Penn women's soccer battles but can't overcome early goal against No. 13 NC State


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In the world of competitive sports, there are games in which the stat sheet does not adequately do justice to actual events that transpired.

Exhibit A: Penn women’s soccer 1-0 loss to No. 13 North Carolina State on Friday.

On paper, it appears as though the Quakers (2-1-0) were thoroughly overpowered by the Wolfpack (4-0-1), who came to a waterlogged Rhodes Field ranked 13th in the nation. The visitors fired off 16 shots, six of which were on goal, forcing junior keeper Kitty Qu to make five saves — two more than she had in the first two games combined. Compare that to the four shots mustered by the Quakers, and the game looks like it had the makings of a blowout.

But in person, this game told a different story.

Penn’s back line knew entering this game that the high-octane Wolfpack attack would be a step up from the level of play they saw in their first two contests. In the four games leading up to their bout with the Quakers, NC State averaged nearly 18 shots per game. And, on the scoring front, junior Tziarra King had already netted an impressive three goals.

That is not to say that the Quaker defense was not up to the challenge. For the first 182 minutes of play in the season, the back line did not concede a single goal. This impressive feat is due in large part to the formidable center back tandem, composed of senior Camillia Nwokedi and sophomore Chase Geffert — both of whom were unfazed by the Wolfpack coming in.

“Obviously you have to adjust to your competition a little bit, but we really maintain the way we play and just try to come out and play with the same consistency and effort that we do in every other game,” Nwokedi said.

“Specifically for this game we just tried to keep everything in front of us. We sort of sat in a little bit because we didn’t want them to play through us on the side,” Geffert added.

Unfortunately, only three minutes after kick-off, in the 183rd minute of the season, the Quakers conceded their first goal. The Wolfpack got behind the defense with an incisive cross from junior Krissi Schuster and a clean finish from Tziarra King put it away.

“We had a game plan, and that’s kind of out the door when you go down in the first three mistarlet Erkan Eyibil’s signature.Eyibil, 18, has been labelled the next Mesut Ozil and scored against the the Blues in the 3-1 friendly win last weekend.He is out of contract in the summer and this has reportedly alerted both clubs, says Fotomac.Eyibnutes,” coach Nicole Van Dyke said. “It’s like, if you’re gonna lose, you gotta go down fighting.”

That fight took a little while to kick in, however. The Red and Blue appeared to be rattled by the early goal, and had problems maintaining possession. Much of the first half was played in the Quakers half, with the Wolfpack firing off 10 shots and winning three corner kicks.

Halftime was a welcome opportunity for the Red and Blue to adjust their game plan and come out in the second half with a greater sense of confidence. And indeed, they capitalized on that opportunity.

“We said in the locker room, ‘Hey, whether we lose 1-0, we get the tying goal, get better this half.’ And that’s what we did,” Van Dyke said.

The Quakers tinkered with their formation, placing great trust in the defense by transitioning to a three-in-the-back formation. This change allowed the Red and Blue to push the ball up the field more and put some pressure on the NC State defense.

In the 63rd minute, junior Kelsey Andrews hit a shot just wide of the net. Then, in the 65th minute, senior Sasha Stephens put a shot just over the crossbar. The Quakers found themselves knocking at the door, but could not find the back of the net, and the game ended 1-0.

“Sasha [Stephens] said it best: We hold our heads high today because everything we wanted out of today, we got. We had some good opportunities … and I think we walkers insists he and Raheem Sterling never fell out at Liverpool.Rodgers was manager when Sterling was sold by the Reds to Manchester City.“He was young. Listen, when Raheem left – we know in football now there’s a game that goes on within it – for ped off knowing that, ‘Wow, we were the better team that second half,’” Van Dyke said.

So, while the record books may remember this game as a 1-0 loss for the Red and Blue, it was much more than that.

Emily Sands powers Penn women's soccer to dramatic victory over Yale


The Red and Blue continued their dominant display in the Ivy League by beating Yale 2-1 on the back of a scrappy last-minute winner by Emily Sands, who slotted in a rebound off a corner kick.

Penn women’s soccer (11-1-1, 4-0-1 Ivy) took charge of the game in the first half, as continued pressure from plays built by senior forward Sasha Stephens materialized into multiple chances that the Quakers were unable to convert. In the 14th minute, Stephens found space on a quick link-up with Sands and played in a cross to sophomore defender Katherine Larson. Larson hit her shot into the bottom corner, but the goal was disallowed as she was slightly offside.

In the 25th minute, Stephens found herself in space again after beating her defender and played a ball in to senior midfielder Allie Trzaska, who shot over the crossbar. Shortly after, around the 30th minute, Trzaska pounced on a wanting Stephens’ corner and headed the ball straight into the crossbar. Another critical chance came less than five minutes after, as Stephens took her first shot of the game and hit the woodwork with a formidable shot.

The Quakers ended the half with another big chance, as junior forward Emma Loving came on as a substitute and made an immediate impact on the game. Loving beat a defender and took an imposing shot which ricocheted off of a Yale defender towards goal. The keeland.Liverpool hold a 22-point lead over City and are just six wins away from a first league title for 30 years, but Scholes reckons Pep Guardiola’s side remain a class above them.“No I don’t think they are [better than City],” said Scholes. “I sper parried it away, and the ball was eventually cleared to bring an eventful first half to a close at 0-0.

Penn was unrelenting in its attack to start the second half. The Quakers’ pressure finally broke through the Bulldogs’ defense, as Trzaska found Stephens, who outmaneuvered two defenders to put a cross into the box. The Yale defense cleared the cross and the ball right into junior midfielder Megan Lloyd, who lobbed the ball back into the box and into the path of Sands. The center-forward pulled away from a defender, and found the bottom corner of the net for the seventh time this semester to give Penn a 1-0 lead.

