Women of Troy face Oklahoma at home

first_imgThe friendly confines of McAlister Field proved to be the perfect ingredient for victory for the USC women’s soccer team as it came away with a weekend sweep against then-No. 25 Auburn and Northern Arizona University in the Trojan Invitational.Historic · Senior forward Megan Ohai scored the game-winning goal against Purdue to become 10th on USC’s all-time career goals list. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan Looking to match their success last weekend, the Women of Troy (4-1-2) will face the Oklahoma Sooners (3-2-1) at 3 p.m. at McAlister Field — and once again, protecting home field will be of the utmost importance for the team.“We can use our home field to our advantage,” senior forward Megan Ohai said. “We don’t want to lose at home and the more wins we get at home, the tougher it gets for other teams to come in and play.”The team now finds itself on a six-game unbeaten streak and on the receiving end of some recognition because of its recent play. In the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and Soccer America polls, the Women of Troy are ranked No. 23.Despite what the rankings say, senior defender Karter Haug said the Women of Troy just need to go out and play.“We don’t really look at the rankings,” Haug said.  “It’s one of those things where we just want to come out, play our game and whoever we’re playing … we just want to do our best.”The defense has been shutting down opponents and the offense has been creating plenty of scoring opportunities — the only problem is that the team is not finishing those opportunities.Though the Women of Troy did score multiple goals for the first time against Northern Arizona, Ohai believes that their offense can still do better.“We can’t take it to heart too much,” Ohai said.  “It motivates us a little bit because we’ve been working on it, but we’ve got to keep going and there’s still room for improvement.”With some momentum going into the match against the Sooners, the Women of Troy are playing with confidence, but USC coach Ali Khosroshahin said the team shouldn’t worry about winning.“When you just focus on results, you’re going to be an inconsistent team,” Khosroshahin said. “But when you focus on how you play, the results will take of itself if you do the little things correctly.”If the Women of Troy do all the little things correctly and control what they can control ­— most notably, finishing their scoring opportunities and taking care of the ball — they will be in a good position to duplicate their recent success.last_img read more

Syracuse dominates Dayton center Steve McElvene in the paint

first_imgThat dunk turned out to be one of the few highlights for McElvene on an otherwise futile day for him and the Flyers (25-8, 14-4 Atlantic 10) big men. Syracuse (20-13, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) outrebounded Dayton, 48-28, scored six more points in the paint, and used that to propel a 70-51 win at the Scottrade Center.McElvene’s struggles highlighted the larger issue for UD, as he scored just two points in the second half and pulled down only six rebounds on the afternoon.“They got the ball inside, but their 6-foot-6 guys were shooting over out 6-foot-10 guys,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “We came in and got the ball off the backboards. We struggled a little bit this year rebounding the basketball … and that was really the difference in the game.”It was SU’s Tyler Roberson instead that bullied McEelvene on the glass, going for 18 rebounds. The Flyers are a fairly small team, and it’s one prototypical big man threat just wasn’t one.After the game, it was McElvene that took part of the responsibility for his team’s loss. Even with the large score deficit, it was only a handful of plays that he could have made that would have turned the tide of the game.“I’m pretty disappointed,” McElvene said, “because, as an individual, if I had grabbed a couple more rebounds, we could have been in the game. Comments ST. LOUIS — Syracuse and Dayton had combined to make just two shots through nearly the first four minutes of their matchup on Friday afternoon. Just one layup and a tip-in from Dyshawn Pierre.It wasn’t until Steve McElvene slammed home a powerful dunk to make it 6-4 that either team could really find a rhythm. The 6-foot-11, 268-pound redshirt freshman is exactly the type of inside presence that has punished Syracuse this season. Whether it was Georgetown’s Bradley Hayes, who scored 21 points against SU, or Pittsburgh’s Ryan Luther, whose 13 points helped propel his team to a win in SU’s last game.Those sometimes inexperienced or seldom-used big men have found ways to beat the Orange. After that dunk it looked like he might able to find that same success.“Steve had some opportunities, especially early in the game,” Dayton head coach Archie Miller said. “In Steve’s 19 minutes or so I thought he had a better impact on offense than defense.”MORE COVERAGE: AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGallery: Syracuse beats Dayton in Round of 64 NCAA Tournament matchupFast Reaction: 3 quick takeaways after Syracuse’s 70-51 blowout of DaytonSyracuse puts 2014 NCAA Tournament loss to Dayton in past with 70-51 win over FlyersDayton collapses under pressure of Syracuse’s early second-half runMalachi Richardson, equally unpredictable and unfazed, is ready for the big stage Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 18, 2016 at 6:07 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 Related Stories Malachi Richardson, equally unpredictable and unfazed, is ready for the big stageDayton collapses under pressure of Syracuse’s early second-half runSyracuse puts 2014 NCAA Tournament loss to Dayton in past with 70-51 win over FlyersFast Reaction: 3 quick takeaways after Syracuse’s 70-51 blowout of DaytonGallery: Syracuse beats Dayton in Round of 64 NCAA Tournament matchuplast_img read more