Women’s soccer hoping to stay unbeaten

first_imgThe Wisconsin women’s soccer team has spent three weeks away from home and, during that time, things could not have gone much better – winning three games and tying one as they traveled across the country from Connecticut to Illinois to Oregon.Now Wisconsin (3-0-1) will finally return to the home pitch for a much-anticipated matchup with Vanderbilt. Not only will the game against the Commodores (1-2-1) serve as the home opener for Wisconsin, but it will also be the fifth annual PAC the MAC with one dollar tickets available for anyone at the door.After starting the season unranked, the Badgers have climbed to the No. 23 spot in the national rankings due to what is currently a four-game unbeaten streak. Following a 5-1 exhibition win at home over then-No. 15 Marquette, Wisconsin won three games in a row before settling for a 1-1 double overtime tie with Oregon State this past Sunday in the second of two games on the West Coast.Following Tuesday’s practice, senior midfielder Alev Kelter offered her thoughts on the second road trip of the season, which also featured a 2-1 win against Oregon last Friday night.“I thought it was a very successful couple games, and we played well as a team. And we came back from being down and showed that our team can push through adversity. We are strong together and we are going to continue to get better each day,” Kelter said.“I’m happy that they’re not satisfied with the tie and I think playing against good Pac-12 teams is a good thing to teach us what we need to be able to do and how to manage games a little bit differently than we did,” head coach Paula Wilkins said.As for Friday’s game, Wisconsin will most likely go with much of the same lineup, although there is the possibility for a few changes as Wilkins pointed out.“There’s going to be a little bit more of a competition for some stuff,” Wilkins said, making reference to the fact the Badgers will be without junior midfielder Kodee Williams who has to sit out due to a red card from Sunday’s game against Oregon State. Wilkins also noted a few players are injured, which could also play a role in the competition for starting spots, although she did not specify who, if anyone, would be sitting out due to injury.Regardless of the Badgers’ starting lineup come Friday, Wilkins outlined what she hopes to see from her squad against the Commodores.“I think we need to be more dangerous in the final third for sure. I think we’ve possessed the ball there but we haven’t been so dangerous, and so that’s going to be one of our focuses in the next two days,” Wilkins said of the Badgers offense, which has averaged a very respectable 2.5 goals per game.Vanderbilt, on the other hand, which came into this season after a 5-10-5 mark last season, has been off to a much slower start this year than the Badgers. The Commodores lost their first game of the season to UAB and in their last three matches, have tied, won and lost, in that order, with the victory coming against Memphis.In its four regular season games, Vanderbilt has yet to score more than two goals, though they have also yet to be held scoreless. However, according to UW assistant coach Tim Rosenfeld, Vanderbilt is a much better team than its record indicates and despite its lack of offensive success so far, it is one of the better attacking teams that Wisconsin will see in the non-conference season.Whether that holds to be true remains to be seen, but as Wisconsin’s leading scorer Cara Walls alluded to, there will undoubtedly be a very entertaining and physical game for those in attendance at PAC the MAC Friday evening.“I think we’re just hard,” Walls, who has scored five goals already this season, said. “We go down a goal and we know that we can come back. Physically, we’re hard. When the other team turns, there’s always someone there smacking a girl on her ass and teams don’t want to play against that. It’s fun to be on a team like that.”last_img read more


first_imgFourteen craft and food producers from across Donegal will travel to the annual Féile na Tuaithe festival with Donegal’s Local Enterprise Office this weekend. Taking place in Turlough Park, Castlebar this two-day family festival celebrates all that’s good about country life and the traditions of bygone days.Fourteen craft and food producers from across Donegal will showcase their crafts and products at the annual Féile na Tuaithe festival this weekend.Taking place in Turlough Park, Castlebar this two-day family festival celebrates all that’s good about country life and the traditions of bygone days.The participating craft and food producers have been working very closely with Donegal’s Local Enterprise Office to perfect their product display ahead of this weekend’s event. In total, seven creative craft businesses and seven food businesses will represent Donegal at the festival, setting up their stalls in the Food and Craft Retail Marquees located on the front lawn of Turlough Park.The local artists, craftspeople, designers and food producers travelling to Castlebar include Barry Sweeny, Teresa McHugh, Jim McIntyre and Jone Cari, who are members of Local Hands, a group of local artists and crafts persons based in Ballyshannon.Other creatives representing Donegal include Batik artist Fiona Higgins, Karen O’Kane of Koko Designs, and Lorraine O’Carroll of Pennisula Pottery.The food businesses heading to Féile na Tuaithe are Linda McClean of Mallow Mia, Claire Duffy of The Legumerie, Carol Banahan of Carol’s Stock Market, John Shine of Shine’s Seafood, Charlene Curran of Simply Yum, Maire Bonnar, producer of hand-made artisan chocolates and Andrew McElhinney of O’Donnell’s Bakery. Ursula Donnelly, Deputy Head of Enterprise at Donegal’s Local Enterprise Office said: “The Féile na Tuaithe festival is another exciting opportunity for food and craft businesses in Donegal to showcase their work to a wider audience. There are fourteen craft and food producers travelling to Castlebar this weekend with the Local Enterprise Office. These businesses are great ambassadors for Donegal and we wish them the very best of luck at Féile na Tuaithe this weekend.”Visitors to Féile na Tuaithe can watch and participate in craft and traditional skills demonstrations, enjoy family games and puppet shows, relax with music and dance, and do a bit of browsing or shopping from a variety of food and craft retailers. The Museum galleries and the Folklife collection provide inspiration for two days of living traditions.For more information on Féile na Tuaithe festival visit www.museum.ie or email feile@museum.ie. For more information on the Donegal food business contact Eve – Anne McCarron and craft producers contact Grace Korbel, Local Enterprise Office on 074-9160735 or visit www.localenterprise.ie/donegal.DONEGAL CRAFT AND FOOD PRODUCERS AT FEILE NA TUAITHE was last modified: May 19th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Griezmann fuels Manchester United rumours by making shock transfer revelation

first_img Antoine Griezmann: The striker recently said there was a ‘six out of 10’ chance of joining Man United 1 Antoine Griezmann has cast further doubt over his future at Atletico Madrid by admitting he is ‘ready to go’ in order to win trophies.The France striker revealed on Monday there was a ‘six out of 10’ chance of him joining Manchester United this summer.The 26-year-old has been consistently linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent months and it now seems there could be some substance to the speculation.Griezmann made the original admission on French TV on Monday and went a step further on Tuesday when speaking to L’Equipe.“Today, if I have to move, it will not be a problem for me,” said Griezmann.“It may be England, which is in fashion, Germany, China or the United States, I’m ready to go.”Atletico finished third in LaLiga and fell to a 4-2 aggregate defeat against Real Madrid in the semi-finals of the Champions League.Griezmann, who scored 26 goals for Atletico this season, added: “I want to win titles.“We finished third in LaLiga, it was the objective of the club, but we, the players, want more.“Winning titles is what I will look for this summer when deciding on my future.”last_img read more