“I think a position change from center-midfielder to center-forward has really helped me. I keep on finding myself in the right places in and around the box, and just doing that consistently has worked well this season,” Sands said.

Yale (7-6-1, 1-3-0 Ivy) clawed its way back into the game in the 65th minute. Junior goalkeeper Kitty Qu’s clearance of a corner was picked up by Yale junior midfielder Kristi Wharton, whose cross into the box found a taker who scored at the back post.

The Quakers ended their shutout streak of 733 minutes, and coach Nicole Van Dyke used this as a learning experience for the team.

“This is going to sound silly, but if you’re going to score on us, it has to be a very good goal. Today we gained the experience of responding to a team equalizing on us, and it was another opportunity for us to grow; one we haven’t had since Navy,” Van Dyke said.

After play resumed, Penn doubled down on its offensive strategy, and started pushing more into Yale’s half. With the added pressure came more chances, and two found the back of the net but were disallowed as they were offsides.

The second breakthrough came in the 81st minute. Stephens took a corner for Penn, and her cross found a taker in sophomore midfielder Breukelen Woodward, who sprinted in to hit a header that rebounded off the crossbar. Emily Sands, finding herself in the middle of a chaotically organized Yale defense, struck the ball with her right foot straight past the goalkeeper. This goal was Sands’ seventh match-winning goal of the season and eighth overall.

“I think we went out there and battled. We did what we needed to do; we do the small things well and our goal is to win the Ivy League and play NCAAs. We just have to keep on doing the small things right and not look too far ahead,” Sands said.

The Quakers’ defense held down the fort in the last 10 minutes, and Penn left New Haven with its undefeated away record intact. With Harvard falling to Princeton later in the day, Penn now has sole possession of first place in the Ivy League with just two weeks remaining.

Van Dyke echoed Sands’ affirmation of the team’s values.

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The Quakers return home to Rhodes Field to take on Delaware State on Monday.

Club soccer offers a home for Penn players without the rigor of varsity play


Penn men’s club soccer might just be the quietest dynasty on campus extensive interview with Sweden’s Sportbladet this week, the young fullback won praise in Russia last night.After his superb goalscoring performance in victory at Leciester City, Alexander-Arnold was declared “the best right-back in the world” by fo.

Year after year, they find themselves dominating their division and making waves in the regional tournament. The talent pool is deep, but what may be even more responsible for the team’s success is its camaraderie.

“We have a lot of pride in being teammates,” junior captain Eli Cohen said, “and that is probably why we are so successful on a year-to-year basis.”

Including results from this season, the self-proclaimed Dolphinos (a nickname originating from the dolphin.upenn URL on their website) have won or drawn 80 percent of their matches since the 2012 campaign.

An impressive feat indeed, but even more impressive when considering that they do it all without a coach, unlike many of the other large institutions that they compete against.

Through five games, the team has cruised to a 3-1-1 record with its sole 1-0 loss coming early in the season to Saint Joe’s. In the same time, the Dolphinos have racked up 17 goals and conceded a measly two.

Despite the strong results, problems with getting matches on the schedule have made it so that the team’s upcoming match against Temple could make or break the season — a distincNketiah has improvstal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has admitted frustration over their winter market campaign.Hodgson says he wanted Palace to do more business in the January transfer window, with Cenk Tosun their only senior signing and the Eagles on a run of one win froed during his loan with them.Arsenal are expected to cut short the season-long deal in January.Nketiah made his first Championship start for the club in their 5-4 win over Birmingham City and Bielsa said, “He came to Leeds with thtly unfamiliar predicament for the Dolphinos. Fewer scheduled games limit the team’s opportunities to qualify for postseason play.

In previous years, the Dolphinos have averaged nine or more games. This year they were only able to find seven outings.

Roth went so far as to refer to their precarious position as “blasphemy.”

“The mindset since we lost that St. Joe’s game is that we need to win the rest of our games,” said graduate captain Steve Rybicki. “We have to play as if, if we don’t win, we won’t advance.”

In order to safely secure its spot in Regionals, the team is not just looking for just a victory but more of a certifiable drubbing of Temple on Friday night, something the players have proven themselves apt to do.

The aforementioned 17 goals have been scored in three games, in the season opener against Drexel B, against LaSalle and most recently against Philadelphia University.

A strong new class of players has allowed the team to shift from the four-at-the-back formation that they had traditionally played to a more attacking-oriented formation with three defenders, something that has certainly paid dividends.

A win over Temple is essential for the Dolphinos in their upcoming game, where attendees might bear witness to what the team advertises as a “sometimes mesmerizing, often fast paced, and always rowdy style of play.”

Tennis Issue | After Eskenazi's graduation, Penn women's tennis presses on


The Quakers want to be the Ivy League’s top team for the first time in nine years, but they’ll have to do it without the top player in program history.

Sol Eskenazi, who became the program’s most decorated player ever with eight All-Ivy awards in her four years at Penn, graduated last spring.

“It’s funny because she’s not around in [that] she’s not on campus, but she is constantly in touch with us,” coach Sanela Kunovac said. “I think I talk to her almost as much now as I did before. The only difference is I don’t get to see her daily at practice.”

If any athlete has managed to stay integrated in the Penn tennis community after graduation, it’s Kunoson has revealed the valuable career advice he received from Manchester United legend Roy Keane.Henderson admits he could hear Keane’s advice when beating Lionel Messi’s Barcelona in their Champions League semifinal.But despite his admiration for thevac, who graduated from Penn in 2004 and has served as the head coach of the women’s team since 2009.

But the coach knows that Eskenazi being in touch isn’t the same as her being on the court.

“Sol is the type of player and type of person that is irreplaceable. So it’s not about how to replace her, it’s about how to go about building on the culture she has left behind. A player like Sol comes across every once in awhile, she’s not someone you can have every year.”

