USC felled in second round of NCAA

first_imgThe No. 22 Women of Troy kicked off the NCAA tournament with a 3-1 win over No. 13 Illinois on Friday afternoon.Final bow · Senior forward Megan Ohai, who ranks among USC’s all-time career goal leaders, played her last game with the Trojans on Sunday. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan “I’m happy to get the ‘W,’” said USC coach Ali Khosroshahin. “I’m happy to get the first game in and have it go our way.”A slow start did not hurt the Women of Troy this time, though it has earlier in the season.  Instead, they were the ones who managed to put their opponents on their heels.“I thought the first 15 minutes, Illinois had the ball most of the time,” Khosroshahin said. “But at the halfway mark, we were able to make some changes, we settled in and started to do some good things.”When junior forward/defender Ashley Freyer entered the game, she made an immediate impact, scoring off a perfectly placed pass over the Illini backline from junior midfielder Brittany Kerridge.This was the junior’s first goal of her career in the NCAA tournament, and it gave the Women of Troy a 1-0 lead that would hold up until halftime.In the beginning of the second half, the Women of Troy had multiple opportunities to score again but couldn’t find the back of the net.In the 56th minute, the Women of Troy were awarded a free kick from just beyond midfield.Redshirt junior midfielder/defender Ashli Sandoval drilled a shot the Illini goalkeeper was able to get a hand on, but not enough to prevent it from crossing the plane.  This goal gave the Women of Troy a 2-0 lead.Though the Illini threatened to score and had plenty of opportunities to cut into the lead, the play of the USC backline and freshman goalkeeper Shelby Church was solid.“I was very pleased with our backline,” Khosroshahin said.  “I thought Karter [Haug] and Mia [Bruno] were solid as were Claire [Schloemer], [Ashli] Sandoval and Shelby [Church]. [Our defense] has been our backbone all year and they were again.”In the 74th minute, sophomore midfielder Courtney Garcia fed sophomore forward Samantha Johnson, who completed the scoring and gave the Women of Troy their highest output in goals during a NCAA tournament match.Leading 3-0, the Women of Troy conceded a goal in the 80th minute, but the Illini would get no closer.On Sunday, the Women of Troy couldn’t get past the No. 7 Notre Dame Fighting Irish as they fell 4-0 in the second round of the tournament, putting an end to a solid season for USC.“We just didn’t play our best game,” said senior defender Karter Haug.  “Notre Dame came out and they played [well]. They put the ball in the goal and had a couple good bounces go their way.”The Fighting Irish struck early on goals by midfielder Rose Augustin and defender/midfielder Lauren Fowlkes in the first eight minutes of the game to take a commanding 2-0 lead. “Anytime you spot a team of that caliber two goals early on, it’s a really difficult hill [to climb] and a really difficult hole to climb out of,” Khosroshahin said.The Women of Troy had multiple opportunities to respond and cut into the lead, but shots went high, wide or were stopped by the Notre Dame goalkeeper.At halftime, the Women of Troy came out aggressive, putting pressure on the Notre Dame backline and goalkeeper, but still no shots were able to find the back of the net.“They were able to finish their opportunities and we weren’t,” Khosroshahin said.Meanwhile, the Fighting Irish added to their lead on a goal by forward Melissa Henderson in the 57th minute, while forward Adriana Leon finished off the scoring in the 70th minute to give the Fighting Irish a 4-0 victory.Despite the loss, the coaching staff said it couldn’t be more pleased with the players, specifically the leadership of the seniors and the development of the team as a whole.“The seniors this year really led this team and they’ve led them from the beginning,” Khosroshahin said. “They did a tremendous job and I’m so proud of them, but so sad to see these young ladies leave me.  This team has grown tremendously, they’ve matured tremendously and I couldn’t be more proud.”last_img read more

Bennett reflects on Tour stage performance

first_imgThe Bora-Argon 18 rider came 12th.He’s been struggling to overcome the effects of being involved in a crash on the very first day of the race.The Carrick-on-Suir man believes the memories of that incident harmed his chances yesterday.last_img

