ACU’s Historic Season Ends with NCAA Tournament Loss to Baylor

first_imgWACO, Texas – The most historic season in Abilene Christian University’s Division I soccer history came to a close Saturday night under the lights in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Championships with a 2-0 defeat at the hands of the No. 11 Baylor Bears. Goals in the 14th and 46th minutes proved more than enough, ending the Southland Tournament champion’s season at 15-6-1.The two teams opened the 2018 campaign at Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field all the way back on Aug. 16, and the game ended in identical fashion, with the home team prevailing 2-0. Both goals came in the second half for the Bears in the opener, but the green and gold would score in the first 45 minutes Saturday evening.Baylor had control of the ball for the majority of the first half, leading 12-1 in shot attempts. ACU had its best looks in the sixth and 33rd minutes off corner kicks from Christina Arteaga, but nothing came of either chance as the ball was cleared. The visitor’s lone shot of the half came with just 28 seconds remaining from Arteaga, but it was saved by BU goalkeeper Jennifer Wandt. The Bears just kept at it with their offense, and it would eventually push through.Sarah King got the home team on the board, scoring her first goal of the season in the 14th minute. Baylor put pressure on the Wildcat defense with two corner kicks and three shot attempts all in a 36-second span. The shots were blocked, but after a deflection, the ball came right back in, this time to King, who scored from a couple feet out on the left side. Goalkeeper Rachel Johnson was just a fraction of a second late, and the Bears took the 1-0 lead into halftime.FINAL | @BaylorFutbol 2, ACU 0.ACU’s season ends with a 15-6-1 record, the most wins in our Division I history, a @SouthlandSports Championship, and the first @NCAASoccer Tournament appearance.#SACRFCE #GoWildcats— ACU Soccer (@ACU_Soccer) November 11, 2018 The goal was significant for the Wildcat defense; it was the first goal allowed all season by ACU in the first half of a game. Saturday also marked the first time the team trailed in any game since the 1-0, double-overtime loss at home to McNeese on Oct. 12 in Abilene.Baylor scored the game’s second goal just 1:55 into the second half, when Camryn Wendlandt sent a header past Johnson off an assist by Ally Henderson. The lead was 2-0 for the Bears, and leading 13-1 in shots at that point, it would be a challenge for ACU to overcome the deficit.Baylor led in most statistical categories, including shots (22-2), shots on goal (13-2), and corners (6-2). Johnson recorded a career-high 11 saves in net, taking the loss and dropping to 11-4-1 on the year. The Second Team All-Southland keeper wrapped her redshirt junior season with 89 stops.The two shot attempts were the second-lowest total of the season; Texas Tech limited ACU to just one shot on Aug. 26. Arteaga and Shay Johnson recorded the two shots for the Wildcats.The season comes to a close with so many wonderful moments of reflection. The 15 wins breaks a new program record at the Division I level, which began in 2013. The standard is set for the future, winning its first Southland Conference championship and earning the first trip to an NCAA Division I Tournament for any team at Abilene Christian University. The 13 shutouts break an all-time program record at any level, and ties a Southland Conference record as well. The ACU defense was one of the best in the country from start to finish, and remains one of the best this program has ever seen. The seven-consecutive wins leading into Saturday was the most for the team since 2011. 2018 has built an incredible foundation for the years to come.The team will say goodbye to six seniors, including Johnson, Dylan Owens, Sophie Standifer, Caity Acosta, Chelsea Reedy, and Hannah O’Donnell. ACU will, however, bring back a load of talent, including Arteaga, the First Team All-Southland forward, and Alyssia Anuat, the Southland Freshman of the Year. Shay Johnson capped her junior season with an all-conference honor, and Mulrooney and Brooke Lenz will help guide the defense once again in 2019.Baylor moves on to the round of 32, and will host the Vanderbilt Commodores Friday, Nov. 16 in Waco.last_img read more

