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COVID-19: Indonesia respects decision to postpone FIFA World Cup qualifiers

first_imgThe Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has delayed several qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.Indonesia’s matches to qualify for the soccer fiesta have been rescheduled as follows: ·         Indonesia versus Thailand is rescheduled to Oct. 8 (initially on March 26)·         Indonesia versus United Arab Emirates is rescheduled to Oct. 13 (initially on March 31)·         Indonesia versus Vietnam is rescheduled to Nov. 12 (initially on June 4)The AFC decided to postpone the matches after an emergency meeting with representatives from East Asian and Southeast Asian countries in Kuala Lumpur on Monday. “It’s an unexpected and challenging time, but the AFC is working tirelessly to monitor the situation, including all sorts of travel restrictions, while continuously communicating with our members, leagues, and clubs,” AFC secretary-general Dato Windsor John said in a written statement on Tuesday, as reported on the Soccer Association of Indonesia’s (PSSI) website, chief Mochamad Iriawan said he respected the AFC’s decision to postpone the matches.Read also: World Cup dream fades away as Indonesian soccer team loses againIriawan said he understood the current situation and appreciated the measures taken by the AFC to stem the spread of the coronavirus.”Our national team had done some preparations last month, and they’re planning to meet again [for training] in mid-March. But we understand the latest situation in the world that has affected soccer both directly and indirectly. In any case, humanity stands above everything,” Iriawan said.Aside from the World Cup qualification matches, the AFC has also postponed several qualifying matches for the 2020 Asia Champions League. However, the AFC is still aiming for the league’s final to be played as scheduled in November.Topics :last_img read more

Chris Sutton rates Arsenal transfer target Odsonne Edouard after Thierry Henry backing

first_img Comment Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 23 May 2020 11:28 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link525Shares Chris Sutton rates Arsenal transfer target Odsonne Edouard after Thierry Henry backing Former Celtic and England striker Chris Sutton (Picture: Getty)‘Edouard really assumed the mantle of responsibility as Neil Lennon chased the nine last season and delivered in emphatic style for his boss and team.’Thierry Henry, Arsenal’s all-time record goalscorer, is also a huge fan of Edouard, according to former Rangers striker Ally McCoist.‘I spoke to Thierry Henry at the Liverpool vs Leicester City game and he really rates Edouard,’ McCoist told talkSPORT earlier this month.‘He was saying in France in particular [he is highly regarded] and he personally really, really thinks he’s got a chance of going right to the top.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s first kit was Arsenal as Chelsea star loved Thierry HenryMORE: Arsenal and Chelsea keeping tabs on Gladbach teenager Kaan Kurt Arsenal have expressed interest in signing Odsonne Edouard from Celtic (Picture: Getty)Chris Sutton has hailed ‘sensational’ Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard and said the Arsenal transfer target can emulate Virgil van Dijk by cracking the Premier League.French star Edouard has scored 62 goals in 126 matches for Celtic since signing from PSG in 2017, establishing himself as one of the top players in Scotland.The 22-year-old had scored 28 goals this season before the coronavirus pandemic forced the Scottish top-flight to be suspended and eventually cancelled, with Celtic – 13 points clear of rivals Rangers – awarded the title.Premier League club Arsenal have expressed interest in signing Edouard and Celtic legend Sutton says he can ‘do everything’ and even emulate Van Dijk.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTLiverpool defender Van Dijk left Celtic in 2015 and is now considered one of the best players in world football.‘French striker Edouard is going to the very top just like Van Dijk and he’s been sensational,’ Sutton told the Daily Record.‘The striker can do everything. He links the game, he makes runs, he creates and he is a quality finisher.last_img read more

International friendly: Rohr lists Omeruo, Abdullahi, Awaziem, 20 others for Brazil

