Diaz’s early goal not enough to score win

first_imgDespite having the home-field advantage, the University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team was unable to get past Big Ten rival Ohio State Saturday, falling to the Buckeyes 2-1. For a Badgers team looking to make an impact in the Big Ten, the loss was especially tough to swallow as it drops the team’s record against conference opponents to a dismal 0-3-1.The Badgers got off to a good start when junior Victor Diaz was able to blast a shot past OSU goalkeeper Casey Latchem in the 10th minute after receiving a beautiful pass from sophomore forward Brandon Miller. After receiving the pass, Diaz displayed some fancy footwork with a step-over maneuver that froze his defender just long enough to get the shot away. “It was a pretty sick goal,” Diaz said. “He played a pretty good ball to me. I did a step-over on my guy and put it in.”However the tide soon turned in favor of the Buckeyes. The patient Ohio State offense began to assert itself on the Badgers struggling defense and tied the game in the 32nd minute when Doug Verhoff was able to launch a shot just inside the box past UW goalkeeper Alex Horwath. Later, in the 51st minute, the Badgers were presented with a golden opportunity to take the lead when Brandon Miller was viciously tackled in the box, which led to a UW penalty kick. Looking for a player with a confident shot, UW head coach Jeff Rohrman elected to send in Victor Diaz for the attempt. As Diaz started to set up for his shot he pulled up halfway in an effort to freeze the goalie, but Latchem eventually blocked his shot. However, under NCAA rules a player attempting a penalty kick must do so in a continuous motion. In a bizarre series of events, Diaz was issued a yellow card and the Buckeyes gained possession looking to take the lead. “It has to be one continuous movement, but unfortunately there was some misunderstanding on the rule,” Rohrman said. “It’s unfortunate because there was an opportunity for us to get some momentum in the second half and we let it go by.” The penalty kick debacle sparked another swing in momentum for the Buckeyes and left the Badgers shell-shocked heading into halftime. In the second half, Ohio State’s defense clamped down on the Badgers’ offense, which was out-shot 16-8. “I thought the first 20 minutes or so we looked pretty good,” Rohrman said. “I thought we struggled a bit down the stretch. For whatever reason, we just weren’t making plays as the game progressed.” It was only a matter of time before the Badgers’ defense, which looked disorganized at times, broke down. In the 66th minute, OSU’s Matt Gold drilled a low shot from the top of the box that deflected off of the right post and past the outstretched fingertips of Horwath. The Badgers never managed to dig their way out of the one-goal deficit despite shots by forward Brian Bultman and midfielder Dirk Pearson. “We’ve been talking about defending hard, but we didn’t defend hard. Our defense wasn’t there,” Diaz said. “We give up too many goals.” “I don’t think we played particularly well, but we still had some pretty good moments. We had a good chance to get a lead early in the second half, but unfortunately we missed the penalty kick,” Rohrman said.Saturday’s loss left many players on the team pondering the “what-ifs” in a game that presented many plays and calls that didn’t go in favor of the Badgers.”It’s disappointing, but sometimes things just don’t go your way,” Miller said. “We aren’t getting the good bounces that we got earlier this season.”With the 2007 season’s end in sight, the Badgers must find a way to shore up their shoddy defense and capitalize on scoring opportunities. However, with tough games against Marquette and Penn State looming in the next week, the road to a Big Ten championship will be even rougher.”We know what we have to do,” Diaz said. “It’s putting everything together. We need to do everything together: defense, offense, everything.”last_img read more