Lady Altas win third straight, dumps Lady Bombers

first_imgFILE – University of Perpetual Help Lady Altas celebrate a point against the San Beda Red Lionesses during their game in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Perpetual Help kicked start the second half of its elimination round schedule with a resounding victory over Jose Rizal University, 25-21, 25-22, 14-25, 25-21, in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Altas stretched their winning streak to three games and improved to a 4-1 record and stay just half a game behind undefeated leaders Arellano University and San Beda, which have 4-0 cards.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Wozniacki into Aussie Open quarterfinals vs Suarez Navarro Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak MOST READcenter_img Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Maria Clemente and Cindy Imbo powered Perpetual with 19 and 18 points, respectively, and that production was exactly what head coach Macky Cariño wanted to see from his team.“We are aiming for the semifinals so we have to be consistent right now,” said Carinño. “We had a good defensive performance today, and so was our offense.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Lady Altas outscored the Lady Bombers, 50-41, in spikes and had a distinct advantage in service aces at 12-2.Dolly Grace Verzosa had 21 points to lead the 2-3 Lady Bombers while skipper Shola Alvarez added 15. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Ebola Outbreak to Reduce Arrest, Detention

first_imgWith the rapid spread of the Ebola epidemic, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia has appealed to magistrates (judges)   throughout the country to be flexible under the law in sending people to jail.Chief Justice Francis Korkpor was quick to point out that he was not ordering judges to perform their duties outside the scope of the law, but to use what he considered “discretionary powers” in line with section 10.12 and 13.5 of the Criminal Procedure Law.The Chief Justice made the appeal yesterday when he met with magistrates and the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) at his Temple of Justice office.According to him, the request for that power must be done on a case by case basis,  considering the fact and circumstance surrounding the matter. “This is to ensure that the judiciary plays one of the essential roles in containing the deadly Ebola disease in the country,” the Chief Justice said in support of his appealed.Frowning on magistrates that are involved in abandoning their respective courts, the Judiciary head stressed, “Any magistrate that does not take time into consideration and absent themselves from their responsibilities would be considered as non-essential staff.”He warned that severe administrative measures would be instituted against those magistrates involved  into such practice.”Updating the magistrates and the MOJ about recent decision regarding jury’s sequestration, the Chief Justice explained that “the judiciary has held deliberations with the National Bar Association (NBA) and the issue of the reduction of the number of jurors and their sequestration was addressed based on the out-break of the Ebola virus.”He continued, “During the discussion we agreed to reduce the number of jurors from 15 to nine, with three alternatives out of that same number.” He praised what he considered as the “cordial working relationship between  the Ministry and the Bar regarding efforts in the fight against the disease.For their part, the magistrates promised that they would exercise maximum judicial power as enshrined in the law, stating “We will use the discretionary powers, especially when it comes to arrest, summons and detention of defendants,  taking into consideration the Ebola crisis.” In separate remarks, Montserrado County Attorney, Cllr. Daku Mulbah and Acting Solicitor General,  Cllr. Augustine Fayiah,  assured the Chief Justice that they would continue to collaborate with the judiciary in the fight against the Ebola virus.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Packages available to support L.B. State at NCAA Tournament

first_img49er Athletic Association members with questions should call the “NCAA Tournament Hotline” at (562) 985-1904. All ticket requests (including student tickets) are being taken at the Walter Pyramid Box Office beginning at 10 a.m. each morning. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Single-session ticket prices are $61. For more information for non-members, call 562-985-4662. center_img Anyone interested in traveling to Columbus, Ohio to see the Long Beach State men’s basketball team in the NCAA Tournament against Tennessee on Friday should go to and click on NCAA Tournament Information. Packages for 49er Athletic Association members are available, starting at $515 per person based on double occupancy. The package includes: Two nights hotel, first-round game ticket, game- day transfers, on-site guide and tour desk. All taxes and gratuities are included. last_img read more

