Badgers ransack Ramblers on home turf

first_imgWhen the UW women’s soccer team plays at home, it’s hard to stop them. Thursday night was no different. Wisconsin defeated Loyola-Chicago 3-0 to move to 4-2 in six home games this year. “We are always happy to get a win at the McClimon,” head coach Paula Wilkins said. “It is a big confidence booster [to get a victory], especially against a team like Loyola.”Right away the Badgers came out firing on all cylinders, scoring two goals in the first 17 minutes of play off the foot of junior forward Tricia Krombach.”It was fun [to score two goals], but I have to give credit to my team,” Krombach said. “I was just the person who ended up being in front of the goal.”After jumping out to an early 2-0 lead, the Badgers held the Ramblers scoreless in the first half. Further, the Wisconsin defense did not allow Loyola-Chicago to post a shot on goal. In the second half, UW continued its swarming defensive play. It held Loyola-Chicago scoreless once more to extend its shutout streak to two games, but not before junior Sherri Ferron capped the Badgers’ dominant night with a goal of her own in the game’s final minutes. “A two-goal lead is the scariest lead in all of soccer,” Wilkins said. “One goal gives them a momentum change, and then you have to battle back. I was very proud at the end for Sherri to be calm and collected and finish.” While the Badgers scored three goals for the first time since Sept. 7 against UC-Santa Barbara, the key to victory was the team’s defensive play. Wisconsin was able to shut down sophomore Cynthia Morote-Ariza, the Ramblers’ offensive leader and record-holder for goals in a season.”The whole team has been concentrating on it, realizing that we needed to work on our play defensively,” junior goalkeeper Jamie Klages said, who picked up her fifth shutout this season. “We also realized we needed to work on scoring goals, so this week has turned out well so far in both of those categories.”Further, after allowing two quick goals to Penn State late in the first half last Friday, the Badger defense has held its opponents without a goal over its last 232 minutes of play. However, the goal by Ferron was the first second half goal for the Wisconsin offense in its last six games.This weekend, Wisconsin travels to Champaign, Ill., for a Big Ten matchup with the University of Illinois (7-4, 2-2). The Illini, who also will face Northwestern at home on Friday, are currently sixth in the Big Ten standings. The Badgers sit in eighth.Illinois enters the weekend after an impressive 6-0 victory over Iowa at home. Through five games at home this season, it is 4-1 at home.”We just need to stay focused,” Klages said of the upcoming matchup. “It is a hard place to play; they have a lot of people behind the goal and all that kind of stuff. Playing consistent and hard for 90 minutes is what we have to do to come away with a victory.”The keys to victory for the Badgers will be securing a first half lead and scoring two or more goals. The Illini are 6-1 when leading at the half and 7-0 when their opponents score fewer than two goals in the match. Leading the way offensively for Illinois is senior forward Ella Masar with six goals in 11 games. Overall, in 11 games this season, the Illini have outscored their opponents 27-12.”We need a strong collective effort defensively,” Wilkins said. “Illinois has some great attacking personalities with Chichi Nweke and Masar up front. We need to make sure we keep numbers in front and do well one v. one and then get numbers to attack.”last_img read more

Hearts supporter dies after collapsing during Super Clash

first_imgPopular Hearts of Oak supporter Hudu Yahaya has died less than 24 hours after collapsing during a crunch football match with arch-rivals, Kotoko last Monday.Yahaya, nicknamed, Alhaji Car, founder of the Nima Alaska Chapter 3 club, was pronounced dead at the Ridge Hospital on Tuesday.He was rushed to the Hospital after he collapsed during Hearts 1-0 home defeat to Kotoko at the Accra Sports stadium.“Yes it is true that one of our members by name Alhaji Car owner has been pronounced dead this morning at the Ridge Hospital in Accra”, former management member Aziz Futah confirmed“He collapsed during the game and was rushed to the hospital where he died.”The deceased will be buried on Tuesday afternoon in line with Islamic tradition. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Klopp v Big Sam, glorious defeats and why Ireland have one team for rugby and two for football – the Warm Up with Max Rushden

first_imgListen to Max Rushden and Barry Glendenning as they talk about the wonderful world of sport while promoting a brand of crisps.Subjects tackled by Max and Barry include Liverpool and Sunderland’s new managers, Scotland missing out on the Euros when all the other Home Nations (plus the Republic of Ireland, Barry hopes) will be there and why Ireland has one rugby team but two football sides.The boys also suggest things for Scots to do next summer while everyone else is at the Euros, find out if Bournemouth’s Steve Cook is nice and chat with Blue Peter legend Zoe Salmon about Norn Iron’s Euro 2016 glory.Wizard!To get the Warm Up with Max Rushden podcast every week, click here and download from the iTunes store for freelast_img read more