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Penalty corner goals doom No. 19 Syracuse in 2-0 loss to No. 5 Virginia

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first_img Published on September 20, 2019 at 9:12 pm Contact Adam: adhillma@syr.edu | @_adamhillman Facebook Twitter Google+ As SJ Quigley unintentionally deflected a penalty corner shot over the head of goalie Sarah Sinck and into the back of the cage, two Orange defenders stood in penalty gear with their heads facing their feet.The Orange had dominated UVA in nearly every statistical category, and yet they looked up at the scoreboard and saw a one-goal deficit. Syracuse head coach Ange Bradley tried to salvage hope for the Orange by asking for the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) to review the play. The referee motioned a rectangle with his hands and jogged toward the touch screen on the sideline to review the play.“It was a blockout,” junior Carolin Hoffmann said. “Their striker blocked out our fly so we asked for it. They didn’t see it the same way.”The referee returned and pointed both fingers to the turf of J.S. Coyne Stadium, signaling the game’s first goal. UVA fans stood up, pumped their arms and cheered as a few SU fans yelled, “Obstruction” in objection to the decision.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNo. 19 Syracuse (5-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) had outshot the Cavaliers nine to three before the goal and had controlled more possession. Yet, No. 5 UVA (6-1, 1-0) executed in two penalty corner situations, handing the Orange a 2-0 defeat. Following the first goal, SU struggled to move the ball up the field, only recording one shot in the final quarter.After the game, a few players cried as they realized a marquee victory over one of the nation’s best had slipped through their fingers. “Obviously, we’re frustrated but taking out of that game we can really see that we can play with the top teams in the nation,” Hoffmann said.In the first 43 minutes, the Orange controlled the midfield, pressing UVA to play the ball between its backs instead of up to its forwards. The Cavaliers only had three shots in the first half.Freshman Charlotte de Vries, while being shadowed by preseason All-ACC back Amber Ezechiels, tallied two shots on goal, the most of anyone on Syracuse. She used her blazing speed and dazzling stick skills to run toward the endline, creating multiple chances for SU. But Virginia goalkeeper Lauren Hausheer, who’s only allowed five goals in seven starts this year, stifled every Orange opportunity. de Vries, who leads the ACC in goals, couldn’t decipher the quick reactions of Hausheer – her dangerous shot off a penalty corner in the first half was somehow kicked away. “I thought we were holding up really well,” freshman Olivia Graham said. “I thought we all did well at staying together and fighting for what we wanted.”That sentiment flipped after the first goal. UVA held more possession, holding the ball in the SU half and continually putting Graham and senior back Claire Webb under pressure. One minute into the fourth quarter, the Cavaliers earned another penalty corner after the ball bounced off a SU player’s foot. The Orange, following the first penalty corner goal, moved Webb into a defensive position in front of goal. It didn’t matter. UVA’s Anzel Viljoen played the ball into Greer Gill. Her deflected shot fell right to Cato Geusgens, who fired a looping shot past Sinck. Graham raised her stick in the air at the last second to try and keep it out of the net. Realizing her efforts were futile, she tossed her helmet off the field in disgust as Webb called for a team huddle to rescue any remaining energy.“Do a better job better defending our shell so that we give up fewer corners,” Bradley said. “That’s the best protection for defensive penalty corner defense.”Entering a matchup with No. 2 Duke on Friday, Sept. 27, the Orange don’t have much time to fix their issues defending set pieces besides Colgate in two days. Bradley cited that film and repetition in practice are the only ways to fill the holes at the back.Still, there are signs of optimism. Thirteen days ago, SU struggled to even fire shots on goal in a disappointing 2-1 loss to unranked Cornell. The Orange had little to no answer as the Big Red double- and triple-teamed de Vries.Now, SU outshot the No. 5 team in the nation. To Hoffmann, that’s a sign of a team that has yet to reach its peak. “It’s a loss for us but we can also see that we have a lot of potential,” Hoffmann said. Commentslast_img read more

Betsson delivers growth despite turbulent 2016

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first_img Submit StumbleUpon LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Stockholm-listed European sports betting operator Betsson AB is pleased to have grown its core business metrics, despite facing multiple operational challenges and unfavourable conditions throughout 2016.Closing its 2016 performance, Betsson governance was pleased at the company’s ‘positive development’ which had seen the operator overcome severe currency fluctuations and lower betting margins impacts in H1 2016.Furthermore, repeating all-round industry trends Betsson’s sports betting division would be negatively impacted by unfavourable results recorded in December 2016.Despite the challenges, Betsson would declare a group revenue growth of 11% to SEK $4.1 billion (FT 2015: SEK3.7 billion), with its online casino division contributing 70% of total group revenues.Improved revenues would see Betsson declare a 2016 operating income of SEK 946 million (£85 million) up 6% on FY 2015’s SEK 887 million (£80 million). Betsson governance was pleased with the firm’s positive income results which had been impacted by a group-wide lower operating margin for 2016.Entering 2017, Betsson governance is confident that its European Multi-brand strategy will deliver growth having overcome a difficult 2016 in which to operate.Betsson governance now targets expansion in regulated markets having completed the acquisition of German racing operator RaceBets (€34 million December 2016) and now move to complete its buyout of UK interactive gambling operator NetPlay TV (proposed acquisition cost £26 million).Closing 2016, Ulrik Bengtsson, CEO Betsson AB statedBetsson’s positive development continues and the first quarter 2017 has started strong. The stable Casino business was 74 percent of revenue in the fourth quarter and Betsson’s brands continue to gain market shares in the segment. Also Betsson’s largest region, the Nordics, grew faster than the market and region Western Europe returned to growth. An increase of deposits by 14 percent and record level in active players shows a strong underlying momentum. In total, the growth in the quarter was 7.4 percent, despite decline in region Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (CEECA), compared to the fourth quarter 2015.Betsson has made significant investments in product development throughout 2016, which has pushed the Casino growth. The Sportsbook investments are expected to have a positive effect in 2017. The acquisition of the horse betting operator RaceBets adds an important product to Betsson’s Sportsbook offering and adds revenue from mainly locally regulated markets. The share of revenue from locally regulated markets is increasing, in accordance with our strategy, and is now close to 20 percent. SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Share Share GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more