Making up for Eskenazi’s production will have to be a team effort. This year’s Penn team boasts just two new additions, but both freshmen have very impressive resumes. OJ Singh enters Penn as one of the top 100 junior players ungster Max Aarons believes that it is incredible to watch the exploits of young full back Trent Alexander-Arnold.The Liverpool star has redefined what is expected from a defender, given his importance to the Reds’ attack.He is among the top assisterin the world, and Marta Kowalska, the former top-ranked under-18 player young attacker has shone in his first season at Real and admits he has big trophy plans.He said, “The best thing is the feeling that one day I may win one, two or three Champions League crowns. “It’s a very big and special trophy, one of the most spein Poland, has multiple national championships to her name.

“The two of them have amazing backgrounds and great credentials,” Kunovac said. “Neither of their roles is to replace Sol, but to find their own place on the team. They’re very athletic, very responsible, they work very hard, and they’re tremendous teammates.”

The team will not only miss Eskenazi’s talent, but her leadership as well. After the graduations of Eskenazi and co-captain Alex Ion, the team has just three upperclassmen: senior Sonya Latycheva and juniors Kana Daniel and Luba Vazhenina.

And there is much work to be done. Penn is coming off a season in which they finished fifth in the Ancient Eight at 3-4 after winning three of their final four contests. The team hasn’t posted a winning conference record since 2008 and hasn’t claimed the league title since 2007. What are the team’s expectations for the upcoming campaign? Kunovac broke down the road ahead into three parts.

“We’re looking for January to the end of March to really sharpen up our skills and to push different doubles combinations, and really to push everyone, almost to the breaking point, so that we see where our weaknesses are and what we need to fix.”

“Then the second part of the season is the Ivy League, and I think our expectation is to contend for the title. And the third segment of the season is, we intend to qualify for NCAAs,” the coach continued.

“I think we’ve got the talent, and more importantly than that, we’ve got the hunger and the hard work, the players are really willing to work for it. They’re the ones who are volunteering to do extra work, they’re the ones chasing our coaches for extra help, and that’s a very good indicator of what’s to come.”

Penn softball wins three of four to keep pace in South Division hunt


It wasn’t exactly an easy weekend, but Penn softball found a way to get the job done.

The Red and Blue claimed three of their four weekend games against Cornell, winning in comeback fashion in their final game on Sunday to keep pace with the rest of the Ivy League South Division.

In the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, the Quakers (16-15, 7-5 Ivy) provided senior starting pitcher Alexis Borden with plenty of run support, as the team jumped out to a three-run lead early in the first inning. Borden allowed only two earned runs in five innings of work, and became just the sixth pitcher in Ivy League history to record their 600th career strikeout, doing so in the second inning.

An extra run in the fourth followed by eight runs in the fifth helped seal the quick 12-2 victory for the Quakers.

Penn once again scored three runs in the opening inning of Saturday’s second game, this time thanks to senior Sydney Turchin’s steal of home and freshman Jurie Joyner’s two-run home run. In the bottom of the frame, Cornell (9-18, 3-9) answered with three runs of its own, in part due to two errors committed by the Red and Blue.

Despite giving up the three early runs, sophomore pitcher Alexis Sargent stranded t in victory over Southampton.Bowen marked his full debut with a goal in the 3-1 win.Moyes said, “I’ve had a few boys from the Championship and I hope I have an idea of what I’m doing with them. We had a couple of tough games and today he’s come in anhree Big Red runners in scoring position throughout the afternoon, while the Quakers took the lead back again in the top of the second off of a run batted in by Turchin. Although Cornell tied the game once again in the bottom of the inning, two runs in the fourth and a two-run single by junior Korinne Raby in the fifth were enough to see the Quakers through to an 8-4 victory.

“Especially on the road, every single game is important and I was pleased to see the team fight back, even when we had some mental lapses,” coach Leslie King said. “Taking at least three of four games is always important, and I was pleased to see how well we were performing early on.”

Errors were the story of the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader and, unfortunately for the Quakers, the team recorded the same number of errors as hits in its 6-2 loss. Cornell scored five runs — three of which were unearned — in the first two innings and never looked back.

A solo home run by junior Lauren Li and an RBI groundout by junior Kanani Datan weren’t enough for the Quakers to overcome their five errors.

“We weren’t communicating nearly as well as we should have in the game, and I think we were definitely back on our heels a little bit, waiting for [each] other to make a play,” King said. “We just weren’t aggressive enough and that’s very uncharacteristic of us.

“[But] I think it’s something that we corrected very quickly in the next game.”

In the final contest of the weekend, the Big Red jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, before the Quakers retook the lead in the top of the third off of a two-run triple by Li. Penn extended it to 3-1 an inning later off a triple by Datan.

The Quakers lead would be short-lived, however, as Cornell put up five runs in the bottom of the fifth against Borden, leaving Penn trailing for the second time. But it was Li who once again answered for the Red and Blue’s offense, singling with two outs in the top of the sixth to drive in two more runs, cutting the margin to 6-5.

Joyner then erased the deficit completely with her second two-run home run of the weekend, putting the Quakers back on top, 7-6. After coming into pitch with two outs in the fifth inning, Li allowed Cornell just one hit in the final two and one-third innings, securing the Quakers third victory of the weekend.

“I think the whole team responded really well mentally to the early game, and I think we showed how tough we can be as a team,” Li said. “It was so crucial to take three of these four games because of how tough the competition is in the South Division, but I think we showed that we are mentally tough enough to go out anand.Xavi has taken his first steps into management with Al Sadd in Qatar, the club he spent his final four years with as a player.He told Sky Sports: “I don’t hide it, my goal is to return to Europe and return to Barca, it is my challenge ahead, but d compete against any team opions League win over Liverpool.Atletico won the first-leg of their round 16 clash 1-0 in Madrid on Tuesday night.Morata told Sportmediaset: “We fought without ever stopping to run, that is our identity at the end. “The challenge tonight? We are a unn any day.”

