Syracuse looks to build off recent scoring success against Drexel

first_img Published on September 15, 2015 at 9:50 pm Contact Michael: After Maya Pitts scored in the 53rd minute Sunday to break a scoreless tie with Colgate, Syracuse goalkeeper Courtney Brosnan raised her right arm. She put up one finger and then pumped her fist as she walked toward her own goal, all while smiling and watching her teammates celebrate on the other end of the field.Before that goal, Syracuse (3-4-1) had played seven consecutive halves of soccer and four overtime periods without scoring. In total this season, the Orange has been shut out in five of eight games, struggling to provide Brosnan with support despite consistently generating scoring chances. SU finally finished two of those chances against Colgate and will look to build off that as it nears Atlantic Coast Conference play.After Syracuse played Cornell to a 0-0 tie Sept. 11, SU head coach Phil Wheddon gathered his team at midfield of SU Soccer Stadium and spoke with them for several minutes. The conversation he had with his players was similar to the ones he had with them after each of its shutout losses.“We’re trying hard to build the team’s confidence,” Wheddon said after the Cornell game. “But it’s difficult when you get repetitive actions. I think that’s the definition of insanity, isn’t it? Doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results.”But when Syracuse took the field for warm-ups Sunday, Wheddon could tell that something was different.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“The finishing was fantastic and it translated (to the game), so I’m happy for the players,” he said.It was, at the least, a temporary fix for a problem that has plagued Syracuse throughout the season. Not including its 6-0 win against Massachusetts on Aug. 21, the Orange has averaged 0.57 goals per game despite averaging 14 shots per game in that same span.The latter statistic is an improvement over last season, when SU averaged just over 10 shots per game, and that’s something that has given the team hope.“Even though it’s been very frustrating that we couldn’t finish (opportunities), at least we knew we were creating them,” Brosnan said after the Colgate game. “So it was literally just that one final piece that we had to get together.”Brosnan has seen two shutouts in regulation not result in victories. She’s also third in the ACC with 29 saves, and Wheddon called her the team’s best player after the Cornell game.But Wheddon also said that, in some games, Brosnan hasn’t been “troubled” by opposing attacks. He said that ACC teams will take advantage of more scoring opportunities, which will place more onus on Syracuse’s own attack to score goals.Syracuse’s final tune-up before ACC play comes Thursday night against Drexel. After that, the Orange will hit the road to face Virginia, North Carolina and Virginia Tech — three of the conference’s top four teams in goals scored this season.If SU wants to contend with that group, it’ll need to continue its form from Sunday.“We’ve controlled games. We’ve had opportunities,” midfielder Jackie Firenze after the Cornell game. “We just haven’t put them away … We need to put the ball in the back of the net.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Kevin Smith plans to shoot ‘Porno’ in Pittsburgh

first_imgThis year, he and partner Marty Stuart released the CD “Wagonmaster,” earning Wagoner some of the best reviews of his career.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. Porter Wagoner has lung cancer and remains hospitalized in serious condition, a publicist for the country singer said Saturday. His Nashville publicist, Darlene Bieber, said she had no further information about his condition. The 80-year-old singer in May celebrated his 50th year at the Grand Ole Opry, the long-running live country music show. Wagoner, known for his rhinestone stage outfits, helped launch the career of Dolly Parton by hiring her as his duet partner in 1967. Parton visited Wagoner in the hospital last week and pledged to sing with him again, Opry spokeswoman Jessie Schmidt had said Friday. Kevin Smith, who has written, directed and acted in several films, including the comedies “Clerks” and “Chasing Amy,” said he plans to shoot another comedy in Pittsburgh starting in January. Smith wrote on the blog that he would film “Zack and Miri Make a Porno” in Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Sunday. Smith filmed “Dogma” in the city in 1998. Smith said that he may announce the film’s cast in the next two weeks, and that he expected filming to take about 40 days. Wagoner treated for lung cancer last_img read more

She Cranes qualify for World cup with a game to spare

first_img Tags: African Netball Championshipsshe cranes Some of the She Cranes players celebrating the win over Zambia on Friday (Photo by Agency)Uganda’s Netball National team, the She Cranes booked a slot at next year’s world cup following a 64-56 win over Zambia at the ongoing African championships.The win was Uganda’s fourth at the tournament that also doubles as qualifiers for the Netball World cup in Liverpool next year.With the team knowing that a win would take them to the global showpiece, they started strongly,  leading 18-12 after the first quarter before taking a 25-34 lead at halftime.Zambia tried to mount a comeback in the thirs as they were rallied by home fans and the side managed to edge it 17-14 to reduce the deficit to six goals going into the fourth.The She Cranes, however, managed to come out of their blocks and won the last 16-14 and seal a 56-64 victory.At this year’s event, Uganda has now won all four of its fixtures after defeating Namibia 72-47 in the first game,  Malawi 51-46 in the second and then Kenya 61-42.Uganda joins Malawi and South Africa who had already qualified by virtue of their World Netball Rankings.The 2019 Netball World Cup will be the fifteenth staging of the premier competition in international netball, contested every four years.The tournament will be held from 12–21 July 2019 at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England.This is the third time Uganda will be playing at the Netball World Cup – The She Cranes also qualified in 2015, for the first time since 1979 in Trinidad and Tobago.The East African nation finished seventh at the Netball global showpiece in 2015.Uganda will now look to defend their African Championship crown on Saturday when they take on Zimbabwe at 02:00pm.Other Results on Friday:Zimbabwe 58-42 KenyaMalawi 86-47 NamibiaKenya 27-55 BotswanaSaturday Fixtures:Botswana vs Namibia, 10amKenya vs Malawi, 12pmUganda vs Zimbabwe, 2pmNamibia vs Zambia, 4pmComments last_img read more