielders and defenders back into SU’s zone. The result was more opportunities for the Hurricanes. Two minutes into the half, Miami’s Natalie Moik possessed the ball just to Brosnan’s right and tried to loft it over the goalkeeper, but Brosnan jumped high and grabbed it out of the air. Four minutes later, Erin McGovern had a point-blank look at the goal off a free kick, but again Brosnan made the save.Six minutes later, though, Miami earned a corner kick and McGovern headed the corner into the net, scoring the goal that seemed inevitable. “I just thought we weren’t winning possession,” Wheddon said. “We took too many risks on the ball. … We were disheveled and caught out of position at times.”After the goal, the back line seemed to figure things out and recaptured the success it had in the first half. Vigna said she and her teammates began communicating more, and Miami didn’t get another shot on goal.Meanwhile, Syracuse scored two goals of its own, one in the 85th minute and another in the second overtime period — enough to get a second consecutive win. Said Wheddon: “I give our back line a lot of credit. … I thought we settled down.” Commentslast_img read more

#Editorial: Garvey’s Words Are Particularly Relevant Today

first_imgLAUDERDALE LAKES, Florida – August 17, 2019, marked the 132nd anniversary of the birth of Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jamaican National Hero, and global black liberator. However, it’s a real shame that despite Garvey’s remarkable influence on black history, many Caribbean people have very little knowledge of his significant contributions.It is important to note that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X, who may be more familiar to some, were greatly influenced by Garvey’s philosophy in the 1930s and 40s, as he sought to motivate black people to claim their place in the world as a “mighty race.”Today, the prophetic words of Garvey seem more relevant than ever and maybe just the jolt Caribbean—and black people in general—need to reclaim our identity and seriously tackle the challenges they face.As Garvey profoundly puts it, “If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life.”Confidence and AmbitionIn recent years, the confidence of the Caribbean migrant community seems to be fading, especially amid unfavorable policies in the USA and other countries they call home. Soon, immigrants who receive any kind of public assistance such as Medicaid, food stamps, and subsidized housing may forfeit their ability to become U.S. permanent residents or citizens. But instead of languishing in this impediment, we should heed the words of Marcus Garvey and seek the confidence to persevere against the odds.“A race that is solely dependent upon another for economic existence sooner or later dies. As we have in the past been living upon the mercies shown by others, and by the chances obtainable, and have suffered therefrom, so we will in the future suffer if an effort is not made now to adjust our own affairs.”If there was ever a time for Caribbean people to adjust our affairs it is now.In the Caribbean and the diaspora, personal and community ambition need to be reignited. Garvey called ambition “a burning flame…to want that which is worthwhile and strive for it. To go on without looking back, reaching to that which gives satisfaction.”It’s possible the myriad challenges Caribbean people are facing in the U.S. can be solved with the burning flame of ambition. Black people, Garvey said, “have a right to their own action; therefore…let no other race influence you against your own.”Unfortunately, since Dr. King’s death in 1968, the voice of the black race has struggled to be heard above the propaganda perpetrated for decades. But we must be careful not to be cowed by alternative views. Instead, we should write our own histories and tell our own stories, thereby controlling our own narratives.No Choice but to Get OrganizedThe challenges faced by the Caribbean- and African-Americans seem daunting, but the power to overcome lies within these communities. To succeed, organized unity is essential. In this context, Garvey’s words again bear relevance: “The thing to do is to get organized; keep separated and you will be exploited, you will be robbed, you will be killed. Get organized and you will compel the world to respect you.” He also said, “When all else fails to organize the people, then conditions will.”Currently, the political, social and economic conditions in the Caribbean and the diaspora require organized effort to overcome. But organization demands discipline and bravery—characteristics Garvey recognized when he said, “History teaches us no race, no people, no nation has ever been freed through cowardice, through cringing, through bowing and scraping, but all that has been achieved to the glory of mankind, to the glory and honor of races and nations was through the manly determination and effort of those who lead and those who are led.”Revisiting the words and teachings of Garvey is the source of tremendous motivation in these trying times. His words reaffirm that black people mustn’t give in to stagnation but strive for their rights wherever they reside.As society continues to meet out systemic inequities and continues its false narrative, every black man, woman and child should keep these words embedded in their consciousness: “The Black skin is not a badge of shame, but rather a glorious symbol of national greatness.”last_img read more