Thomas’ overtime goal salvages victory against Boston College, ACC tournament home game for Syracuse

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Alex Halis walked away dejectedly after his point-blank shot bounced off Boston College goalkeeper Alex Kapp’s fingertips late in the second half. Chris Nanco hung his head after Kapp made a leaping save on a floater to the top of the goal. Korab Syla lay on the ground, clutching his face after his open shot sailed well over the goal in overtime.But with 7:21 left in the second and final overtime, a game that seemingly contradicted Syracuse’s 14-2-1 season suddenly fit into the rest of the narrative.Skylar Thomas broke through a scrum in front of the goal, pumping his fist and running up the SU sideline celebrating his goal that decided a game that close all night.“I can’t even remember much,” Thomas said. “But I think (the ball) came down on my foot, and I just hit it on net, and it went in.”The No. 3 Orange (14-2-1, 5-2-1 Atlantic Coast) overcame 12 missed shots and nine unconverted corners in the second half and overtime to win 2-1 over Boston College (5-8-3, 1-6-1) on senior night at SU Soccer Stadium on Friday. The Orange dominated possession and shots in the second half, and it paid off in the game’s waning moments.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse is now guaranteed to host an ACC tournament quarterfinal game on Nov. 9, one season after missing the tournament completely.“For us today, it shows a lot of character, a lot of resolve to come back, and it took overtime,” SU head coach Ian McIntyre said. “You may argue that this is one of the bigger wins for our program.“We created a lot of chances tonight, but to get that last one was important.”Boston College got on the board just 11 minutes in when Diego Medina-Mendez sent a shot across the box. The shot missed his teammates, Syracuse defenders, and eventually the hands of goalkeeper Alex Bono as it hit the bottom-left corner of the goal.Mendez, shocked, looked back a moment before raising his arms up in the air.But Syracuse got it back just over 17 minutes later. Right wing Oyvind Alseth got trucked inside the box and moments later Nick Perea was celebrating his penalty kick equalizer.The Orange, facing a deficit for the first time since Sept. 13, had dug its way out. Now it was Syracuse on the offensive, getting every opportunity.It’s second goal seemed like it would be inevitable, but time after time it escaped SU.“Since we haven’t been down, we didn’t know how to react,” Thomas said. “But we reacted properly, we raised our level.”After the first overtime, McIntyre walked out to the field, a smile on his face. He walked up to the individual players walking slowly off the field and started clapping to them.A crowd that had grown accustomed to cheering, whether from the full stands or the hill behind the far side goal had spent a night groaning with missed opportunities.And on SU’s final chance of the night, the roar of the crowd was faint. A mess of players blocked the view of the goal, as the play that unfolded was out of the fans’ sight. But as Thomas emerged, his 6-foot, 3-inch frame escaping every one of his frantic teammates, the cheer became louder and louder.“One word,” Alex Halis used to describe the game. “Heart. We’ve got heart. We fought and we fought. Coach always told us that we’re a second half team, and we proved it tonight. Comments Published on November 1, 2014 at 12:08 am Contact Sam: | @SamBlum3last_img read more

Tipp hurlers see off Liam Mellows with ease ahead of League opener

first_imgThey now prepare for their League opener with Clare and speaking to Tipp FM after todays game, Padraic Maher says todays outing was a good practice ahead of the competitive season Photo: Stephen Gleeson Tipp senior hurlers were in action this afternoon in their last challenge match before the National League opener It was an easy game for the Premier County against Galway club champions Liam Mellows in Lorrha Final score was 4 – 29 to 8 pointslast_img