first_imgRelatedPosts Rohr lists Musa, Ekong, 23 others for Cote d’Ivoire, Tunisia friendlies Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking FIFA ranking: Nigeria moves up by two spots, now world 29th Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr has picked in-form Granada of Spain midfielder Ramon Azeez and Czech-based forward Peter Olayinka in Nigeria’s 23-man squad for the prestige friendly with five-time world champions Brazil in Singapore on October 13. Rohr also have defenders Kenneth Omeruo, Abdullahi Shehu and Chidozie Awaziem back from injury, otherwise the squad is largely unchanged from the side that was forced to a 2-2 draw by Ukraine in Dnipro on September 10. Goalkeepers Francis Uzoho, Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Maduka Okoye are retained, but England-based Leon Balogun and Russia-based Bryan Idowu are left out of the defence equation. Former U20 team captain Ramon Azeez is called just as Leicester of England’s Kelechi Iheanacho is left out, while Girondins Bordeaux’s Joshua Maja will sit this one out, his place taken by another new boy, Peter Olayinka. England-based midfielder Wilfred Ndidi also returns after missing the Ukraine encounter with injury. Alex Iwobi, Oghenekaro Etebo and Scotland-based Joseph Ayodele-Aribo, who scored on his debut against Ukraine, are all back in midfield, with Victor Osimhen, Samuel Chukwueze, Moses Simon, Samuel Kalu, Paul Onuachu and Emmanuel Dennis all back in the frontline. Substantive captain Ahmed Musa is still down with injury. All invited players are expected to arrive in Singapore on October 9. Nigeria and Brazil will tango in a much-anticipated encounter at the Singapore National Stadium, Kallang, Singapore on October 13, 23 years after Nigeria, on their way to winning Africa’s first Olympic football gold, spanked the Selecao in the semifinals at the Athens Stadium in the State of Georgia, USA.23 EAGLES TO BATTLE BRAZIL Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Omonia FC, Cyprus); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Heartland FC); Emil Maduka Okoye (Fortuna Dusseldorf, Germany). Defenders: Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Chidozie Awaziem (CD Leganes, Spain); William Ekong (Udinese FC, Italy); Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England). Midfielders: Alexander Iwobi (Everton FC, England); Anderson Esiti (PAOK Salonica, Greece); Oghenekaro Etebo (Stoke City FC, England); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Ramon Azeez (Granada FC, Spain). Forwards: Victor Osimhen (Lille OSC, France); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain); Samuel Kalu (Girondins Bordeaux, France); Paul Onuachu (KRC Genk, Belgium); Emmanuel Dennis (Club Brugge, Belgium); Peter Olayinka (SK Slavia Prague, Czech Republic). Tags: Gernot RohrKenneth OmeruoRamon AzeezSuper Eagleslast_img read more