The team gets right back to work with a midweek game against Drexel on Wednesday, followed by a crucial divisional four-game set against Princeton at home next weekend.

Heartbreak city: Penn football falls in season opener to Jacksonville, 34-31


JACKSONVILLE, FLA—As the rain poured down on Saturday, it was Jacksonville who madePenn football seem like fish—er, mammals—out of water.

Despite a 12-point fourth quarter deficit, Dolphins’ junior quarterback Kade Bell led an eight-play, 87-yard touchdown drive in under two minutes—culminated with a 27-yard pass to D’Andre Randle with 39 secondsremaining —to stun the Red and Blue, 34-31.

“There were an awful lot of weather elements that we had to overcome today, with the heat, the humidity and the rain, so there’s certainly some positives we can take out, but it’s disappointing that we couldn’t finish the deal,” Penn coach Al Bagnoli said. “We had chances on both sides to put it away, but we just came up short.

“It was an equal-opportunity loss, it isn’t on either side, it’s on everything and everyone.”

The Quakers’ season opener was a wild back-and-forth affair, one that saw sophomore quarterback Alek Torgersen look a lot like his predecessor, recent graduate Billy Ragone. On Penn’s opening possession, hefaked a handoff and scampered six yards for a touchdown, notching his first career rushing scoreand putting Penn (0-1) up, 7-0.

Although the Huntington Beach, Calif., native finished with 200 yards through the air on 14-of-33 passing, he also was the Quakers’ leading rusher, carrying the ball 12 times for 65 yards.

After a fake punt led to a Jacksonville (2-1) field goal, the Quakers benefited from a special teams gift of their own. A muffed Dolphins’ punt gave Penn the ball in prime field position, and 30 yards from Lyle Marsh set the Red and Blue up for one-yard touchdown run by sophomore quarterback-turned-wide receiver Adam Strouss.

That drive ended up being the final action of the day for Marsh. The senior running back, playing in his first game since 2012 after missing last season due to academic reasons, appeared to hurt his forearm on the drive. Marsh went into the locker room, and eventually returned to the sideline without his pads.

“We were a little shorthanded in the backfield and [Torgersen] is an effective runner, so he and Adam were able to carry a little bit of the workload after Marsh got hurt,” Bagnoli said.

Although Penn’s defense looked stout early, the Dolphins finally started to click. Sophomore running back Ulysses Bryant—who finished with 127 yards after going for 168 yards and two touchdowns against San Diego last weekend—finallygotgoing on the ground, and Bell began finding his receivers downfield.

Bell threw the first of his four touchdown passes to senior wide receiver Andrew Robustelli with 5:43 left in the first half. The Dolphins also tacked on a field goal tohead into the locker room onlydown four.

After Penn stalled on its opening drive to begin the second half, Bell took over again. The Fleming Island, Fla., native found junior wide receiver Andy Jones for a 28-yard score to give JacksonEddie Nketiah ahead of his club debut.The young striker is set to play in the Carabao Cup game against Salford City tonight.The former Arsenal player arrived on deadline day, but was not involved against Nottingham Forest over the weekend.Fans are exville its first lead of the day.

“We had trouble generating a pass rush out of a four-man front,” Bagnoli said. “To their credit, they took advantage of it.”

But the Quakers did not falter. After blocking the subsequent extra point, Torgersen led the Red and Blue down the field on a 12-play, 75-yard drive. On third and 10 from the Dolphins’ 17, the sophomore quarterback threw off his back foot and found junior tight endRyan Kelly for the touchdown.

Immediately following the score—Kelly’s first career reception—senior defensive back Dan Wilk pickedoffBell’s underthrown pass on the Dolphins’ first play, giving Penn the ball right back. Five plays later, Strouss found the end zone again on a three-yard run.

The Quakers looked to be in control of the game heading into the fourth quarter. But as the monsoon-like rain picked up, Torgersen threw an ill-timed interception with the Quakers driving to put the game out of reach.

After the pick and trailing 31-19, Bell found Bryant in the flat for a seven-yardtouchdown, cutting the Quakers’ lead to five with 6:18 remaining.

Though Penn was able to run plenty of clock on its penultimate drive, junior punter Hunter Kelley came on with just over two minutes remaining. Solid in his first actionuth youngster Alex Dobre has completed a loan move to Wigan Athletic.The winger, who has predominantly featured for Shaun Cooper’s under-21s this season, will link up with the Latics for the remainder of the campaign. Dobre recently became the first as the Quakers’ go-to punter, Kelley managed to pin the Dolphins at their own 13 with 2:32 to go.

That’s when Bell went to work one final time. Eventually faced with a 4th and 4 at midfield, Bell hooked up with Jones for an eight yard gain.

Two plays later, the real damage was done.

Bell dropped back and threw a deep bal Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho is targeting three signings for the January market.The Independent says he 56-year-old made it clear there are a trio of targets he has in mind for Janaury.Top of the list is Sporting Lisbon playmaker Bruno Fernandes – wl to Randle in the front left side of the end zone. Penn senior defensive back Evan Jackson dove to try and break the pass up, but Randle maintained concentration and pulled in the game-winning score.

Bryant converted the two-point conversion to give Jacksonville a 34-31 lead with 39 seconds left.

The Quakershad three timeouts to try and set up a game-tying field goal, but Torgersen was picked off.

“We showed what type of team we can be, and in the second half we showed what type of team we don’t want to be,” senior wide receiver Spencer Kulcsar said. “And that’s been the story before, this sort of thing happened to us a few times last year and we definitely don’t want it to be a part of this season.

“We proved to ourselves this summer that that wasn’t going to be a part of it, and I think we’ll go into next week with a good mindset and just go from there.”

The Red and Blue will play their home opener next Saturday against Villanova.

Penn soccer learns from "summer school"


After a fall season to forget, three of Penn soccer’s best dedicated their summers to improving their game so that this year will be one to remember.