Iowa panel says economic impact of Covid-19 unknown

first_imgDES MOINES — A three-member panel says it is too soon to calculate what, if any, impact the coronavirus pandemic may have on state tax revenue.“I think everybody in the world would like to know what the final outcome is going to be,” said Dave Roederer, the governor’s budget director who is a member of the panel, “but we aren’t going to know that until it happens, I guess.”Legislative Services Agency director Holly Lyons, another voting member of the group, calls these unprecedented times.“Much of the news is not good, however, I do want to be clear that the sky is not falling,” Lyons said. “It’s a little cloudier than usual, but Iowa currently has a stable, albeit slowly growing economy and the state’s financial position is sound.”David Underwood, a businessman from Clear Lake, is the public member of the Revenue Estimating Conference. He said the fundamentals of the economy are solid.“I haven’t seen anybody, at least in north Iowa, take down a ‘Help Wanted’ sign yet,” Underwood said. “There’s still plenty of those out there for anybody that wants to be employed.”The panel actually raised its estimate of state tax collections for the current state fiscal year by $76 million. The group did reduce its guess for the next state budgeting year by $12 million. However, lawmakers who’ll use these figures to craft next year’s state budget will have more than $8.2 billion total to work with. Underwood predicted there will be an impact at some point, with as much fear as there is about covid-19.“It still hasn’t really impacted Iowa yet. We don’t know the extent it’s going to,” Underwood said. “If it really becomes a pandemic in the United States, our numbers are going to be too high.”Lyons admitted to being a bit stressed out, but she said the group is doing the best it can with the information it has.“Yes, there’s fear, but there is no need to panic at this time,” Lyons said.If the economy does slip, the group will reconvene. Any new estimate the panel might make would have an impact on state budgeting decisions.last_img read more

Barcelona’s Pique recalls tough love at Utd from Ferguson and Keane

first_imgNow a World Cup champion and four-time Champions League winner, Pique has explained how at United his phone once went off in the changing room, prompting Keane to let loose.“It’s dead quiet. All of a sudden, you could hear this little vibration. Very soft,” Pique told the Players’ Tribune.“I realise it’s me. It’s my cell phone. I left it on vibrate, and it’s in the pocket of my pants, stuffed in the clothes bag that’s hanging right behind Roy’s head.”Pique continued: “He screams out to everybody, ‘Whose phone is that?!’ Silence. He asks again. Silence. He asks a third time. ‘Whose. Bloody. F*****g. Phone. Is. That?!’ Finally, I spoke up, like a little boy. Very softly, I said, ‘I’m so sorry. It’s mine.’”Pique added: “Roy lost his mind! He went nuts in front of everybody! It was incredible. I almost shit myself. But it was a good lesson.”With Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand ahead of him, Pique never managed to hold down a place at United and, in 2008, Ferguson sanctioned his return to Barcelona.“I was honest with him (Ferguson),” Pique said. “I said, ‘Listen, I feel like I’ve lost your trust. Barcelona is my home. I want to go back. I hope you will let me go.’”Pique thought he would face his boyhood team when United then drew Barca in the Champions League but, before the semi-final, Ferguson paid a visit to the defender’s hotel room.“I knew something was going on, because he never came to see players before the match,” Pique said.“I opened the door and he said, ‘Gerard, I regret to inform you that I can’t play you today. The deal is almost done. If I play you, and you have a bad game, they’ll say it’s because you’re headed to Barcelona. So I can’t put you in. I just want you to know why.’“The truth is, I was pretty devastated. Even though I wanted to go home, I was ready to give everything for United and Sir Alex in that match. It was my dream to play at the Camp Nou in the Champions League.“It hurt very badly. But in the end, Sir Alex made the right decision.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Barcelona’s Spanish defender Gerard Pique came through Barca’s youth system but moved to United, aged 17, before struggling with homesickness during four difficult years at Old Trafford © AFP/File / Pau BarrenaBARCELONA, Spain, Mar 23 – Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has told how his career was kickstarted by a rant from Roy Keane and then given a new lease of life when Alex Ferguson let him leave Manchester United.Pique came through Barca’s youth system but moved to United, aged 17, before struggling with homesickness during four difficult years at Old Trafford.last_img read more