Sunderland recover from Brown error

first_imgSunderland recovered from another own goal gaffe to collect their first away league win of the season at the expense of 10-man Crystal Palace, 3-1. Looking to break a hoodoo of 12 years without a Barclays Premier League win on a Monday evening, the Black Cats appeared on course for a much-needed victory when Steven Fletcher notched his third goal of the season. But they made life difficult for themselves once more as substitute Brown scored the sixth Premier League own goal of his distinguished career, and Sunderland’s third in their last three games, only to see Jordi Gomez score from a rare second-half break. A bad night was made worse for the hosts when captain Mile Jedinak was dismissed in the closing stages having collected two yellow cards, before Fletcher completed an impressive display by tucking home a second in the final seconds. The result takes Gus Poyet’s side above Palace in the table and the Eagles are now winless in four, only sitting outside of the bottom three courtesy of a better goal record than Leicester. Poyet stuck with goalkeeper Vito Mannone and the back four which was hammered 8-0 at Southampton for the defeat to Arsenal last weekend but he made two alterations here. Although Mannone and Brown lost their places in the porous Sunderland side, Poyet moved Santiago Vergini into a central role to accommodate debutant Anthony Reveillere. He almost rued the decision to play the man who scored such a memorable own goal in the St Mary’s mauling as the Argentina international was lucky to escape conceding a penalty in the opening seconds. Palace boss Neil Warnock has been outspoken about refereeing decisions costing his side points in recent games and he was left shaking his head having only just taken his place in the dugout when Vergini hacked at Fraizer Campbell. With the home side shading the opening half an hour it was something of a shock when Fletcher rose to nod in Sunderland’s first away league goal since the opening day of the season. Warnock was angered again as Palace saw another legitimate penalty decision go against them but he would have also been upset with the toothlessness of his attack in the opening 45 minutes. But his side turned up the heat in the second half and levelled through a Brown own goal, when the substitute turned Campbell’s backheel over the line. With their recent luck Sunderland could have been forgiven for letting their heads drop but they kept Palace at bay as the hosts looked for a winner before Gomez struck his maiden league goal, with the Eagles losing Jedinak late on after the Australian picked up a second booking. The points were assured for the Wearsiders as Fletcher latched onto Liam Bridcutt’s pass to finish coolly past Speroni in stoppage time. The night could have got off to the worst possible start for Sunderland as a long ball out of the Palace defence was flicked on by Marouane Chamakh to Campbell – and the ex-Sunderland man appeared to be tripped inside the box by a backtracking Vergini inside 30 seconds – but referee Phil Dowd waved away the penalty shouts of the hosts. Former Manchester City goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon made his league debut for Sunderland but went largely untested in the opening half an hour – with Yannick Bolasie blazing a shot out for a throw-in summing up the early stages. Sunderland proved more accurate with their chances as Patrick van Aanholt just stayed onside to hang up a cross to the back post and Fletcher headed low into the corner of Julian Speroni’s goal to put the visitors ahead. Warnock had his head in his hands as Palace were denied another strong penalty shout as van Aanholt appeared to bring down Zaha – although it looked like initial contact was outside the box – with Dowd again unmoved. Either way the challenge proved to be the end of the game for ex-Chelsea youngster van Aanholt, who was carried off on a stretcher – the club confirmed the Dutch defender was taken to hospital with a suspected dislocated shoulder. Brown came on for Sunderland, before Palace fans unfurled a banner on the stroke of the 38th minute campaigning against the proposal of a Premier League game taking place abroad – with the organisation’s chief executive Richard Scudamore in attendance as a guest of the club. Fletcher came close to doubling Sunderland’s advantage as a rasping drive stung the palms of Speroni at his near post, with Palace struggling to come to terms with finding themselves behind. Vergini was the next to test his compatriot as he flashed in a low volley as he sought to prove himself as dangerous in the opposition’s penalty area as he looked in his own a fortnight ago. Zaha forced Pantilimon into a simple low save after a quickly-taken free-kick as Palace started the second half with more urgency. Sunderland’s defence did not learn from Palace’s quick free-kick and were undone from a similar routine from a corner as Zaha collected the ball and wriggled free before crossing to Chamakh, whose shot was brilliantly kept out by Pantilimon. However, he could do nothing as Campbell’s backheel hit Brown and flashed past him to level for Palace. Looking to make amends, Brown did well to cushion a header to Vergini as Sunderland looked to re-establish their lead, although the latter’s second well-struck volley of the night was again kept out by Speroni. Meanwhile Zaha continued his personal duel with Pantilimon, this time bending a wicked effort towards the Romanian’s far post, with the goalkeeper once again coming out on top as he pushed it behind for a corner. Palace started to build up a head of steam in search of the winner but it was Sunderland who stunned Selhurst Park into silence as Gomez angled an accurate low drive past a stationary Speroni to put the visitors back in front. Warnock saw his skipper Jedinak dismissed after picking up a second yellow card after bringing down Gomez in the middle of the park. Fletcher then sealed the win for Sunderland after Bridcutt had robbed Jason Puncheon of possession to leave send the travelling contingent home happy. Press Associationlast_img read more

