Backed by seniors Nick Mariano and Sergio Salcido, No. 6 Syracuse escapes past No. 12 Albany

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Nick Mariano struggled to score. For 59 minutes, 58 seconds, the player who racked up three goals and four assists a week ago had only one assist to his name. But with six seconds left, Mariano could salvage a weak performance.Out of a timeout, sophomore attack Nate Solomon set up behind the cage. When the whistle blew, he dashed around the back of the goal and locked onto Mariano. Senior attack Jordan Evans set a pick that Mariano rolled around. He received a pass and took a step back before winding up and firing the ball toward Albany goalie JD Colarusso. As Colarusso tried to stop the shot, the ball slid right between the post and his body as the clock struck two seconds.“The ball wasn’t really in my stick (at first),” Mariano said. “Once I got it in my stick I just stepped back and put everything I had into the shot and try to put it in the cage.”That last second goal from Mariano needed the work of all three of SU’s starting attackmen, who had combined for one point all game. But when No. 6 Syracuse (2-0) needed it most, its top offensive threats stepped up to lead SU to a 10-9 comeback win over No. 12 Albany (0-1) inside the Carrier Dome. Midfielder Sergio Salcido also stepped up late, kickstarting Syracuse’s second-half run with two goals and two assists.Salcido did not have a single point until about halfway in the second quarter. A few minutes before his first assist, Salcido fell to the ground in pain. He punched the turf a couple of times before getting up and limping off the field.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It’s frustrating because you don’t want to get hurt with the game on the line,” Salcido said. “Fortunately it was just a charley horse.”Meanwhile, Albany expanded on its three-goal lead. The Great Danes netted two goals in 50 seconds to go up five. Salcido returned and, after SU drew a penalty, found man-up specialist Brad Voigt to start a 6-0 run.For most of the first half, SU struggled to create offense. Impatience led to easy saves for Colarusso and Albany’s transition counter attack, giving less time for the Syracuse offense to operate.“The little shots were just like turnovers,” SU head coach John Desko said. “We would come up with a possession, there might’ve been one or two passes and we were going right to the goal and taking a shot on the goaltender.”Mariano and Salcido took a combined 21 shots, 47 percent of Syracuse’s total. Yet the two had only one assist in the first half.Evan Jenkins | Staff PhotographerIn the second half, Syracuse found better shots. Midway through the third frame, Salcido found Matt Lane, who netted his first goal of the season. Eight minutes later, Mariano found a cutting Brendan Bomberry, who tapped the ball past Colarusso to tie the game.Eighteen seconds later, Austin Fusco scored to give SU its first lead. Before Salcido or any of Syracuse’s starting attack scored, seven different SU players had already scored.Until the six-minute mark in the fourth, both Mariano and Salcido were non-factors. Albany added two goals to tie, then take the lead.That soon changed. With a little over six minutes to play, Bomberry picked up a ground ball. He found Salcido, who fired top shelf to tie the game. Less than two minutes later, Bomberry found Salcido again. The midfielder crow hopped and found top shelf.That sequence of two goals in two minutes gave SU its second lead of the game. It also marked the first time one of SU’s top five threats had scored, outside of Bomberry.“I knew the importance of taking those shots,” Salcido said, “and in my head, I was thinking, ‘If you’re going to shoot the ball, make sure it’s the right one. And make sure you put it in the corner.’”Thirty-one seconds later, Sean Eccles scored his second goal of the day to tie the game at nine. He ran off to the Albany sideline, hopping and getting chest slaps from his teammates as Albany positioned itself to force overtime.The Great Danes had outscored Syracuse in every quarter but the third. That’s when Syracuse’s veterans needed to step up, which they hadn’t done all day. And they did. Salcido added two late goals before Mariano ended all hopes of an Albany upset.“I wasn’t listening in the huddle until the last five seconds until (SU assistant coach Kevin) Donahue and coach Desko said I was gonna come off a pick,” Mariano said laughing. “I don’t even know how it went in. I just saw everyone erupt and I just jumped up in the air.” Comments Published on February 18, 2017 at 8:00 pm Contact Charlie: | @charliedisturcolast_img read more

