Cardinals Claim Conference Crown

first_imgM.J. Eckart, one of seven LU seniors honored in pregame Senior Night ceremonies, scored on a penalty kick just 6:11 into the game after LU forward Lucy Ashworth was pulled down in the penalty area. It was the third penalty-kick goal in as many attempts for Eckart this season, and her fifth goal overall. “What an amazing night,” LU coach Steve Holeman said. “We came out and played an amazing game. These girls worked hard all season, and it really paid off tonight.” “I’ve dreamed of this even before I played my first college game,” Lovejoy said. “To win a championship is incredible. I can’t think of a better group of people to do it with. We went through so much these past few years, but it’s all worth it.” Lovejoy finished with four saves, while Roccaforte, who had allowed just six goals in conference play all season before Friday, made three saves. LU’s four goals were the most the Cardinals scored in a conference game this season. The Cardinals (15-3-1 overall, 10-1-0 Southland) got on the board quickly, taking a 1-0 lead while many of the 695 in attendance were attempting to find a place to sit. Juliana Ocampo scored just 65 seconds into the second half, tallying an unassisted goal after beating Roccaforte from a scramble in front of the cage for her fourth goal of the season. Kelso Peskin made it 3-0 with her team-leading eighth goal just 3:24 after Ocampo’s goal. Laura Parra started the play with a nice pass to Madison Ledet, who fed it to Peskin, who blasted one past Roccaforte. “We’ll take Saturday off, but we’ll get right back to work on Sunday,” Holeman said. “This will be an incredible experience. None of these girls have ever been to the conference tournament, but now they are going as the top seed. It means everyone will be out for us, but we have risen to challenges all season.”Courtesy of Lamar Athletics Both teams had some glittering scoring opportunities for the remainder of the first half, but LU goalkeeper Lauren Lovejoy and McNeese netminder Emma Roccaforte each made three saves in the opening frame as LU carried a 1-0 lead into intermission. That goal did little to dampen the enthusiasm of the LU faithful, who counted down the final seconds before joining the Cardinals on the field for an impromptu championship celebration as the Cardinals became the first soccer team in Southland history to go from worst to first in one season.center_img The Cardinals will make their first appearance in the conference tournament since 2012 when they meet the host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders, the No. 8 seed, at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Jack Dugan Stadium in Corpus Christi. BEAUMONT, Texas – Playing in front of their biggest home crowd ever, the Lamar University Cardinals came up with their biggest win ever, a 4-1 drubbing of the archrival McNeese Cowgirls to claim the Southland Conference regular-season championship for the first time in the 11-year history of the LU women’s soccer program. The Cardinals started the second half even hotter than they started the initial period, netting two goals in the first 4:29 to take a 3-0 lead. The Cowgirls (12-5-1, 8-3-0), who needed a win to become co-champs with the Cardinals, broke Lovejoy’s shutout bid with 11:26 remaining as McNeese forward Savannah LaRicci scored just inside the far post for her conference-leading 12th goal of the season. “It feels unbelievable to score a goal on Senior Night,” Eckart said. “It feels even better to know that we are champions.” “To score four goals in any game is tremendous,” Holeman said. “To do it against the stingiest defensive team in the league is special.” The Cardinals made it 4-0 with 18:54 remaining in regulation as another senior got onto the scoring chart on Senior Day.  Defender Tori Alaniz took a pass from Lucy Ashworth and slid one past Roccaforte for her first goal of the season.last_img read more

Big year predicted for weightlifting

first_imgThese include the 2016 Olympic Games which will be held at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in August. It will be another action-packed year starting in March with the Australian Open International to be held in Brisbane. Elite athletes training at the Oceania Weightlifting Institute will be selected to represent the region and their country.In May, there will be the Oceania Championships for Senior, Junior and Youth & Olympic Qualification Event in Suva, Fiji. Then there will be the Elite Training Camp in June, the Olympic Games in Rio and the Commonwealth Championships in October at Penang, Malaysia.Oceania Weightlifting Federation general secretary and regional coach Paul Coffa says they’re looking forward to this year and there will be many other regional tournaments throughout the year.Coffa congratulated Guam Weightlifting for organising the first Micronesian Cup in December. The 2016 Micronesian Cup will be held in Guam on September 17.last_img read more

