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: armajumd@syr.edu | @aromajumder last_img read more

Buckinghamshire end on a high to deny champions a five-star finish

first_img Champions Gloucestershire got their hands on the silverware – but only after Buckinghamshire ended their chances of a clean sweep at the Women’s County Finals.Gloucestershire ensured they would retain their title with a 5 ½ – 3 ½ triumph over Yorkshire on Thursday  – their fourth straight win of the week.However, on another glorious day at Delamere Forest in Cheshire,  they were not able to make it five out of five after narrowly losing out to a determined Buckinghamshire team by a slender 5-4 margin.Buckinghamshire began the morning by taking a 2-1 lead after the foursomes. Olivia Lee and Rosie Bee Kim were the first pair to put a point on the board for Buckinghamshire when they beat Grace Connelly and Claudia Ovens 5 & 3. They doubled their advantage when Georgina Bowers and Daisy Kennedy secured a one-hole victory over Jess Brown and Sam Round before Gloucestershire got themselves back into it when Megan Bartlett and Alex Saunders defeated Susanna Mitterer and Ella Betteriss 3 & 2.Buckinghamshire started the singles with two further victories by Alice Kozlowski and Amelia Curtis over Bartlett and Issy Hopkins but Hannah Cash, Jessica Pilgrim and Grace Rigby-Walden lost against Jess Brown, Connelly and Ffion Tynan before Thalia Kirby secured an emotional win for her team with a 2 & I victory over Alex Saunders.“It’s a fantastic result,” said Buckinghamshire captain, Gail Sharp. “We were hopeful we might do something today, but we decided we’d play all 12 of our players, so I think it was just a case of waiting to see what the results might bring.“It proved to be a good decision because one or two of the girls brought in wins we weren’t necessarily expecting.“It’s been a great week,” she added. “We beat Lincolnshire 7-2 in the first match and had some really good matches yesterday in our draw with Surrey but it’s just nice to finish the week with a win against the champions. That makes it all a bit more special.”Gloucestershire had won all four of their matches on their way to clinching their third title in four years but they came up just short against Buckinghamshire after also electing to bring in some of their less experienced players.“Today we were able to play all of our team which was just lovely,” said Gloucestershire captain, Su Mallon. “In fact, they (the less used players) won and the ones we’d worn out earlier in the week didn’t. So, yes, it was a brilliant day, actually. They played to really enjoy it, which was good.“We’re still up there, we’re high and enjoying it all. They (the team) just keep giving. They’re such a nice group of people. I’ve just loved being their captain.”The final day of this year’s championship was all about the battle to finish second behind Gloucestershire and in the end it was Lincolnshire who were to claim that spot after a 5 ½ – 3 ½ victory over Yorkshire. Lincolnshire went into lunch 2-1 up in the foursomes and wins from India Clyburn, Ellise Rymer and Tilly Garfoot plus a half point from Sophie Beardsall was enough to see them over the line.Surrey moved up to third with a 5 ½ – 3 ½ win over Norfolk while Buckinghamshire’s last day heroics saw them climb to fourth ahead of Yorkshire and Norfolk.Photograph credit: Leaderboard 20 Sep 2019 Buckinghamshire end on a high to deny champions a five-star finish Tags: Buckinghamshire, Cheshire, Gloucestershire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Surrey, Yorkshirelast_img read more

Culinary Icon Guy Fieri To Meet Soldiers, Culinary Specialists At Madigan

first_imgSubmitted by Saint Martin’s UniversityLACEY, WASHINGTON — On Saturday, Nov. 3, “culinary rock star” Guy Fieri will take to the kitchen of Madigan Army Medical Center with his trademark gusto, cooking up hospitality and entertainment for a group of invited soldiers.During his visit, Fieri, the restaurateur and popular host of Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, will join a group of Madigan’s culinary specialists in the kitchen, providing his own brand of high-energy epicurean instruction and inspiration. Following his food-focused adventures with the specialists, Fieri will spend time with wounded, ill and injured soldiers from the Warrior Transition Battalion (WTB).The “Afternoon with Guy Fieri” at Madigan Army Medical Center is presented by Saint Martin’s University, which is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its extension campuses at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and sponsored by America’s Credit Union. On the evening of Nov. 3, Saint Martin’s University will welcome Fieri to its Lacey campus as celebrity chef for its annual Saint Martin’s Gala. Last year’s Gala featured chef Mario Batali and generated $600,000, a record amount for the annual scholarship fundraiser.A longtime supporter of servicemen and women serving our country, Fieri has visited bases in the Persian Gulf, Guantanamo Bay and Hawaii.“We’re excited to host Guy Fieri and look forward to him bringing his culinary magic to our kitchen,” said Col. Dallas Homas, Madigan Army Medical Center commander. “Our soldiers from the Warrior Transition Battalion are especially thrilled for the opportunity to interact with this celebrity chef.”“It is an honor to have the opportunity to connect Guy with the WTB Soldiers as part of our pre-Gala festivities,” said Roy Heynderickx, Ph.D., president of Saint Martin’s University. “This year, Saint Martin’s Gala will feature a special focus on the military, as we celebrate four decades of ‘serving those who serve us’ on our Joint Base Lewis-McChord extension campuses. The Madigan event is the perfect way to kick off the day.”Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 23 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,100 undergraduate students and 400 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 300 more undergraduate students to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Centralia College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at www.stmartin.edu.Headquartered at Madigan Army Medical Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the Madigan Healthcare System is a network of Army medical facilities located throughout Washington and California that serve active duty service members, their families and retirees. Madigan is a system of health that provides a wide array of medical services, such as general medical and surgical care, adult and pediatric primary care, a 24-hour emergency room, specialty clinics, wellness services, and environmental health services. Madigan is one of only three designated Level II trauma centers throughout the U.S. Army Medical Command, as well as an unparalleled teaching facility and modern research platform. Visit the Madigan website at www.mamc.amedd.army.mil or Facebook page atwww.facebook.com/MadiganHealth. Facebook44Tweet0Pin0last_img read more