MSOC : SU offense hopes to break through against Marquette

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 22, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Rachel: [email protected]center_img Potential wins have turned into losses with the Syracuse men’s soccer team’s inability to convert scoring opportunities into goals. It’s the reason why the team is 2-4 so far in 2011. Goals haven’t come easy.Take Sunday’s game against then-No. 16 New Mexico. SU had a breakaway going between Dan Summers, Mark Brode and Nick Roydhouse. Summers sent it to Brode, who passed it to Roydhouse. But Roydhouse’s shot went over the goal.‘If we put that in, that’s the difference between winning and losing,’ Roydhouse said. ‘It’s just a little tweak that’s going to win us games.’Roydhouse’s high shot and the team’s struggles to put shots in the back of the net are a focus of the offense as SU (2-4, 0-0 Big East) prepares to open its conference season against Marquette (2-4-1, 0-0 Big East) on Saturday at 7 p.m. at SU Soccer Stadium.In a lot of ways Syracuse and Marquette are similar. The Golden Eagles, like the Orange, have only scored more than one goal in a game twice this season. And both sides are coming off well-played weekend games, though their offenses still struggled.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDespite losing two games last weekend, Syracuse played quality soccer against Cal Poly and New Mexico. Marquette tied Michigan State and beat Michigan, a team that made the College Cup last year.With both teams finding it difficult to score with any type of consistency, whichever side can squeak out two goals on Saturday could very well leave with a win. And for SU, it’s all about finishing off those scoring opportunities that it has been able to create.‘We’re creating a lot of chances,’ Roydhouse said. ‘We have to be a little bit more composed in front of the goal. Often we try to force it a little bit and we have a lot more time than we think we do.’Forward Louis Clark has experienced the Orange’s frustration to put goals on the board on a personal level. Of the 11 shots he’s taken this season, only one found the back of the net.And his lone success was on a rebound.At home against American on Sept. 11, Clark sent a strike toward the goal, saw it bounce off the Eagles goalkeeper and quickly shot again to score. It’s situations like those that SU will need to create if it hopes to beat Marquette and get off on the right foot in Big East play.‘Sometimes you go a few games without scoring,’ Clark said. ‘You just have to have a bad memory, forget about it and next time you’re out there they should hit the back of the net.’With the defense holding its own, Roydhouse knows the offense must do its job up front for the team to win games. And he’s trying. He leads SU with five points and two goals, with the team’s result often depending on his play alone.To SU head coach Ian McIntyre, Roydhouse’s energy and enthusiasm on the field also help keep the offense rolling. His demeanor will give the Orange multiple chances to score against a Marquette team that hasn’t allowed more than two goals in a game this season, McIntyre said.‘We know we’re going to have our hands full,’ McIntyre said. ‘(Roydhouse) is an important part of what we do, and scoring goals and creating scoring opportunities, that’s what he’s out there for.’Against Cal Poly last weekend, Roydhouse nearly let another scoring opportunity get away from him. Down 2-0, he shot the ball and it bounced off the goalkeeper. But like Clark in the American game, he pursued his own rebound and scored.The games against Cal Poly and New Mexico proved Syracuse is capable of generating offensive firepower. It just has to convert those scoring opportunities. And after those games, Roydhouse knows the team can score more the question is when.‘What it really did was it gave the team a sense of belief of how good we actually were,’ Roydhouse said. ‘Now we know we can play with the best teams in the country and going into the Big East, we’re really confident.’[email protected]last_img read more

Gujarat Giants wins the maiden Big Bout Indian Boxing League 2019 title

first_imgAdvertisement ags248NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs9jf0s5Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Een( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 2h8Would you ever consider trying this?😱k3bpCan your students do this? 🌚pqimcRoller skating! Powered by Firework Gujarat Giants unbeaten streak continued in the finals of the inaugural season of The Big Bout Indian Boxing League 2019 as they were crowned champions. The finals was a thrilling experience to witness as the pugilists put up a strong bout against its opponent Punjab Panthers.Advertisement The power packed team of superstar boxers such as Sarita Devi, Duryodhan Negi, Ashish Kumar, Poonam, Rajesh Narwal, Amit Panghal along with players like, Chirag and Scott Forest from Scotland have led the team to win the title of champions and remain unbeaten the entire season.Advertisement Gujarat Giants have been the favourites since the kick off of the league with consistent and exhilarating performances from each of the prolific pugilists. Backed by some great support staff which provided them the best in class training, the results were bound to come and it showed in the boxers performances.Advertisement Gujarat Giants at its core, has the philosophy of inculcating a culture of sports at the grassroots level which is mirrored by the team owner’s – Adani Group’s – philosophy of nation building along with the group’s Garv Hai initiative which supports raw talent pan India. The backbone of Gujarat Giants is to create global-level opportunities for future champions.“The victory for Team Gujarat Giants celebrates the beginning of a new chapter in Indian boxing. The feedback from the boxing community and television audiences among others has been extremely encouraging which augurs well for the sport in the near future. While Indian is already showing great promise in boxing, I am sure the Big Bout League would take the sport to a new level and hopefully become a powerhouse of boxing talent globally in the next 2-3 years.” said, Pranav Adani, Managing Director, Oil, Agro and Gas, Adani Group.On winning the league title Chirag said, “I am extremely happy to be a part of first champion team in the first Big Bout League and thankful to the Adani Group for this opportunity. I can’t wait for the next season to start.”Sarita Devi said, “It’s a joyous moment to be a winner in the 1st league itself. Thanks to Gujarat Giants owner, Adani Group. It facilitated such a platform for us. Special thanks to Big Bout league that is highlighting us athletes. We hope this continues in coming years that furthers opportunities for young boxers. Our coaches has supported us phenomenally, especially Sandhu Sir. He has worked in India team for over 30 years and working with him has been a great experience. Along with him Anurag Sir and Hooda Sir, thanks for their care and attention.”Gurbax Singh Sandhu, coach of Gujarat Giants, said, “This has been a great league with all boxers performing well, especially Amit Panchal, who also motivated the entire team. Besides Amit, other boxers like Chirag, Scott and all other boxers they also did their best and contributed towards this success of Gujarat Giants. Overall, if I evaluate, every boxer of the team put in best efforts which ultimately led to this success. Besides that, the coaches of the team, Jagdip Hooda, Hitesh Kumar, they were very active, supportive and motivated the boxers to give it best. And the support staff, Gaurav, physio, masseur, and even the other sport of audio-visual activities, they were really good. They provided all the required materials to boxers and supported at every point. The total efforts of the whole team of the boxers and the team of support staff, Mr Satyam Trivedi and Dhiraj Parashar from Adani Group, the owners and all the team, they really worked in unism and this is the result, and if they keep on doing this, results will be very good in the future.The Gujarat Giants have registered a powerful season showcasing their preparedness for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The Big Bout Indian Boxing League has proven to be a huge success for the team, the Adani Group backed Gujarat Giants have emerged as true heroes of the league.  Advertisementlast_img read more