The Supercopa points

first_imgAs much as you wanted to whiten the defeat of Barça praising his football for 75 minutes as if the last fifteen were not part of the same game, the shot of Arabia was tremendous and leaves signaled starting with the coach. Valverde is usually the main source of Barça disasters. In Rome, in Liverpool, in the Cup final or in the match against Atlético de Madrid in Jeddah. It seems that Valverde is never responsible for victories and always for defeats. In Jeddah, of course, he also had his share. The Txingurri, after an excellent approach that his players captured with mastery, did not know how to anticipate the events and, since it is an old and legless team, he did not close the game in time. Installed on a pointless correcalles for their interests, Barça ended up losing.But if Valverde did not foresee the scene of the game, the management of Barça players was appalling in the last fifteen minutes. They were responsible to the same extent as the defeat coach. The most stripped by the round trip that the game became was Umtiti, who after having competed well came busted at the end of the clash. His careers behind the strikers of Atletico Madrid were grotesque. Umtiti came to the game with the possibility of claiming and winning a place in the eleven after the tremendous doubts that Lenglet, excessively soft, I was leaving in the last matches. But after an hour and a quarter of correct, intense game and making tactical mistakes (one of Lenglet’s ballasts) if the legs did not give him, he collapsed at the end. Spain Supercup* Data updated as of January 10, 2020 Something similar happened to Busquets, who played an academic game but pointed out the last minutes. He has always suffered when the games split and now, over the years, even more. It was in evidence, but his partners did not help him either. Especially Frenkie de Jong. After an excellent start to the season, the Dutchman is falling. Intranscending in the field, without any influence on decisive passes or on arrival, he also failed in what is supposed to be the best in the world. Impose themselves in the midfield that Atlético had abandoned. “They finished with two midfielders,” Valverde warned at the end of the game. But not even there was De Jong able to lead Barça. Neither circulating the ball, nor putting calm, nor breaking lines. He has lost confidence and hierarchy. Right now he is a waning player.last_img read more

Leroy Sané hopes to return for the return against Madrid

first_img“If you want to move forward in this competition you have to play against these teams before or after, you can do it now, in quarters, in semis or in the final, “Pep said moments after the draw that matched them with Zidane’s.” It’s an incredible test for us. They have more experience in this competition, but I have confidence in my team to make two good games, “he added. Sané’s return to the pitch could be the best news to assault the white team. Good news that comes from England for Pep Guardiola. Leroy Sané could be a luxury reinforcement for the whole citizen in the return of Champions against Real Madrid in the Etihad, next March 17 (9:00 p.m.), as indicated The Telegraph The German extreme fell out of favor last August during the Community Shield against Liverpool, at which time he suffered a partial rupture of the cruciate ligament of his right knee. The player returned to the training grounds just before Christmas and, despite Guardiola’s caution when questioned about the possible return of Sané for the aforementioned clash, the extreme himself has hopes that it will be so. Ian Kington & nbsp; (AFP) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>I healed, retiring from the field against Liverpool.Ian Kington (AFP)center_img The return of Essen would be a luxury reinforcement forthe sky blues The irregular march of Manchester in this season has placed 14 points for Liverpool, which also have one less game. Guardiola has slipped that “It is not realistic to think about winning the Premier”, so he assumes that they should prepare “for qualifying competitions,” such as the Champions League.last_img read more

Mbappé: “I have to be inspired by the career of Cristiano”

first_img“Juventus is a strong team and is shown by the finals he played in recent seasons. They have always lacked something to make a difference, and now they have it thanks to Cristiano. He is the player that makes you win the important things. This year Juventus is among the favorites, but there are also the usual ones, Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Liverpool, “he said.In the PSG, Mbappé shares the costumes with players like Neymar Júnior or Icardi, with whom he developed a good relationship not only in the field. The explosive trident of the Parisian club already accumulates 51 goals this year (21 Mbappé, 13 Neymar and 17 Icardi).“Neymar is a great player, with whom I have a good relationship off the field. He lived two difficult seasons, but he is recovering his best level. It’s good news for Paris Saint Germain fans and those who love football“, he declared, before surrendering to Icardi.“Mauro is one of the best strikers in the world, but he arrived with humility, determined to help the team. He does not think of anything else to score when he is in the penalty area. He has already scored a lot, proving that he is an important player for the PSG. We have a lot of affinity with Icardi, we have complementary play styles. The important thing is to continue, “he continued.However, the one that surprised him most in the PSG was the Italian international midfielder Marco Verratti.“Verratti is a phenomenon, it seems obvious to me. He is the player that has impressed me the most since I was in the PSG. It’s great and it’s an incredible luck to have you on my team. I’m proud to play with him, “he admitted. The French Kylian Mbappé, striker of Paris Saint Germain, said that every Gallic player of his generation He grew up with Zinedine Zidane, current coach of Real Madrid, “as an idol” and acknowledged that he wants to have a career similar to the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo.“If you’re French, you obviously grow up with Zidane as an idol. Then another idol was Cristiano Ronaldo, with whom I have already been lucky enough to measure myself as a rival, also with the national team, “Mbappé said in an interview published Wednesday by the Italian newspaper” La Gazzetta dello Sport. ““Then I loved the great Brazilian players, like (Edson Arantes do Nascimento) Pelé, (Ronaldo de Assis Moreira) Ronaldinho, Ronaldo Nazario or Ricardo Kaká.. To my fans I want to give the message of a boy who believed in his dream, giving his best, trying to overcome his limits and leave a mark on my sport, “added the 21-year-old world champion forward.The French striker explained that for the future of his career he is inspired by what Cristiano Ronaldo achieved, because now “It’s late” to follow in the footsteps of Argentine Lionel Messi and play his entire career in one club.“It’s too late for me to do a career like Messi, I would have had to stay in Monaco. Without taking any merit from Messi, now I have to be inspired by the career of Cristiano“, said.And it is that Mbappé has a deep admiration for CR7, which he considers as the right player to return the Champions League to Juventus this season.last_img read more

