USC men’s golf starts off spring season strong

first_imgThe USC men’s golf team began their spring campaign with a bang at the Amer Ari Invitational in Waikoloa, Hawaii Wednesday.The Trojans, ranked 24th nationally, led the 20-team field with an incredible 17 under par score of 271, by far the strongest round the Trojans have hit all year.Six teams at the invitational are ranked higher than USC, five of which are ranked in the top 10 nationally.The USC men’s golf team is getting better and better.USC led by a longshot, seven strokes ahead of both No. 5 ranked Georgia Tech and No. 4 ranked Oklahoma State, who tied for second at a 10 under par score of 278.UCLA, the top-ranked team in the field (second nationally), sat tied for 10th place with a three under par score of 285.Even though the course is one the Trojans haven’t seen before, the conditions were fair enough that it gave them a chance to play well.“It was really nice, with no wind. When it isn’t windy it’s a lot easier to play. When it’s calmer, you can really shoot some good scores,” said sophomore Martin Trainer. “The course is surrounded by lava rocks, which are impossible to play off of, so being able to control the ball is very important.”The team was led by freshman Jeffrey Kang, who shot for a career-best six under par score of 66 to tie for second place overall.Kang hit for seven birdies and just one bogey, which makes him the top golfer for the Trojans.Kang had several strong rounds this fall, but this is his best yet.Finishing just behind Kang was Trainer.Trainer hit a five under par score of 67 for a fifth place tie. Trainer had four birdies, one bogey and the team’s only eagle.“I played really well,” Trainer said. “I’m really happy.”Freshman Ramsey Sahyoun is off to an uncharacteristically strong start with a four under par score of 68 settling him in ninth place, just a few shots off from second place.Sahyoun had a solid round that included five birdies and a bogey.Although Sahyoun had his share of both good rounds during the fall campaign, this is his strongest showing so far in his career.Junior Steve Lim was next, with a strong two under par score of 70 that landed him in a massive 11-way tie for 21st place.Lim was incredibly consistent, hitting par on every hole until finally shooting two birdies at the end of his round.Rounding out the Trojan squad is sophomore T.J. Vogel, who hit for an even par of 72 with two birdies and a double bogey.“Overall it was a great team effort — we made a lot of birdies. Hopefully we can repeat tomorrow,” Trainer said. “The freshman are really coming around. This performance reinforces our thoughts about how good this team really is.”The action continues today.last_img read more

Syracuse defense stifles No. 4 Virginia in 3-1 win

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 25, 2015 at 8:05 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TR Syracuse’s defense wore masks and stood inside the goal, rushing forward as Virginia passed a penalty corner to the top of the circle.The Orange closed out on Tara Vittese, one half of the dangerous midfield that SU prepared for all week.“(Virginia) didn’t have a lot of space to play all day,” Syracuse midfielder Alma Fenne said.Vittese, presented with no passing lanes, wound up. As the shot sailed wide left with 4:30 remaining and the Cavaliers trailing 3-1, the scoring opportunity — and game — slipped away from Virginia.The game ended 3-1 and Syracuse held the nation’s seventh-highest scoring offense – the Cavaliers tally 3.88 goals per game – to a single goal. UVA recorded seven shots in the first half, but was limited to just one in the second half. No. 2 Syracuse (8-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast) used lessons from a week of practice, improved second-half execution and fitness to hand No. 4 Virginia (8-1, 2-1) its first loss of the season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We played really great defense today,” head coach Ange Bradley said. “They’re one of the top teams in the country on attack.”All week Syracuse focused on defense in practice and scouted Virginia’s attack with film breakdowns, back Roos Weers said. In particular, the Orange wanted to shut down midfielders Vittese and Lucy Hyams.“They’re probably the best midfield in the country,” Weers said. “They’re really fast. We focused on keeping them in front.”While the pair accounted for half of the Cavaliers’ eight shots, they couldn’t find the back of the net. On Friday, whenever Hyams and Vittese touched the ball, the Orange swarmed.When Hyams attacked the baseline, she was immediately met by SU’s Serra Degnan and Alyssa Manley. When Hyams tried to pass inside to a cutting Cavalier in front of the net, Manley and Degnan deflected the ball to Syracuse teammates.When the Cavaliers pushed on the offensive, goalie Jess Jecko said the team would use a substitution trick and take a player off the field, bring the ball up on the left side and then sub a player in off the bench, who was uncovered and had space to reverse the ball.“Once we realized it, we started yelling out, ‘Hey! A girl’s coming in!’” Jecko said. “I can’t say enough of how the defense played today, especially against a tough ACC school.”As the game progressed, the Orange also gained an upperhand in fitness, both Liz Sack and Fenne noted.At 64:25, two green cards assessed to Weers and the Orange had to play down two players, 10-on-8 in the field. Syracuse packed it in and played conservatively to kill off the penalty. In that time, Syracuse staved off two Virginia pushes on offense and midfielder Laura Hurff broke up a pass with her ankle to slow the Cavaliers.“That’s the point where (our fitness) showed,” Fenne said. “They struggled.”The Orange’s lines on defense, the pushing and pulling, improved greatly in the second half, Jecko said. As Syracuse solved Virginia’s offense — the substitutions and angles taken by Hyams and Vittese — the Cavaliers grew more frazzled.After Sack scored Syracuse’s third goal to give the team a two-goal cushion, Virginia called a timeout. In the huddle, Bradley stressed remaining calm and continuing to play its defensive game plan.“(Coach’s message) was that we need to stay focused,” Weers said. “They got a little unorganized, but we stayed disciplined. It was a great win for us.” Commentslast_img read more