Junior forward Duke Lacroix, senior forward Stephen Baker and senior captain Jonny Dolezal spent their summers playing with semi-pro teams in the Mid-Atlantic Division of the Premier Development League.

And if all goes well, the Quakers will be reaping the benefits this season.

“We’re happy for those guys,” coach Rudy Fuller said. “All three of those guys have worked very hard to Celtic boss Ronny Deila has signed a deal to become the next manager of New York City FC.The 44-year-old has put pen to paper on a three-year contract.It will see him replace Domenec Torrent, who was sacked last November.Deila was successful in Scotlget where they are right now, and [we’ll take] any chance we can get to help move out players along and develop them.”

The PDL is the top league for amateur soccer players in the United States. Baker and Dolezal played for Reading United A.C. in Pennsylvania, while Lacroix suited up for the Ocean City Nor’easters in New Jersey.

“We were practicing with so eager to keep hold of Jude Bellingham.Bellingham, 16, has been attracting scouts from a number of top clubs, including Manchester United. “The only thing I can say is that I have a lot of conversations with Jude to help him make the best of himselme of the best players in the country, and then in games you’re playing against some of the best players in the country,” Baker said. “So it was great competition, that’s the only way to make your game better.”

The constant competition in training that Baker, Dolezal and Lacroix encountered forced them to increase their level of intensity on the field in practice and games.

”The training was great, everything about it — the environment, playing with the best players in the country, every day you’re competing for your spot — so the competitive environment was a great experience coming into this season at Penn,” Dolezal said.

Fuller and the rest of the Quakers hope that the trio will carry over that level of training into practices and games at Penn.

“When you’re playing with the better players from other college programs, guys who are serious about their craft and have the same aspirations you do, it makes you better,” Fuller said.

“And then they bring that to our team. They come back with higher expectations of how they train and how we train. It’s better for everybody.”

Lacroix spoke highly of over selling Sadio Mane.However, Mane might fancy a new challenge after he claims the Premier League title, with Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid ready to spend big in the summer.”That’s only any good if you bring in Timo Werner,” Nichol said of Mane’s Ocean City, one of the top semi-pro clubs in the nation.

Due to an injury halfway through the summer, Lacroix wasn’t able to finish the season with the Nor’easters, but still benefited from the work he put in.“It’s a great experience to play at such a high level for the entire summer, especially for the offseason in college,” he said.

Along with playing against some of the top college players in the country, the trio got to experience what it’s like going up against some of the top professionals as well.

In the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, Lacroix’s side took on the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer, while Dolezal and Baker’s team played the New York Red Bulls.

Lacroix played against some of the top players in MLS, like Sebastian Le Toux and Jack McInerney, but held his own.

“When I went to watch Duke play against the Union, he looks like he belongs,” Fuller said. “In that game at PPL Park, he did not look out of place at all. In fact, he looked dangerous.”

Proving yourself against the top players in the country, both amateur and professional, is a big step for American soccer players with dreams of going pro — something Baker, Dolezal and Lacroix all expressed a desire to do after graduation.

“I definitely want to try to play,” Dolezal said. “Hopefully professionally, that would be great obviously. That’s been my goal and dream, to play professionally.”

“I think all three of those guys have aspirations to play professionally,” Fuller said. “So having a summer like they did is a really necessary and important step for them.”SEE ALSO

Penn wrestling puts Harvard back in its place


In their last big test before the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association Championships in March, the Quakers put on a show Saturday against Ivy League foes Harvard and Brown.

The Crimson (4-5, 1-2 Ivy) drove the No. 22 Red and Blue (7-3, 2-1) to the edge in many bouts, but the latter avenged last year’s 23-19 loss by winning eight out of 10 bouts to secure a 24-6 victory at the Palestra.

“We were fired up,” junior Canaan Bethea (184 pounds) said. “We came out here wanting to let them know that it’s a tough sport and we’re not willing to give up anything and we want to win more than they do.”

In perhaps the most suspense-filled match of the day, Bethea defeated Harvard’s Josh Popple, 4-2, with a takedown in the second period of sudden victory. Penn’s grappler took revenge — a recurring theme for the Quakers on Saturday — after losing by technical fall to Popple earlier this year at the Binghamton Open.

“[Bethea] could have been a little bit more aggressive on his feet, because that’s where we knew we were going to win the match,” coach Rob Eiter said. “You just can’t keep it that close with a kid that’s really good on top, you got to separate the score a little bit and make him feel more urgency.”

The Quakers started the day 6-0 after No. 20 Mark Rappo scored a 6-3 victory over Jeffrey Ott at 125 pounds, followed by sophomore Jeff Canfora’s 8-5 win against Shay Warren at 133.

The dual’s most awaited bout came next, as No. 13 Steven Keith (141) of Harvard defeated No. 9 C.J. Cobb, 11-4. Keith dominated the first period, accumulating four points and almost three minutes of riding time, never looking back. The Crimson hold a 4-1 edge over Cobb in the series, and the two will rekindle their rivalry at next month’s EIWA Championships.

“One of the strategies for the Harvard team that was real smart is to get that first takedown and it really forced the match into their hands,” Eiter said. “C.J. didn’t have the same pop … at the end of the match he was scoring and attacking; and we’re trying to get him do that right away — not when you’re in a hole and are playing catch-up.”

Midway through the dual, the Quakers were only up 9-6, but the winds quickly turned in their favor, as they took home the remaining five bouts on their way to victory.

First, at 165 pounds, the Quakers’ Casey Kent defeated fellow true freshman Devon Gobbo, 7-5, reversing the situation after falling behind 4-0 early on.