Fight between Boateng and Goretzka

first_imgBayern again got into the fight for the salad bowl by beating Schalke last Saturday 5-0, a result that does not seem to have helped to relax the mood in the locker room. As the newspaper reports Bild In their online version, Jerome Boateng and Leon Goretzka got to the hands in Wednesday’s training session. An ugly entry by the former Schalke player made the 2014 world champion mad, who did not hesitate to give his teammate a good glove in the face. This is demonstrated by the photos that Bild attached to his article. The situation was no more because several players of the German champion reacted quickly and managed to separate the two enraged soccer players. Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Müller and even Bavarian coach Hansi Flick approached to calm the situation, yes, not without reproaching Goretzka for the excessive hardness of his entrance. “Always the same shit with you”, were Müller’s words to Goretzka, always according to Bild. Both Boateng and Goretzka did not speak again throughout the session, but apparently they will not be fined by the club.last_img read more

Casillas announces his candidacy for the presidency of the Federation

first_imgIker Casillas has announced, through his Twitter account, that he will stand for the presidential elections of the Spanish Football Federation to face Luis Rubiales.The goalkeeper, who has not yet made a decision on his retirement after suffering a heart attack last year, Iker Casillas, wrote on his Twitter account: “SI will present myself to the Presidency of the @RFEF when the elections are called. Together we will put our Federation at the height of the best football in the world: that of Spain “.The decision assumes that Casillas, 38, will leave football after 21 years as a professional and 881 games played in clubs plus 167 in the National Team, although at no time does the goal confirm it. Casillas already held a meeting last week with the new Secretary of State for Sport, Irene Lozano, to inform him that he would be present at the elections, regardless of whether they were held before or after the Tokyo Olympics.“I have informed the president of my Club, FC Porto, of this decision, to whom I can only express my deepest gratitude. We are working with the utmost respect and decision in our candidacy. More than 23,000 voters await us in fair and transparent elections. 139 assembly members will decide. Thank you all for all the love I have received and received. Your support and your strength encourage me. Go for it!”, he explains in his Twitter account.last_img read more

Atletico fans come back to the rescue of the team

first_imgPeñas from many towns in the Spanish territory will come for this match: Albacete, Alicante, Asturias, Ávila, Badajoz, Barcelona, ​​Burgos, Cáceres, Cantabria, Ciudad Real, Córdoba, Cuenca, Granada, Guadalajara, Huelva, Balearic Islands, Jaén, León, Madrid, Murcia, Pontevedra, Salamanca, Soria, Toledo , Valencia, Valladolid and Zamora. The day, the time of the game and the rivalry that exists with Sevilla has led to many clubs coming from Spain.In addition, foreign clubs from the following countries have confirmed their attendance: Germany, Belgium, Brazil, Scotland, Morocco and Norway. The New Restaurant the Great Stage will be available. This new place, in which the restoration is taken care of in the smallest detail and is characterized – doing honor to its denomination – by the scenario that lodges in its interior, where different performances will be realized. It is located on the commercial promenade, next to the Athletic Attention Office and very close to the Atlético de Madrid Store. Atlético’s fans come back to the rescue of the rojiblanco team. It already happened fifteen days ago, when Simeone’s team played it against Villarreal. And it will happen again this Saturday in the clash against Sevilla (4:00 pm). Players, technicians, leaders and fans took the clash against Villareal as a final. Atlético won and remained alive in the fight for the Champions League positions. Now history almost repeats itself. And Atlético closes again to defeat Sevilla. Another end comes. And the fans are the great protagonist to take the team on their wings. There will be plenty in the Wanda Metropolitano. Barely 300 seats remain in regular capacity from the transfer of fertilizers. It will be the sixth game of the season with more than 60,000 spectators in the stands. In the championship league occupation of the stadium reaches 84 percent, while in Champions is even higher, reaching 92 percent. There will be typhus before the game, as it happened in the previous league clash, and activities outside the stadium, as usual throughout the season. last_img read more

