Syracuse edges Colgate, 1-0, in Nicky Adams’ head coaching debut

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ A flick-on by Syracuse’s Kailee Coonan in the midfield sent Sydney Brackett between two Colgate defenders with a look at goal. Her shot rose, but eventually crashed into the fence behind Colgate’s net for a goal kick. It was her third shot in a three-minute span which saw Syracuse dictating the midfield and finding openings in the Colgate defense after an inconsistent first half going forward. Brackett said first-year head coach Nicky Adams gave the Orange forwards the “blessing” to be creative in the final third. For Brackett, it meant using her speed to open up pockets of space between defenders.Later in the second half, it meant Laurel Ness slotting home the game’s first and only goal with what Adams called a “special” left foot. The coaches only instructions were for the wingers to look for cutbacks , and Mackenzie Vlachos followed the orders to find Ness at the top of the 18-yard box, unmarked. “It’s just about reading and you know, responding to what the other team shows you,” Brackett said. The Orange started Adams’ reign with two preseason losses against Albany and Rutgers. On Sunday night, Syracuse (1-0) played the attacking type of soccer Adams wants to earn a 1-0 victory at SU Soccer Stadium against Colgate (0-2). Following a 3-15 season in which Syracuse scored just 11 goals, Adams philosophy of allowing creativity to shine through and playing attacking soccer was a welcome change, especially for the forwards, Ness said. Last year, the most shots the Orange had in a game was 18. Against Colgate, SU had 17. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe two preseason games were choppy, Brackett said, with coaches stopping play at times to go over instructions with players and the halves being shorter than the typical 45 minutes. The final results weren’t as important in those games as having a sound defense, creating better communication and making sure it all came together come the start of the season. “It’s been a while and our program has gone through a lot of change and we responded in the best possible way,” Brackett said. “All the things we worked on in training, in preseason, all the requirements we set, standards we set as a team in the summer, and everyone did them. And that’s why we won tonight.” Syracuse showed its intent from the initial whistle. Starting with the ball, the Orange attacked down the left wing to send in a cross which looped over the goal and out of play. Yells of “We’re first, we’re first” rang across the field. In the 10th minute, Brackett took the Orange’s first shot of the game, but she shanked the ball with her left foot and sent it flying well over the goal mouth. Play swung from end-to-end but rarely were through-balls weighted correctly. Holding midfielder Georgia Allen fed Meghan Root in the 27th minute for Syracuse’s best chance of the half, but Root’s shot was swallowed by the Colgate goalkeeper who had come out to close the angle.“We were getting forward but making poor decisions in the final third that kept us from really having quality opportunities,” Adams said.During halftime, Adams noted SU was getting too narrow, and out of the break, it started exploiting the wide spaces, creating openings for Brackett and the fullbacks. Adams’ offseason training focused on fitness and creativity in the final third which showed in the second half. Again, the Orange were the first to attack, creating a nice link-up play on the right wing. But Clarke Brown strayed too far and was flagged for offside. Eleven minutes into the second half, Brackett began her barrage of shots toward the net but none had to be saved by the keeper. In the first half, the Orange had looked for short passes, trying to weave their way through the Colgate defense. Now, they played more direct.  The breakthrough came in the 68th minute, when Ness was left unmarked in the 18-yard box to score her first collegiate goal. “I was able to get it right behind their entire defense, just cut it back to the right and just faked everybody out and had the goal wide open,” Ness said. “That easy.”  Ness’ score held the lead for Syracuse’s first win. While the preseason presented hurdles, Brackett said, a win on opening night inspired confidence.“It makes me so excited because if we can do that today, we can do that tomorrow, we can do that Thursday, we can do that in the ACC,” Brackett said.  Comments Published on August 25, 2019 at 11:46 pm Contact Arabdho: | @aromajumder last_img read more

Mike Trout belts monster homer, but Angels lose two slugfests to Giants

first_img Shohei Ohtani’s next start for the Angels will be in a major league exhibition UP NEXT: Angels (JC Ramirez) vs. Rangers (Bartolo Colon), Sunday, 1 p.m. PT, Tempe Diablo Stadium, Fox Sports West, KLAA/830Related Articles THE GAMES: The Angels lost a pair of games to the Giants on Saturday, dropping a 9-8 decision in Tempe and losing 11-7 at the Giants’ home park in Scottsdale. The Angels (6-11) have now lost six games in a row.PITCHING REPORT: In Tempe, left-hander Andrew Heaney gave up two runs in 3-1/3 innings. He had not allowed any runs in his first two starts of the spring. Heaney struck out five, giving him 11 strikeouts in 8-1/3 innings. He said he’s noticing a difference from moving back to the first base side of the rubber this spring. “It’s just something that might not have looked any different from video, but I can tell the swings I’m getting are totally different,” Heaney said. … Right-hander Felix Peña, who had not allowed a run in five innings in his first five games, got the chance to work multiple innings for the first time. He struck out two to finish the fourth, but then he gave up two hits and a walk to start the fifth, recording just one out before he was pulled. … In Scottsdale, right-hander Parker Bridwell gave up four runs on five hits in three innings. He did not walk a batter and he struck out five. … Right-hander Luke Bard, a Rule 5 pick, pitched two scoreless innings, with two strikeouts.HITTING REPORT: In Tempe, Mike Trout hit his first homer of the spring, a long blast that cleared the batter’s eye in center field. Trout said he’d hit balls over it in batting practice, but never before in a game. He also had two singles, after coming into the game with one hit in his previous 14 at-bats. … Kole Calhoun had two hits, improving to 8 for 15 this spring. … The Angels had eight consecutive singles to produce six runs in the third inning. … In Scottsdale, Luis Valbuena had two hits, including a three-run homer, his second of the spring. … Chris Carter and Jabari Blash also homered.DEFENSE REPORT: In Tempe, third baseman Zack Cozart couldn’t handle a hard ground ball to his left. It was ruled a hit. Cozart, who has been a shortstop for his entire career, is learning to play third. … In Scottsdale, third baseman Kaleb Cowart ranged far into found territory to make an over-the-shoulder catch.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more