Meghan Root guides Syracuse to 1st ACC win since 2017 in 2-1 win over Wake Forest

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Georgia Allen took off down the left sideline. The volume of the home crowd rose with her every stride. Her angle on net would be difficult, but that didn’t matter — it was a chance toward the net. Allen ripped a low shot with her left foot toward the back post and Wake Forest goalkeeper Meghan Kennedy deflected it. The ball rolled toward Meghan Root, whose shot was blocked as well. Then, it trickled out to defender Clarke Brown, who sent another shot toward the keeper. But unlike so many similar situations the past two years, the ball kept finding Orange jerseys. This wasn’t the team who hadn’t recorded a shot in two separate games over the last two seasons. Or the one who hadn’t won a conference game in 729 consecutive days. Root slid and got the slightest touch on a shot right. The ball rolled to Kennedy, giving Root time to rise from her knees — just to go right back down to the turf. Shot after shot had come Kennedy’s way in that sequence. But that one slipped past the Wake Forest goalie.Syracuse (3-7-2, 1-3-1 Atlantic Coast) ended its nearly two-year long streak, handing Wake Forest (5-5-3, 0-3-2) a 2-1 loss at SU Soccer Stadium Thursday night. Root matched her goal total from last season in nearly 99 minutes of action, giving the Orange an equalizer in the waning minutes of regulation and scoring the game-winner 15 minutes later. And Syracuse, a team who ended the 2018 season on a 13-game losing streak, ensured that wouldn’t happen again under first-year head coach Nicky Adams.“We were pushing for three points,” Root said. “It wasn’t like ‘Let’s just settle for a tie, get a result and not get scored on.’”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThat game plan throughout Thursday’s game was simple: be aggressive. The Orange committed two fouls early, each time being late challenges from behind caused by being overly aggressive on the ball — a stark contrast from the recent defensive style of play. From the sideline, Adams and assistant coach Kelly Madsen continually urged SU to move without the ball and push the tempo. Senior Sydney Brackett, playing in her first match since Sept. 12, created some of the best scoring chances in the first-half through her own runs, but none of her shots could find the target. SU’s lone shot on goal of the first half was a free kick taken from 30 yards out by Allen that floated harmlessly into the goalkeeper’s grasp. “From start to finish, I thought we were really trying to execute the game plan,” Adams said.Breaking the seal on Syracuse’s conference woes and month-long winless streak looked a lot tougher to achieve when, just over two minutes into the second half, the Demon Deacons scored off their first corner of the half. But unlike previous matches, the Orange didn’t begin to lose their shape behind. The days of “Aw shoot, here we go again” ended last year, Root said. And it showed, when SU started to create the chances it couldn’t find early. True to her word, Root almost netted an equalizer four minutes later. Redshirt freshman Marisa Fischetti slid a ball past the keeper and across the mouth of the open goal, but Root couldn’t redirect before it went out of play. Freshman Kailey Brenner had given up a pair of careless turnovers without much pressure. But then, with 20 minutes of play, the Orange attack started to move toward the corner flag. Brenner initiated the movement with a long run down the near sideline that didn’t award the Orange a corner but pinned the Demon Deacons deep in the defensive end. Two minutes later, Syracuse won its first corner of the match. Then, it got another 30 seconds later. And another eight minutes after that. With each set piece, more home fans seemed to stamp their feet on the bleachers.“We have a brilliant support system here,” Allen said afterward. “Every time we win a corner our bench and our support system are pushing us on.”In the 84th minute, Syracuse would finally get its breakthrough. A cross played in from the far sideline by Brenner glanced off the head of defender Taylor and, much like the game-winner, right to the feet of Root. “It just fell there and I just focused on keeping it low and on target and it went in,” Root said, “So, that’s good.”The Syracuse fans roared, and maintained that intensity through the second-half whistle. Syracuse rode its momentum into the first sudden-death overtime period, and four minutes later, the 99th-minute, four-shot sequence ended in Root’s second goal. As Wake Forest defenders sprawled out on the pitch, the entire Orange roster — injured or not — mobbed Root in the six-yard box. Parents were jumping and hugging. Members of the SU men’s soccer team began chanting, “Ole.” Adams remained on the sideline, soaking in the pandemonium. “We’re trying to change the brand image of this program,” Adams said. “And if anybody’s watching how hard this team is fighting, it’s going to be exciting for the future of Syracuse.”  Comments Published on October 11, 2019 at 12:32 am Contact Tim: tnolan@syr.edulast_img read more


