Girls soccer Warriors, Northstars continue struggles

first_imgC-NS would get its own match against F-M 24 hours later, and it would prove even more lopsided as the Hornets had four goals by halftime and kept on going until it had beat the Northstars 7-0.The tough part for C-NS was figuring out which Hornets forward to contain. It couldn’t focus on Knych, who still had one goal and one assist, since Hodge and Lauren Clark both had two goals. TenEyck and Lindsay Coleman also found the net.Now Liverpool had to turn around and face Baldwinsville on Thursday night. When they first met, Hannah Mimas scored four straight goals in the second half to break up a scoreless duel as B’ville eventually prevailed 5-1. Overall, the Warriors did a better job on the defensive side in the rematch at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium, but still lost, 2-0, twice victimized by Mimas, who converted off a feed from Simone Neivel late in the first half and then did so again midway through the second half, redirecting Neivel’s free kick.Then, in Saturday’s game against Christian Brothers Academy at Alibrandi Stadium, Liverpool played a scoreless first half and then converted in the second half thanks to Abby Brancato’s goal.Yet it still wasn’t enough as the Brothers prevailed 2-1, overcoming Burns’ four saves thanks to a pair of goals by Kennedy Paciaga as CBA netminder Emily Jones recorded seven saves.Meanwhile, C-NS was at Chittenango, who had started 7-0 before taking defeats to Westhill and Marcellus earlier in the week. And the Northstars would continue the Bears’ slide, prevailing by a 3-2 margin.Constant pressure forced Chittenango goalie Cassidy Kelly to make 20 saves. But C-NS saw Madelyn Jackson put in a pair of goals, with Juliana Marullo also finding the net, to offset goals by the Bears’ Madison Wagner and Sarah Martin.After a game Sunday against Athens (Pennsylvania), C-NS would have tests at Baldwinsville and Marcellus this week as Liverpool goes to West Genesee Saturday and hosts Rome Free Academy on Saturday. After a crowded week of girls soccer that included Cicero-North Syracuse defeating Liverpool head-to-head Sept. 19 at Archie Hall Stadium, things got a bit less crowded.The Warriors were back in action last Tuesday night, hosting defending sectional Class AA champion Fayetteville-Manlius, and could not contain the Hornets’ Hannah Knych in a 4-0 defeat.Three times, Knych found the net to earn a hat trick. Morgan Goodman had the other goal, with assists credited to Anna Hartzheim, Chloe Hodge, Sophia TenEyck and Lauren Farrella. Liverpool goalie Mikayla Perry finished with 10 saves. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: C-NSgirls soccerliverpoollast_img read more

With injuries behind him, Hammond aims for starting role

first_imgChase Hammond stood out in the Badger’s 2012 spring game April 28 with four catches for 48 yards and a touchdown. With his ankle injury behind him, Hammond hopes for a starting spot opposite Jared Abbrederis.[/media-credit]This past spring camp marked Chase Hammond’s most important month of collegiate football to date.Entering his third year with the Wisconsin football program as a redshirt sophomore wide receiver out of Youngstown, Ohio, Hammond hadn’t quite been healthy since he broke his right ankle in his junior year of high school.He underwent three surgeries on the same ankle since then and at one point his future in football began to look blurry. Following the first two operations, doctors speculated that football might no longer be in the cards for him. After the third, UW’s coaches began looking at him sideways, wondering if the health issues would ever end.Hammond entered camp with his ankle troubles behind him and began work at a position where UW is still fishing for a starter opposite Jared Abbrederis. Hammond called it “do or die” time for himself, but once the spring game on April 4 came to pass, Hammond certainly achieved self-preservation.With Abbrederis watching from the sidelines, Hammond stood out among the wideouts, catching four passes for 48 yards and a 7-yard touchdown. On more than one occasion, the 6-foot-5, 212-pound target showed off his lengthy wingspan, stretching and jumping for passes his defender had no hope of reaching.“He’s a big guy and he can jump,” quarterback Joel Stave said. “He’s got big hands. He’s really nice to throw to.”Although any quarterback would be happy to throw to a target the size of Hammond, there’s still plenty of work for the oft-injured wide receiver to accomplish before he can be a regular in the huddle.Nevertheless, he felt that after the spring game he had demonstrated an ability to execute when it’s time to put on the game jersey.“I really showed that when its time to play, I can make plays,” Hammond said. “I really think that that’s been big on me. I may not always have the best practices but that’s what practice is for.”Hammond’s return to full strength from the broken ankle was a long and arduous one that imprinted its timeline in his mind. On the spot, he can recall the exact date when the entire ordeal began: Aug. 22, 2008.He had six screws and a plate put in his ankle as a result of the injury, and by the time he arrived to play at Wisconsin two years later, the screws became bothersome and so he went under the knife a second time to get them removed. All the while, doubt about the future of his career percolated.The ankle continued to cause problems, and on Aug. 4 of last year, as Hammond recalls, he underwent another procedure.“I had a lot of scar tissue, bone chips, things floating around – torn ligaments,” Hammond said. “[The doctor] went in, cleaned all that up, smoothed out my cartilage, and it’s been working great ever since.”The procedure removed Hammond from play just as another season began, but he eventually got back into the groove of things. In week 10, in preparation for a game against Purdue, Hammond was named UW’s scout team player of the week.“I’ve been hanging out for a while up here, I’m kind of tired of that,” Hammond said. “I’m ready to play, I’m feeling great, my body’s feeling great.”Hammond’s performance in the spring game highlighted and concluded the bumpy road that he and the rest of the wide receivers walked on throughout spring. Across the board, UW’s wideouts struggled to gain separation from defenders and consistently hold on to passes during practice.“I think he made some steps this spring at certain times during practice,” Bielema said. “I’m excited because I think it’s there. He’s only a sophomore, so he’s got a lot of good football, hopefully, in front of him.”Now it’s on to the summer, where the team won’t be able to hold formal practices until August. In the meantime, Hammond said he hopes to add some weight onto his “kind of lanky” frame – as Bielema would describe it – over the course of the three-month lull.And, despite his encouraging performance in the spring game, Hammond knows there’s plenty of work to be done on his technique if he is to thrive as a wide receiver in the Big Ten.“Talking to [wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni], there’s a lot of things going on,” he said. “I might have looked like I had a good day to everybody but between me and him we know there’s a lot of things that need to be fixed.”last_img read more

