Courtney Brosnan’s career day leads Syracuse women’s soccer to shocking tie with No. 2 Florida State

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Courtney Brosnan frantically jumped up and down, shouting “clear the ball already” to her teammates. Only one minute remained in overtime against Florida State. Brosnan had already faced 27 shots from FSU, eight of which came in overtime.But instead of displaying exhaustion, she appeared animated and lively.Defender Maddie Iozzi complied with Brosnan’s demand and booted the ball to the other end of the field. FSU’s final assault on the Orange was terminated.When the horn sounded, Brosnan leapt into the air as her teammates mobbed her. Her intense demeanor throughout the game changed as a huge smile crept across her face.Brosnan compiled a career-high 15 saves in the best performance of her career. It even reminded Syracuse head coach Phil Wheddon of Tim Howard’s performance against Belgium in the 2014 FIFA World Cup for the United States. Brosnan was nearly unbeatable, letting up just one goal in the game. It was the second-most saves in a game in program history.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse (7-5-3, 0-4-2 Atlantic Coast) faced an attacking onslaught from No. 2 Florida State (9-2-2, 3-1-2) throughout the game. Most of it was spent in the Orange’s half — save for a few counterattacks — as SU essentially parked the bus on defense, keeping all but one player in the defensive end except on counterattacks. FSU outshot the Orange 27-9 on the day, but Brosnan held the Seminoles to one goal en route to a shocking 1-1 tie.Florida State was coming off a 2-1 upset by Boston College three days earlier.“She’s been amazing for us all year,” Wheddon said. “But for her to come up big like that — especially when she’s injured — is a massive boost for us.”Jacob Greenfeld | Asst. Photo Editor Ironically in her career-best performance, Brosnan was a game-time decision after separating her shoulder Thursday against Virginia Tech.She didn’t train on Friday or Saturday. The first action she received since Thursday, according to Wheddon, was a little handling practice Saturday morning.“Since Virginia Tech, I’ve been taking care of it and icing it as much as possible,” Brosnan said. “I came out in the warm up and I just knew I was ready to play. Pain is relative but it obviously hurt throughout.”Coming into Saturday’s game, Syracuse had scored only one goal in its last four games. It took just 59 seconds for the Orange to erase that trend.Alex Lamontagne received a crisp pass from Stephanie Skilton shortly after kickoff. Despite being 30 yards away from goal, Lamontagne curved the ball high over FSU goalie Cassie Miller and into the net.But Florida State then controlled possession and relentlessly pressed forward. In the fifth minute, midfielder Megan Connolly laid a perfect cross to fellow sophomore Kaycie Tillman. Tillman booted it past Brosnan but the referee immediately ruled she was offside.Yet it seemed inevitable that one of the Seminoles’ overwhelming number of chances would succeed. Finally, in the 25th minute, Connolly pushed on a counterattack following an Eva Gordon turnover. She passed it to midfielder Elin Jensen, who settled the ball, dribbled it to her left, and rocketed it over Brosnan to tie the game up.That was the only time Florida State beat Brosnan, though.The rest of the game consisted of the same. There were repeated and relentless Seminoles attacks against the Syracuse defense. Once in a while, Syracuse conjured powerful counterattacks and got opportunities on net, but they were few and far between.“That kinda wasn’t the strategy,” Jessica Vigna said with a laugh, regarding the prospect of the team parking the bus. “But it got difficult, so especially in the second half so we were just like OK, let’s survive until the end.”“It depended on which end we were going to defend first in overtime,” Wheddon said. “We had the wind in our face for the first overtime so we just tried to weather the storm on defense, and we knew we could catch them on the counter.”Despite dropping most of its team in front of the net, Syracuse still allowed a barrage of shots Brosnan’s way.In the second overtime, Brosnan slid to her knees to knock away a one-on-one shot from Tillman with her hands. Taylor Hallmon collected the rebound, but Brosnan dove to stop another potential game-winning shot.Wheddon’s stock answer describing Brosnan’s performances this season has been that she’s one of the best goalkeepers in the ACC.He has said it at least four times now.But her outing Sunday wasn’t just another good performance. It was her best. Commentscenter_img Published on October 9, 2016 at 8:02 pm Contact Byron: brtollef@syr.edulast_img read more

Wellington boys tennis team open season with home invite today

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Three varsity teams officially start their season this morning including the Wellington varsity boys tennis team.Brian PeckThe Wellington Invitational starts today at 3 p.m. at the Sellers Park tennis complex. Other teams competing include Augusta, El Dorado, Goddard Eisenhower and Kingman.The tennis program begins with a new head coach Allen Keller. Actually, Keller is not unfamiliar with the tennis program. He has served years as an individual instructor and mentor for both the boys and girls players. His son, Evan, has been a repeat state tournament qualifier, who graduated last season. In 2012, Keller and Brian Peck were partners, who finished second in doubles in 2012. His dad, Allen, has now taken over the program after years under the guidance of Brian Aufdengarten, who is now vice principal at the Wellington Middle School.Keller has had 37 years of instruction since 1976 as an assistant to pro, Steve Vann, who was originally from Winfield High and was the No. 1 singles player for Kansas University prior to becoming a teaching pro at Alvamar.This year Keller has an inexperienced group to start his head coaching career here. Peck, of course, has lots of potential having coming off a state tournament. He is one of two seniors on the team. Chaz Crittenden has no varsity experience but played junior varsity extensively last season.Anthony Glazer is the team’s lone junior with limited junior varsity experience.Sophomores Dutch Brownlee and Jon Ryberg both have varsity experience in the No. 2 singles and No. 2 doubles spots respectively. Tyler Pettegrew didn’t play his freshman year and will be getting his first taste of high school tennis on the varsity squad.“You’ll see our singles players using an aggressive ‘serve and volley’ style of play – working their way to the net,” Keller said. “We are not going to have much success this year parking ourselves on the baseline and dominating an opponent by outlasting them with consistent ground strokes or blowing winners by them.”Keller said Wellington will be taking every short ball and driving it to the opponents back hand, taking the net and hopefully knocking off their weak return to end the point with a volley or overhead.“Many times you don’t even have to hit a winner because that style of play often puts enough pressure on an opponent that it will result in them making a lot of ‘unforced errors’ or hitting balls wide, long or in the net,” Keller said.As far as doubles, Keller said he is focusing on four things:1) How to get a ball in play with a well placed, medium speed serve.2) How to work your way to the net by hitting a well placed approach shot.3) How to volley.4) How to hit overheads.Wellington’s strength will be the boys getting bigger, taller, stronger, faster and quicker. Wellington’s weakness will be inexperience.“They may have proven physical or mental ability on the ball diamond, hardwood or turf. But the jury is definitely still out on how they will perform under pressure on the court.”Keller said he is optimistic that he can put six competitive guys on the court that will win the majority of their matches this season.“The one thing I have learned about them so far is they are very competitive,” Keller said. “So I expect to see them grind it out and come out on top of some matches ordinary players would give up on and lose.”•••••The Wellington varsity and junior varsity softball and baseball teams will start their season tonight at Rose Hill. Those games were postponed due to weather factors for 24 hours. The varsity boys will play at 4 p.m. and the girls will play at 4:30 p.m.•••••Due to cold weather the middle school boys tennis team did not play. The home match with El Dorado will be made up on May 2. Close Forgot password? 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