Southland Conference Soccer Weekly Release (PDF)FRISCO, Texas – Houston Baptist’s Avery Cortez, UIW’s Cloe Morales and Stephen F. Austin’s Madeline Talbot are the Southland Conference Soccer Players of the Week, the league announced Sunday. Goalkeeper of the Week: Madeline Talbot, Stephen F. Austin – R-So. – Goalkeeper – Shreveport, La.Improving her record in league matches to 3-1-0, Talbot made six saves to keep the Bearkats off the board until the second half so her squad could lay claim to the final Southland Conference Tournament berth. All six of her saves came in the first half as she faced 12 shots in the opening period. Morales found the back of the net for the first time this season and the second occasion in her career in a 3-2 loss to Abilene Christian on Friday. UIW (8-10, 7-4 SLC) secured the No. 4 seed in the Southland Conference Tournament and will face No. 5 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the quarterfinal round at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Conway, Ark. A week after recording the most saves by a Division I goalkeeper this fall (18), Talbot carried that momentum into the series finale against rival Sam Houston State on Friday, stopping six shots in a 2-1 win. With the victory, the Ladyjacks (8-10, 5-6 SLC) clinched the final spot in the conference tournament and will take on top-seed Lamar at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Cortez bookended the Offensive Player of the Week awards this season after earning the first honor back on Aug. 26. She scored and assisted on the Huskies’ other two goals as HBU (3-15, 2-9 SLC) closed the season with a 3-1 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Friday. Offensive Player of the Week: Avery Cortez, Houston Baptist – Jr. – Forward/Midfielder – Houston, TexasCortez scored HBU’s first goal of the year and the last as her unassisted score put a bow on a 3-1 win over A&M-Corpus Christi in the 87th minute. She also tallied a pair of assists on goals in the seventh and 65th minutes. Cortez finished with four shots and a pair of attempts on frame. Honorable Mention: None. Defensive Player of the Week: Cloe Morales, UIW – So. – Defender – Calallen, TexasMorales became the seventh different Cardinal to record a goal this season, netting her first of the year in the 56th minute against Abilene Christian. After UIW allowed two early goals, she led a Cardinal defense that limited the Wildcats’ opportunities to help the comeback effort. Honorable Mention: None. Honorable Mention: Sophia Fondren, Stephen F. Austin; Norma Trejo, Northwestern St.; Caylen Wright, Abilene Christian.
The visitors led twice before half-time to make it 2-1 before substitute Nicolas Pepe netted a brace of free kicks inside the final 13 minutes to earn the Gunners all three points.Speaking on BT Sport after the match, former Arsenal striker Van Persie suggested things hadn’t changed since he left the club in 2012.“I don’t think that Emery really connects with his players,” the Dutchman said. “I think they are still weak on set pieces, which was a problem at my time, to be honest.“But everyone should feel responsible. Arsenal lose 12 to 15 points per season by set pieces. That should stop. If you want to play for the first couple of places you have to sort it out, you have to find a way.“As a player you want to have that feeling, you have to sprint back, now I see a couple of players jogging back, and there’s danger there. I don’t feel that in the team.“If you have a very strong coach, and you are in midfield and you see danger somewhere, you sprint for your life, because you know if you don’t do it you get punished.”Van Persie also suggested that communication problems between Emery and his players may be at fault for their mixed performances so far this campaign.“I’ve had [Arsene] Wenger, Louis van Gaal, [Alex] Ferguson, I had so many coaches, and their main quality was to be clear,” the 36-year-old added.“If I’m really honest.someone sent me a video last week of [Emery] trying to explain something, and I couldn’t really figure out if he was saying, ‘calm, calm’ or ‘come, come.’“That is very important, you have to be clear, you have to be the leader and the leader needs to be clear towards his players.”Arsenal return to Premier League action on Sunday when they host Crystal Palace at the Emirates.0Shares0000(Visited 77 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Van Persie: I don’t think that Emery really connects with his players. Photo/TEAMTalk MediaLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 25 – Robin van Persie has criticised Unai Emery for failing to build a rapport with his players, adding that their battles at set pieces is the team’s achilles heel.Arsenal made it three wins out of three in the Europa League group stages courtesy of a 3-2 win over Vitoria on Thursday, but the Portuguese outfit were the better side for much of the game.
A young Donegal girl is traveling hundreds of miles each week in her bid to become a top swimmer.Dedicated swimmer Joyce HudyDedicated Joyce Hudy travels from her home in Carrick three times a week to Letterkenny to train at the Aura Leisure Centre.The sessions begin at 6.30am and the 12 year old must get out of the bed before 5am! Some of that dedication paid off last week when she won three medals at the prestigious Antrim Open Championship in Larne.She won two silver medals for 200 metres individual medley and 100 metres Breaststroke and also got bronze in 100 metres backstroke.Conor Boyce of Joyce’s club Swilly Seals says the Carrick girl has a bright future in the sport. YOUNG DONEGAL GIRL PUTS IN MARATHON MILES TO BECOME TOP SWIMMER was last modified: May 16th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CONOR BOYCEJOYCE HUDYSwilly SealsSWIMMER