British title for England teenager Sophie Lamb

first_img2 Sep 2016 British title for England teenager Sophie Lamb England’s Sophie Lamb won the British women’s stroke play championship by two shots at Knock Golf Club, Belfast, today – and, at one-under for 72 holes, was the only player in the field to beat par.It’s a first women’s title for the 18-year-old international from Clitheroe in Lancashire and she said: “It’s amazing, but it hasn’t really sunk in.”Lamb had her dad, Phil, on the bag as her caddie this week and added: “I couldn’t have done it without him.”But her mum, Carina, had to wait for the news that her daughter had won her first major championship – she was on a plane to Spain. “We’ll have to ring her when she lands!” added Lamb.The teenager moved steadily through the field after a first round of four-over 77, which left her six shots off the pace. “I struggled a bit off the tee and you can’t do that on this course,” she said.She came straight back with five-under 68 – six birdies and just one bogey – to put herself firmly in contention and two shots off the lead. Lamb played solid golf in this morning’s third round, returning one-under 72, but remained two shots behind the leader, 14-year-old Alessia Nobilio of Italy.In this afternoon’s fourth round Nobilio fell away while Lamb kept up her steady progress to the title, despite the challenge of Chloe Williams of Wales who closed with three-under 70 to finish runner-up, two shots back.“I had nine straight pars to start, then a bogey and a double, but I had some birdies coming in,” said Lamb, who signed off with one-over 74.“I was focussed on playing my own game and trying to give myself chances. I didn’t want to get sucked in to having to make a birdie here or there – and it was good!”Lamb has been challenging for a big win all season, having been leading qualifier in the English women’s match play championship, tied fourth in the English women’s amateur and sixth in the English stroke play. She also helped England win the Women’s Home Internationals last month.Her next big date is the World Junior Girls’ Championship in Canada later this month and she said: “This is really good for my confidence.”England’s Georgia Price (Bude & North Cornwall) tied third in the championship, following up on her second place in the English women’s strokeplay. Curtis Cup player Rochelle Morris (Woodsome Hall), English girls’ champion Cloe Frankish (Chart Hills) and international Inci Mehmet (Royal Mid Surrey) were in a group tied eighth.Caption: Sophie Lamb with her trophy (Image courtesy the LGU).last_img read more

Shane Warne bats for D/N Adelaide test when India tour Australia in 2020

first_imgAdvertisement ic0nNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2xejWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ecaa6( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 8y97Would you ever consider trying this?😱n80xCan your students do this? 🌚1fmbvRoller skating! Powered by Firework Legendary Aussie spinner Shane Warne wants the Indian team to play a Day-Night Test match in Adelaide next year. The former Rajasthan Royals captain congratulated both BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and India skipper Virat Kohli for India’s maiden pink-ball Test against Bangladesh at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.Advertisement “Congrats to you and @imVkohli on agreeing to play a day/night test. I hope there’s another one next summer in Adelaide when India tour Australia on @FoxCricket- Would be amazing buddy!” Warne replied to Ganguly’s tweet.Advertisement Even former England captain Michael Vaughan also expressed his desire to see the Men in Blues playing a Test match under the lights in Australia next winter.“Well done Sourav .. look forward to a couple in Aussie next winter,” Vaughan replied to Ganguly’s tweet.After the end of second day’s play, India are in a commanding position thanks to a sublime hundred by Virat Kohli (130). The hosts declared their innings at 347/9 in the second session of day, after bowling out Bangladesh for a mere 106 yesterday. The guests meanwhile in their second innings, have managed to register 152 for the loss of 6 wickets, and still trail by 89 runs.Ishant Sharma was yet again the pick among the bowlers with 4 wickets for just 39 runs and will be eager to wrap up the game as early as possible tomorrow.  Advertisementlast_img read more

Holland scores twice to lift Hawks past Storm to square KIJHL Final

first_imgHolland finished the game with three points while Riley Brandt, Ryan Edwards, Dallas Calvin and Braden Fuller also scored for Beaver Valley.Brock Balson and Daniel Buchanan replied for Kamloops, the overall regular season winners.Brett Clark rebounded from a Game one loss to register the win in goal for the Hawks.Wade Moyls started the game for Kamloops but was replaced by Liam McLeod for the final period.This is the third consecutive series Beaver Valley has played the first two games on the road and third time the Hawks have headed home even.The winner advances to the Cyclone Taylor Cup April 10-13 in Nelson. After dropping the opener in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Final, the Beaver Valley Nitehawks had the Kamloops Storm right where they wanted.Dan Holland scored twice, including once in a three-goal second period, to spark the Hawks to a 6-2 thrashing of the Storm Saturday night in Spoolmak Country.Beaver Valley squares the best-of-seven KIJHL Championship series at 1-1 with Games three and four, Monday and Tuesday in Fruitvale.Trailing 2-1 after one period, the Hawks scored the next five goals to secure the win, out shooting the host team 32-18 in the final 40 minutes.last_img read more