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West Florida Sweeps Weekly Conference Honors in Three Sports

first_img Share West Florida Sweeps Weekly Conference Honors in Three Sports Oct. 3, 2007BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – For the second straight week West Florida’s Volleyball team and Women’s Soccer team swept the Gulf South Conference Player and Defender of the Week accolades, while the men’s soccer team joined in the action also sweeping the conference honors.For the Women’s Soccer team, Brandi Adams and Marie Hastings received the award for the first time in their careers. Adams was a part of every Argonauts goal over the conference opening weekend as she en route to the GSC Player of the Week. On Friday in West Florida’s 4-1 victory over Ouachita Baptist, the senior picked up her first goal of the season and added three assists. Two of the assists came off set plays as the Gulf Breeze, Fla., native set a career high five points in a game. On Sunday in the Argonauts 1-0 triumph over Harding, it was once again Adams who sent in the corner kick that led to the only goal in the match.During the conference opening weekend West Florida’s defense, led by senior sweeper Hastings, shut down their opposition allowing only 8 combined shots over two games. On Friday they limited the Tigers to 5 total shots and on Sunday they only allowed Harding the take three. It is the sixth time this season that Hastings and the Argonauts defense held their opposition to under 10 shots.The Argonauts Men’s Soccer Team it was Keith Savage earning his third career GSC Player of the Week award, second this season, and Nolan Intermoia that was chosen for his second career GSC Defender of the Week.In addition to begin a major part of the Argonauts pair of conference shutouts, when the defense allowed their opponents to 18 combined shots and just six on goal, Intermoia picked up his first goal of the season and added an assist over the weekend. On Friday night, as a result of some nice passing from Intermoia led to Savages’ second goal. On Sunday, Intermoia added a goal to his stats when he flicked the ball over the head of the Harding defense coming off a set play sent in by Mason Hupp.For Savage his first goal against Ouachita Baptist on Friday night was his 100th point of his career and after the weekend Savage now has 106 in his career, third in West Florida history. He also picked up two assist against Harding on Sunday giving him 22 career assists also good for third in all-time school history, three behind the all-time lead. He is tied with the team lead in goals this season and has the team high in assists and point this season.The Volleyball team has swept the player of the week honors in the East Division two straight times, with four separate players being honored. This week Isabela Gualberto picked up the Player of the Week while teammate Jerica Carter received the Defender of the Week honors.Gualberto hit over .400 for the week, while totaling 41 kills. Against North Alabama, she had 20 kills and a .432 hitting total, helping led UWF to its first win over UNA in school history.Carter, a junior Libero, had 48 digs on the week, going over 20 on one occasion. Against UNA, she received 80 percent of the serve, setting up the offense for her teammates. In a 3-0 win over Alabama-Huntsville, she surpassed the 1,000 career dig mark.All three teams continue conference play this weekend. The soccer team travel to Christian Brothers Univeristy on Sunday, but first the men’s team will host William Carey on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The volleyball team will travel for a showdown with undefeated West Alabama on Friday and will take on Montevallo on Saturday. “Live Stats” will be available for all soccer matches. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more


Thompson, Baird blame AP Invitational performances on lack of support

first_imgWOMEN’S national record-holder Brenessa Thompson and World Junior silver medallist Kadecia Baird said that their below-par performances at last Saturday’s AP Invitational were due in part to the lack of money and support, and they’ve just about had enough.Kadecia BairdThompson, in particular, is just about ready to shop around elsewhere, even hinting at possibly not representing Guyana at World Championships next month.“Over the summer time I was really broke because they are supposed to like support us in a kind of way and they haven’t, so how you expect us to come out here and do our best when ya’ll not trying to help us.Other countries do it for their athletes so I could easily not do it for this country, like I don’t have to go to the World (Championships) and I’m so serious. That means next year I could run for a different country and I’m so serious,” the women’s 100m and 200m record-holder said.“They always want to talk about how good you doing in the U.S. but ya’ll don’t do anything for us but talk. That is annoying. My rent is high as hell because they don’t want to support us, so every day it’s going up.”Brenessa ThompsonThompson, who last year won the first women’s sprint double AP Invitational, finished last in the women’s 100m this year, with a time of 11.87 seconds. Thompson has qualified for the 100m and 200m at World Championships next month, where world great Usain Bolt is set to bring a close to his time as an athlete.Thompson had opted out of the Douglas and Associates women’s 200m, on Saturday, suffering hamstring damage. Baird, who was in the 200m, finished eighth overall with a time of 23.72 seconds, very much dissatisfied with how she did.“My 200m was terrible. I didn’t push I didn’t do anything that I needed to do, so it wasn’t a good race overall. My body just didn’t feel up to par because, well, Guyana is not providing money for us to take care of our bodies so we can’t train properly. We don’t eat properly so that’s why,” cited the 22-year-old.Baird has only qualified for the women’s 200m at World Championships. Notwithstanding Saturday’s performance, however, she is still optimistic about how she will do just a few weeks from now.“Well my training has been good and I think I will do very well, but we just need money to have food and buy supplements to take care of ourselves,” she said.Both Thompson and Baird are attending Texas A&M, a NCAA Division I college. Neither has received funding this year. However up to last year Baird was one among four athletes who were recipients of Olympic Solidarity funding,This saw the athletes receive US$1000 each month, for some two years in the lead-up to the Rio Olympics. The other recipients were Stephan James, George and Adam Harris.However, Baird did not participate in last year’s Olympics after she never made the qualifying time in any event. Neither did James, nor Harris. Guyana was represented by George, Thompson, Aaliyah Abrams and Troy Doris at last year’s Olympics.last_img read more


