Syracuse works on improving set-piece defense ahead of game against Louisville

first_imgShortly before the end of practice Tuesday morning at the Hookway Fields Complex, Syracuse players were finishing up a drill in the penalty box. Neither a goalie nor a ball was in use. Instead, each SU defensive player was assigned to an offensive player to track step-for-step within the box for 10-second intervals. It was designed to improve Syracuse’s defense of set pieces. Against Virginia Tech on Sunday in Blacksburg, the Orange conceded three goals, all of which came off set pieces. SU (4-7-1, 0-3 Atlantic Coast) has generally struggled this season to defend them, but the Orange has been working in practice this week to improve on one of its weaknesses before hosting Louisville (4-5-1, 1-2) on Sunday. Head coach Phil Wheddon said that against top ACC teams, Syracuse is bound to allow some corner kicks and free kicks. “We know that,” he said. “We’re getting our fair share as well. It’s a fast, attacking, dynamic game.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU defender Erin Simon agreed, saying it’s “inevitable” that other teams will get set pieces, and specifically corner kicks, over the course of the game. But she said Syracuse’s back line can limit those opportunities. “If the ball looks like it’s going to roll out and be a corner kick, the least we can do is slide and get a throw-in out of it instead of a corner kick,” Simon said. Jessica Vigna, another defender, said it’s important for Syracuse to be in position to not only stop crossing passes but to also then clear the ball out of SU’s end without letting it go out of bounds. But the Orange knows that breakdowns will come and other teams will get at least some corner and free kicks. And it’s in those instances when SU has struggled.“For a lot of people,” Wheddon said, “set pieces are a mental down time because they’re not high intensity moments in the game.” In practice this week, Syracuse has emphasized a number of match-up drills focused specifically on defending set pieces. In the drills that include a ball, each defender takes one offensive player with the goal of simply not letting that player score. “You’re going to do whatever you can,” Vigna said. “You’re not going to let them out of your arms. You’re going to slide. You’re going to do whatever.”And if a player does score, the entire defense is punished. After her team allowed a goal Tuesday, they had to a run a series of suicides before resuming practice. The scouting report on Syracuse is that the Orange’s biggest weakness is defending set pieces. Wheddon’s added focus in practice is hoping to change that.“We haven’t done a good job,” Wheddon said. “I hold myself accountable for that because I need to make sure my players are fully prepared for what they’re going to face.” Comments Published on September 30, 2015 at 8:43 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Divisional senior hurling championships continue

first_imgThe sole South Tipperary Senior Hurling Championship tie pits Carrick Swans against Ballingarry – the match is being played in Monroe and begins at 7.45pm. In the Centenary Agri sponsored Mid competition there’s a double header of quarter-finals in The Ragg.Clonakenny and Holycross-Ballycahill clash at 6 o’clock.Then at 7.30 it’s the meeting of Loughmore-Castleiney and Upperchurch-Drombane.last_img

What channel is Bruins vs. Blues on today? Game 6 time, TV schedule for 2019 Stanley Cup Final

first_imgHowever, this isn’t an unfamiliar position for the Bruins. In 2011, Boston trailed Vancouver 3-2 in the Cup Final before winning Game 6 at home and Game 7 on the road to win its first Stanley Cup since 1972. MORE: Watch the Stanley Cup Final live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)While the makeup of this year’s team is much different, staple players like captain Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci and Brad Marchand were all on that 2011 Boston team that shocked Vancouver.The Blues will be without Ivan Barbashev as he serves a one-game suspension for his hit in Game 5 on Boston’s Marcus Johansson. After playing Game 5 with a broken jaw, Chara is expected to play in Game 6 as well. The Blues have a shot at NHL glory Sunday night when the host the Bruins in Game 6 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final.Holding a 3-2 series lead, St. Louis can clinch its first ever Stanley Cup with a victory over Boston. The Blues escaped Boston with a 2-1 win in Game 5 after a controversial no-call led to the game-winning goal for St. Louis.  Here’s everything you need to know tune in for Game 5 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final, including the puck drop time and TV channel.What channel is Blues-Bruins on today? Time, TV for Stanley Cup Final Game 6Event: Game 6, 2019 Stanley Cup FinalDate: Sunday, June 9Time: 8 p.m. ETTV channel: NBC (U.S.) | Sportsnet, CBC (Canada)Stream: NBC Sports Live | fuboTV (free trial)Live scores: SN ScoreboardIn addition to Sunday’s coverage on NBC, the game can also be streamed on NBC Sports Live via desktop or mobile device. The game can also be streamed with fuboTV (7-day free trial).NHL Stanley Cup Final 2019 schedule, series resultsDateMatchupTime (TV channel)May 27Bruins 4, Blues 2BOS leads series 1-0May 29Blues 3, Bruins 2 (OT)Series tied 1-1June 1Bruins 7, Blues 2BOS leads series 2-1June 3Blues 4, Bruins 2Series tied at 2-2June 6Blues 2, Bruins 1STL leads series 3-2June 9Game 6 at St. Louis8 p.m. ET (NBC, SN, CBC, fuboTV)June 12*Game 7 at Boston8 p.m. ET (NBC, SN, CBC, fuboTV)(*if necessary)last_img read more