Lampard ready for New York

first_imgFrank Lampard is ready to hit the ground running in New York after ending his Manchester City career in style. Lampard said: “The only difficult period for me was when we went into the new year level-pegging with Chelsea at the top. I felt I was really contributing to the team but then I had a few months where I hardly started any of the games and that was difficult. “It was a frustrating couple of months but I kept a level head about it because I was just very happy to be here.” Lampard has put that behind him by starting the last six games as City have at least finished the season well after tamely surrendering the title they won last year. He opened the scoring against Southampton by turning in a low cross from James Milner after 31 minutes. Sergio Aguero, who was twice denied by veteran Saints goalkeeper Kelvin Davis in the first half, added the second with a close-range header after 88 minutes. It was Aguero’s 32nd goal in all competitions and his 26th in the Premier League, underlining his status as golden boot winner. City will now look to rebuild – and the future of a number of players is uncertain – but captain Vincent Kompany believes there is a strong base to build on despite this season’s disappointments. Kompany said: “We finished in the way we wanted to finish to be competitive again next season. “This season was about ups and downs. We had some incredible spells – and I don’t think we had so good moments last season when we won the league. But we had some complete breakdowns and you are not allowed to do that at this level. “There are a lot of lessons to be learned but ultimately we finished second and second best is the closest contender to the title.” For Southampton it was a disappointing end to what has been a highly impressive season. Manager Ronald Koeman has shone in his first year at the club, producing a fluid and attractive team after inheriting a squad shorn of some of last season’s stars. Their final position of seventh could yet be good enough for a Europa League spot if Arsenal win the FA Cup. Koeman accepts he has a lot to live up to next year. He said: “The fans know how good it was this season but next year it will be more difficult. The expectation will he higher and you get always a reaction from the bigger teams. “But we can be proud. We will still believe in our qualities and the philosophy the club wants to bring. We try to bring young players in and play good football.” “It was emotional but I am very proud,” said 36-year-old Lampard, whose contribution to English football was acknowledged with a presentation after the game. “There were loads of emotions – a tiny bit of sadness to finish but much more of a good feel. “The game went well, I scored a goal and what the club did for me at the end and the way the fans reacted – I couldn’t have asked for much more. “I can go away saying it was an absolute pleasure. I still feel fit and I feel like I can play for a couple more years. Maybe I could have done that in the Premier League, my choice is to play in America. “That is my new challenge now. I feel fit and ready to go for it. I don’t want to go and make up the numbers. I want to go there and carry on and do something good.” Lampard, who was released by Chelsea last summer, joined City as a training stop-gap before planning to move to New York for the start of the 2015 MLS season. But the move proved unexpectedly fruitful and – amid much confusion over the exact terms – City reached agreement with their sister US club to retain him until the end of their 2014-15 campaign. Lampard admits there was frustration after that extension was agreed as manager Manuel Pellegrini then stopped playing him regularly. It proved a critical period of the season as City fell behind Chelsea in the title race. Press Association The former England and Chelsea midfielder got on the scoresheet as City beat Southampton 2-0 and wrapped up their Barclays Premier League campaign with a sixth successive win. It was Lampard’s 259th goal in 882 club matches and the perfect send-off as he now joins fledgling Major League Soccer outfit New York City. last_img read more

Russell, Gayle headline Windies World Cup squad

first_img… Pollard, Narine omittedBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Dynamic all-rounder Andre Russell was yesterday named in West Indies’ 15-man World Cup squad but speculation over the anticipated return of several veteran T20 stars proved pointless, as they were overlooked for the ICC showpiece in England next month.The 30-year-old Russell has played 52 One-Day Internationals but has not suited up for West Indies in almost a year. He was recalled for the recent series against England but did not feature due to injury.Left-handed opener Evin Lewis, who has also been on the sidelines for nearly a year, has been recalled in the squad which retains the core of players who featured in the recent five-match home series against England which finished tied 2-2.Debate had raged over the last week about the possible inclusion of previously marginalised players but there was ultimately no recall for the likes of all-rounders Kieron Pollard and the retired Dwayne Bravo.Off-spinner Sunil Narine, currently campaigning in the Indian Premier League, was not considered for selection due to a finger injury and neither was fast bowler Alzarri Joseph who also pulled out of the cash-rich T20 league with a dislocated shoulder.“Based on the new selection policy approach which allowed us to consider a number of players that have not regularly appeared in the side over the last two years, we had a wide base of talent from which to choose,” said new interim chairman of selectors, Robert Haynes.“There were a number of tough calls we had to make to settle on our squad of 15, including ensuring there was some continuity in the side, but we believe we have chosen a strong squad of players taking into consideration such factors as experience, fitness, team balance, current form and conditions.“In keeping with tournament regulations, we submitted our squad prior to the deadline date of yesterday. All players named for the Tri-Nations Series could, however, stake a claim to be in the final 15-member squad that will be submitted after the Tri-Series and before the final deadline next month.”Dynamic all-rounder Andre RussellAs expected, veteran left-hander Chris Gayle heads the batting group and is now set to play his fifth World Cup and his final, following his announcement earlier this year that he intends to retire from ODIs after the tournament.If there were lingering doubts about the 39-year-old’s form, he quenched them with a Man-of-the-Series 424 runs against England recently and Haynes backed the talismanic former captain to produce at the May 30 to July 14 World Cup.“To have a player the calibre of Chris in the side to lead the batting with his vast experience and his ability to play match-winning or game-changing innings is a blessing for us and the motivation of becoming the leading scorer for West Indies in ODIs is something which I think he will relish,” said Haynes.“Looking at the condition of pitches in ODIs over the last few years in England and Wales, it appears that big totals will be the order of the day, so we believe we have a line-up that can put big totals on the board or chase them, as we have seen from recent matches.“With players like the captain, Jason Holder, as well as Andre Russell in the lower middle-order, we believe we have good depth to our batting which will allow us to play the brand of cricket that will give us the best chance of winning the World Cup.”Gayle will be surrounded by the youth of Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran, all in their first-ever World Cup.Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel, who will also play his first World Cup, will lead the pace attack which includes veteran Kemar Roach, left-armer Sheldon Cottrell and rookie Oshane Thomas.Holder, Russell and fellow all-rounder, Carlos Brathwaite, will all provide additional firepower in conditions expected to be seam-friendly.“We are excited about the pace attack led by Kemar and Shannon, and we are confident that any bowling combination we put on the park is capable of providing a serious challenge to the opposition in any conditions,” Haynes said“It will be a long tournament and it will be important for the bowling attack to stay fit and healthy for us to remain competitive and make a strong push to win the World Cup.”Following the upcoming Tri-Nations Series in Ireland, West Indies will stage a one-week camp in Southampton, May 18-24, before launching their World Cup campaign against Pakistan.SQUAD – Jason Holder (captain), Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Nicholas Pooran, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Oshane Thomas.last_img read more

