Humanitarian organizations have started to withdrawn their staff from Unity State in south Sudan after reports of Fierce fighting between rebel groups allied to President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar.Reuters reports that the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and other groups said this over the weekend expressing concerns over thousands of people who are being forced to flee their homes.A political crisis in South Sudan in late 2013 sparked fighting between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and rebels allied with his former deputy Riek Machar.The conflict in the world’s youngest country reopened ethnic fault lines that pit Kiir’s Dinka people against Machar’s ethnic Nuer forces. A government military spokesman, Philip Aguer, confirmed the fighting in Unity State according to Reuters.Doctors without Borders said it had shut down a hospital in the town of Leer amid reports of an imminent attack.The group said it had closed the same facility last year when staff members fled on foot, carrying critically ill patients on their backs.They hid on the banks of swamps and survived by drinking swamp water, it said in a statement. “Today, we withdraw again with a heavy heart, because we know how civilians will suffer when they are cut off from critical, lifesaving medical care,” said Paul Critchley, head of the mission.The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said separately it had also been forced to withdraw key staff from Leer and that it was concerned for the wellbeing of tens of thousands of people who have reportedly fled the area. “These communities face a fight for survival, hiding in the bush in unimaginably harsh conditions,” said Franz Rauchenstein, who heads the ICRC’s delegation in South Sudan.
To advance, UIW will have to do something not many others have been able to do: score on Southland Goalkeeper of the Year Kyleigh Hall. The junior net-minder tallied a league-best eight shutouts and allowed the second-fewest goals (nine). In the regular-season meeting, Hall made seven saves and was only beat by an overtime penalty kick. Match 4 – No. 4 UIW vs. No. 5 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 8 p.m.Generating one of the best turnarounds in conference history, the Cardinals improved 11 points from their 2018 campaign to clinch the program’s first Southland Conference Tournament appearance. UIW is one of just two Southland squads that played top-seed Lamar to a one-score game, falling to the other Cardinals, 3-2. FRISCO, Texas – The chase for the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament begins with four quarterfinal matches at the 2019 Southland Conference Women’s Soccer Tournament on Wednesday. The event is being hosted by Central Arkansas at the Bill Stephens Track & Soccer Complex in Conway, Ark. The winners from the first four matches will face off in the semifinals at 4 and 7 p.m. on Friday evening, and the championship tilt is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. on Sunday. All four quarterfinal games and the semifinal round will be streamed on the Southland Digital Network, and the title game can be seen on ESPN+. Match 2 – No. 3 Abilene Christian vs. No. 6 McNeese, 2 p.m.The Wildcats offense posted a league-high 24 shots per match and the second-most goals (31) in conference play. ACU flexed that in the regular-season meeting, defeating the Cowgirls 3-0 behind goals from first-team all-league pick Christina Arteaga and freshman duo Caylen Wright and Natalie Jones, the Southland Conference Freshman of the Year. 2019 Southland Conference Soccer Tournament Bracket (PDF) Match 3 – No. 1 Lamar vs. No. 8 Stephen F. Austin, 5 p.m.For the second time in the last three seasons, Lamar claimed the regular-season title with a 10-1 mark in league play. The Cardinals have thrived due to the success of Player and Forward of the Year Lucy Ashworth and Newcomer of the Year Esther Okoronkwo, who combined for 28 goals and 20 assists in league action (6.91 points per game). The Bearkats’ were outscored by just three in their last five matches against tournament teams, including a 1-0 loss to the Lady Demons. Should SHSU find themselves in another close game, the Bearkats will look to feed all-conference midfielder Kalynn Bickford, who tied for third in the conference with three game-winners in Southland play. Appearing in its fourth-straight Southland Conference Tournament, McNeese will rival the Wildcats with quantity of chances, ranking third in the league with 17 shots per contest. The Cowgirls are led by third-team all-conference selection Havana Johnson, who ranked fifth in both shots (41) and shots on goal (19) against Southland opponents. While LU’s success has come more recently, the SFA has been one of the most storied programs with a conference-best 21 tournament appearances and 15 tournament wins. Second-Team All-Southland keeper Madeline Talbot has her work cut out for her, despite leading the league in save percentage (.929) and goals-against average (.551). No. 2 seed Northwestern State and No. 7 seed Sam Houston State open up quarterfinal action at 11 a.m. CT, and No. 3 seed Abilene Christian will begin its tournament title defense against No. 6 Seed McNeese at 2 p.m. Top seed and regular-season champion Lamar squares off with No. 8 seed Stephen F. Austin at 5 p.m., followed by No. 4 Seed UIW and No. 5 seed Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 8 p.m. Match 1 – No. 2 Northwestern State vs. No. 7 Sam Houston State, 11 a.m.Defense has been the name of the game for the Lady Demons this season, allowing just eight goals in 11 conference matches, the fewest among the league. NSU had three members of their back line named to the all-conference teams, led by Defender of the Year Nicole Henry.