Alexis Koval guides Orange to victory with pair of 2nd-half assists

first_img Published on August 30, 2015 at 7:41 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ Facing a one-goal deficit in the 53rd minute, Alexis Koval gathered the ball on the left wing and threaded a pass between two Albany defenders, hitting forward Eva Gordon in stride.Gordon took one touch before unleashing a rocket near the top of the box that sailed above Albany’s diving keeper and into the left side of the goal, tying the score at one.And in the 84th minute, Koval, again on the left wing, crossed a ball in front of the keeper that met Stephanie Skilton’s lunging foot. The ball flew into the top of the net, giving Syracuse the go-ahead goal.“Yeah she’s got a little bit more confidence about her,” Syracuse head coach Phil Wheddon said of Koval. “I think her role has been more defined, and she’s done a good job in training as well so she understands what’s going on.”After going scoreless in its last two contests, Syracuse (2-2) scored two second-half goals on Friday en route to a 2-1 victory over Albany (1-3) at SU Soccer Stadium. The goals, each on assists from Koval, came after numerous turnovers, missed opportunities and sloppy passing.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange struggled to successfully work the ball around the field in the first half, oftentimes leading it right to the feet of the Great Danes. But Koval’s second-half services, coming as a result of a change in approach for Syracuse, allowed SU to pull out the victory.In the 22nd minute, Jackie Firenze’s corner kick was cleared and booted out of bounds, drawing a second corner that sailed high and wide before Albany again hit it out. On the third try, Maddie Iozzi couldn’t get any closer.“On the attacking end, with that number of corner kicks, it’s great,” Wheddon said. “It means that we’re pressing and we’re causing problems and we’re being dangerous in the attacking third … but you got to get some production out of those corner kicks.”In the second half, Syracuse came out looking to ride the sideline.With the game tied at one following Gordon’s goal, Maya Pitts took advantage of one-on-one opportunities, crossing the ball into the box despite no Syracuse player being around to capitalize.“We’ve really been emphasizing taking our player one vs. one down the line and serving it into the box,” Koval said.When presented with set pieces and counterattacks in the middle of the field, Syracuse came up empty.Instead, the Orange found the most success when working its offense from the outside in, where it looked to attack the end line before feeding the ball back into the middle. That’s how Koval helped win the game for the Orange, salvaging a lackluster first half.“We had a lot of opportunities down the flanks,” goalie Courtney Brosnan said. “I think today we did a better job of mixing it up with some combination play.” Commentslast_img read more

England’s Burnage wins St Andrews Links Trophy

first_img Tags: Jake Burnage, St Andrew’s Links Trophy 9 Jun 2019 England’s Burnage wins St Andrews Links Trophy England international Jake Burnage claimed the biggest win of his career so far with an enthralling one-shot victory in the St Andrews Links Trophy.He came out on top after a hard-fought final round, coming from three shots back to win the championship on 20-under par.He pipped long-time leader Matty Lamb by a stroke after powering home, playing the back nine of the Old course at St Andrews in three-under par.Burnage, from Saunton in Devon, birdied the 10th, eagled the long 14th and parred the rest, as Lamb (Hexham) came home in one-over par.“This is one of our majors of amateur golf so it’s fantastic,” said the 23-year-old, who has given a huge boost to his hopes of making the GB&I Walker Cup team.“You can’t take anything for granted, but by winning one of the majors on a links course you would like to think you have given yourself a real chance,” said Burnage.He came into the event in confident mood, having found form at the Brabazon Trophy at Alwoodley, where he propelled himself from 120th after the first round into a top 20 finish. “That was huge and showed that I can turn it around when I need to,” he said.At St Andrews, Lamb was making all the running, scoring a bogey free 64 on the Jubilee course in the first round and following up with 63, 69 on the Old to be 20-under par after three rounds.Burnage, meanwhile, was making his way steadily up the leaderboard, opening with 69, and adding rounds of 64, 66 to be three shots back with 18 holes to play.The two rivals, who were well apart from the rest of the field, were still separated by three shots after nine holes of the final round. But then Burnage made his move, with the long 14th proving to be the decider.Burnage holed a 12ft putt for eagle, while Lamb bogeyed the hole for a three shot swing. “Matty played fantastic golf all the way and really didn’t do much wrong this afternoon. But the difference was the three shots on the 14th,” said Burnage.“I was very nicely in my own zone and concentrating, but it was nice to soak up the atmosphere and to have my parents and girl friend there and a couple of guys from home. It was amazing, absolutely amazing.”There was also a special satisfaction: “I wanted to prove to myself that I really could do it,” said Burnage.Click here for full scoreslast_img read more