Despite shot advantage, Orange men’s soccer settles for tie with DePaul

first_img Comments Brett Jankouskas outlines the three-part process. The three-part process to scoring goals. It’s a problem that can’t and won’t be solved overnight. It’s going to take time. And until then, it will surely irritate the Syracuse men’s soccer team. ‘At first (this season) we weren’t really getting any shots,’ Jankouskas said. ‘Now we’re getting a good number of shots, and we just need to work on getting them on target.’ Saturday, the Orange succeeded with the first two parts of the process. But still, it failed at the third. And failing at the third yielded yet another result void of three points. For just the second time all season Saturday, the Orange outshot its opponent, but settled for a 0-0 double overtime tie against DePaul. It was the third consecutive conference game in which a goal eluded the Orange (2-5-4, 0-1-2 Big East). After Saturday’s tie against DePaul (3-6-3, 0-2-1 Big East), Syracuse has still failed to score a single goal in Big East play. More than 300 minutes — or five full hours — and no goals to show for it. Nearly 40 total shots taken, none of which have beaten a goalkeeper. And although the Orange dominated the Blue Demons in front of 712 fans at the SU Soccer Stadium, it still only came away with one point. The plus-seven shot differential, 22-15 in favor of SU, was its largest of 2010.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text But still, Syracuse couldn’t make the ball cross the white line. ‘Absolutely, it’s frustrating,’ midfielder Nick Roydhouse said. ‘But when you start thinking of it that way, that’s when you start to lose it, and things kind of go off track. We just had to stay positive and keep on pushing for a goal.’ Part one of SU head coach Ian McIntyre’s offensive overhaul saw Syracuse dominated by its opponents. Through the first three games of the season, the Orange had a total of 16 shots. The offense looked anemic. But then, slowly but surely, it has started to turn around. Against Cornell, the SU offense exploded for 20 shots and matched that feat six days later against Canisius. Saturday’s 22 were a season-high. The system seems to be taking hold. ‘This is back-to-back good performances,’ McIntyre said. ‘If we were sitting here with no points from this, we’d be very disappointed. Now we have to convert these one-point (games) into three points.’ The way to do that is by scoring, turning those 22 shots into a tally on the scoreboard. Until then, Syracuse won’t move up from last in the Big East in goals scored. And for much of Saturday’s game, it appeared that Syracuse would break through. In the first half, forward Fredrik Forsman was slotted in behind the Blue Demons defense. All alone with the goalkeeper, Forsman’s left-footed shot soared high and wide of the goal. ‘It’s a little bit of a better feeling when you get outshot and then come out with a tie,’ midfielder Mark Brode said. ‘But we outshot them, and it’s rough.’ It was Brode who had the Orange’s best chance to score with under 6:30 to play in regulation. Streaking through the middle of the field, Brode received a perfect cross off the foot of Jankouskas. It hit him in stride just beyond the penalty spot, but his volley soared over the goal. But this was a game in which the Orange couldn’t catch a break. Twice in the second overtime, it looked as if SU had won the game, only to have the officials stifle those efforts. Jankouskas was taken down in the penalty area for what looked like a certain penalty kick, but the whistle didn’t blow. Minutes later he scored the game-winning goal after redirecting a Roydhouse shot, only to have it be called back for offsides. ‘Going into overtime, we said that one (point) was the minimum,’ Roydhouse said. ‘We were really pushing for the three points; it’s just unfortunate that we didn’t come away with it.’ Now that the offense is creating those chances, it must keep working to improve the quality. Most of SU’s 22 shots Saturday didn’t trouble the goalkeeper. And a shot that’s not on target isn’t really a shot at all, said Roydhouse. More shots on target should lead to more goals. That’s the plan. Step three. ‘(If we had) a little bit more precision, a little bit of a killing edge in the penalty area, then we win that game,’ McIntyre said. ‘And we may win it by a couple.’ [email protected] Published on October 10, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] | @Michael_Cohen13center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Liverpool Unveil Anfield Redevelopment Plan

first_imgLiverpool Football Club has unveiled its stadium expansion plans with detailed proposals for the expansion of its Main Stand and outline proposals for expansion of its Anfield Road Stand. Public consultation and exhibitions on the proposals are scheduled for this week and Liverpool are asking for residents, fans and local businesses to give their views as part of its planning application, which they expect to submit in the summer.The exhibition shows the detailed design proposals for the redevelopment of the Main Stand which could add an additional 8,500 seats taking the Main Stand capacity to nearly 21,000 and overall Anfield capacity to around 54,000.The scheme will include a two-storey podium and a carefully designed cloister which will become the new home for the Hillsborough Memorial.The outline proposals for the Anfield Road Stand provide for an increase in its capacity of around 4,800 seats.Ian Ayre, Liverpool FC managing director, said, “As part of our proposed stadium redevelopment project, we have unveiled the detail of our ambitious plans for an expanded Main Stand and Anfield Road stand and are embarking on a consultation process which will shape and inform our planning application. “In order to move forward with our expansion plans we need to have certainty that we can navigate the complex planning process and secure the support of the community, local home owners, businesses and other key stakeholders. This consultation exercise is an important part of this process.”We started this journey just over 18 months ago and a lot of work has already been done, there is still an incredible amount to do, but good progress has been made so far and we are proud to be able to unveil our plans.”Liverpool, under the ill-fated stewardship of former owners Hicks and Gillett, had planned to build a new stadium at Stanley Park. Those plans were scrapped in favour of redeveloping their current home, Anfield and a wider regeneration of the Anfield area in conjunction with the local council and Your Housing Group.Following this consultation process, Liverpool FC expects to refine its plans and submit a planning application to the City Council during the summer.If consent is granted, construction work on the proposed Main Stand could begin early next year and it could be complete in time for the 2016-17 season. Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said: “This is another important step in our ambitions to transform the Anfield area, bringing new jobs, investment and housing. “The overall regeneration of Anfield will see £260m invested in the local community and will deliver hundreds of jobs – Liverpool Football Club’s proposals for the stadium are a key part of this.”We are all committed to delivering a brighter future for Anfield and the club’s exhibition is a clear signal that real progress is being made with all our plans.last_img read more

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Watch Video: Secret behind Martha Bissah’s world-conquering strength

first_img17 year old Martha Bissah won Ghana’s first ever Olympic Gold medal at any level in any sport following her victory in the 800m final in China last year. InfoboxxTV tracked down Martha and her family, to find out where this exceptional young woman found the strength to do what no other Ghanaian has ever done.Meanwhile,it is has been reported Bissah has rejected a scholarship to go to the United States to study and develop her sporting abilities.President John Mahama said in the State of the Nation address on the 26th of February that Bissah was to be sent to the United States to continue her education and athletic training on a scholarship for winning a gold medal in the women’s 800m event at the 2014 Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China.According to the Ghana Athletics Association, Bissah was due to leave Ghana earlier this year after the necessary processes had been completed but it seems the athlete has decided to turn her back on the opportunity.It is unclear whether Bissah’s decision is out of her personal conviction or influence from her family.last_img read more

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