MBB : On the block: Position-by-position breakdown of Syracuse vs. Rutgers

first_img Published on February 17, 2011 at 12:00 pm Point guardScoop Jardine vs. Mike CoburnIt’s amazing what a little familiarity can do for a point guard. Even if Coburn is nowhere near as skilled in the passing game as Jardine, the senior from Mount Vernon, N.Y., has a weapon at his disposal that is equal to what Jardine has: a running mate he has known forever. Jardine’s childhood counterpart is SU stalwart Rick Jackson. For Coburn, the Scarlet Knights’ best player in Jonathan Mitchell grew up on the Lower Westchester playgrounds with the 6-foot point guard. Coburn rarely goes for points and will struggle more against SU’s zone. It’s what he is groomed for. It’s hard not to see Jardine having the advantage in this matchup.Advantage: SyracuseShooting guardAdvertisementThis is placeholder textBrandon Triche vs. James BeattyRick Jackson was SU’s MVP through the first 25 games. Triche has taken that title in the last two. With Jackson struggling, Triche says he finally recognized he needed to assert himself in the SU offense, and against Louisville and West Virginia he went for 41 total points. SU head coach Jim Boeheim says Triche needs to be a scorer. Against the very average Beatty (averaging 8.7 points per game), Triche will have a chance to eclipse his season average of 11.2 points per game.Advantage: SyracuseSmall forwardKris Joseph vs. Dane MillerJoseph is coming off a pretty complete performance against West Virginia, but to Jim Boeheim, Joseph’s game is still not where it should be. Miller will be a challenge in some aspects of the game. For example, he’s fifth in the Big East in blocks per game. But he has also proven the ability to not be much of an offensive threat at times, evidenced by his zero-point, one-rebound performance against Seton Hall last Saturday. He doesn’t compare with a player the caliber of Joseph.Advantage: SyracusePower forwardRick Jackson vs. Jonathan MitchellThis is where Jackson will look to exploit Rutgers’ lack of overall size, because on offense he’ll have the ability to match up against the undersized Mitchell. Rutgers will undoubtedly double- and even triple-team Jackson, so SU’s other shooters have to step up. Mitchell’s claim to fame recently has been a four-point play that won his team a game over Villanova, but he’s been lighting up the scoreboard lately with at least 20 points in five of six games.Advantage: EvenCenterBaye Moussa Keita vs. Gilvydas BirutaIt’s a matchup of two freshmen here, and it includes the freshman who should be starting at center for SU. Moussa Keita is a starter by name only. Most of the time, C.J. Fair’s subbed in for Moussa Keita in the past two games. On the other side, Biruta has impressed in his freshman season. He’s among the top three freshmen in the Big East in field-goal percentage (first), free-throw percentage (first) and rebounding (third).Advantage: RutgersBenchRutgers’ bench has some spark, including wing Mike Poole and forward Austin Johnson, who leads the team in field-goal percentage. But the biggest factor off the bench will be from SU. That would be C.J. Fair, who has played an average of 35 minutes in the past two games. He’s averaging more than 10 points per game in his last three. Will Fab Melo get some minutes here?Advantage: Syracuse Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Lovren taunts Ramos on Instagram and the Real Madrid ace hits back

first_img Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Dejan Lovren huge blow Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Sergio Ramos RANKED ADVICE Dejan Lovren has taken another swipe at Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos.The Liverpool defender is not one to hide his emotions and took aim at his rival on Instagram after playing the full 90 minutes of Croatia’s 3-2 Nations League win against Spain. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade BEST OF 2 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED center_img Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 2 no dice REPLY Speaking earlier this month, he said: “If you look, Ramos, he has many more mistakes than me but he’s at Real Madrid.“With [Cristiano] Ronaldo, when you make a mistake, it’s 5-1, 5-2 and nobody sees the mistake.“I’m quite unlucky, when I make the mistake it’s 1-0 – finished. But I carry on, I’m like that.”Ramos responded in the pre-match press conference with a measured response.“I’m not going to answer Lovren or whoever wants to win three front pages or start the news bulletin. Everyone wins things for himself on the pitch.”Following his Instagram live stream video, Lovren then uploaded a picture of himself towering over Ramos with the caption reading: “Good morning Croatia”.Tin Jedvaj’s injury-time strike for the World Cup finalists also keeps alive England’s hopes of winning the tournament.Ramos, meanwhile, uploaded a picture of him at Real Madrid’s training ground. “Back working on my recovery in Valdebebas. Thank you for your messages of support. I’ll be back in no time.”He ended it by signing off with “Cold as Ice.” Most Popular In Football REVEALED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars MONEY Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade In a live stream post, he is reported to have said: “Haha! 3-2! Go ahead and talk now buddy. Buddy! They [Spain] are a bunch of p******.”Ramos is not the most popular person on Merseyside owing to the part he played in Mohamed Salah’s premature end in last season’s Champions League final.The Liverpool star was forced off in the 30th minute with a shoulder problem following a collision with the Real defender as the Reds lost 3-1 to the Spanish giants.And Lovren, who started the final alongside Virgil van Dijk, has been critical of Ramos in the past. shining last_img read more