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

Reynolds says reducing sentences for low-level crimes to be considered

first_imgDES MOINES — Governor Kim Reynolds spoke this morning with the task force she’s assembled to come up with a series of criminal justice reforms.The group’s first meeting comes in the same week as more than 400 inmates in Oklahoma were released after that state’s governor commuted their sentences. “I saw that and was just amazed at what was going on there,” Reynolds said Tuesday. “…We’re going to take a look at all of that.”In 2016, Oklahoma voters approved a referendum that reduced the sentences for simple drug possession and low-level property crimes. Oklahoma’s governor signed a bill earlier this year that retroactively reduced the sentences for those already in prison for those offenses.“There are a lot of states that are working on criminal justice reform, so let’s see what they’re doing. Let’s see what makes sense for Iowa, how we can take what they’ve done and adapt it to what we’re trying to do here for the State of Iowa,” Reynolds told reporters Tuesday, “and I’ve got a great group that have agreed to serve on this task force and I’m really looking forward to the recommendations that they make.”Reynolds expects the group to work for a while in developing proposals to deal with racial biases in the prison system. She’s asked the group to give her a set of recommendations in December that would help inmates who are paroled transition to life and get a job outside prison.“We just need to make sure that it’s balanced, that we never lose sight of the victims,” Reynolds said. “That’s always an important piece in this.”As hundreds of Oklahoma inmates this past Monday, officials said one of their goals was to ensure each had a state-issued ID or driver’s license — as identification is critical for job searches and finding a place to live.last_img read more

Liverpool heap more misery on Southampton

first_img0Shares0000Van Dijk made a winning return to Southampton as Liverpool swatted aside the toothless Saints © AFP / Adrian DENNISSOUTHAMPTON, United Kingdom, Feb 11 – Virgil van Dijk celebrated his first Premier League win as the world’s most expensive defender on his return to Southampton as Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah ensured Liverpool ran out 2-0 winners at St Mary’s on Sunday.Van Dijk was jeered by the home support following his £75 million move to Anfield last month, but got his revenge by shutting out a toothless Saints side who drop into the relegation zone. By contrast, Liverpool moved back above Tottenham into third and to within two points of bitter rivals Manchester United in second following the Red Devils’ defeat at Newcastle earlier on Sunday.In a recurring theme of Liverpool’s season, Jurgen Klopp’s men made a fast start by scoring inside 10 minutes for the ninth time this campaign.Van Dijk began the move as he cut out a cross with his head before Liverpool ‘keeper Loris Karius freed another former Southampton player, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.His pass to Salah was turned inside by the Egyptian for Firmino to apply the finishing touch for his 20th goal of the season.Southampton responded well to going behind, but lacked a clinical touch as their wait for a first home league win since November continued.Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg had the hosts’ best chance for an instant reply when he fired too close to Karius at the back post.The German goalkeeper was then put to work by headers from Guido Carrillo and twice by James Ward-Prowse but wasn’t unduly troubled.And Liverpool showed why the sides are battling at different ends of the table with a stunning move to double their lead three minutes before half-time.Salah slotted in his 22nd league goal of the campaign © AFP / Adrian DENNISFirmino returned the favour from the first goal with an audacious backheel into Salah’s path and he slotted the ball into the bottom corner for his 22nd league goal of the campaign to close back to within one of Harry Kane in the golden boot race.Salah missed a huge chance to move level with the Englishman when he side-footed into the side-netting with the goal at his mercy after Alex McCarthy had saved Firmino’s initial effort 20 minutes from time.Van Dijk had been subjected to criticism following shock defeats by Swansea and West Brom and conceding a last-gasp penalty as Spurs snatched a draw at Anfield in his previous three outings.But the former Saints captain will scarcely have had an easier 90 minutes at St Mary’s as Southampton failed to muster any danger after the break.More of Liverpool’s former Southampton contingent, Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana, should have rubbed salt in the home side’s wounds when they both fired wide when clean through.However, the visitors were able to coast through the final stages with Firmino and Salah even replaced in perfect preparation for their return to Champions League action at Porto in the first leg of their last 16 tie on Wednesday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more