“I was [really] happy with Casey’s match just because he’s [an] 18-year-old freshman, down four to nothing, and just stuck with the game plan, stuck with what he did well,” Eiter said. “Casey just plugged it away — there was plenty of time left an Ansu Fati.Fati has earned minutes in Messi’s absence and the Argentine is thrilled to see the 16-year-old do so well.”I was impressed by him the first day I saw him train,” Messi said.”Then he was playing with us, he has great quality.”We need to god he didn’t force anything.”

Penn sophomore Ian Korb (174) then took revenge over Cameron Croy — who had defeated him twice in the past — with a 2-0 victory, thanks to an escape and riding time.

“Korb’s had a little bit of a rollercoaster season … and beating the kid that had beaten him earlier in the year is important for Ian,” Eiter said. “It’s important becachester United defender Matteo Darmian admits he’s on his way Parma.Darmian is expected to join Parma on-loan.He told Sky Italia: “I can’t say anything yet, but I’m happy. For me it is also an important opportunity to reach the national team. “Whatuse that weightclass in our class is wiir roles have reversed since Buffon’s return from PSG.The Pole said, “It’s wonderful that Gigi Buffon has returned. I had the best goalkeeper in the world, Alisson Becker, as my understudy at Roma and now I have the best goalkeeper of all time backinde open; there isn’t one guy that’s really separated himself from the pack.”

Later in the day, the Quakers were victorious in all but one match against the Bears, easily winning the dual, 35-4.

And for a team that has one precise goal in mind, namely the NCAA Championships at Des Moines, Iowa from March 21-23, the recent successes make the future look bright. But to Bethea, the season is all about improving.

“I’m slowly getting better and better and that’s the brightest thing about it,” he said. “As I continue to go on throughout the season, I’m seeing myself execute my moves a little better.”SEE ALSO

Christian Barreiro's beautiful game


As a chilly October evening descendsts there’s no chance of the Real Madrid attacker returning to Tottenham.Bale’s situation is again the topic of debate after he was snubbed for Real’s defeat of Atletico Madrid on Saturday, with the Welshman not even making the squad.However, his ages on Rhodes Field during pregame introductions, Christian Barreiro looks antsy without the ball at his feet. He won’t stop moving.

Once the Saturday game against Dartmouth kicks off, however, the movement in his fluorescent pink Adidas slows.

It would be easy to mistake the slow trot for nonchalance.

But make no mistake, the generously-listed 5-foot-7 Barreiro is not the nonstop motor. He isn’t the box-to-box midfielder winning tackles and making dashing runs. He won’t wow you with his speed or dazzle you with power.

No, Barreiro is the trequartista, the playmaker behind the forwards, always shouting instructions and feeding attack after attack. He is the typical ‘10’ — the red number emblazoned across the heart of his jersey.

The beauty of his skill surely comes from the heart.

“Christian’s an incredibly technically gifted player, which is a testament to how hard he works,” senior defender Jake Levin says later. “Two hours of practice a day just aren’t enough for him.”

As the game progresses, possession becomes vital. Ironically, his ability to quickly release the ball is the reason why Penn can hold it.

As soon as Levin wins a tackle, Barreiro is on the move, his head on a swivel. Finding space in the midfield, he sweeps the ball from his left foot to his right before playing Johnny Dolezal on the run.

“We like to have Christian open, so as soon as we win it defensively, we can turn around and find him to run at guys,” midfielder Nick Unger says.

His thankless task entails running 30 yards into space only to give up the ball and cover another 40 yards to anticipate the next pass.

He hunts his own teammates, desperately searching out Alex Reddy and Nicky Yin. All in one motion, Barreiro cradles the fired ball, turns and deftly flicks it into the onrushing path of forward Duke Lacroix.

His style is a function of his vision, and throughout the match he maintains two speeds: a jaunty walk to survey the area and a spirited jog that is both controlled yet swift.

No more than a few minutes later, Barreiro appears to t-back could potentially be replaced by 19-year-old James by the end of the season after his impressive debut against Grimsby Town last week.But the club captain insists he will help James develop as much as he can.”Reece is a player I have followed be marooned out on the wing, walking almost aimlessly as he keys in on the play. But as soon as Penn manages to thwart the attack, Barreiro bolts down the sideline in perfect cadence with the clearance.

“He reads the game so well and he’s always in the right spot,” says Levin, who has now played with his fellow Baltimore native for six years.

Within the first 15 minutes, Penn goes down a goal. But a broken play finds Barreiro inside the area. As the ball falls to him, he takes the most delicate of touches to put the ball on his favored right and smashes a shot into the lower corner.

Barreiro has made a habit of cashing in for the Red and Blue. Three goals in his last three games — including a beautiful curling free kick against Lehigh ­— have placed him two points shy of breaking into Penn’s top five all-time.

Fifteen minutes left in the half and Penn is down once again. Dartmouth defends furiously and in its attempt to clear, the ball falls right into the path of Barreiro.

It smashes into his chest, but with a gentle lean it doesn’t drop nor does it spring away, but floats in the aion midfielder Dale Stephens is happy to have competition for his place.The midfielder has been on the bench for the past two games for the Albion.But Stevens, who played 36 league games two seasons ago, says that having a deep squad is not a problemir for the briefest of seconds. He turns and hits a perfectly weighted volley to Lacroix — an almost inhuman calculation.

Yet such plays are weekly occurrences for the creative genius to the point where they’ve become expected.

It’s a combination of skill, creativity and beauty intrinsic within him.

DP Ivy Rankings


Lions make gains in poll after big week

After a monumental sweep over Penn and Princeton, Columbia finally got some respect from the DP sportswriters as the Lions jumped over Brown into sixth place in the rankings.

Yale rose in the poll as well, despite a loss to Dartmouth. But the Quakers still hold a wide margin over the second-ranked Elis.

Meanwhile, the Tigers finally managed to break into the top half of the rankings despite having held a second-place record since the early stages of league play.

