Georgia Allen leads Syracuse to 1-0 win against Northeastern

first_img Published on September 2, 2018 at 4:10 pm Contact KJ: | @KJEdelman After Northeastern (2-4) outshot and outperformed Syracuse (3-2) for 80 minutes on Sunday, Georgia Allen found herself open 10 yards from the net for a score. In only her second game since returning from the U20 England national team, Allen gave SU its only goal of the day en route to a 1-0 victory. The Orange started the game on the defensive. Because it could not match the speed of Northeastern early, SU was outshot by the Huskies, eight to two in the first 28 minutes.NU had its best opportunity to score in the first half off of a Mikenna McManus corner kick 24 minutes into the game. As the ball crept to the right side of the goal, the Huskies’ Eve Goulet got off a header past SU goalie Jordan Harris. A yard next to Harris, Taylor Bennett sniffed out the potential shot from the middle of the net and cleared the ball to the end line. Five minutes later, Clarke Brown twisted in the air to shoot an off-balance right-footer. While the ball was on target, NU’s Nathalie Nidetch rolled on top of the ball to keep the score leveled.SU opened the second half with a change in the net. On Thursday against Harvard, Harris was replaced after allowing three goals in the second half. Despite not allowing a goal in the first half along with two saves on Sunday, Lysianne Proulx replaced Harris. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange opened the second half on the offensive, unlike how SU had begun the game. Kate Hostage opened the second half with a 14 yarder that was caught by a diving Nidetch. Proulx made her presence known in the 60th minute when she dove right off an Emily Evangelista shot to save a near-goal. Most of the second half was dictated by both team’s backlines, but Proulx was still challenged in the net. In the 83rd minute, Allen took advantage of a mistake in the Huskies’ defense. Off a Sydney Brackett short cross, Allen found herself uncovered from 10 yards out. Allen cocked back her right leg before shooting a missile past Nidetch. As the minutes ticked and the Huskies got desperate, NU couldn’t muster a shot in the remaining time after Allen’s goal. After splitting a pair of games on the road in New England, SU will continue its five-game road trip in Happy Valley when the Orange take on Penn State on Thursday. Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Pepper adds spice to Joc Pederson’s swing

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Usually, at least an hour before the Dodgers conduct batting practice, Joc Pederson starts in the outfield.Pederson is not there for fielding, but to work on his swing through a game of pepper, a once-common pregame warmup exercise throughout the major leagues now far more common to find in backyards and on little league fields.It is a simple, rapid-fire drill. A hitter chops soft ground balls to a handful of fielders about 20 feet apart. One of them tosses the ball back to him. It’s hit, and the game continues.The Dodgers’ 24-year-old center fielder typically takes part in pepper with manager Dave Roberts, first base coach George Lombard, third base coach Chris Woodward and Juan Castro, a quality assurance coach. “Those are my guys,” Pederson said.At times, they have had guest appearances, joined by Cole Roberts, the manager’s son, and Luke Bard, the son of bullpen coach Josh Bard.It became a pregame ritual for Pederson this season when Dave Roberts suggested the idea in the offseason.“I felt it gives him a way to repeat consistent bat path,” Roberts said. “I just wanted him to be out there. It’s a great game. It helps your swing. It promotes contact. He just really embraced it to his credit.”Many believe it improves quickness and hand-eye coordination, as well. But contact is the source of emphasis for Pederson, who struck out 170 times in 585 plate appearances in 2015, more than 29 percent of the time, and finished with a .210 batting average despite a .230 mark and 20 home runs before the All-Star break.center_img This season, he has struck out slightly less often, 54 times in his first 55 games, with a rate of 28 percent. He entered Tuesday hitting .226 with eight home runs.Pederson agrees that pepper is helping him to work on simply generating contact, but it is also fun. He played it when he was younger, so it rekindles some fond memories of simpler times.“I enjoy going out there and remembering that baseball’s a fun game and to kind of have fun out here,” he said.No reshuffling Roberts said the Dodgers will not use their scheduled off day Thursday to reshuffle their pitching rotation for the weekend series at San Francisco.Clayton Kershaw will start Friday, followed by Scott Kazmir and Mike Bolsinger on Saturday and Sunday.It gives the entire rotation an additional day of rest, rather than bumping someone up or using a four-man staff.Rookie Julio Urias, though, is not assured of starting Monday at Arizona. Roberts said that would be discussed after the 19-year-old’s outing Tuesday night.“I think the No. 1 thing is obviously winning games but also just to be mindful of his innings, his usage,” Roberts said.Over four innings, Urias threw 86 pitches, a season high.De Leon backIn his first start since May 3, Jose De Leon threw three scoreless innings for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday afternoon.De Leon, one of the top pitching prospects in baseball, had been out with shoulder inflammation. He also missed time earlier this season with an ankle injury.At Round Rock on Tuesday, De Leon struck out nine batters and walked one. He threw 37 pitches (26 strikes). He had gone five innings in his last start.Last season, he threw 114 1/3 innings, split between Double-A and Class-A, carrying a 2.99 ERA.Before the Dodgers put another top pitching prospect, Urias, in their starting rotation, they considered adding him to their bullpen. Asked if they might go that route with De Leon, Roberts said no.“Jose is just making his starts,” Roberts said. “Really, I haven’t had any conversations with the major leagues and our club.”AlsoBrett Anderson (back surgery) threw on consecutive days for the first time Tuesday, going on flat ground from 75 feet.last_img read more