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.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Binghamton sent 18 batters to the plate Wednesday night. Fifteen times, Alexa Romero sent them back to the dugout. While Syracuse smacked Binghamton starter Allison Pritchard, Romero pitched like an ace. Three Bearcats reached base in five innings and only one scored.“She’s always coming in strong,” junior shortstop Sammy Fernandez said. “She usually always shuts down the opposing player. We can always expect her to make that big pitch.”When Romero joined SU’s rotation, Syracuse players and coaches knew she had the potential to be dominant. In Syracuse’s (19-12, 3-6 Atlantic Coast) 13-1 rout of Binghamton (9-16, 2-2 America East), the left-handed Romero pitched five innings. She gave up two runs or fewer for the eighth time this season when pitching at least five innings, and she lowered her earned run average to 2.38, breezing through the Bearcats lineup.On Tuesday, Romero had a hunch she would have a stellar outing. The Aurora, Colorado, native felt like she had her pitches moving well and hitting their spots in practice this week. One day later, pitching in her first game at SU Softball Stadium, Romero kept it rolling.Romero pitched with efficiency. The freshman threw 75 pitches through five innings, notching her seventh win of the year. Her counterpart gave up seven runs, walked six batters and threw 76 pitches in 2 2/3 innings.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJumping ahead in the count allowed Romero to utilize her movement pitches. Pop-ups and weak groundouts were products of Binghamton not getting the barrel of the bat on the ball.“I felt really good today,” Romero said. “I felt loose and relaxed.”In the bottom of the fourth, Stephanie Bielec’s bloop single to shallow left field gave Binghamton its first hit. One batter later, Romero made her only mistake of the game. A pitch to Kate Richard that caught too much of the plate resulted in an RBI double. When Romero could have surrendered more, her change up caused Bridget Hunt’s knees to buckle as she looked at strike three.“She’s just been doing her thing,” Syracuse head coach Mike Bosch said. “She’s been really consistent all season. She does a lot of things you really wouldn’t expect from a freshman.”This marks the second time Romero faced the Bearcats this season. The first encounter, a fall scrimmage in October, Romero said she pitched OK, but she didn’t elaborate. She instead reinforced that she has improved since then with her 75-pitch, three-strikeout victory on Wednesday night. Comments Published on April 5, 2017 at 9:51 pm Contact Nick: firstname.lastname@example.org | @nick_a_alvarez
Mark Saggers is joined by Stuart Pearce and Michael Calvin to talk all things England in the wake of their failure at Euro 2016.They discuss the importance of England players making it a priority to play for their country, how the FA will plan for the future whilst choosing the next manager, and Stuart talks about his experiences as manager of the Three Lions Under-21s, and the Great Britain Olympic team.Listen above or click here to download the podcast from iTunes, along with previous versions.