Members of leadership fraternity freeze as part of flash mob

first_imgIn hopes of intriguing and recruiting potential new members, one leadership fraternity tried to make a statement on Trousdale yesterday.At 11:55 a.m. Thursday, members of Delta Omega Zeta, wearing green and white rush T-shirts, froze simultaneously in various positions on Trousdale: one student on his bike, another crouching down with a camera, another with a cookie halfway to her mouth — and one in a Speedo with “DO(e)Z” painted on his chest.Frozen · A member of the leadership fraternity Delta Omega Zeta, wearing a DOZ shirt, stands frozen in place as students pass by her. – Nathan Gonzalez | Daily TrojanDOZ — a co-ed leadership fraternity founded in the spring of 2008 during President Steven B. Sample’s “Art and Adventure of Leadership” course — has switched to what they call an alternative advertising campaign to boost their presence on campus and recruit a larger pledge class.“We are trying to break out of the rush mold, and we are trying to make noise,” said Bernadette Anat, a junior majoring in public relations. “We’re trying to show that we are different and worthwhile.”The members held their poses for approximately the minutes while other students walked by, heads turning, with some even taking photos or pointing.“The flash mob demonstration was to exemplify the lack of fear to stand out that leaders have,” said Cory Welsh, DOZ communications chair and a junior majoring in communication.In addition to the flash mob demonstration, DOZ has also launched a campus outreach strategy that reaches out to deans, clubs and organizations for personal recommendations of students who excel in student leadership.President Phil Ehret, a senior majoring in psychology, said the group focuses on bringing student leaders together to network and build off of each others’ ideas.DOZ leaders said so far, their tactics have seemed successful: last year, 182 students signed up during the entire rush process. This year, with five events left to go, 195 students have indicated interest.“We still have a week of rush left,” Anat said. “Everything we are doing is really experimental, so there will be some stumbles, but we are working on the foundation of the group.”DOZ’s rush approach stressed individuality; even their T-shirts, which say “A Leader DO(e)Z,” leave a blank for students to fill in their own answers with permanent marker.“[The shirts] have an individual twist,” Welsh said. “Everyone had the ability to write whatever leadership means to them on their shirt.”Angeli Agrawal, an undeclared freshman, said she is considering rushing DOZ after seeing the demonstration.“It was a good campaign to catch people’s attention,” Agrawal said. “I almost ran into one of them. I might check them out now.”The flash mob technique did not appeal to all students, however.Heath Gilad, a sophomore majoring in political science, who walked between the posing DOZ members, said the performance didn’t convince him to rush the fraternity.“Not if I have to do that — it just makes me laugh,” Gilad said.last_img read more