Sand Cranes to play league select side as they buildup to AFCON qualifiers

first_img Tags: AFCON Beach Soccer QualifiersSand Cranes The Sand Cranes technical stuff sharing a few ideas during one of the recent training sessions (photo by FUFA Media)Beach Soccer AFCON Qualifier-Build Up gameSand Cranes vs League Select Spenah Beach, Entebbe Thursday, 06-09-2018ENTEBBE – With just three days to the all-important AFCON 2018 1st leg qualifier against Ivory Coast, the Sand Cranes have lined up a buildup game.This will Head Coach Muwonge Salim Jamal’s first official game since he was confirmed in this position.Muwonge’e Sand Cranes will face a select side of players featuring in the National Beach Soccer League which will be handled by Coach of the year Issa Asiimwe- (Head Coach of Isabet Beach soccer club-reigning League Champions 2017/18).Ahead of the buildup match Muwonge noted that this game will be used to evaluate the team’s progress in terms of preparations.“We are having this match to assess how far we have reached in terms of preparations ahead of our AFCON Campaign Qualifier match against Ivory Coast, said Muwonge.“The game will help us identify points of weakness and see how we can improve plus perfecting on our strong areas especially in the goal scoring setup.The Sand Cranes will take on West Africans-Ivory Coast at Spenah Beach on Sunday in the 1st leg of the qualifiers.The finals tournament will take place in Egypt later this year.Players in camp:Goalkeepers:Kibirge Medi (Isabet), Lwamunda Nasser (Buganda Royal Institute) and Kalule Micheal (Nkumba University).Defenders:Lule Paul (Buganda Royal Institute), Katwe Allan (Nkumba University), Ochero Sulaiman (St. Lawrence University), Byaruhanga Rica (Isabet), Kimuli Thomas (Mutoola Beach Soccer Club), Muganga Douglas (MUBS).Midfielders:Kiggundu Swalley (St. Lawrence University), Magwari Ronald (Stomers), Kakwaya Swaibu (Isabet).Forwards:Lwesibawa Godfrey (Stomers), Wasswa Peter (Buganda Royal Institute), Ochen Ben (MUBS), Somoka Roch (C) (Isabet)Technical Team:Salim Jamal Muwonge – Head CoachSseguya Peter – Assistant CoachSsebaggala Tonny – Team CoordinatorSsekasanvu Julius – Kits manIthum Aduny Codian – Medical OfficerMutyaba Bashir – Technical DirectorOmaria Bosco – Media OfficerComments last_img read more