Published on September 15, 2015 at 9:50 pm Contact Michael: email@example.com 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+
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis The St. Vincent De Paul Emergency Food Pantry will be temporarily closed, making room to help more families. The closure is due to construction that is taking place to re–locate the current food pantry.It won’t affect the thrift store or any other services.“We’re actually going to be closing the food pantry itself and moving to the other side of the building,” said Sherri Allen, store manager. With this change, the food pantry hopes to provide more privacy and convenience to visitors by making it bigger, better, and easier to access. Despite the temporary closing, those in need of food will not be forgotten.“We are an emergency food pantry we have a number that you can call if you are in true need for food, we will actually come in and do a home visit for you and we will bring you food,” said Allen. That number is 989–884–1341. The construction is expected to last for the next 2–3 weeks.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious ‘Get Into Your Sanctuary Day’ Approaching Saturday: Learn How You Can Get InvolvedNext Science in the Sanctuary at Duck and Island Park
The Vikings (8-3) travel to Centurylink Field to take on the Seahawks (9-2) to close out Week 13 on Monday Night Football. It should be an intense battle between two of the NFC’s top teams. Currently holding both of the wild card spots, the outcome of this game will likely end up having playoff implications. A Seahawks victory would vault them atop the NFC West and bump down the 49ers to their current wild card spot. A Vikings win would allow them to keep a two-game cushion ahead of the Rams (7-5), the only team with a record above .500 outside the NFC playoff picture.Let’s explore some factors to note for each team. You can find all NFL expert picks, expert picks, and best bets at BetQL! MORE BETQL: Exclusive wagering tools for tonight’s gameVikings outlookWhile the Vikings have gone 6-1 in their past seven games, they’ve failed to cover in three of their last four contests. Nonetheless, in their past 20 games against awful passing defenses (who allow 260 or more passing yards per game), they’ve gone 15-5 ATS. The Seahawks have allowed 268.7 passing yards per contest, fourth-most in the NFL. Meanwhile, Seattle’s defense ranks 10th against the rush, allowing 101.5 yards per game on the ground. In all, they’re a far cry from the “Legion of Boom”.Very quietly, Kirk Cousins has amassed 2,756 passing yards and 21 touchdowns along with just three interceptions. Over his past three games, the Vikings quarterback has thrown eight touchdowns and no picks and has thrown 18 scores and just one interception over the past seven games. It’s worth mentioning that both Dalvin Cook (chest) is expected to play and Adam Thielen (hamstring) will sit out, so ancillary pieces of the Vikings’ offense might be expected to step up alongside primary target Stefon Diggs. Per multiple reports, Cook’s ailment is not considered serious, but if he’s limited in any way, Minnesota’s offense could learn more heavily on backup Alexander Mattison.MONDAY NIGHT DFS: DraftKings Showdown picksSeahawks outlookThe Seahawks tend to heat up at this time of the season. Over their past 34 games between Weeks 10 and 13, they’ve gone 26-8 ATS. Further, they’re on a four-game SU winning streak and have covered three straight contests. Minnesota’s defense has allowed 244.5 passing yards per game (20th) and have been much more stout against the run, allowing 94.2 yards per contest (sixth). Although Rashaad Penny broke out last week and outplayed Chris Carson, the two backs are still expected to split work in this contest and Carson is expected to get the start. Pete Caroll and his coaching staff tend to take a hot-hand approach with two healthy backs, and that’s most likely what will happen again tonight. Russell Wilson is firmly in the MVP race and has accumulated 2,937 passing yards, 27 total touchdowns (24 passing), and has thrown just three interceptions. Tyler Lockett (illness) is expected to suit up, but he was a victim of a bug that was traveling around the locker room late in the practice week. It remains to be seen if that plays a factor in this contest, not only for Lockett, but also for his teammates that were affected. PredictionMinnesota ranks third in the NFL in rush-play percentage (50.2 percent) while Seattle ranks fifth (46.4 percent). While both of their passing offenses have shown bright spots at various points of the season, each team’s offensive scheme requires establishing the run. Therefore, if both offenses stick to their normal game plans, expect the clock to keep moving without an abundance of scoring since both defenses rank in the top 10 against the run. Per BetQL’s NFL Public Betting Dashboard, 68 percent of the total money wagered has gone under the 49-point total, as of Monday morning. Find out whether BetQL’s NFL Model favors the Vikings or the Seahawks against the spread!