It’s m playing out a 0-0 draw at Barcelona, top level scouts were attending Rennes’ Coupe de la Ligue victory over Amiens.Lea’s transfer ban was overturned on appeal on Friday.And the Chelsea-transfer-news-Man-Utd-Liverpool-Jadon-Sancho-January-Borussia-Dortmund”>Daily Express says Chelsea have put Sancho at the top of their January shopping list after their transfer ban’Equipe says two representatives from Real were in the stands to check on Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga.The 17 year-old has emeore than likely that this is partially because Harvard’s continued freefall shows no signs of letting up — it lost over 20 points in the poll since last weeical.Silva admits the West Ham fixture on October 19 is now a “must win game” following Saturday’s limp defeat to Burnley, their fourth successive loss.They have picked up just seven points from eight games.Silva said: “When I say to you it is a mustk.

The Brown women have taken over first place in the standings, and also picked up a few first-place votes from the DP writers.

However, the Big Green is still standing strong atop the rankings.

After winning their second league game against Columbia, the Quakers held their sixth-place spot. However, they made large gains in every category.

109th Penn Relays sprints to success


For three days last weekend, the University of Pennsylvania hosted one of the greatest events in American sport, shuffling more athletes through Franklin Field’s hallowed walls than any other American track meet — close to 22,000 this year, according to Penn Relays Director Dave Johnson. Despite inclement weather on Saturday, the Penn Relays again lived up to its billing.

“It’s a circus,” Olympic gold medalist Gail Devers said. “It’s amazing… how they can corral all of these thousands of people through this meet and basically be on time, for the most part.”

Saturday’s festivities saw the return of the world’s fastest man, Tim Montgomery, to the track community after an eight-month hiatus that included the announcement that he and the world’s fastest woman, Marion Jones, will be having a child.

During his first race since breaking the 100-meter record in September, Montgomery admittedly did not run his best race in carrying the USA Red team down the home stretch to win the “USA v. the World” 4x100m race.

“I’m back in it,” said Montgomery, who pulled out of the 4x200m because of the cold weather. “I feel that I have a bull’s eye on the back of my shirt…. [The race] was everything I wanted.”

Unlike last year, all six of the “USA v. the World” races were overwhelming wins for the Americans In tough conditions the U.S. runners took one-two in every race and swept the men’s 4x100m, where it went one-two-three.

A few American flags were scattered throughout the crowd of 39,783 on Saturday, but as usual for the Penn Relays, the large Jamaican contingency was the most vocal in rooting on its teams.

“There was that whoop corner,” said Demetria Washington, the anchor of the winning USA 4x400m team. “I heard a whoop, and I was like, ‘Oh my God, somebody’s coming for me.'”

Though the largest crowd showed up on Saturday for the “USA v. the World” events, the nation’s top college teams put on a show of their own throughout all three days of competition. Led by Outstanding College Female Relay Athlete Muna Lee, the Louisiana State women’s team tied the Relays record for four Championship of America plaques, winning the 4x100m, 4x200m, sprint medley and shuttle hurdles.

In the meet’s final women’s event, the 4x400m, Texas grabbed the coveted fifth relay gold from the Tigers in meet-record time, 3:27.64. The Longhonded their defending as “soft” after their 2-2 draw with Arsenal.Lampard was left shocked when his young team twice surrendered the lead against ten-man Arsenal, who scored with their only two shots of the match at Stamford Bridge.He said: “When yorns win allowed their program to maintain a tie with four Relays golds.

North Carolina’s women were not far behind LSolskjaer admits he wants more signings made.New additions Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James are expected to make their United debuts against Perth Glory, but Solskajer, who wants to make three more signings before deadline day on August 8, is searcSU in terms of relay golds, emphatically sweeping the weekend’s distance races — the distance medley relay, 4x1500m and 4x800m.

“Getting it done for the seniors is just, it’s something special,” North Carolina coach Dennis Craddock said about Bobbie Jo Munson, with tears visible in the eyes of each member of the victorious 4x800m team.

“Bobbie’s been there and has done so much for the program and for our three girls to recognize that and want to make sure that she went out on top… it puts a cap on the whole weekend.”

Friday saw the weekend’s biggest surprise, as Michigan’s Nick Wells put on a late burst of speed in the final 30 meters of the distance medley relay to snag a victory over indoor 5000m champion Alistair Cragg of Arkansas.

The Razorbacks got redemption, however, taking both the 4xMile and 4x800m.

Even without Justin Gatlin — who turned pro last and ran for the USA at the Relays — Tennessee recaptured some of last year’s magic, eking by South Carolina in the sprint medley by 0.38 to finish in 3:14.41.

But Saturday’s greatest cheers did not stem from national identity or even awe of the world’s fastest athletes.

At 3:40, started what in many ways was the main event of the Penn Relays weekend. It wasn’t the event that was so intriguing, but one man. Only after seven runners had completed their respective 100 meters did the real eruption begin. Jamaicans and Americans alike rose is unison to cheer on Everett Hosachuge fee to sign Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, according to reports.A release clause in the Senegal defender’s contract will be active in June.The bad news for United fans is that the clause is worth £127m, per Italian newspapers Corriere dellok, the 101-year old who was anything but “Over the Hill,” as the name of his track club would indicate.

Hosack’s 100 meters of fame was far from a flash and dash, but a series of powerful lunges — leg after leg for 55.69 seconds. And while it was far from his 43.00 performance last year in which he obliterated the previous over-100 masters record by 15 seconds, Hosack managed to sneak into the history books again this time around.

At 101, Hosack broke his own record for the oldest individual to compete at the Penn Relays.

At 109, the Penn Relays was as strong as it ever has been.

joe Kenny is excited about his move to Schalke.Ken


second baseman is having a pretty par for the course spring. He’s batting .298 (14 for 47) with a triple, two homers, three doubles and six RBI in 18 spring games. He has hit .309 with a .507 slugging percentage in the spring since 2006, so he’s doing what we expect this time of year. That’s definitely a bonus, as well as the fact Weeks has stayed healthy, which has been a problem in the past. 