New outreach group aims to help homeless youth

first_imgStriving to help homeless youth, a group of USC students have created Street Voice, an organization dedicated to encouraging self-sufficiency and empowerment among those living in local shelters.The group focuses on reaching out to people living on the streets and helping them find long-term solutions. Nicole Sharma, a senior majoring in public policy, management and planning, and political science, was inspired to start the organization because of an experience she had in Washington, D.C. last semester.“I saw a homeless man on a bus with a professional camera and he was selling newspapers,” Sharma said. “Right away, I thought it was great that nonprofits are making people that need help run the organization. It’s something more sustainable and long-term.”Street Voice will partner with a different homeless shelter each semester. This spring, it is working with Jovenes, Inc., a shelter in East Los Angeles that provides help for youths between the ages of 18 to 24. The shelter serves more than 2,500 people a year by offering necessities to at-risk youth and equipping them with the tools they need to become self-sufficient.“Jovenes uses USC’s resources, but they don’t have a volunteer center. They were ecstatic when they heard we were reaching out to their students,” Sharma said.Because not many shelters target the 18-to-24 age group, the leaders of Street Voice said they believe it is extremely important to work with the shelters’ occupants and motivate them to enter into the work force.“[The occupants] have to have jobs and work during the day,” said Dana Jebreel, a junior majoring in psychology and the vice president of Street Voice. “They’re not allowed to come back to the unit.”Street Voice intends to work with those at Jovenes to put on a photography exhibit and publish a newspaper, both of which will be displayed on the USC campus.The newspaper will feature stories about what the Jovenes youth think the USC community should know about homeless life. The paper will eventually be sold on campus.Sharma said she thinks this is an important way to spread awareness.“Everyone sees a homeless person every day, and the issue is embedded in the community,” Sharma said.Currently seven members strong, Street Voice provides a number of volunteer opportunities for students passionate about helping the less fortunate.“We want people who bring something unique to the table, and we hope to keep it small so that everyone is doing their part,” Jebreel said.Street Voice is currently seeking fundraising from major corporate sponsors, such as Bank of America, for the first year. The costs for Street Voice are not high, however, because the only overhead expenses would be for printing.Ultimately, Street Voice hopes to empower the homeless and give them the voice that society and financial circumstances have denied them.“We want to blur the lines between USC and the homeless community,” Sharma said. “We are one big community.”last_img read more

Syracuse men’s basketball roundtable: SU’s weaknesses, Tyler Lydon’s value and more

first_imgSyracuse plays its second, and final, preseason game tonight against Le Moyne at 7 p.m. at the Carrier Dome. SU beat Indiana University of Pennsylvania last Tuesday night, giving fans a chance to see some new faces and new schemes, as the Orange ran man-to-man in the game.Our beat writers preview tomorrow night’s game and storylines to watch for when the regular season begins, Friday night against Colgate.What’s the best thing Jim Boeheim could hope to see coming out of Tuesday’s exhibition against Le Moyne?Matt Schneidman: If Syracuse forces long possessions from Le Moyne, then I think Jim Boeheim will be happy. Players expressed after last week’s exhibition that a smart offensive team in Division II Indiana University of Pennsylvania exploited the zone a little too much. Obviously there are several key contributors who have rarely played a zone before, but working out some more defensive kinks against another Division II opponent should make Boeheim happy ahead of Friday’s regular season opener.Connor Grossman: The zone was certainly an issue last week, but in regards to a single player, it will be in Syracuse’s best interest to see another strong outing from Tyus Battle. A lot has been made about Syracuse’s depth, this space included. But with all of SU’s new faces comes a lot of ambiguity, and Battle’s team-leading 16 points and 4-for-5 night from 3 eroded some of the uncertainty on the bench. Equaling his performance from last week isn’t essential. What is important is segueing into Friday’s season-opener with a pecking order off the bench.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPaul Schwedelson: But before Syracuse gets to its bench, I think the Orange would like to see some more production from Andrew White. He’s the only newcomer that cracked SU’s starting lineup against IUP but went 2-for-9 from the field and 2-for-7 from 3. After the game Boeheim made abundantly clear that while both White and John Gillon have four years of experience at other schools, they’re new to Syracuse. It’ll take time for them to hit their stride and the matchup against Le Moyne is the next step in that process.What’s one potential weakness you see in the Orange’s current roster?M.S.: I’m going with discipline with the big men. We’ve seen Dajuan Coleman get in foul trouble and Paschal Chukwu did last Tuesday. Sure, Syracuse has more frontcourt bodies this year and won’t have to play Tyler Lydon at center as much. But if Chukwu struggles with staying straight up and Coleman is exposed down low, SU’s best returning player may have to pick up the slack when he’d be better used elsewhere.C.G.: I agree. There might be some concerns as to where offensive production is going to come from outside of Lydon and White, but it won’t matter if teams are blowing past SU’s defense. Boeheim has shown willingness to play Lydon at center, but the ideal situation is a rotation between Coleman and Chukwu. The 7-foot-2 Providence transfer still has a lot of work to do integrating himself into the zone, and it’s likely he’ll get that shot in the beginning of the season. But come conference play, there isn’t any more time for experiments. If Chukwu can’t be trusted to swap out with Coleman, it’s going to be Lydon. And for long periods of time, that’s not the best configuration for the Orange defense.P.S.: It’s probably hard to pinpoint one thing as the biggest weakness at this point. Whether Chukwu and Coleman can hold up at center is certainly a key dynamic to watch but I’m also interested in Syracuse’s point guard situation. Frank Howard and John Gillon split 20 minutes apiece against IUP. While Gillon gave SU a spark off the bench, it was still a Division II opponent. The Orange will have scoring threats in other positions but Syracuse needs someone to facilitate the offense in order to reach its full capability.How valuable is Tyler Lydon?M.S.: Lydon is far more valuable this year than last as the team’s top returning scorer. Last season he had Michael Gbinije, Trevor Cooney and Malachi Richardson ahead of him in the offensive pecking order but now he’s right at the top of it. Sure, Andrew White and Tyus Battle will fill up the scoring column from time to time, but the offense will probably run through Lydon the most. I won’t go as far to say this team depends strictly on Lydon, but the Orange certainly revolves around him and may go as far as he takes them.C.G.: I don’t think there’s any question about Syracuse’s most indispensable player. Lydon’s entering this season as his team’s most versatile asset. White has shown in his career that he’ll hit his chunk of shots. Tyler Roberson and Coleman can be fed inside. Frank Howard didn’t shoot much in his handful of minutes last season. But Lydon has shown he’s a malleable offensive player who can hit from deep or drive the paint. Working the ball inside is probably where the sophomore needs to improve most, and it’s reasonable to expect he will. He holds the keys to this offense.P.S.: I agree with both of you and the thing I also want to point out is Lydon’s ability to create mismatches. He can set up down low and go to work or stretch the floor on the perimeter. After IUP disrupted Syracuse’s offensive flow with a quirky matchup zone, Gillon said he would have liked SU to feed Lydon in the soft spot of the defense on every play. With the ball in Lydon’s hands in the middle of the court, the Orange’s offense can flow and he’s talented enough to execute whether he takes the open shot or distributes to teammates. 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Syracuse blown out at Robert Morris, slips to 3rd in conference

