No. 1 Wake Forest defeats Syracuse, 1-0, after failing to win last 2 seasons

first_imgWake Forest junior Machop Chol raced down the right side of Syracuse’s penalty box before playing a ball across the center of the penalty area.Defender Dylan McDonald slid in for the block but was too late. Midfielder Simon Triantafillou tried to stop the ball with his outstretched foot, but he couldn’t. Demon Deacons’ striker Justin McMaster was all alone at the far post. As easy as his finish was to give Wake Forest the win, the Orange made life difficult for the nation’s No. 1 team the entire evening.One quality run behind SU’s defense, pass and finish proved the difference as No. 1 Wake Forest (6-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast) defeated Syracuse (2-2-3, 0-1-1 ACC), 1-0, on Saturday night in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The Orange had been a difficult foe for the WFU the past two seasons when the Orange played them to a draw in 2017 and beat WFU 2-0 in 2018. “You’re on the road against an elite team, you’re going to absorb pressure,” SU head coach Ian McIntyre said. “We worked extremely hard, I thought the front three and midfield block were excellent, we really limited their chances.”Outside of what McIntyre said was a 10-to-15 minute stretch where SU was under heavy pressure, SU’s effective and selective pressing and solid defending kept Wake Forest out of dangerous areas.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen starting goalkeeper Christian Miesch was called into action, he made the necessary saves, including one in the 87th minute when McMaster was in on goal at the top of the box. Miesch kept the Orange in the game with a diving save in the 51st minute and another routine save on a swirling long-range shot in the 84th minute. SU probed the WFU defense, but never broke through. senior Massimo Ferrin’s late free kick whipped into the waiting arms of Wake Forest goalie Andrew Pannenberg. Once SU went down, McIntyre opted to pull off Ferrin and midfielder Ryan Raposo, giving them one final rest and instructions before putting both on with striker Luther Archimede for the final minutes. “I wanted to get them a breather,” McIntyre said. “We left it all out there. They had a couple chances in the last minute in transition once we were throwing everything forward.”The Orange switched their formation, McIntyre said, and he wanted to inform them of the switch. Archimede and Ferrin tried to hold up the ball and spark counterattacks the entire night. They created half chances, but never had one the moment like WFU had earlier in the half to grab the lead. When midfielder Julio Fulcar received a pass 12 yards from goal, he was unable to bring it down to his feet without an incidental strike of his hand, nullifying the chance. In total, the Orange produced eight shots, but just one on goal and only two in the second half.“It’s how you then go and support those front guys,” McIntyre said. “If I was going to be critical of one thing, our final pass could have been a little bit sharper tonight.”SU sent more numbers forward late, but never generated a high-quality scoring chance. The best opportunity came for Archimede, whose left-footed shot in the final minutes skidded wide of Pannenberg’s post.Wake Forest’s defending pair of Michael DeShields and Nico Benalcazar shut down most of Syracuse’s attacks before they entered the penalty box, and while the Orange were mostly successful in negating the Demon Deacons’ attacks in the opening frame, one  cross won Wake Forest the game.“Our back four really limited their chances,” McIntyre said. “We out connected passes, just that final delivery and final pass selection was not quite good enough. I think we went toe-to-toe with one of the best teams in the nation.”The Orange will now travel to Colgate next to take on the Raiders on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.  Comments Published on September 21, 2019 at 10:45 pm Contact Anthony: Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Alexander: Are Dodgers starting to head upward again?