USC junior is first to swim Maui Nui Channel

first_imgUSC junior Becca Mann is the first person to complete the Maui Nui Channel swim, accomplishing the task in just under 21 hours.  (Photo courtesy of Becca Mann) “When it was totally dark, I turned onto my back and did some backstroke, and the stars were the brightest I’d ever seen because the moon hadn’t risen yet,” Mann said. “And it was just pitch black with all these glistening stars, and I felt like I could touch them because they were so bright and so close.” Whether she continues on to the Olympic trials or focuses on her studies, Mann hopes to continue to push herself to new heights both in and out of the water. “For this event, I just went into it,” Mann said. “I didn’t know how to train for it. I don’t even know how you can train for 20 hours … I knew that my body could do it because it was just one day of my life, and I’d spent so many hours in the water just training and pushing myself. I knew that I could physically do it; it was just going to be a matter of mentally conquering it.” Mann said she wants to take on the channel swim again one day, but she isn’t sure what else the future has in store for her in regard to swimming. Although she came up short at the qualifying event for the 10-kilometer race in next year’s Olympic Games, Mann qualified for the upcoming pool Olympic trials and is still deciding whether she will compete. After taking a year off from school to train for the Olympics, Mann has resumed her studies at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts as a screenwriting major.  “[My parents] were driving her to the practice, and I packed my bag and snuck in with her and joined the swim team, and I just never looked back,” Mann said. “I love swimming so much, the idea of my goals and reaching for them and challenging myself. It really allows me to push myself as far as I can go.” Despite the grueling nature of the swim, Mann said that for her, swimming distance feels less like a job and more like an adventure. Her swimming experience dates back to when she was 5 years old, when she ignored her parent’s concerns about pool safety and attended her sister’s swim class without permission. Junior Becca Mann became the first swimmer to finish the Triple Maui Nui Channel Swim Aug. 19. Mann, a former USC swimmer who turned pro last August, completed the historic swim in 20 hours and 53 minutes.center_img “[From Molokai to Lanai], I was swimming three times less than my normal speed,” Mann said. “So I was only going 500 meters every 20 minutes, and normally I can do 1.5 kilometers per 20 minutes, so that part was a real challenge. Just knowing that I was still 10 kilometers away [from the end], which I can normally do in two hours but would take me seven hours this time, was really hard to get through.” Since the event was Mann’s first swim at night in open water, she was able to experience the beauty of the nature surrounding her in a new way. The water grew progressively darker as she swam, and Mann was mesmerized by the phosphorescent light that appeared each time she took a stroke. Mann also harbors an interest in fundraising and aims to donate excess funds from each swim to organizations like the Navy Seal Foundation.  The Triple Maui Nui Channel Swim is a daunting 39.64 mile triangular route which begins at Maui and proceeds to Molokai, Lanai and then back to Maui. Although the swim’s distance far exceeds that of Mann’s usual competitive swims, the 10-kilometer open water event and the mile, Mann did not change her training regimen. Mann created a GoFundMe page to raise funds for the paddlers, management and equipment required to ensure her safety during the swim. Although she was unable to raise excess funds this time around, Mann hopes to continue to raise awareness about the organization and its mission to keep the oceans clean through her platform as a professional swimmer. While Mann put in countless hours at the pool to physically prepare for the swim, she was surprised by the mental challenge it presented. The strong current, especially during the second stint from Molokai to Lanai, slowed her down tremendously and made her uncertain as to how much ground she could cover within each hour.last_img read more

Opoku Nti wants to achieve more at Kotoko

first_imgChief Executive Officer of Asante Kotoko, Opoku Nti is looking forward to build a formidable Asante Kotoko brand in Africa following his mandate extension to the end of the season.Opoku Nti’s initial three month mandate ended earlier this month, but the club’s Board of Directors say they have little time to go through the process of appointing a substantive Chief Executive, taking into consideration the trend of the club in recent times. Nti who has been asked to stay on until the end of the season in an interview with Joy Sports stated that he will continue to work hard and achieve the targets set for him.“It’s a mindset and a vision that I pray we will be able to achieve, I have played and led Kotoko through this situation before, and it is my prayer that for a second time, even though I’m not on the field, God will help me to lead this great club to achieve their aim and purpose,” stated Opoku Nti.“It’s like a dream come true so I pray that God will bless my vision so that all that I hope for will come to pass.”last_img read more

Gregg Berhalter is excited to rebuild very young USMNT’s image

first_img Cristian Roldan uses experience to help bring change to the USMNT “We certainly want to be able to see the concepts,” Berhalter said. “And it gives us now a good blueprint to move forward. So what we’ll do is, we’ll analyze the game, analyze what concepts are pretty welcoming, what concepts need developing and it will give us a blueprint to go forward.He continued: “It’s going to give us information. Right now we have no body of work to go on and this is the start of our body of work.”Berhalter, who joins the national team with five seasons in MLS at Columbus Crew under his belt, has put together a roster with some familiar faces — including Crew’s Zack Steffen (goalkeeper), Wil Trapp (midfielder) and Gyasi Zardes (forward) — some veterans and a lot of young players.There are just a few who have double-digit caps: Michael Bradley leads the way with 142, Zardes has 40, Paul Arriola has 17 and Trapp 11. The rest have between zero and six, making the squad almost completely new.But, Berhalter is using this to his advantage.The players, who come from various different styles of play across MLS, have been adapting well to the new system and, as he said just a day removed from their contest, “they are excited to be challenged, they are excited to work and they are excited to give it an opportunity.”“One thing I’ve learned is you have players coming from diverse environments,” he added. “Some clubs they play a certain way, other clubs play another way and it’s getting them all together, getting them on the same page. It’s more clear when you can tie into a common mission and you can get the guys focused on one philosophy.“To me, it’s not just in one element. We’re trying to do that in team presentations, we’re trying to do that in team-building activities, we’re trying to do that in our training sessions — really ingraining what we’re looking to achieve on the field and continually talking about it.”Berhalter said he doesn’t think the U.S. team will ever line up with teams like Brazil and Spain, at least not in his lifetime. He wants to compete with these teams by using the group’s common mission.“The strength in our group is going to be in the collective,” he said. “We’re going to have to be better and we’re going to have to be better from a collective standpoint and the team building and team camaraderie and the system of play — all of that can help give us an advantage.”Realistically, this won’t come together after one match or after their next against Costa Rica on Feb. 2. For now, Berhalter is focused on measurable goals, progress week in and week out until the identity of the team fully forms. “For us, it’s going to be about how can we get into our structure, how can we get into our shape, how can we open up and get into our offensive organization — that I think will be a little bit of a challenge but something that we relish in,” he said.Kickoff between the U.S. and Panama is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET. on Sunday. The match will be televised on ESPN2. PHOENIX — A new era of men’s soccer is starting, but be warned: It won’t be perfect.Not yet.center_img Tim Howard says he will retire following 2019 MLS season Rather, let newly appointment manager Gregg Berhalter do the talking.He will be leading the U.S. Men’s National Team in its first game of the 2019 season Sunday at State Farm Stadium. The young group will face Panama, another young team, but gauging their success will take time, and fully implementing Berhalter’s style of play will take longer. Related Newslast_img read more