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (10-20-3, 10-7-2 College Hockey America) was shutout, 5-0, on Friday night at Robert Morris (14-13-6, 12-4-3) in the first game of SU’s final weekend series of the regular season. The loss moves the Orange two points back of Mercyhurst for second place in the conference and a bye in the quarterfinals of the CHA tournament. RMU clinched the top spot in the conference with the victory. After scoring 10 goals in two games last weekend against Lindenwood, SU’s offense was halted by Colonials goalie Arielle DeSmet, who made 25 saves. Defender Jessica DiGirolamo led the way with six shots for the Orange, and its leading scorer, Emma Polaski, had three. The Colonials scored just under four minutes into the game. The Orange have struggled with penalties all season, and Brooke Avery took a high sticking call early on. On the ensuing power play, RMU capitalized via Amber Rennie, who also had a goal with a player advantage the last time the two played on Jan. 19.RMU’s lead doubled 14 minutes into the first period. Anjelica Diffendal scored with assists coming from Rennie and the CHA’s leading scorer Jaycee Gebhard. Following a 3-2 overtime victory by the Orange in their first game against Robert Morris this season, SU head coach Paul Flanagan said a strong suit was limiting Gebhard’s opportunities. In the two games that have followed, it hasn’t held true with a hat-trick of assists in the Jan. 19 game and two more on Friday night. Lexi Templeman, second in the CHA in points, and Natalie Marcuzzi potted two more goals in the second period to put the game out of reach for Syracuse. Kirsten Welsh tallied another power play marker in the third period after Flanagan pulled starting goalie Ady Cohen in favor of senior Maddi Welch. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCohen earned the CHA Goalie of the Week award on Feb. 11 but has struggled since. The junior made 25 saves in the first of a home-and-home against RIT during a losing effort. The next day, she made 15 saves in a 1-1 tie. Last weekend, the Orange won in spite of Cohen giving up four goals on 16 shots. Head coach Paul Flanagan usually rides the “hot hand” in goalie, and on Friday, he used two goalies.Syracuse will play its final regular season game at 3 p.m. on Saturday in Moon Township, Pennsylvania against RMU. Published on March 1, 2019 at 11:48 pm Contact Arabdho: | @aromajumder center_img Commentslast_img read more