Syracuse awaits NCAA tournament fate after 4-1 ACC tournament loss to Duke

first_imgSyracuse entered Thursday’s ACC tournament first-round matchup against Duke likely needing a victory to continue its season. Last time the conference foes met, Duke won at J.S. Coyne Stadium. SU failed to record a shot that day for the first time in 13 years.  Within five minutes on Thursday afternoon, Duke scored, and the Orange never recovered. No. 3 Duke (15-4, 5-1 Atlantic Coast) scored two goals in the opening nine minutes, defeating No. 17 Syracuse (8-8, 1-5), 4-1, to advance to the ACC semifinals. Before the game, Syracuse’s seniors, Jamie Martin, Caroline Cady and Roos Weers all stressed the implications of this game in Chapel Hill. All three agreed that a win against Duke, a team safely in the NCAA field, would give them a good chance at the NCAA tournament.All three also agreed that a loss likely meant that Thursday’s game would be the final one of their careers. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We need to focus on getting one more,” Martin said Tuesday. “If we lose Thursday, I think we’re done.”Less than five minutes into the game, Duke’s Caroline Andretta corralled a pass from Erin Scherrer and finished her 12th goal of the season. Scherrer added a goal herself five minutes later to double the Blue Devils’ lead.Duke continued its barrage of shots on goalie Borg van der Velde, until eventually, a third goal came. Sixteen minutes into the second half, Haley Schleicher converted a penalty stroke from a foul right in front of the SU goal.Weers scored a goal of her own from the penalty spot eight minutes later but it was merely a consolation score. On Duke’s 21st and final shot of the game, Rose Tynan capped off the four-goal outburst. The loss means that SU has now conceded at least three goals in its last four games.  Syracuse is now forced to wait. Sunday night at 10 p.m., the NCAA tournament bracket will be revealed. It’s an 18-team field, with 10 automatic qualifiers. SU will have to hope it’s one of the eight at-large teams. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 1, 2018 at 4:26 pm Contact Anthony: amdabbun@syr.edulast_img read more

Real Madrid’s Jose Mourinho ‘escapes knife attack’

first_imgA man armed with a dagger is reported to have tried to stab Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho as he signed autographs in a Spanish airport.A member of the club’s security staff was said to have received a 4cm (1.5in) stab wound in the incident at La Coruna in Galicia, northern Spain.The incident happened last Friday but has only just been reported by the Cadena Ser news channel.It is not clear if Mr Mourinho was aware of the attack at the time.Cadena Ser says the security staff member did not realise he had been stabbed until he was on the team bus.However, security cameras at the airport may have captured the incident, it says. Quoting a source at Real Madrid, Cadena Ser says the club has increased security for its game against Racing Santander this weekend.Source: BBClast_img

Neymar double helps red-hot Barcelona to 4-0 victory over Real Sociedad

first_imgNeymar scored a brace as Barcelona moved seven points clear at the top of La Liga after yet another convincing victory – a 4-0 win over Real Sociedad at Camp Nou.Luis Enrique’s red-hot side have now scored 14 goals in just three games after successive high scoring triumphs over Real Madrid and AS Roma respectively. The deadlock was broken on this occasion after just 22 minutes when Neymar smashed the ball into the back of the net from a Dani Alves low cross.Alves was also the provider of Barcelona’s second goal when he found Luis Suarez with a deep cross and the Uruguayan finished with an acrobatic effort just three minutes before the half-time break. Barcelona extended their lead on 53 minutes when Neymar sealed a double after meeting a cross from Jeremy Mathieu.It was a frustrating afternoon in front of goal for Lionel Messi but he finally got on the score-sheet – his first league strike in two months – in added time as he tapped in a Neymar pass to complete the rout.Luis Enrique’s side move to 33 points with 11 wins from 13 games.– This game was live on SuperSport, your world of champions.last_img read more