The No. 9 USC women’s soccer team needed an enormous effort to push pass Cal Sunday, and it came from the smallest player on the field who rose up above everyone and provided the golden touch.Junior midfielder Alyssa Dávila scored the golden goal on a header in the first overtime as USC (11-4, 3-1) avoided a Bay Area sweep by beating No. 17 Cal 3-2. USC was blanked by No. 1 Stanford 4-0 Friday.After being denied once on a header in overtime by the Cal goalkeeper, Dávila wasn’t going to let it happen again. On USC’s second corner of the period, senior defender Meagan Holmes flicked a header to Dávila who headed it past the goalkeeper for her second goal of the game and the game winner.“I don’t know if players underestimate my size or whatnot, but I think I’m just good at moving players and being sneaky,” Dávila said.The Women of Troy were lucky to even reach the overtime period, as Cal came out in the second half and took it right at them. They had shots clank off the crossbar and had two goals called back because of offsides.But USC’s defense finally cracked and blew the lead. Sophomore Miranda White scored in the 74th minute to cut USC’s lead to 2-1 and then she assisted on junior Alex Morgan’s goal in the 78th minute.“They just out worked us,” coach Ali Khosroshahin said. “I think we were fortunate to even get into the overtime period. But in overtime, the ladies made a choice to put the game away and I think it shows the character of our young team.”USC jumped out to the early lead thanks to goals by sophomore forward Ashley Freyer and Davila. Freyer got on the end of a Marihelen Tomer cross in the 19th minute and Dávila followed that in the 31st minute by gathering in a long ball from goalkeeper Kristen Olsen and putting it in the back of the net.The Women of Troy were able to come back after giving up the lead, but they weren’t as fortunate on Friday as they lost to No. 1 Stanford 4-0. The loss ended USC’s nine-game winning streak.The Cardinal outplayed USC for most of the game, yet the Women of Troy held their own as they went into halftime tied 0-0.But Stanford came out in the second half and unleashed on Olsen and USC. The Cardinal scored four goals in 15 minutes in the second half to put the game away.“We just didn’t step on the field with a lot of confidence,” Davila said.Khosroshahin said that the Women of Troy need to play intelligently and recognize proper matchups rather than relying on their athleticism. He said that’s what hurt them in the second half of both games.“We didn’t adjust to the adjustments they made at halftime,” Khosroshahin said. “It was brutal to watch and be a part of, but we learned valuable lessons about what it takes to be the best team in the country.”After giving up only three goals in the last nine games, USC gave up six goals in two games this weekend, and all six goals were in the second half.“We need to come out harder in the second half and we need to know that teams will come out fired up and ready to come at us,” Holmes said. “We need to have the mentality to keep pressuring them no matter what the score is.”That mentality comes with experience, and that’s something the young Women of Troy are gaining everyday. Six starters are sophomores or freshman. As long as the team improves, Khosroshahin expects the results will come later in the year.
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Facebook Twitter Google+ The Daily Orange has worked to keep you covered on all the biggest news in Syracuse sports this year, from a major college football upset to an Atlantic Coast Conference record set on the hardwood.As the school year comes to a close, here’s our list of the five most newsworthy Syracuse sports stories of the 2017-18 academic year.Todd Michalek | Staff PhotographerOct. 13, 2017- Syracuse defeated then-No. 2 Clemson 27-24 inside the Carrier Dome for SU’s biggest upset since 1984. The Orange entered the game 24-point underdogs but stifled the defending national champions offense, holding the Tigers to just more than 200 yards passing. In front of 42,475 fans, SU’s largest crowd of the season, Orange head coach Dino Babers’ offense totaled 440 yards of offense and three touchdowns. In the game’s final frame, a Clemson fake punt ended its last possession while Eric Dungey extended SU’s final drive with a quarterback run.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPaul Schlesinger | Staff PhotographerNov. 18, 2017- Justyn Knight, after coming up short for three consecutive years, finally captured an elusive National Championship in Louisville, Kentucky. It was the first accolade in a decorated season for the best runner in SU history.Codie Yan | Staff PhotographerFeb. 