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Syracuse leaving goalkeeper options open

first_imgHarris was pulled in the 71st minute, her first benching at SU. Proulx came on in relief, allowing a goal in a 4-0 loss to the then-winless Crimson. “Lysianne is training really well,” Wheddon said. “I have no problems making a change if we need to.”While Wheddon said Harris had the edge in SU’s goalkeeper competition on Aug. 27, something changed on Sunday. Harris only made one noticeable mistake against NU, a positional error that almost cost the Orange a goal off a corner. Taylor Bennett made the clear to save the scoring opportunity in the 24th minute, and Harris was left unscathed in the first half.Going forward, Wheddon said the goalkeeper is never fully secure. Though she didn’t appear in the team’s first three games and has yet to start, Proulx has thrown her name back into the discussion.“We’re in a luxurious position that if one isn’t getting it done, either one of the two can,” Wheddon said. Comments On Sunday, SU head coach Phil Wheddon made a goalkeeper change at halftime in a scoreless game. Jordan Harris, who has started all five times for the Orange this season, was pulled halfway through SU’s game against Northeastern for sophomore Lysianne Proulx. It was a sudden move: Harris had started for the entirety of this season and was near-perfect against NU, not allowing a goal to eight Wildcat shots. Harris’ replacement, Proulx, only had 105:48 collegiate minutes in goal.It ended up paying off for the Orange. Proulx saved three shots, keeping the game scoreless, and Georgia Allen scored a game-winner in the 83rd minute. The change puts SU in an interesting situation: start the experienced graduate-transfer in Harris or take a chance on Proulx’s potential.“We compete every single day for one spot,” Harris said. “It’s a lot different than everybody else on the field.”Before SU’s summer training camps started, Wheddon assumed Proulx would play in the U20 Women’s World Cup for Canada. SU would go into camp with only one goalkeeper on its roster. Wheddon started to look for a replacement.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHarris had just finished her redshirt junior season with the Razorbacks, where she allowed 0.77 goals per game, posted eight shutouts and started in the NCAA tournament. The season prior, the Orange had lost its starting goalkeeper of four years, Courtney Brosnan, who graduated as SU’s leader in saves. After three years as Arkansas’ leading goalkeeper, Harris made a decision to leave the Razorbacks.“I hadn’t planned it whatsoever,” Harris said. “To put it lightly, it wasn’t a situation I didn’t think I would be put in.”SU was one of Harris’ last offers. She said she wasn’t sure of the move at first, but was won over during her visit to campus a couple of weeks prior to her decision. Harris was impressed by the training regime and the expertise of Wheddon, who has coached goalkeepers such as Hope Solo prior to his reign at SU. Harris liked the challenge of the ACC Coastal Division , a higher level of competition than her opponents at Arkansas, she said, so she chose the Orange in late June.After Harris signed, SU had three goalkeepers on its roster: Harris, Proulx and freshman Ally Wakeman. Wheddon said it was an open competition for the team’s starting spot, as he said the year before.When evaluating the goalies, he avoided using Harris’ experience as a catalyst for the decision because of the style differences between the SEC and the ACC. Proulx was the only keeper with experience in SU’s system, playing 86:18 minutes of relief in her first season.But Wheddon went with Harris in SU’s season-opener against La Salle.“You’re looking for a goalkeeper to have a good day more often than not,” Wheddon said. “And that was the case with Jordan leading up to that first game.”Harris played all 90 minutes in the Orange’s first three games, allowing two goals across the three contests.“It’s hard,” Proulx said. “I try to tell myself there’s time for me to come back. Obviously, you work harder, but at the end of the day I tell myself I’m going to do it because I love it.”On Thursday, SU began to experiment. Harvard and SU were squared at 0-0 in the first half, but the Orange’s backline started to collapse. A 52nd minute penalty kick opened up the scoring for the Crimson. In the 63rd Harris mishit a clearance to make it 2-0 and in the 69th minute Harvard senior Leah Mohammadi knocked in another penalty to increase the lead. Published on September 4, 2018 at 10:57 pm Contact KJ: kjedelma@syr.edu | @KJEdelman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

BiH dominated in Zurich: The Dragons defeated Switzerland with 2:0!

first_imgThe national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina defeated Switzerland with the result of 2:0 in a friendly match played in Zurich.BiH dominated during the entire match at Letzigrund stadium. Already in the first eight minutes, the Dragons performed eight corner kicks. However, the Sommer’s net did not shake.In the 14th minute, Džeko took BiH into advantage. Another opportunity to increase the result occurred in the 24th minute. Pjanić made a great center shot from the corner, Zukanović was all free and he shot right into Sommer from nine meters of distance. The Swiss national team had an opportunity to tie, but Seferović sent the ball to the center of the goal, which was an easy catch for Begović. Until the end of the first half, there were no greater chances.In the 51st minute, Zukanović shot the ball that Sommer easily defended. On the other side, Steffen came to Begović’s left all alone, but Begović fantastically defended his shot.In the 57th minute, Miralem Pjanić scored an amazing goal from some 20 meters of distance, for the advantage of the BiH national team with a result of 2:0.Haris Seferović had a one hundred percent chance in the 83rd minute. He was one on one with Burić who substituted Begović 20 minutes earlier. Seferović sent the ball over the goal.Four minutes before the end of the match, Daniel Graovac debuted for the Dragons. He replaced Zukanović.Muhamed Bešić had the last chance in the match. He approached Sommer all by himself, but Sommer defended and the ball ended in the corner.This was the seventh victory for Mehmed Baždarević on the bench of the BiH national team in the 11th match. The popular Meša recorded two draws and two defeats on the bench of the Dragons.(Source: klix.ba/ photo sportsport)last_img read more

What marked the Year of 2016 for Amel Tuka?

first_imgThe best BH athlete Amel Tuka did not achieve results in 2016 similar to those in 2015, and he said that he will remember the previous year after doping controls.In December, for the 12th time in 2016, the Anti-Doping Agency knocked on the doors of our BH athletes asking him for samples of urine and blood. Although it is a little unusual, Tuka says that he understands their frequent visits, but it is annoying when they come early in the morning.“It’s all part of the sport and we should let those people to do their job. I just wish if other athletes would have the same treatment as me, because I fully support their work.”Although he worked hard in the previous year and had a great motive from 2015, his form was not at the highest level.“I ran the best time of last season in Brussels in the race on 800 meters with time 1: 44.54 and I secured 18th place on the world list of the best times of the year and the fifth best time in Europe this year.”After all these results and the necessary analysis, Amel Tuka entered the new season with much higher goals and desire to repeat the results from 2015.“I think that the coach knows my body now a lot better, which is why I am optimistic and I’m looking forward to be on the track again. Now I’m getting ready for the winter part of the season, where I expect the races in the hall. I will be appearing on the Championship of the Balkans in the hall and of course the European Championship in Belgrade, which will be held from the 3rd to 5th of March. I’ll try to run the best possible result and to run in the final of the European Championships, because that would be a great success for me. I’m not a fan of running indoors, but we will try,” concluded Tuka.In the summer part of the season, our athlete and his coach will be devoted to the World Championships in London and races of the Diamond League. This year, his wish is to be healthy and to achieve better results, but above all to become a better man.(Source: E. M./Klix.ba)last_img read more