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Topp XX blitz Kwakwani Strikers 3-0 as Eagles United/Hi Stars match abandoned

first_imgBy Joe ChapmanTHREE unanswered second-half goals by Topp XX saw them to an enterprising 3-0 win over Kwakwani Strikers, but controversy brought an abrupt end to the second game in this year’s opening night of the 5th edition of the Upper Demerara Football Association’s GT Beer year-end football at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground, Sunday night.Fist cuffs marred a feisty clash with about five minutes left in the game, featuring Eagles United who were leading Hi Stars 1-0, courtesy of a dubious foul in the box, The first game followed the March Past of the nine clubs contesting this year’s championship, after three-time winners Haynes Winners Connection were withdrawn from the competition after being included in the Guyana Football Federation’s Top16 tournament which kicks off on Friday in Linden.The first half of the game between Kwakwani Strikers and Topp XX began well with Topp XX on a positive note. In the opening five minutes they were able to gain two half-chances, one from a chip cross which was sent outside of the goal and another which saw the Kwakwani side’s goalkeeper holding after a corner was won by the Topp XX side.In the 27th minute a Kwakwani player was able to collect the ball but with the defender closely marking he was unable to control a right-foot shot that went wide. Topp XX got two openings in the final two minutes of the game but still the scores remained nil-all at lemon-time.As the game resumed Topp XX asserted themselves well and gained some momentum, which saw them take the lead in the 49th minute. Under pressure the Strikers goalkeeper was unable to collect a square ball from Topp XX’s Andre Meyers cleanly as the ball slipped through his grasp.Topp XX’s second goal was created through Duquan Hercules as he raced down the left flank to cross to the top of the 18-yard box where Travis Waterton collected and with a single motion gave the Kwakwani goalkeeper no chance, for a Topp XX 2-0 advantage in the 63rd minute.Still in control against a game Kwakani unit Topp XX secured their third goal. This time the promising Hercules cut in from the left wing and after beating two defenders was heading goal-wards inside the box where he was brought down. Ryan Noel took the resultant penalty to score in the 78th minute and Topp XX eventually triumphed by a 3-0 score-line in their Group A match.The second game saw the Eagles United team being held at bay from a spirited young Hi Stars team who matched their opponents with some brave match-ups early in the game.The first half was somewhat closely contested. In the second session in the 50th minute, Eagles United’s Kellon Primo went deep inside right and in trying to pierce inside the 18 yards box, his marker kept his watch as they shouldered each other.As Primo targeted inside, the assistant referee raised her flag which suggested a foul being committed by his defender. Referee Shavin Green pointed to the penalty spot and Trenton Lashley made no mistake to send his side into a 1-0 lead.Thereafter things intensified with aggressive play on both ends of the field and this ended up with players bringing the game into disrepute.The match officials then decided to abandon the game with just about five minutes remaining and Eagles United ahead, 1-0, as fans witnessed the sudden clash of fists on the field between opposing players.Guyana’s Refereeing Council head Stanley Lancaster who was present commented that an informed ruling on the state of the game would be made after the Referee’s Report is obtained from referee Shavin Green.Tomorrow two more matches will be played at 19:00hrs when Blueberry Hill and Amelia’s Ward Panthers clash. At 21:00hrs Topp XX will again be in action when they face reigning champions Silver Shattas.last_img read more

MLAX : BREAK THROUGH: Syracuse solves Siena’s defense, advances to NCAA quarterfinals

