Shafer, Clawson analyze Syracuse-Wake Forest matchup

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Much like Syracuse, Wake Forest has relied on its defense to keep its team afloat for a good part of the season.The Orange (2-4, 0-2 Atlantic Coast) makes its first in-conference road trip of the season when it takes on the Demon Deacons (2-4, 0-2) on Saturday at noon. It’ll be a matchup between two teams in the lower half of the Atlantic Division with defenses that have compensated for largely struggling offenses.“They do a very good job of taking away your inside gaps,” SU head coach Scott Shafer said during the ACC coaches’ teleconference Wednesday morning. “They get after it up front and create some penetration. I think their secondary is very good and the linebackers are very sound, especially in the box, taking away those seams and making you try to make plays on the outside.”While Wake Forest’s offense is dead last in the nation in yards per game, its defense is sixth in the ACC in passing yards allowed per game.In his weekly teleconference on Tuesday, Shafer said WFU’s defense will feature a few different looks, but they’re similar to what SU’s seen this season. Though the Demon Deacons’ offense has struggled mightily, Shafer said on Tuesday he expects Wake Forest to produce a “great” offensive game plan, having had a bye week to prepare for the Orange.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBoth teams’ offenses will be run by first-year signal-callers, but Wake Forest head coach Dave Clawson pointed to the 34 upperclassmen on SU’s two-deep depth chart as he spoke highly of the Orange’s experience.“When you look at Syracuse, it’s how physical they are. They’re a very veteran offensive line,” Clawson said on the ACC coaches’ teleconference. “Overall, it’s a very experienced football team. With that, comes a very physical football team which we know they are.“That’s our biggest challenge with Syracuse, is how experienced and how physical they are.” Comments Published on October 15, 2014 at 2:25 pm Contact Phil: | @PhilDAbblast_img read more

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

Mixed fortunes for Irish fighters at World Championships

first_imgKatie Taylor has set up an Olympic final rematch, with victory this morning in the last-16 of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships. The Bray fighter will face Russian Sofya Ochigava tomorrow, the woman she beat to claim gold in London two years ago. There was disappointment for Belfast’s Michaela Walsh, who lost her 54 k-g bout on a split decision to Azerbaijan’s Anna Alimardanova.last_img