25, 2018- Tiana Mangakahia dished to Miranda Drummond for a 3 on the game’s first possession to set the ACC single-season assist record. Mangakahia hadn’t played collegiate basketball after sitting out two years at a community college. But the point guard from Australia took the country by storm in her first season at Syracuse. She tallied double-digit assists in her first eight games for SU. She picked up 14 double-doubles of points and assists on the season. She dropped 44 points against Georgia Tech on Jan. 4, and by the end of the season, she had 304 assists. Published on May 11, 2018 at 3:17 pm Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerMarch 14-23, 2018- After edging its way into the NCAA Tournament field, Syracuse beat Arizona State and TCU to advance to the Round of 32 and a date with Michigan State. Despite being the underdog in the matchup, the Orange narrowly bested the Spartans to keep their improbable run alive a year after missing the field altogether the year before. SU lost in the Sweet 16 to Duke.Hieu Nguyen | Staff PhotographerApril 1, 2018- Syracuse upset then-No. 3 Georgia Tech, 4-3. SU picked up the doubles point with a dominant, 6-2 win by Gabriela Knutson and Miranda Ramirez over the No. 1 doubles pair in the nation. Then, with Syracuse at three points and needing one to clinch, Knutson crushed an ace right down the middle of the court and past No. 22 Paige Hourigan. It was the biggest win, by ranking, in program history. Comments
Male karate team of BIH has qualified to finals of the 48th European Championship in Budapest, reports Fena.BiH team consisting of Alem Kupusović, Admir Zukan, Meris Muhović, Haris Škrijelj, Haris Sujković, Oliver Mandarić and Damir Zadro defeated teams of Poland and Portugal with 3:0, Montenegro with 3:2, and in the last match before finals they defeated Slovenia with 3:2.Opponent of BiH karatekas will be the team of France, and fights will be held on Sunday at 1 p.m.The most successful BiH karateka is Mirsada Suljkanović who’ll compete for bronze medal.
LaMarr Woodley, linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers, arrives at the Athletes Quarterly Super Bowl Party at Hudson Terrace, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, in New York. (John Minchillo/AP Images for Athletes Quarterly)PITTSBURGH (AP) – The Pittsburgh Steelers have made their choice at outside linebacker, and it isn’t LaMarr Woodley.A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press the Steelers will part ways with the former Pro Bowler, a move that hardly serves as a surprise after fifth-year linebacker Jason Worilds agreed to accept a “transition player” tag last week.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the move is not yet official. The 29-year-old Woodley will likely be designated a post-June 1 salary cap cut, but is free to sign with another team when the new league year begins Tuesday afternoon.By postponing the move until after June 1, the Steelers would free up about $8 million in salary cap space in 2014. The money saved will likely go toward signing the team’s selections in the NFL Draft in May. Woodley will, however, count $8.5 million against the team’s cap number in 2015.Woodley signed a six-year, $61.5 million contract in 2011, but has struggled to remain healthy. He missed at least three games in each of the last three seasons as hamstring and other lower body issues kept him sidelined for long stretches.The turning point came in a 25-17 win over New England on Oct. 30, 2011. Woodley sacked Tom Brady twice in that game but also left with a strained hamstring. He had nine sacks at the time of the injury, played in two games the rest of the way and could never seem to rediscover the productivity that made Woodley and James Harrison one of the most feared outside linebacker combinations in the league.The Steelers released Harrison last March and selected Jarvis Jones in the first round of the 2013 draft, making him the heir apparent to Harrison. Jones finished with just one sack but appeared to get better as the season progressed.Woodley did not. He failed to get a sack after Oct. 20 and ended the season on injured reserve. While Woodley sat with calf problems, Worilds thrived. He led Pittsburgh with eight sacks despite playing across from a rookie still adjusting to the league.The decision to release Woodley is the latest in a busy week for the Steelers, who have been forced to become aggressive to get under the salary cap by Tuesday. Safety Troy Polamalu and tight end Heath Miller signed more cap-friendly contracts last week, while Pittsburgh also released offensive tackle Levi Brown, cornerback Curtis Brown and linebacker Larry Foote.The Steelers agreed to terms with safety Will Allen. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported wide receiver Antonio Brown restructured his contract.All the movement, however, is unlikely to make the typically conservative Steelers major players when free agency begins.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org