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Syracuse’s fails to play out from the back effectively in 1-1 draw with Yale

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first_img Published on September 7, 2019 at 12:23 am Contact Anthony: amdabbun@syr.edu Syracuse’s defense had stopped another Yale attack and as the Orange usually practice, they looked to play one or two quick passes and break on the counter for a chance to double the lead.Seconds later, the Syracuse’s lead was gone. Matt Orr misplayed a ball at left back, and Yale’s Mark Winhoffer took on both SU centerbacks. Once he beat them, he flicked a ball toward the far post where Simon Triantafillou didn’t see the run-in behind. Once SU goalkeeper Christian Miesch couldn’t stop the attack and the ball was volleyed into the net, Yale capitalized on a defensive miscue and equalized. “I’d have to go watch the goal we conceded,” SU head coach Ian McIntyre said. “I was a little bit disappointed by it.”McIntyre wants the Orange to focus on playing out from the back and passing the ball quickly, but that approach wasn’t executed well on Friday night. The Orange turned to more direct options, including the increased minutes for target forward Luther Archimede in the second half and extra time but failed to overcome the sloppy passing that led to both a goal allowed and broke down attacks before they had the chance to get started. Syracuse (1-1-1) instead settled for a draw against Yale (0-0-1), 1-1, on Friday night at SU Soccer Stadium. When the Orange did win the ball, they gave it back too quickly and too often. SU’s lone conceded goal and most of Yale’s chances didn’t come from build-up or set plays, but rather from SU turnovers in the defensive half. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We didn’t get out in transition,” McIntyre said. “It was a tricky field night, it was slick and slippery, we didn’t do a good enough job in the middle of midfield of changing the point from side to side.McIntyre had seen enough from the opening 10 minutes of the game to know that his team wasn’t effectively matching Yale’s intensity. Triantafillou agreed. McIntyre turned to Sondre Norheim on the bench and brought him into the game. The Orange were being outplayed, outmuscled in the opening portion of the match and needed Norheim’s presence in the middle to combat the physicality and size of the Bulldogs. Norheim won aerial duels and added stability to a defense that nearly conceded 12 seconds into the match.“They started off better than us. They won the second balls, they were more physical,” Triantafillou said.Twelve seconds in was the first, a costly giveaway nearly led to an early Bulldogs lead. Triantafillou and starting defender Noah Singletary appeared to miscommunicate before Triantafillou mishit a forward pass directly to a Bulldogs’ striker.A flick into the path of a Yale striker left him in on goal with Miesch, who didn’t need to make a save as the ball glided into the side netting. The Orange had avoided a disaster start, but inconsistent passing — even before the rain soaked the pitch most of the second half — broke down counter-attacking opportunities. Fans groaned and one yelled “settle down boys” in the first frame as Syracuse’s inconsistent passing and Yale’s willingness to muddy up the midfield with physical play made for a contested, yet structureless opening 25 minutes.A few times the Orange attempted to switch the play and play a cross-field pass, multiple passes sailed over the head of Orr and winger Hilli Goldhar. It wasn’t until the second half, as Yale conceded possession more and tried to preserve its lead, that the Orange began dominating the field and keeping the Bulldogs penned in. They kept the ball moving, but never strung together enough passes to stretch the Bulldogs defense.“We need to practice sorting our feet out,” Triantafillou said. “One, two touches. We train to play quick out of the back and you know the surface was slick and it caused a lot of balls to go not the way we wanted.”With the addition of Archimede for larger parts of the second half as the Orange chased the winning goal, they played more direct, even with Nyal Higgins joining into the attack.“In order to get them forward, we’re going to need to move the ball a little bit quicker,” McIntyre said.When the Orange did move it quicker, a five-pass combination left forward Ryan Raposo running into space when Yale defender Jeremy Haddock — already on a yellow — took out Raposo. As fans clamored for a second yellow card and ejection, it never came. The Orange couldn’t create out of the ensuing free kick, after they played it short and couldn’t find the right pass. Like most of the night, Syracuse’s quality — in the final third and not — was lacking. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant relishes Michael Jordan tribute before loss to Hornets

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first_imgBryant called the tribute “awesome,” though he conceded Jordan alerted him about it a day earlier. But Bryant reported Lakers forward Julius Randle saying, “That’s amazing. That was Michael Jordan!”“It’s an amazing feeling,” Bryant said. “You try your best not to disappoint and give them something worth remembering.”Bryant could not do that. The Lakers (5-27) suffered their fourth consecutive loss and their 12th defeat in the past 14 games. Bryant also posted a team-leading 20 points albeit on 5-of-20 shooting in 32 minutes. Bryant, who admitted his knees “got stiff,” also missed nine of his 10 shot attempts in the second half after going 4 for 10 in the first half.Incidentally, Jordan facetiously told Bryant in the tribute video, “don’t have that great of a game” before wishing him continued health after having three season-ending injuries in consecutive seasons. The two also recently shared laughs over their differing life stages.“He’s enjoying a little vacation time,” Bryant said. “I told him I was a little jealous. He told me I’d be there soon enough.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error CHARLOTTE, N.C. >> The words sounded powerful as they blared through the loudspeaker. They also became powerful for Kobe Bryant, whose competitiveness, skills and mannerisms partly stemmed from the man who delivered a passionate tribute. “Kobe, sorry I couldn’t be here tonight,” Charlotte owner and former Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan said in a taped 100-second tribute before the Lakers’ 108-98 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Monday at Time Warner Cable Arena. “But I wanted to congratulate you on an unbelievable career.”Bryant’s career speaks for itself, his five NBA championships and third place on the league’s all-time scoring list ensuring a positive road reception during his 20th and final NBA season. But Jordan’s words conveyed more meaning, since the two became linked through their familiar games and personalities. “When I look back when we went up against each other, I saw the competitor in you even though the knowledge wasn’t there,” Jordan said of Bryant, who entered the league in 1996 as a 17-year-old high school prospect out of Philadelphia. “I’m invigorated. I’m very proud of what you accomplished in all your years.”center_img But it hardly sounds like Bryant will spend his time doing nothing. “I’m always going to be working,” Bryant said. “The hardest thing is going to be to sit down and relax.” Bryant already has founded his company, Kobe Inc., which has an investment in a sports energy drink titled Body Armor. Bryant has a financial stake in The Players Tribune, the website Derek Jeter runs that provides athletes a forum to provide ghost-written articles capturing their perspective. “I’ve always been a big brother and you’re a little brother,” Jordan said in the video. “Your next step and next career is something you’ll have to figure out. From the competitive standpoint, you’re like me. You’ll have to utilize ways to use that competitive drive.”Bryant already ruled out he would not follow Jordan’s path in becoming an owner. “He loves math. He loves numbers and dealing with numbers. I don’t,” Bryant said. “I could care less. I sucked at math. From that perspective, I’m not going to be looking at cap numbers.”Yet, Bryant and Jordan shared similarities with their on-court talent and competitiveness. But with his games winding down and the Lakers’ losing persisting, Bryant soaked in the moment. He waved his right hand to the crowd. He threw his right thumb up in the air. Then he clapped his hands as he walked to the entrance tunnel to mark the end of another stop on his farewell tour. last_img read more