Preparing for his senior season, Scott Firman knew a potential position change could happen. The lone returning starter from the defense, Nick Mellen, had just undergone surgery and his status for fall ball remained unclear.Firman, who’s been a long stick midfielder for the past three years, started dabbling with a possible switch to close defense during the summer.When fall came around, Mellen was not ready. Given the inexperience on the backline, Syracuse assistant coach Lelan Rogers wanted to move a veteran player to play defense to patch up the hole. Firman’s skills as a long stick midfielder and previous experience playing close defense in high school made him the best candidate for the job.“If you can play both, it’s really going to get you on the field a lot quicker,” Rogers said. “Scott’s a kid who can play both up top and down low.”Firman has been an anchor for No. 6 Syracuse (1-0) on the defensive side of the field since his freshman year in 2014. The senior had spent three years as the long stick midfielder, a position he has been most comfortable playing. But with two close defensemen now graduated and Mellen out with injury, Firman will play close defense for SU this season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt started with 1-on-1 and 6-on-6 drills in practice. In the former, Firman would work on technique. Each day, Rogers had a new tip or a note for Firman to improve on — whether it be spacing or proper footwork. During the latter, he would be able to see the full field and improve communication down low.The transition came with a degree of difficulty. The main difference was learning to deal with attackmen who’d run behind the net, something Firman wasn’t used to when guarding midfielders.When Firman played close defense in high school, it was because he was one of the best athletes on the team. Now, he needed to learn the fundamentals.“(At Syracuse) it’s more of a ‘We’re going to put you down here,’” Firman said, “’but you’ve got to learn everything in terms of technique and team defense.’”Jamie Archer, Firman’s high school coach, says speed and pushing transition are intangibles crucial to being a long stick midfielder. And to Archer, Firman had that.But at close defense, Firman has to get to the goal line and turn his hips to keep the opposition behind. The angle is completely different and there is more lateral movement. Up top as a long stick midfielder, it’s more turning his hips and sprinting, staying with the midfielder. Close defense also leaves room to recover from a quick slip up.“Behind goal if they beat you initially,” Archer said, “you can recover a little more because they’re behind the goal most of the time.”In Syracuse’s season opener against Siena on Saturday, Firman made his first career start. He had played regularly for three years prior, appearing in 46 games. He picked up four ground balls in SU’s 19-6 win. In only one game, he already has 12 percent of his total ground ball total in 17 games last year.There was some miscommunication in the first game, including a three-goal first quarter. The defense then buckled down, allowing only three goals in as many quarters the rest of the way.“The great ones, of which Scotty is, can adjust quickly,” Rogers said.When Mellen returns to action, Firman may play both long stick and pole, depending on the opposition. With quicker and faster attackmen, Firman will likely stay down low. But with quick midfielders, Firman will move back up to his natural position.Despite the position change, Firman has been a steady constant from preseason to now. He will likely match up on the team’s No. 1 attacker since the other two starters, Tyson Bomberry and Marcus Cunningham, have made a combined 16 appearances in college.“Switching positions from long stick middie done to close and back and forth like that,” senior attack and high school teammate Jordan Evans said, “that’s one of the hardest things you can do.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 13, 2017 at 10:01 pm Contact Charlie: email@example.com | @charliedisturco
“But we bounced back, showed our character and our mentality. We are happy to get three points here.”– Tottenham blitz –Once back on level terms, Spurs were relentless as Pickford denied Son a second but Alli charged into the box to sweep home the rebound to turn the game around.Kane is now just one goal behind Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang in the race for the Premier League golden boot and showed his predatory instincts to side-foot into an empty net after Kieran Trippier’s fine free-kick came back off the post three minutes before half-time.“I think everyone is talking about Liverpool and Man City, but we are just doing well as we normally do,” said the England captain.“We’ve had a great week, we’ve got games coming up thick and fast but games we can win.”Both teams face the least rest time of any Premier League side over the festive period with another three games to come between now and New Year’s Day.However, there was no let up in the pace of the game after the break as Eriksen produced a technically-perfect volley from the edge of the box to make it 4-1 before Gylfi Sigurdsson pulled a goal back for Everton three minutes later.Yet, any hope of a fightback was extinguished just after the hour mark when Son’s fine control cushioned Erik Lamela’s pass before he finished through the legs of Pickford.It was announced this week that the South Korean will go to the Asian Cup in January despite already representing his country at the World Cup and Asian Games this year.And Son showed why he will be missed by his club in January once more with an inch-perfect cross for Kane to slide in for his second of the afternoon 16 minutes from time.Share on: WhatsApp Liverpool, United Kingdom | AFP | Tottenham Hotspur showed why manager Mauricio Pochettino is a wanted man by thrashing Everton 6-2 at Goodison Park on Sunday to close to within six points of Premier League leaders Liverpool.Spurs have had to cope with the unwanted attention of Pochettino being linked with the Manchester United job following Jose Mourinho’s sacking this week.But they showed no signs of being distracted as they roared back from a goal down thanks to doubles from Son Heung-min and Harry Kane with Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen also on target.“There is a lot of rumours but our job is Tottenham and we have to be focused to try to be successful,” said Pochettino.Fatigue may yet still derail Tottenham’s bid to win a first trophy under Pochettino with Spurs still involved in four competitions.But with Liverpool facing Arsenal and Manchester City in a top-of-the-table clash in their next three games over the festive period, Tottenham have the opportunity to haul themselves into a three-way title race if they maintain the standards set at Goodison.“Football is about being consistent. If we are consistent and able to play like we did today then maybe we are alive until the end of April and be a real contender,” added Pochettino.“We are involved in four competitions but I think today we surprise everyone because not only the quality, but the energy we showed today was amazing.”Everton struck first against the run of play in a wildly open contest when Theo Walcott stabbed home at the near post from Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s cross.But Spurs looked as if they could score with almost every attack and were soon on level terms with the aid of a Jordan Pickford error.The England number one rushed from his goal but only succeeded in getting in the way of his own defender Kurt Zouma and Son took advantage with a wonderful finish from a narrow angle.“We dominated the game from the start, we created so many chances, so we were unlucky to be 1-0 down,” said Son.
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