first_imgSimply put, when Kenley Jansen detected an abnormality in his heartbeat, Dodger fans developed palpitations of their own.Even Sunday the bullpen wasn’t immune, with Yimi Garcia giving up a home run to the Padres’ Hunter Renfroe on the third pitch of the ninth. In the 16 games since the start of the series in Colorado Aug. 9, the Dodgers are 7-9, and relief pitchers have surrendered eight home runs in the seventh inning or later, four of them off Jansen himself. The bullpen accounted for seven losses and five blown saves (two in extra-inning victories) in that span.Not surprisingly, then, manager Dave Roberts gave Jansen the day off Sunday, noting that an issue with Jansen’s mechanics has affected his control both in and out of the strike zone. If the game had been close in the ninth inning Sunday, Kenta Maeda would have pitched.This is an example of how sour pitching leads to sour hitting, and vice versa. Hitters press, trying too hard to cash in those scoring opportunities and create a cushion. They can’t, which puts stress on the bullpen. Rinse and repeat.“Today was one of the best games we’ve had in quite some time as far as one through eight,” Roberts said of his team’s offensive approach. “It’s just more guys continuing to watch each other, talk about having a plan and really trusting the process, because I think results kind of get in the way of clarity in the hitters’ minds, but if you can stay diligent on the plan and win each pitch, good things are going to happen.”Maybe he should have said one through nine. Hyun-Jin Ryu was bobbing and weaving on the mound, giving up 11 hits but striking out eight and lasting 5 2/3 innings. And he also picked up two hits, including the one that started the fifth inning rally. That may put him in line to be the first pitcher off the bench to pinch-hit the next time the Dodgers get into one of those extra-inning thrillers.They could joke about that and other topics Sunday, and that was a good sign. If nothing else, even with a flight to Dallas Monday’s off-day will be much more pleasant than the last one, when the Dodgers were coming off a sweep of the Cardinals and things looked bleak.Sometimes momentum shifts when you’re not looking.“I don’t think you can really put your finger on anything that turns stuff around,” Turner said. “It just kind of happens. It’s the ebb and flow of the game.“Sometimes you have six or seven guys in the lineup all feeling good. Sometimes you only have a couple feeling good, but it’s all about finding ways to win ballgames.  And coming down to this last month, this last stretch, the personal numbers (and)  personal stats don’t mean anything as long as we figure out a way to win a game.”That would make the ride a little less bumpy for everyone. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season center_img Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco The two main topics of conversation these days are a bullpen that has developed one leak after another, and an offense that has tended to tighten up during important at-bats (mainly those with runners in scoring position).Related Articles LOS ANGELES — To be a baseball fan, especially one of a team with any sort of ambition, is to strap yourself in for a six-month roller coaster ride. The highs are immense, and the lows … well, you can feel them in the pit of your stomach.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.If you’re a Dodger fan, there wasn’t much reason for queasiness Sunday. But are you dizzy yet?It has been a brutally schizophrenic two weeks in Los Angeles. The Dodgers got a break this weekend with a visit from the Padres, but not even a sweep of the San Diego Tank Farm, achieved with Sunday’s 7-3 victory, totally covered the blemishes that threaten to destroy their playoff chances.Still, they’re just 2 1/2 games behind in the division and wild-card standings. And maybe this five-game stretch of games against bottom-feeders (including a two-game series at Texas beginning Tuesday) can enable them to reverse the direction of the roller coaster before Thursday’s opener in The Ravine against first-place Arizona. Neither was really in play Sunday. The Dodgers were 3-for-12 with runners in scoring position but attained a comfortable lead because of two of those at-bats, back-to-back in the fifth: a two-run double by Justin Turner to tie the game 2-2, followed by a two-run homer by Manny Machado for a 4-2 lead.Turner added a two-run single in the sixth and an RBI single in the eighth and is now hitting .400 in August with 19 RBI and a 1.142 OPS. Clearly, he is past the effects of the broken wrist he suffered in spring training when he was hit by a pitch.“I feel like I’m in a pretty good spot right now,” he said. “I haven’t had any problems with my wrist, my groin (which landed him on the disabled list in July) is feeling good, and I’m seeing the ball pretty good at the plate right now. Knock on wood, I’m going to try to just keep getting better.”Turner’s approach, if emulated by others in the lineup, could be the method to get the Dodger lineup out of the offensive funk they’d fallen into since the All-Star break. Night after night, scoring opportunities wasted in the early innings caught up to the Dodgers in the late innings, especially when the team’s relief pitching turned into a full-blown dumpster fire 2 1/2 weeks ago.last_img read more

The 2nd International Downhill Race “TrebaDH 2016” held on Trebevic

first_imgOn Sunday, the 21st of August 2016,  the 2nd International downhill race “TrebaDH 2016” was held on Trebevic, which included competitors from Croatia (BK Stina, KK Jastrebarsko – WD40 Bike, BK TNT Pazin, BK Veli Vrh), Serbia ( Fullcontrol Bike), Hungary (Pécsi Sport Nonprofit Zrt), Bulgaria (Bike House, Velos, Vivo, Pro Team Samokov), Slovenia, Montenegro and BiH (Savages Crew).The race was held for the first time in our country under the auspices of the Union Cycliste International (UCI) in the class of DHI C3 and scored for ranking on the UCI list of competitors, and also scored for the first time for the national championship of BiH in the downhill discipline, as well as the National Cup of Croatia.Results – Men EliteAles Virtic (Slovenia)Svetlinov Gatev Stivian (Bulgaria)Luka Simunac (Croatia)Results – Men JuniorTeodor Zaprenov Mavrodiev (Bulgaria)Jovan Blesic (Serbia)Martin Jurman (Croatia)Results – Men MastersNorbert Papp (Hungary)Muris Rekanovic (BiH)Tomislav Loncar (Croatia)Results – Men HobbyTomi Legner (Slovenia)Franjo Hukman (Croatia)Zoltan Glokker (Hungary)Results – Women HobbyViktoria Georgieva Gencheva (Bulgaria)Dubravka Druzeta (Croatia)Results – Championship of BiH (overall standings)Muris RekanovicTarik HadzicTimur BasalijaOrganizers of the race, the Association for the promotion of extreme sports “Savages Crew” congratulated the winners and wished them the best of luck.(Source: read more