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Vale emerges as prolific goal scorer in freshman campaign at Syracuse

first_img Published on October 25, 2012 at 1:28 am Contact Trevor: tbhass@syr.edu | @TrevorHass Facebook Twitter Google+ Jordan Vale started playing soccer at a young age, but he wasn’t always 100 percent focused on the game.George Vale recalls his son running around as a gargoyle or playing marbles with rolled-up balls of mud while the game unfolded around him.“He used to do that during the match,” George Vale said in an email. “Much to my dismay, but to his mum’s laughter.”Since then, though, Vale has devoted his life to soccer and has excelled at Syracuse during his freshman season. The New Zealand native leads the team with eight goals, the most for an SU freshman since 2000, including five during Big East play. The freshman will look to continue his Big East dominance as Syracuse (12-4, 5-2) faces St. John’s (9-3-4, 3-3-1) on Friday night.Not being able to watch his son shine at Syracuse has been tough for George, but he’s managed to make due with what he has through various gamecasts.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“When I saw his goal versus Colgate I said, ‘Why didn’t you say you scored a cracker?’ He said it felt good, but I wanted to see what it was like on video,” George said.When the Orange squares off against St. John’s, George will finally get that chance. The game will be televised online on ESPN3, which will give George a chance to watch a game in its entirety instead of just bits and pieces or short highlights.George has had the chance to see many highlights, though, as Vale’s highlight clip in his rookie season continues to expand.With his success in Big East play, the accolades have piled up for Vale. He was named the Big East Rookie of the Week on Oct. 8 and awarded a spot on the College Soccer News National Team of the Week for the week ending Oct. 21.Vale’s immediate success doesn’t come as much of a surprise to teammate Lars Muller. Muller knew Vale would excel for the Orange as soon as the team started practicing.Muller saw something different in Vale, a natural instinct and dexterity at finishing around the net, particularly with his head.“He’s more explosive than the other players in the box,” Muller said. “I think that’s why he scores so many goals with the head.”Though the 5-foot-10-inch Vale isn’t tall, Muller said he is tactfully aggressive when moving to the ball. Vale’s proficiency at scoring header goals has helped ignite the Orange to a victory on multiple occasions, including in a conference matchup against Rutgers.Vale’s most recent goal came in the 40th minute of Syracuse’s 2-0 win over DePaul. Juuso Pasanen lofted a ball into the box. Vale jockeyed for position and got the back of his head on the ball, which ricocheted past the keeper and into the net.Muller is excited at the thought that Vale has three more years in an Orange uniform.“You’re asking yourself, ‘How good is he going to be when he’s a senior?’” Muller said. “He’s a young kid, but he understands the game and it’s really nice to play with him.”Vale wasn’t sure of what to expect coming into his freshman season. He said the style of play is much more physical and fast-paced in America. Despite the necessary adjustments Vale knew he’d be ready for the challenge.“I was confident in coming in here with the team and confident in myself,” Vale said. “I was just hoping I’d carry that confidence into games and do well. As a team we have, and individually mostly I have.”Head coach Ian McIntyre has been impressed with Vale’s play thus far. The rookie leads the team in goals and overall points, and has been a spark plug for Syracuse throughout the season.McIntyre said Vale is aggressive with his runs into the box and has scored goals in a variety of ways at important times for Syracuse.“He’s made a quick transition to the college game,” McIntyre said. “He’s got the physicality and the technique. He’s got a terrific worth ethic. I think that’s probably what separates him — to play at the same tempo for 90 minutes.” Commentslast_img read more

