Syracuse defense settles down in 2-1 win over Miami

first_img Published on October 22, 2015 at 11:45 pm Contact Michael: mdburk01@syr.edu 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

Intercity Transit Wants You to get Noticed this Season

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Intercity TransitThe season’s short, wet days make pedestrians and bicyclists less visible to drivers. To help you be safe and be seen, Intercity Transit is providing free, reflective-safety lights this December when you buy your monthly pass at the Olympia Transit Center.Your safety is a top priority at Intercity Transit. Reflective clothing and lights can help make you more visible. Help ensure your safety by using:Lights:Waiting at a bus stop: Use a flashlight, light up your cell phone, or wear a flashing safety light to ensure that our drivers can see you.Bicycling: State law requires the use of a white headlamp and a red rear reflector or tail light when it’s dark.Walking or running: Wear a headlamp, carry a flashlight, or wear flashing safety lights.Flashing lights appear brighter and draw attention faster than steady lights. Add them to shoes, backpacks, coats or jacket sleeves, purse straps and anywhere else you can think of.Reflective clothing and gear:Jackets, vests, caps, gloves and more with reflective features are great options to increase your visibility.Reflective tape or bands are inexpensive options that can be added to outfits, backpacks umbrellas and more.Highly-visible umbrellas help you stand out (and keep you dry).Reflective backpack covers help keep contents dry and make you more visible.Safety lights will be available free with the purchase of a monthly bus pass at the Olympia Transit Center during December while supplies last. After December, safety lights may be purchased for $2last_img read more

Parents named suspects in girl’s disappearance

first_img“They tried to get her to confess to having accidentally killed Madeleine by offering her a deal through her lawyer – `If you say you killed Madeleine by accident and then hid her and disposed of the body, then we can guarantee you a two-year jail sentence or even less,”‘ Gerry McCann’s sister, Philomena, told ITV news. A police spokesman, Olegario Sousa, confirmed that police had named a new suspect but would not say it was Kate McCann. He cited privacy laws in declining to comment further. He could not be reached later for comment on Gerry McCann. The couple professed their innocence Friday. The day’s developments marked a dramatic turn in a case that has riveted the world for months, ever since Kate McCann ran screaming from a hotel room saying her daughter had disappeared. The McCanns, both doctors from central England, said they were dining at the time in a hotel restaurant, but returned frequently to check on Madeleine and her twin 2-year-old siblings. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Most of the suspicion has focused on Madeleine’s mother, Kate, long praised for her strength in the ordeal. The girl’s aunt said police suggested Madeleine might have been killed accidentally and offered the mother a plea deal if she confessed. Kate McCann was questioned for more than four hours Friday in a second day of interrogation into the disappearance of Madeleine in Portugal. Her husband, Gerry McCann, followed her into the police station in the southern Portuguese town of Portim o for a separate round of questioning. Both were named suspects, their lawyer, Carlos Pinto Abreu told reporters. “They have not been charged, and the investigation continues,” he said without elaborating. Friends and relatives said the mother told them she was offered a deal if she confessed. By Paul Haven THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PRAIA DA LUZ, Portugal – For four months, the world watched in horror and grim anticipation as police pursued the presumed abductor of wide-eyed British 4-year-old Madeleine McCann. Then, authorities dramatically turned the tables, naming the girl’s parents as suspects. Suddenly, a couple who had been the beneficiaries of so much sympathy and so many prayers – meeting with Pope Benedict XVI and getting support from celebrities like J.K. Rowling and David Beckham – found themselves in the cross hairs. last_img