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

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts finds counseling role heightened

first_imgDodgers manager Dave Roberts has a lot on his plate.He is getting his team ready for a shortened 60-game season that will begin July 23 against the Giants. He’s doing so amid a coronavirus pandemic that is not going away, as well as nationwide civil unrest spurred by the death of a Black man, George Floyd, at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis.It’s a nervous, even scary, time for many people, and professional athletes are not immune to those emotions. Roberts therefore finds himself becoming more of a counselor to his players than usual.“I like to think that I fit that role, you know, my time here,” Roberts said Friday morning, via Zoom news conference from Dodger Stadium. “But, obviously, issues have heightened.” Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Roberts suggested it’s imperative that when he is in that mode, players as well as the coaching staff are in tune to what is being said by all involved in the conversation. The players, he said, have contributed well to the dialogue.“I like to speak intelligently and honestly, and players have done a good job of asking the right questions and talking among themselves,” Roberts said. “But I like to think I do it the right way.”Roberts is beginning his fifth season at the helm.Getting Gavin Lux readyInfielder Gavin Lux missed the first week of summer camp workouts before reporting Friday. Privacy rules prevent the Dodgers from saying why he was not initially in camp.Now that Lux is here, Roberts has the task of getting a young player ready to start the season just 13 days after he reported. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season “I think with Gavin, it’s more of you try to ramp him up in a safe way as far as getting him at-bats, issuing the grounders and seeing where it takes us,” Roberts said. “I really don’t know – and I don’t even know if Gavin knows, you know, as far as this short of a time of this window — how it looks in two weeks.“But we’re going to do everything we can to get him ready and confident and ready to go.”Roberts said he did not plan on using Lux, who took batting practice Friday, in Saturday’s intrasquad game.“I think we’re going to wait another day,” Roberts said. “Yeah, he’ll be in there tomorrow. Just giving him a couple of days to get his legs under him, take some batting practice, some grounders.”Lux, 22, made his major league debut in 2019. He batted .240 with two home runs and nine RBIs in 23 regular-season games. He went 2 for 9 (.222) with a home run against the Washington Nationals in the NLDS, and was batting .276 (8 for 29) in 11 spring training games this year before baseball was shut down because of the coronavirus.Austin Barnes looks for ’17 formCatcher Austin Barnes hit .289 with eight home runs and 38 RBIs in 102 games (218 at-bats) in his rookie season in 2017. He dipped to .205 with four home runs and 14 RBIs in 100 games (200 at-bats) in 2018 and to .203 with five home runs and 25 RBIs in 75 games (212 at-bats) in 2019.Also, his on-base percentage of .408 in 2017 dipped to .329 and .293 the past two years, respectively.Barnes said he knows how to return to where he’s been.“I’m trying to get back to feeling good at the plate by controlling (at-bats),” Barnes said. “I used to do a good job of controlling the zone, which was one of my big strengths, and kind of dictating where that (at-bat) went.”The result of being able to go deep in counts helped Barnes hit the ball hard on a regular basis.“I’m just trying to get back to that,” he said.This and thatPitchers Kenley Jansen, Pedro Baez and Scott Alexander, as well as outfielder A.J. Pollock and catcher Keibert Ruiz, as of Saturday morning had yet to report to camp. Again, privacy issues prevent the team from saying why they are not with the team. Asked about any additional players joining the team Saturday, Roberts said he was going to bring in catcher Diego Cartaya from the team’s satellite camp to back up Barnes in the intrasquad game. …Related Articles Roberts said he liked what he saw from starting pitcher Alex Wood in Friday’s intrasquad game. He allowed a two-run home run by Joc Pederson in 5 2/3 innings; aboard was Barnes, who had doubled. “He got ambushed a couple of times with some balls up in the zone, but I thought that he settled in, his changeup was good, his slider was good at times and fastball velocity was good,” Roberts said. “I thought it was a positive outing for him.” How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire last_img read more