Angels give Andrelton Simmons a day off following 4-hit night

first_imgBALTIMORE — A night after Andrelton Simmons had four hits, he had the day off.While that may seem to be a bad time to give a player a day off, Manager Brad Ausmus looks at it another way.“After all the running, it turned out to be a good day,” Ausmus said Saturday.Ausmus had actually planned before Friday’s game to give Simmons the day off Saturday, and he told his shortstop about it. Simmons, who had started the previous 30 games, said he protested mildly.“I tried to stay in there, but I can only do so much,” Simmons said. “I don’t really need it. But it’s probably best, so I’ll take it now and make the most of it and try to be rested and ready for the next game. Or the seventh inning.”Simmons did come into the game for defense in the eighth inning, and he then collected another hit in the ninth, leading to an insurance run.Ausmus said he doesn’t want to rest his top players at home, because Angels fans want to see them, and he doesn’t want to rest them against divisional opponents, so that doesn’t leave many choices for days off.Without Simmons, though, the Angels were missing one of their most productive hitters. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield David Fletcher has been batting ninth lately, with Tommy La Stella in the leadoff spot. Coming into Saturday’s game, Fletcher was hitting .308 with a .357 on-base percentage and La Stella .255 and .352. Asked if Fletcher could move up, Ausmus said it was because La Stella is a lefty and they were facing a right-handed starter. “It’s not that I don’t like Fletch at the top of the lineup against a righty, I just like Tommy a little better, with a left-handed bat,” Ausmus said. “Fletch, hitting ninth, ends up hitting at the top of the lineup after the first time through.” …Pujols returned to the Angels’ lineup Saturday, after having Friday off, even though the Angels were facing a righty. Ausmus had said Pujols would play against lefties and some righties, while Justin Bour would face the righties. Ausmus said the only real guideline for splitting the playing time between the two is he wants to avoid having Pujols play first base three days in a row, to save wear on his legs.UP NEXTAngels (RHP Griffin Canning, 1-0, 4.66) vs. Orioles (LHP John Means, 4-3, 2.48), 10 a.m., Fox Sports West. He is now hitting .312 with a .775 OPS. Inside the numbers, there was also evidence that Simmons’ offseason plan to get stronger may be showing some results. Simmons’ average exit velocity is 90.0 mph, up from 87.8 last year. His hard-contact percentage was up to 44.9 percent, up from last year’s 36.3 percent.Both figures a year ago had been career bests already.Simmons said he’d like for the improved strength to show up in more homers – he has three – but he’s satisfied with where he is.“Sometimes you want to hit the ball in the air, but you can’t dictate exactly where you hit it all the time, just try to hit it hard,” he said. “I would love to have more homers. But I’m hitting the ball so I’m happy with that.”Simmons, 29, said the improved strength came from nutrition and workouts.“Trying to eat the right things, try to do the right exercise regimen for me, working with the strength coach in that department, talking to the dietician about stuff that I can put in my body that’s going to benefit me,” he said.HEANEY UPDATEAndrew Heaney is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment with a three-inning, 45-pitch outing with one of the Angels affiliates Wednesday, Ausmus said. Ausmus was not sure about the level at which Heaney would pitch.Ausmus said Heaney would need at least two outings, including next week’s, before the Angels could have him join the rotation. That means the earliest date Heaney could be in the rotation would be May 25.Heaney, who has missed the first month and a half of the season because of elbow inflammation, had no issues after a 44-pitch outing at extended spring training Friday.ALSOThe Hall of Fame could accept the ball from Albert Pujols’ 2,000th RBI, even though the fan took it from the ballpark Thursday without it being authenticated. Jon Shestakofsky, the Hall’s vice president in charge of communications and education, said via email: “Not every artifact added to the Museum collection is authenticated. All artifacts are examined by the Museum’s expert staff for authenticity prior to being accessioned into the collection.” Ely Hydes initially said he wanted to keep the ball, but then changed his mind and said he wanted to give it to Pujols or the Hall. …The Angels traded Chris Stratton to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash considerations. Stratton had been designated for assignment earlier in the week, after posting an 8.59 ERA in 29-1/3 innings this season…Related Articles Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone last_img read more


Frankie Lim tempering expectations but optimistic for Perpetual’s campaign

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track “The eagerness of the players to get the job done right away came in the second half. They were rushing things. And when our opponents fought back, we were rattled,” he observed.But Lim already has zeroed in on someone who he believes can be Perpetual’s anchor in its forthcoming games: Prince Eze.“This guy is playing a lot better compared to last year, which is the time I saw him in the NCAA,” he said after the Nigerian big man posted 15 points, 11 rebounds, and seven blocks in the defeat.“Last year, he doesn’t get the ball much. I’ve been talking to him almost every day, telling him that it’s his last year and I’m giving him a lot of offensive options for him and he just has to embrace that and he has to deliver.”Despite the loss, the 57-year-old remains optimistic with this team as he continues his preparations for the upcoming collegiate season later this year.ADVERTISEMENT “Right now, the players are still wild. They really looked good when they make good decisions. But that’s the problem I have, because they feel like they’re in a tryout stage. They want to shine and show the coach that they deserve a spot,” Lim said. “But I’m positive. We just want to have experience and the realization that it takes a team to win. You cannot win by yourself. You have to be unselfish and you have to commit to the system.” For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. PBA IMAGESMulti-titled coach Frankie Lim is tempering expectations for Perpetual in his first year as head coach.And replicating his past success with the Red Lions is definitely far from Lim’s mind.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “We’re not a strong team,” Lim admitted after his first game at the helm for Altas on Monday.Lim, however, had a good first impression with the team after Perpetual raced to a nine-point lead, 27-19, in the second quarter against Che’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We looked good in the first half and they surprised me. It felt like we were together for so long and I told the guys that they are playing beyond our expectations. I was just so happy that our shots are going in, we ran the floor very well, execution was almost perfect,” he said.But the Altas could not sustain their hot start and fell to the Revellers, 83-70, as immaturity got the better of his squad according to Lim. After scoring drop, Andre Paras admits he’s still ‘out of shape’ View commentslast_img read more