first_imgAll Syracuse could do was keep shooting. Though Siena’s goaltender, Tom Morr, was playing phenomenally, SU’s shots had to find the back of the net eventually. The offense just had to keep firing away.‘We had 52 [sic] shots. Some good, some bad,’ SU attack Tom Palasek said. ‘When a goalie is playing that great, you have to just keep shooting.’Finally, the offensive persistence paid off, and Syracuse ultimately shot its way to a win.Palasek finished the game with a team-leading five points to help send No. 1 Syracuse (15-1, 6-0 Big East) to a 10-4 win over unseeded Siena (13-5, 5-1 Metro Atlantic Athletic) in the first round of the NCAA tournament. For the entire first half, the 4,096 inside the Carrier Dome watched an unexpected defensive battle, as the Orange took shot after shot with little success. But Syracuse overcame its poor shot selection and Morr’s stellar performance with a stretch of four straight goals in the second half to give SU the win.The Saints came into the game with a simple defensive plan: pack the inside of the Orange’s offensive zone and yield only long shots from the outside. Siena executed that plan perfectly for the first half.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt forced Syracuse to return to its offensive ways from early in the season, where it took long shots from the outside that ended up wide of the cage or sailed high over the top. Inaccurate attempts from too far out produced easy saves for Morr, who finished with 19 in the game. SU took 31 shots in the first half but only got the ball past Morr four times.‘We were giving him confidence there,’ Palasek said.The Saints held the Orange scoreless for nearly 23 minutes from the second quarter into the third. But once SU broke through the Siena defense with 4:17 left in the third, it sparked the offense.Syracuse midfielder Josh Amidon broke the drought when he shot low into the cage for his team’s fifth goal of the game. The Orange would add a second goal before the end of the third quarter and two more in quick succession to open the fourth.‘We were struggling there with our shots,’ Amidon said. ‘Once we got that one, everybody was a little upbeat more and we kind of got our goals that we needed. We got the ball around a bit more.’That meant shooting low into the net and aiming for areas where Morr wasn’t able to get down on time to make the stop. When the Orange shot high, Morr had little trouble making the save.What gave SU the win was increased patience. It passed the ball around the zone and began to take high-percentage shots.By the end of the game, the Orange had peppered Morr with 51 shots but only had 10 goals to show for it. Numbers that Syracuse head coach John Desko found surprising and unusual.‘Normally, when Syracuse has that many shots, there’s going to be a few more points on the scoreboard,’ Desko said. ‘So, I think it was a combination of their goaltender playing pretty well. We went wide a number of times on our shots.’The low success rate led to frustration for the Orange on the field. Morr said he could tell that as the struggles wore on, the SU shooters were taking longer shots on poor angles. But once Syracuse scored that fifth goal, the tide started to turn in its favor.The Orange went up 6-2 when Steve Ianzito scored with nine seconds left in the third quarter on an assist from Jeff Gilbert. Ianzito cut in toward the crease and received a pass from Jeff Gilbert that created a catch-and-shoot opportunity. Ianzito’s tally gave SU a four-goal lead that seemingly locked up the win.Syracuse tacked on scored four more goals in the fourth quarter, while the Saints could only muster two in a soft comeback attempt.With just under four minutes left to go in the game and the score at 9-4, the high-fives and hugs began to take place on the SU sidelines. For what seemed like the first time in the entire game, the Orange could breathe easy.After several weeks of fluid and effective offense, the Siena game was step backwards. But in the end, SU did enough to advance to the quarterfinals.Said Amidon: ‘Overall, we did what we needed to do.’cjiseman@syr.edu Comments Published on May 15, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_isemancenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Syracuse volleyball’s Jalissa Trotter follows in mother’s footsteps on collegiate stage

first_img Published on October 4, 2016 at 1:22 am Contact Nick: nialvare@syr.edu | @nick_a_alvarez While in college, Melissa Trotter-Hardy needed help raising her daughter. In between attending volleyball practice and night classes, Trotter-Hardy’s coach at Henderson State University, Rhonda Thigpen, would look after her daughter. Thigpen would take the newborn girl to volleyball practices and church, and even became her godmother.“She became the little sister of the program,” Thigpen said. “Her mother worked around campus, and you would see Jalissa (Trotter) in the gym with a ball.”In these early days, Trotter developed a love for volleyball that would stick with her throughout her life. Nineteen years later, Trotter still finds herself on collegiate volleyball courts, playing as the starting setter for Syracuse.Both Trotter’s current head coach, Leonid Yelin, and Thigpen believe her competitive edge comes from her mother. Thigpen remembers picking Trotter up from school and seeing her goddaughter challenge other kids in races.Trotter brings that mindset every time she steps on the court for the Orange (3-11, 2-2 Atlantic Coast). She’s become a versatile force for SU, filling in the team’s need for a setter, even though it’s not her natural position. She leads the team with 266 assists and averages 6.19 assists per set.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“That’s all I ever was around … her playing volleyball, her coach and her teammates,” Trotter said. “I’d just sit on the side and play around with the ball. I kind of became addicted to it then.”As a child, Trotter attended several volleyball camps offered by her godmother. At the camps, she learned a mindset that she believes allows her to succeed on and off the court: M.T.X.E., Mental Toughness Xtra Effort.This philosophy that Thigpen teaches all of her players centers on working hard and becoming a role model for others.In high school, Trotter-Hardy would drive her daughter over two and a half hours every day from their home in Texarkana, Texas to Dallas for volleyball practice.Last year, Trotter’s freshman year at Syracuse, she wrote Thigpen a letter. In it, she thanked Thigpen and Trotter-Hardy for everything they had done to help get her to Syracuse. If not for them, Trotter said she would not have made it to SU.Now that she’s at Syracuse, Trotter has demonstrated her growth as a player. In the third set against Boston College on Sept. 23, Trotter rose up and struck a ball with a force that elicited an audible gasp from the Orange crowd.In that match for Syracuse, Trotter made an impact as she led the team with 19 assists.Trotter-Hardy and Thigpen are what got Trotter into volleyball. They ushered her every step of the way through the sport. Every time Trotter steps on the court for SU, she strives to make an impact akin to the mark that Trotter-Hardy and Thigpen left on her. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more