A full breakdown of Syracuse’s ACC semifinal matchup with Clemson

first_imgNo. 15 Syracuse (12-5-2, 3-4-1 Atlantic Coast) will face No. 2 Clemson (15-1-2, 6-1-1) at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in South Carolina in the semifinal of the ACC tournament. The winner will play either Notre Dame or Wake Forest in the ACC championship game on Sunday.Here are four things you need to know before the Orange takes on the Tigers.Sweet RevengeClemson defeated Syracuse, 1-0, in the only meeting between the two teams this year on Oct. 17. The Orange and Tigers were gridlocked in a scoreless game until SU midfielder Oyvind Alseth coughed up the ball near midfield with less than a minute remaining.Alseth was the last man back because Syracuse was coming off a corner kick, so Clemson’s Kyle Murphy streaked down an open field to score in a one-on-one chance with SU goalie Hendrik Hilpert.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter the game, Alseth crouched down on the field, covering his head with his jersey and wiping his face.“For the team and for myself personally the ending of that game was tough,” Alseth said. “I’ve been waiting for a moment to redeem myself ever since that game and now the chance is here. I just have to seize it.”Syracuse succeeded in its first revenge game against North Carolina on Sunday. SU had blown a 1-0 lead in the final 17 minutes the first time it played the Tar Heels, but emerged victorious on Sunday after penalty kicks to advance in the ACC tournament.One common goalSU has only been shutout once this year, against the Tigers and goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell. The junior tallied four saves — three in the second half — but the Orange didn’t present as many challenges between the posts as it could have with 11 corner kicks to Clemson’s three.Dating back to the team’s last matchup three weeks ago, Tarbell’s allowed two goals combined in five games since.“We have to test the goalkeeper much more than we did before,” SU forward Chris Nanco said. “See what he’s made out of.”Ben Polk, Nanco’s counterpart on the Orange’s front line, fired off three shots on goal against Clemson, only to be turned away by the ACC’s leader in save percentage and shutouts. Alseth was the only other SU player to record a shot between the posts.Even against an elite netminder, Nanco said familiarity will benefit Syracuse’s attack from better knowing how deep Tarbell prefers to stay in the net or when he chooses to come out. It’s a matter of execution for a Syracuse team that’s averaged the fourth-most goals per game, still behind the second-place Tigers.“If you give a team like Clemson time, it turns good players into great players,” Polk said. “ … We know (Tarbell’s) good.“Still (have to) test him. Anything can happen.”Saving graceSyracuse head coach Ian McIntyre said along with Tarbell, Orange freshman goalkeeper Hendrik Hilpert is one of the top goalies in the conference.Hilpert, who has started every game in net for Syracuse since coming back from a preseason injury on Oct. 2, holds a 1.05 goals-against average and a 66.7 save percentage. He’s coming off a season-best four-save performance in which he made multiple acrobatic stops.While Hilpert has been between the posts, he and the SU defense have registered two shutouts and never allowed more than two goals in a game.“There are two good goalkeepers,” Hilpert said. “We will see who’s the better one in this game.”In SU’s first matchup with Clemson, Hilpert made three desperation saves in the first half, including two that he punched just over the crossbar. He was perfect against Clemson’s then-top scoring offense until Alseth’s turnover left him out to dry in the final minute.“Last time, it was tough for them to do something against us,” Hilpert said. “We had very good defense against them. It was difficult for them to shoot a goal.”More than a hopeThe biggest difference between Syracuse now and when the Orange lost to the Tigers in the first matchup is the confidence of the team, Hilpert said.Before beating UNC on Sunday, Syracuse was winless in four matchups against ranked teams this season. SU tied then-No. 23 Louisville on Sept. 11, lost 3-1 against then-No. 7 Wake Forest a week later and blew the lead against then-No. 2 North Carolina on Oct. 10.When the Orange defeated UNC to advance to the semifinals against the Tigers, Hilpert said the team realized they could win against the top teams in the country instead of just playing close.“We were coming from hoping to be a good a team. This was our goal at the beginning,” Hilpert said of the feeling prior to the first game against Clemson. “But now we know that we are a good team. Now we know that we can win against Clemson.“I think Clemson will face a much better opponent on Wednesday. We’re ready for them.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 9, 2015 at 10:20 pm Contact Jon: [email protected] | @jmettuslast_img read more


Wellington Fire/EMS incident report: Sept. 2 – Sept. 4, 2013

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Chibueze hands Thika advantage in play-off

first_img0Shares0000Onwudi Chibueze celebrates with Saad Musa. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluTHIKA, Kenya, Dec 21- Onwudi Chibueze’s deflected goal four minutes from time handed Thika United a massive advantage in the relegation and promotion play off against Ushuru as they beat the taxmen 2-1 at their Thika Stadium backyard.Thika will now need any kind of draw in the return leg in Narok on Sunday to retain their Premier League status. Thika went ahead through Saad Musa who had come on for Michael Mutinda while Ushuru restored parity in the second half through former AFC Leopards striker Mohammed Hassan. However, Chibueze ensured his side went ahead in the 85th minute.The play-off was scheduled by Football Kenya Federation just two days after the Sports Disputes Tribunal threw out Thika United’s petition challenging the game.They had gone back to the tribunal last evening seeking a review of the judgment but the same was yet again thrown out.On the pitch, Thika United were visibly jaded off especially after Training for just a day and coach Nicholas Muyoti admitted as much.Ushuru’s Fredrick kentile goes down under a challenge from Thika United’s Onwudi Chibueze while Said Tsuma looks on during a promotion play off at the Thika Stadium on December 21, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya“As a coach it is very difficult when you play after training for one day. We had already gone for break and we just assembled yesterday. But I am happy with the boys and I thank God we managed to win possibly we can finish the job on Sunday,” Muyoti said after the match.Ushuru who finished third in the National Super League started off positively and had two chances in the opening 10 minutes.In the second minute, lanky striker Benson Amianda dribbled to the edge of the box from the middle of the pack but his eventual shot went awfully wide. Five minutes later, Barrack Odhiambo was put through by John Macharia, but his shot was weak going straight to Eliud Emase in goal.Thika were dealt a major blow in the 13th minute when midfielder Michael Mutinda picked up an ankle injury and was replaced by Saad Mussa.Thika United’s Christopher Oruchum vies for the ball with Ushuru’s Benson Amianda during the first leg of the relegation/promotion play off at the Thika Stadium on December 21, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMussa proved his worth with just 15 minutes on the pitch when he slapped the ball home from inside the box after Chibueze’ initial shot off a Eugene Mukangula cross was saved by the keeper.Chibueze almost doubled Thika’s lead two minutes later when he sprinted away on the left before cutting in to his favorite right foot but the effort was well saved by the Ushuru keeper at his near post.In the second half, Thika started well and Chibueze had another chance when he was put through by Mukangula at the edge of the box but his short skied.From then, it was Ushuru all the way and Thika defended with their lives.Thika keeper Emase was forced into a brilliant save in the 63rd minute, punching away with one hand a fierce Oscar Mbugua shot from an Amianda cross.Ushuru’s Barrack Odhiambo surges forward against Thika United’s Said Tsuma and Saad Musa at the Thika Stadium on December 21, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThe introduction of Hassan for the ineffective Rosevelt Blaty paid dividends with the forward striking a superb left footer from 15 yards out after the Thika backline failed to clear a corner.Ushuru piled bodies upfront in search of the winner but were caught off against the run of play in the 86th minute, Mussa putting Chibueze through with the striker taking a first time shot that deflected off an Ushuru defender and into the net0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more