Real Madrid legend Raul doesn’t believe the club should hesitate in spending Â£160 million on Monaco prodigy Kylian Mbappe.The youngster has been tipped to make a big-money move to Los Blancos this summer transfer window.Speaking toÂ MarcaÂ the club’s former striker suggested they shouldn’t worry about the fee paid in the current climate.“The market will set the price,” he said. “There has to be an agreement between several parties and that will define it. Real Madrid have great players but it is clear that until August 31, anything can happen. For now you have to focus on those who are here and we’ll see what happens,” observed the Real Madrid great.There’s no doubt spending Â£160 million on an 18-year-old would be something of a gamble, although Mbappe is the finest prospect in world football at the moment.Â Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
But once the Lakers started to dominate the draws, it used that extra possession time to take the lead early in the second half, pulling away and displaying even more depth than it had shown before.Brown, with four goals and two assists, and Puffer, with three goals and three assists, set the pace. Rajkowski and Hartley each scored twice, Rajkowski adding two assists.Harris, Connor and Megan Hughes had matching totals of one goal and one assist, with Schwartz and Hope King also finding the net.Back on Tuesday, the Chittenango girls had to travel to Hyatt Stadium to face the state’s top-ranked Class D team, Skaneateles, who showed little mercy in the course of defeating the Bears 20-3.All that Chittenango could manage was Ally Shoemaker, Rhonee Shea Pal and Julia Pynn each getting one goal and one assist. For the Lakers, who went up 13-1 by halftime, Maggie Newton and Olivia Navaroli each had four goals, Navaroli adding three assists as Riley Brogan got two goals and five assists.Chittenango did turn it around on Friday, handling Vernon-Verona-Sherrill 18-6 as it used an 8-2 push through the second half to pull away, Shea Pal dishing out a career-best eight assists to go with two goals.Benefiting from Shea Pal’s passes, Shoemaker and Pynn both scored five times and got three assists apiece, with Julia Graham getting five goals and one assist. Alyssa Frantz had one goal and one assist, with Olivia Cianfrocco adding an assist.But then the Bears had to face state Class D no. 6-ranked Marcellus on Saturday, and it lost 22-5 to the Mustangs, with Shoemaker and Pynn each netting two goals as Frantz earned the other goal. Shea Pal was held to one assist.Chittenango hosts Jordan-Elbridge and goes to Mexico this week as Cazenovia, after playing LaFayette on Monday, has back-to-back games with Rome Free Academy on Thursday and Homer on Friday.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: CazenoviaChittenangogirls lacrosse Rajkowski had three goals and two assists, with Brown also scoring three times and adding an assist. Laura Connor and Molly Schwartz both found the net twice as Kaitlyn Puffer got a goal and assist. Charley Harris had a goal and Ava Hartley got an assist.Looking for back-to-back wins, the Lakers visited LaFayette two days later, and once again was in top form, dominating the second half to overcome an early deficit and beat the Lancers 16-11.All through the first half, neither side could stop each other. Gabby Oswald (four goals) and Marissa Evans (three goals) led LaFayette as it answered everything Cazenovia threw at them and led, 10-8, at the break. Week by week, the Cazenovia girls lacrosse team has displayed its improvement, with those efforts getting translated into victories on the field.Another one of them arrived last Tuesday night, with the Lakers taking on Mexico and excelling in most phases of the game while recording a 12-5 victory over the Tigers.Even as Mexico tried to control the pace in the first half, Cazenovia still worked its way to a 5-2 lead, and then more than doubled that margin with Grace Rajkowski and Molly Brown setting the pace.
DEREK MONTGOMERY/Herald photoAfter losing a pair of heartbreaking matches in overtime last week, the Wisconsin women’s soccer team will have a chance to redeem itself this weekend. The Badgers (5-5-2) will travel to Michigan Friday to compete against Michigan State (6-3-3) and the University of Michigan (5-4-2).”It’s going to be a big weekend for us,” assistant coach Nick Carlin-Voigt said. “We are looking to get right back into the race in the Big Ten. We play Michigan State first then Michigan, so our approach right now is to take one game at a time. We have had some bad bounces, some things not go our way, but the team started off 0-3-1 last year, and there is no reason we can’t have the same success as last year.”After 12 games, Wisconsin has been plagued by overtime losses, going 1-4-2 in extended play and losing its last three games in extra time. Giving up corner kicks and losing momentum in the second half are two factors that Carlin-Voigt said have helped send the Badgers into overtime. Since last weekend’s double loss, the Badgers have been trying to improve on corner kick scenarios and goal-scoring opportunities.”We have been working on defending corner kicks better,” Carlin-Voigt said. “I think that we are going to have to learn to get the ball out when it is served in the box. I think being smarter in the back third and taking an initiative to clear the ball out will also help us.”This weekend will be the perfect opportunity for the Badgers to pick up momentum. UW will first face Michigan State Friday night. This season, the Spartans have just one more win than the Badgers.Michigan State has won just two contests in 21 tries against Wisconsin. Also, UW has never lost an away match to the Spartans.Defender Kelly Hannon leads Michigan State. The former Big Ten defensive player of the week should offer UW offensive forwards Amy Vermeulen, Allison Priess and Kara Kabellis quite a challenge.With Hannon controlling the backfield, Carlin-Voigt expects the front line to be more physical and explosive against the Spartans.”I think we will play a little more of an attacking style this weekend to try and get some goals,” Carlin-Voigt explained. “It’s going to be a matter of us defending. Last year, we played Michigan State and it was a must-win game, which we won 1-0, so it’s going to be important that we shut them out and finish our chances when they are given to us.”So far this season, the Badgers have used a duo of great goalkeepers in Lynn Murray and Stefani Szczechowski, who have both shown great prominence and are expected to see a lot of action this weekend.”We are really lucky to have two great goalkeepers that the team has confidence in,” Carlin-Voigt said. “So, whoever gets the call will be ready. Stef played well last weekend and Lynn is a very capable goalkeeper. So, it’s a tough decision but we are confident in whoever we decide to put between the pipes.”The Badgers will end their weekend road trip Sunday against Michigan. The Wolverines, like UW, are coming off two losses last weekend, to Purdue and Indiana.Sophomore Melissa Dobbyn leads the Wolverines. The forward has proved to be a lethal threat against Big Ten schools, scoring two goals and putting six shots on goal against Ohio State.If the Badgers can find a way to control Dobbyn, Carlin-Voigt thinks the team might be able to return home with two wins.”The team is really unified right now and they know it’s just a matter of time before we start to see more victories,” he said.