Syracuse’s tightened defense leads to 4-1 victory over Vermont

first_imgEven as SU tightened up defensively, van der Velde was tested again. Twenty four minutes into the second half, she took two quick steps to her near post, kicking the ball wide of her cage to prevent UVM from cutting into the Orange lead. She then made another block just 20 seconds later, mopping up the area in front of goal. After those two saves, van der Velde didn’t face another shot on goal in the last 10 minutes. Those shots were the only two UVM placed on the cage in the second half. Even as the Catamounts pressed higher and higher up the field, they attempted wayward shots that ended well wide of the cage. Lagerweij may be gone, but SU has had multiple players play lots of minutes in her absence. Freshman Laura Graziosi, sophomore Steph Harris, and junior Claire Webb all helped defensively to maintain SU’s lead in the second half. “With her spot open, other people have stepped up,” Weers said. “Obviously we miss her, we miss everyone who leaves.” In the opening 20 minutes of the game, Vermont drew three penalty corners, a penalty shot, and posted three shots on goal. As Weers and Syracuse’s young lineup settled into its first game of the season, the Orange began to suffocate the Catamount attack in the middle third of the game. Syracuse scored two late goals in the first half, then stifled the Vermont attack by holding the Catamounts without a shot on goal for almost 30 minutes. Vermont’s lone goal came on a penalty shot after a foul was committed on the SU goal line. “We had a little bit more control in the second half,” Weers said. “Obviously we were a little nervous in the first game of the season, you work so hard in the preseason.” AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith 12 minutes left in the first half, Vermont tested sophomore goalie Borg van der Velde, who made a critical kick save with her feet. At that point, both teams had posted four shots on goal, and Vermont appeared the more likely to net a second. Three open field giveaways in Syracuse’s defensive half nearly cost the Orange on the scoreboard, as SU needed van der Velde to make three first-half saves.Early in the second half, SU head coach Ange Bradley began snapping her fingers in a circling motion, urging her team forward, to press higher up the field, and win the ball back, she said.“We’re slow right now, we’ve got to get faster, we’ve got to get more pressure on the ball, and we’ve got to make reads quicker,” Bradley said. “From the sidelines, you can help tempo that a bit, and get them to identify that we need more aggression.”Weers and van der Velde worked together to help communicate with the underclassmen without Lies Lagerweij’s presence anymore. Both voices could be heard all the way from the bleachers at J.S. Coyne Stadium, calling out commands to push further up the field to press, or drop deeper to prevent a counterattack. Weers is forced to be more of a communicator this year on the field, Bradley said. Throughout spring practices and scrimmages and summer pre-season, Bradley has been impressed. “She’s doing great,” Bradley said. “Roos had a really good preseason and stepped up and (has) taken on additional responsibilities, and we don’t want to overstretch her that she loses who she is.” Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Published on August 24, 2018 at 5:59 pm Contact Anthony: amdabbun@syr.edu Moments after Vermont’s third penalty corner of the first half, Roos Weers made a crucial block right in front of goal with her stick. Then, while ripping off her facemask and throwing it into the grass behind the goal, she raced to her right, stealing the ball from the attacking Catamount, and playing a long pass up the field.That transition and ensuing attack led to a penalty corner. Syracuse converted that corner into a 2-1 lead as Laura Graziosi netted a backhand top shelf. The Orange scored a quick third, a penalty corner goal from Weers, and a fourth early in the second half, as Syracuse defeated Vermont 4-1 to open its 2018 season Friday.last_img read more

A Big Bicycle Race in Sarajevo on 15th June

first_imgThe capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina will, this year as well, host the big bicycle event that will be held on 15th June, as Zlatko Berbic, the president of the Cycling Association of BiH said for news agency Patria.“As we had Sarajevo Grand Prix last year, this year we have a continuation, but this year’s occasion is 20 years of peace in Sarajevo“, said Berbic.Two races for professionals an amateurs will be organized. Professionals will ride 140 km through 14 municipalities, while te race for amateurs will be organized at more attractive locations than last year.As Berbic earlier said for Patria, Sarajevo needs a bicycle lane in order to create a new story about the tourism.“We want people to come to the summer tourism in future, to be able to rent a bike in every hotel and spend time usingbike as a mean of transport, to visit the city, go to mountains and at the same time to be safe in terms o traffic“, said Berbic.Otherwise, the construction of the bicycle lane started last year in the length of 7 km from Nedzarici to Skenderija. It should be finished next year, and horizontal and vertical signalization, illumination, rest areas with benches and fountains, as well as the usage of free wireless internet were planned.(Source: nap.ba)last_img read more