Jienense Juan Cortés takes 11 Deportivo from the basement to the rooftop

first_imgJuan Cortés “The townspeople say they haven’t seen the stadium like this since 1996, when they reached the semifinals” Juan Cortés (Jaén, 1983) is one of those Spanish coaches who think that the end justifies the means. That’s why he never thought twice about packing. He has worked in Spain, Thailand, Mexico, Paraguay, Japan, Vietnam and El Salvador, where after a bitter stage in Independiente de San Vicente he has achieved the desire of every technician: the reins of a project. After finishing the opening opening, 11 Sports He gave him the bench. The Andalusian made more than a dozen signings and three months later he is leader of the Clausura.“Nobody imagined that after 10 days we could go first, but we have gone from being surprise to reality. Being a surprise lasts two or three games, but 10? We have already played against all the greats and we are still leaders. We are going to make a great tournament“, Cortes admits to AS. The first position, the Spanish recognizes,” is the reward for all the work done. “Juan Cortés prioritized the sports section over the economic one. A condition? Create a template in his image and likeness: “We arrived at a team with 20 players who had made 14 points. They weren’t bad, but we had to change the costumes. In two or three weeks we formed a young and quality team. “center_img When the Clausura started, 11 Deportivo had five points of disadvantage in the accumulated table -the descent is decided by adding the points of the two short tournaments-. He currently sees the red lantern in the rearview mirror and dreams of playing the play-offs for the title. “Now we feel the pressure, but there is also a lot of enthusiasm. The townspeople say that they didn’t see the stadium like this since 1996, when they reached the semifinals. We have aroused their interest in football, it is something that shows when you take a walk. No they leave you. They stop you and invite you to barbecues, but I can no longer meet so many requests, “jokes Cortes, who they insist on comparing with Guardiola:”Everyone wants to hear that I look at Pep, but it’s a lie. I like its methodology, but I also try to learn from Mourinho, from Klopp … I take what interests me most from each coach and try to adapt it to my needs. “The Andalusian, who chain 13 years working outside of Spain, recognizes that being alone more than 8,000 kilometers from home allows him to “dedicate 24 hours a day to football.” “My family here is my coaching staff,” adds Juan Cortés, to whom living with Salvadorans, Argentines and Mexicans has changed the accent: “You have to change the intonation of words. My family no longer recognizes me when I speak.” The Spanish equals the level of soccer in Salvador “to that of a large Second B team”: “They need to improve the tactical part, but they have surprised me positively.” Missing, yes, improve infrastructure. “There are stadiums that do not have the necessary lighting for television and have to play the games at three in the afternoon. The heat at that time is hellish,” he says.last_img read more

The clubs of Real Madrid stop due to the coronavirus

first_imgIts employees have left the Valdebebas offices and work electronically from their private homes, Respecting the instructions given by the Government of Spain to try to avoid as far as possible the spread of the virus in different work areas. In fact, those responsible for said department They have contacted the veterans who usually accompany the Madrid supporters clubs at their parties and anniversaries on the weekends to inform them that travel and events are suspended until further notice. in which they were summoned to go to those clubs in these next dates.Veterans notified by the clubThose veterans are Paco Bonet (he played for Real Madrid from 1982 to 1986), Paco Buyo (1986-1997), José Antonio Salguero (1981-1987), Juan José ‘Sandokán’ (1982-85), Benito Rubiñán (1973-77), Agustín Rodríguez (1980-90), José Luis Morales (1993-94), José Luis Peinado (1967-76) and Antonio Ruiz (1957-62).The white rocks that had their anniversary events called for these coming weeks have decided postpone them until they have normalized the situation with sanitary guarantees that allow to celebrate these events without health risks for supporters. The effects of the coronavirus are being felt in all areas of the white club. Madrid already reported this past Tuesday of the suspension of the acts of its Foundation and the postponement of the Classic Match, which was scheduled for March 29 at the Bernabéu (match against the veterans of Porto), as well as the suspension of the conference Press Release before and after the game this Friday with Eibar. Now the Madrid supporters department has been added to these precautionary measures.last_img read more