Weeks’ Fantasy uitor for Bruno Fernandes from Sporting CP.The Portuguese midfielder is a hot property this summer, after scoring and assisting in double digits for Sporting in Liga NOS last sterm.The Daily Mail says Manchester United are seriously looking at Fernanvalue hasn’t changed much this year. He’s a good source of power at a weak Fantasy position. But the negatives are that he doesn’t hit for a pretty average and strikes out a lot. He’s being drafted ahead of Aaron Hill in formats and behind Hill in leagues. I’d take Hill before Weeks in both formats, but I have no problem with Weinstructed to play Callum Hudson-Odoi last season.Sarri faced backlash from supporters and critics alike over his refusal to play Hudson for the first time about his hooking during victory over AC Milan.Ronaldo admits Maurizio Sarri was right when the coach said he was playing injured.He stated, “In the last three weeks I have been limited. Everyone knows that I don’t like to be subs-Odoi, who handed in a transfer request in attempt to join Bayern Munich.He recently a new long-term contract, andeks’ current ADP.

Luka Jovic is struggling to win over Real Madrid c


The are placing third baseman on the disabled list to begin the season, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Tuesday. Freese has a back injury. 

St. Louis will return to the major-league roster to take Freese’ed with their 2-1 win over Torino.Defenders Kostas Manolas and Giovanni Di Lorenzo struck the goals for the Azzurri.“We are giving a sense of consistency to our results, the team is improving in the overall performance, the attitude, the way it is s place. The third baseman, expected to begin the year as the starter, underwent an MRI Monday which gave the Cardinals encouraging results. 

Unfortunately, after Freese was ger United win trophies again. The Premier League’s leading title winners went trophy-less last season.”I think when the club and the manager said we would take time we believe it’s not going to be too long,” said Mata before Thursday’s Europa League iven an anti-inflammatory injection, it appears the team has decided to shelve him. He’ll have his DL stay retroactive to March 23 and should be able to return shortly into the regular season, if healthy. 

Jackson will be on the other bid from Everton for Abdoulaye Doucoure.The central midfielder is subject to interest from the ambitious Merseyside club.Everton are flexing their financial muscles this summer, as they also hope to sign Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace.Howeveroster until Freese is healthy enough to return. The 25-year-old is hitting .136 this spring over 22 at-bats. He played in 13 games for the Red Birds last year and hit .118 over 17 at-bats without an RBI. 

Valencia are ready to pounce for Newcastle United


I’m wondering if it’s time to get concerned about DH , who hasn’t homered in 20 spring games. The spring isn’t a time Trumbo usually struggles. In his previous two spring trainings, he’s hit .310 with 12 homers, 13 doubles and 36 RBI in 48 games. This spring, he’s battingiker Lautaro Martinez.The Argentina international is a wanted manMerseyside Police will not take action after investigating an allegation of racist behaviour by a fan at Everton’s Premier League match against Tottenham.The force said it did not believetheir showdown with Premier League champions Manchester City.Many critics have suggested the club have no chance against Pep Guardiola’s side and should focus on the next game. Yet Silva said that is not the mentality of a big club – and Everton ar a crime had been committed in the incident, which occurred during Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Goodison Park.Everton launched their own investigation and that is ongoing. after his exploits for Antonio Conte’s side.ESPN says Martinez prefers a move to Catalan giants Barcelona over United.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can now add the 22-year-old to his list of mi .255 (14 for 55) with no homers and four RBI.

You can’t really blame the move to DH as a potential cause of Trumbo’s struggles. He hit .310 with a .571 slugging percentage and .948 OPS in 84 at-bats as a DH last season, so strictly focusing on hitting hasn’t been a problem in the past.

It’s just too premature to say a bad spring is going to translate into a bad season for Trumbo. Our only history with Trumbo is that good springs have translated into good seasons for the 27-year-old slugger.

I’m not about to overlook him on Draft Day because he hasn’t homered this spring. He’s still going to get plenty of lineup protection hitting behind the likes of Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton, so my concerns are still minimal when it comes to Trumbo.

nference.The Italian was then coy on the prospect


is currently the 157th player taken in Roto drafts. The cortisone shot he received this week makes him a little less attractive to Fantasy owners, but he’s already stuck in a weird ADP limbo to begin with — between the upside of Josh Rutledge and the general blahness of Erick Aybar. 

If Jeteidfielder is back with Flamengo.“Barcelona wanted Gerson and reached a purchase agreement,” Marcao told Globoesporte.“That was until I checked into the Fluminense offices one day and their President told me Roma had made a special offer, a ‘magicr misses a month, will it really matter? Is there a world in which you’d consider taking Marco Scutaro over Jeter’s .300-plus average and double-digit potential in homers and steals?

Probably not.

Because someone like Scutaro (or Andrelton Simmons… or Jean Segura…) likely will be avRay Parlour believes that Aaron Ramsey is gutted that he is leaving the club.Ramsey has secured a deal with Juventus, which he signed earlier in the year.He will leave Arsenal on a free transfer when his contract runs out at the end of this term.But ailable on the wire to help you through Jeter’s DL stint. Don’t sweat the ankle injury yet; pushing Jeter down the ranks will just be overreacting to something that ultimately may cause him to miss about two weeks.

And pushing Jeter up the ranks gets into the dangerous territoryldes’ departure as Juvenil A coach.Valdes lasted just months in the job before he left over disagreements with management.”I don’t want to go down a negative path,” Kluivert told Mundo Deportivo when asked about Valdes.”I don’t want to harm anyone.”I of knokcing down shortstops with more to offer in power and steals. Stay the course with the captain; his stats won’t be overwhelming, but they won’t shrply decline, either. There’s something to be said for having a known factor like Jeter in your middle infield.