Syracuse eliminated in ACC tournament quarterfinal against No. 4 Virginia

first_imgWhen Syracuse last played a top-10 team — No. 8 Clemson on Oct. 19 — the Orange played a high line, pressed and set up to attack one of the nation’s best teams. Ninety minutes later, SU had been battered for seven goals at home. SU Head coach Ian McIntyre and multiple players called that loss “embarrassing.” He said he didn’t set the team up right.Sunday against No. 4 Virginia, the Orange needed to be more measured. More cautious. Then, Virginia scored two goals in the opening 18 minutes in Sunday’s ACC tournament quarterfinal. McIntyre had no other options. He subbed in forward Luther Archimede for midfielder Noah Singelmann. The Orange had to chase goals, even with the risk of getting embarrassed again.And while Syracuse outplayed the Cavaliers for much of the second half, it wasn’t enough. The Orange couldn’t overcome a slow start against a UVA defense that had conceded just five goals in 16 matches entering Sunday. Virginia (15-1-1, 6-1-1 Atlantic Coast) beat Syracuse (7-6-5, 2-4-2), 2-1, in the ACC tournament quarterfinal Sunday in Charlottesville, Virginia. SU will now await its NCAA tournament fate, which will be announced on Nov. 18.“Our guys left it all out there today,” McIntyre said. “Certainly not the start you want to go out and concede a couple of soft goals, but we grew into the second half and kept pushing forward until the final whistle. We just ran out of time today.”The Orange played 120 minutes on the road against North Carolina on Tuesday, traveled back to Syracuse, then back down south again to take on Virginia, who had nine days off to rest since the end of the ACC regular season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMassimo Ferrin started up top, appearing much healthier than he did in the Orange’s first-round match on Tuesday. His health, plus the return of Nyal Higgins to Syracuse’s backline, enabled McIntyre to return to his preferred 3-5-2 formation. In the opening 20 minutes, SU’s three center backs struggled to cope with UVA forward Daryl Dike. Dike ran at Sondre Norheim at the top of the penalty area, and as Norheim went in to tackle the ball, he brought him down and the referee pointed to the spot, awarding the Cavaliers a penalty.Syracuse goalie Christian Miesch, whose penalty save in the opening round helped them advance, guessed correctly again. He drove to his right and outstretched his hand, but Joe Bell’s penalty had just enough height to find the back of the net. When Dike took on fellow center back Dylan McDonald and beat him to the end line eight minutes later, Dike’s cross across the penalty area opened up the Syracuse defense. With Miesch now out of position at his near post, Nathaniel Crofts tapped the ball into the empty net. “He’s a dominant player,” McIntyre said of Dike. “He allows other players to play off him and made it difficult for us.”Immediately after the second goal, Archimede came on for Singelmann. One fewer midfielder and one more attacker meant that Syracuse would be more open through the middle, leaving them potentially exposed for counterattacks and adding more pressure to its back three which had already been stretched. “We went to chase the game at that time,” McIntyre said. “You’re 2-0 down and that next goal is going to be important for the game. They were dangerous on the counterattack because we were throwing numbers forward.”Syracuse registered a few half chances in the opening half, including a pair of John Austin-Ricks shots — one easily saved and another off target from inside the box. Virginia regained control of the match to start the second frame, and Miesch made a few critical saves and punch outs on set pieces to keep the Orange within striking distance.The Orange earned a corner in the 69th minute. The ball was delivered to the near post and UVA goalie Colin Shutler came out to play it. Before he could, a Virginia defender flicked it on to the far post, where Archimede was left unmarked. He didn’t miss. His outstretched right foot set up a frenetic final 20 minutes where the Orange probed and attacked, but never found the tying goal. “It would’ve been easy for us to roll over and accept defeat today, but we kept pushing until the final whistle,” McIntyre said. “I’m proud of effort today.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 10, 2019 at 4:27 pm Contact Anthony: amdabbun@syr.edulast_img read more