Trojans swept by crosstown rival Bruins

first_imgWhen USC coach Chad Kreuter jogged to the pitcher’s mound with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday afternoon, he wanted reliever Chad Smith to relax. He also wanted to assure the sophomore he could get UCLA left fielder Cody Keefer out by pitching him low and outside.Up and down · Freshman designated hitter Cade Kreuter hit a solo homer in Sunday’s 2-1 loss to UCLA but also struck out twice on the day. – Courtesy USC Sports Information Apparently, Smith did not listen.Two pitches after the meeting, Smith shook off sophomore catcher Kevin Roundtree and went against the coaching staff’s pitch selection, choosing to throw an inside fastball. Keefer turned on the pitch and lined it over the right field wall for a walk-off, two-run home run that gave the Bruins (37-11, 13-8) a 2-1 victory and series sweep of USC (23-28, 5-16) at Jackie Robinson Stadium.“We’re baffled as a coaching staff,” Kreuter said. “That was a pitch he should have never thrown. That’s a cardinal sin. You don’t throw [inside] with the winning run at the plate with two out in the ninth inning.”Kreuter placed blame on both Smith and Roundtree for not following the instructions he imparted during the mound visit.“They have to trust that we’ve got a good scouting report,” Kreuter said. “We chart all the pitches and see what we’ve got guys out on. That should not have happened. It just shouldn’t have happened.”Up until the final pitch of the game, the only scoring occurred in the fourth inning when freshman Cade Kreuter launched a 1-0 fastball from Rob Rasmussen over the left-centerfield fence for a home run.Rasmussen allowed only six hits while striking out eight batters in seven innings, but senior starting pitcher Kevin Couture’s second consecutive strong performance had USC on the verge of salvaging one win against its rivals before Keefer’s homer.“Couture went through a rut [earlier in the season] where everyone was hitting everything off him, but today he pitched to the corners and kept the ball down probably the best he has all year,” coach Kreuter said. “I’m extremely proud of him.”Couture threw five scoreless innings while allowing only two hits Sunday, following a six inning outing against Long Beach State. He gave up only two runs on six hits in the Wednesday night start against the Dirtbags.But Couture didn’t get a win in either game as limited run support and bullpen woes haunted the Trojans.Against Long Beach, USC managed only four hits and one run – a line drive home run by senior outfielder Mike O’Neill.In the series against their crosstown rival, USC was outscored 30-10 with seven of those runs coming Friday night. Despite roughing up Bruins’ ace Gerrit Cole for five runs in five innings Friday night, the Trojans fell 13-7. Sophomore slugger Ricky Oropesa knocked four hits in the series opener and drove in four runs, including two on a towering home run that bounced off the Gifford Hitting Facility beyond the right field wall.But USC couldn’t overcome a short outing by sophomore starter Ben Mount (three innings pitched, three earned runs) and six runs allowed by the bullpen.It was more of the same Saturday. Junior starter Chris Mezger was knocked around for 10 hits and eight runs – six earned – in only four and  one-third innings pitched; the bullpen allowed an additional seven runs; and the offense was unable to string together hits, leaving 15 men on base and scoring only two runs.All of which made Sunday’s heartbreaking loss even more devastating.“That hurts because it’s stolen away from you with two outs in the ninth,” coach Kreuter said. “There’s more disappointment because we had the game won.”Prior to the current four-game losing streak, USC had won six of seven, including two of three from Arizona, who was nationally ranked No. 19 at the time. Kreuter hoped his team would carry the momentum of a three-game sweep of Utah into the games against Long Beach and UCLA.The Trojans are now buried at the bottom of the Pac-10 conference standings. Sitting three and one-half games behind the next closest team with only six conference games remaining, USC will need help to avoid finishing last in the conference for the second time in Kreuter’s four-year tenure — and only the third time in the last 80 years.last_img read more

Libby found guilty in CIA leak case

first_imgThe verdict was read on the 10th day of deliberations. Libby faces up to 30 yeaerrs in prison, though under federal sentencing guidelines likely will receive far less. U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton ordered a pre-sentencing report be completed by May 15. Judges use such reports to help determine sentences. Libby faced two counts of perjury, two counts of lying to the FBI and one count of obstruction of justice. Prosecutors said he discussed Plame’s name with reporters and, fearing prosecution, made up a story to make those discussions seem innocuous. Libby’s defense team said he learned about Plame from Cheney, forgot about it, then learned it again a month later from NBC newsman Tim Russert. Anything he told reporters about Plame, Libby said, was just chatter and rumors, not official government information. Special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald said that was a lie. But Libby’s defense team had argued that it would be unfair to convict Libby in a case where so many witnesses changed their stories or had memory problems. Former White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby was convicted Tuesday of obstruction, perjury and lying to the FBI in an investigation into the leak of a CIA operative’s identity. Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, was accused of lying and obstructing the investigation into the 2003 leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame’s identity to reporters. He was acquitted of one count of lying to the FBI. Libby had little reaction to the verdict. He stood expressionless as the jury left the room. His lawyer, Theodore Wells, said they were “very disappointed” with the verdict. Wells said he would ask the court for a new trial by April 13. Such requests are common following criminal convictions. “Despite our disappointment in the jurors’ verdict, we believe in the American justice system and we believe in the jury system,” Wells told reporters outside the federal courthouse. “We intend to file a motion for a new trial and if that is denied, we will appeal the conviction. We have every confidence that ultimately Mr. Libby will be exonerated…. We intend to keep fighting to establish his innocence.” Libby will be allowed to remain free while awaiting sentencing, which is set for June 5. As the verdicts were read, Libby’s wife choked out a sob and sank her head. Moments later, she embraced the defense attorneys. The jury acquitted Libby of one count of lying to the FBI about his conversation with Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper.165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Travelers to Israel this summer can experience mor

first_imgTravelers to Israel this summer can experience more than 80 musical, dance and theatrical performances by hundreds of international artists at the Israel Festival (May 24 – June 11).With performances in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Beer Sheva and Modi’in, the Israel Festival will showcase several world-renowned dance troupes, including the National Dance Company of Spain, the Canadian Grand Ballet of Montreal and America’s Lines Ballet.The Festival will present musical performances by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Gil Shohat, Cantus Colln, Italian pianist Maurizio Baglini, Portuguese singer Misia as well as musicians from Azerbaijan and India. Also, free jazz concerts will take place in the Jerusalem Theatre and in the downtown Mamilla Mall.“The Israel Festival is always an exhilarating time of entertainment for Israelis and travelers of all ages,” says Arie Sommer, Commissioner of Tourism, North and South America,”and adds extra excitement to the bustling streets of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.”The Festival will also feature several international acting groups, including Israeli mime artist Hanoch Rozenthe alongside the Klipa Theatre Company, Spanish acting trio Tricycle, the State Drama Theatre of Tbilisi and the Yiddishspiel Theatre. In addition, the Israeli theatric dance group Mayumana will return to the Festival stage with a performance of their new show ‘Momentum’.www.israel-festival.org.illast_img read more