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

BiH to play a Friendly Match against Luxembourg

first_imgNational football team of BiH will play friendly match tonight in Luxembourg. Also, they will play against the Swiss on Tuesday, and that will be a friendly match as well.After elimination in the playoffs from Ireland, this will be the first gathering of the most popular BH team. Although the above mentioned matches have no competitive significance, BH team members should give their maximum and understand the importance as they are playing for points. Of course, the Dragons also need the victory in order to restore their confidence, after the additional playoffs in November.It is needless to say that Dzeko and his teammates are absolute favorites in the clash with Luxembourg. Good results in the next two control matches will further improve the atmosphere in the locker room of our Dragons, and a good mood is always a precondition for a good result. Qualifications for the World Cup that will be held in Russia in 2018 are starting in September, and by then, the head of the national team should change some things “inside”, because it is necessary at this point. Therefore, it is clear why the coach expanded the list of candidates.“We will try to make a good result. Everyone cannot play, since 11 players will be in the first set and we have the right to six changes. In these two matches, we will do everything for all 25 players to show their form. We need to be serious and disciplined,” said coach Bazdarevic.It is assumed that the selector will give a chance to all new players against Luxembourg. With good performance and triumph, we should wait for the match with Switzerland that will be participating on the European Championship, which begins in June in France. That match will show where we are and what we are.The match against Luxembourg at the Josy Barthel will start at 8:15 pm with live broadcast on FACE TV.(Source: Edin Isanovic/ read more