Salah in apparent discomfort in World Cup training

first_img0Shares0000Three teammates helped Mohamed Salah get his traning top over his shoulder © AFP / KARIM JAAFARGROZNY, Russian Federation, Jun 17 – Egypt’s super striker Mohamed Salah needed help from three teammates pulling on a jersey over his injured shoulder on Saturday, according to AFP reporters at the team’s training camp.The Pharaohs’ best hope in making the last 16 of a World Cup for the first time since 1990 has been having an eventful time at his team’s base camp in the Chechen capital Grozny. Salah watched from the bench as Egypt succumbed to an 89th minute header by defender Jose Gimenez in a 1-0 loss to Uruguay on Friday.He returned to training on Saturday but was spotted employing the help of three teammates pulling on his top.The team doctor nevertheless pronounced the Liverpool star “100 percent ready” to play in Egypt’s second match against host nation Russia in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday.But Salah at least he can take comfort in a 100-kilogramme (60 pound) birthday cake he was confronted with on his 26th birthday on Friday.A video released by the Chechen authorities that has gone viral showed Salah leisurely walking into his hotel lobby suspecting nothing and listening to music on his headphones.He began smiling meekly and suspecting something was not right when a hotel employee shot confetti in his face.Then Salah spotted the giant cake sitting on a lacquered table. Topped with a golden boot, the towering structure was topped with layers of candles that surely added up to more than 26.A Chechen man in a smart suit immediately ran up to Salah with a microphone in apparent expectation of a thank you speech.Salah did not oblige while smiling shyly and profusely. Salah was well out sight by the time the cake was sliced.Egypt’s decision to make Grozny their World Cup hope has been roundly criticised by human rights groups because of the Chechen authorities’ deadly persecution of all forms of dissent.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Kwan withdraws from nationals

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Kwan, 25, won a silver medal at the 1998 Olympics and a bronze in 2002. Suspended U.S. skeleton coach Tim Nardiello will not be allowed to travel with the team for World Cup races in Germany while sexual harassment allegations against him are investigated. Nardiello’s lawyer said that his client’s quest to be immediately reinstated is headed to court. The U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation’s board of directors met by telephone and voted against a motion – brought by the federation’s president, Jim Shea Sr. – that would have allowed Nardiello to travel with the team today. COLLEGE FOOTBALL: UCLA safety Jarrad Page has accepted an invitation to play in the All American Classic in Las Vegas and offensive tackle Ed Blanton will play in the Hula Bowl. They join linebacker Spencer Havner (Senior Bowl), tight end Marcedes Lewis (Senior Bowl) and quarterback Drew Olson (East-West Shrine Game) in senior bowl games. – Jill Painter COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Former Baylor University basketball player Carlton Dotson, who pleaded guilty last year to murder in the shooting of teammate Patrick Dennehy, is seeking permission to appeal his 35-year prison sentence. “It is sort of ironic that the last person bumped off the team was me, in ’94,” Kwan said. “But they do have a rule for special circumstances. I want to petition, because I feel I will be 100 percent by the time the Olympics rolls around.” The nine-time national champion and five-time world gold medalist missed nearly all of this season with injuries, but was expected to skate in St. Louis next week. Instead, she will seek one of the three U.S. berths at the Olympics by petitioning U.S. Skating – and will almost certainly be added, if healthy. Dotson, 23, pleaded guilty in June for the 2003 death of Dennehy. In a letter dated Dec. 9 and received by a Texas judge last week, Dotson sought permission to appeal his conviction and asked for copies of court transcripts and other records, a state District Court clerk said. He did not have a sentencing deal with prosecutors, and waived his right to appeal. He also missed a 30-day deadline after sentencing last June to ask for a new trial or permission to appeal. MOTOR SPORTS: Two-time Daytona 500 champion Bill Elliott will enter the race this year in a car fielded by MB2 Motorsports. The 1988 NASCAR Cup champion has run a limited schedule the past two seasons. His last Daytona 500 appearance was in 2003, when he finished 34th. He won the event in 1985 and 1987. TENNIS: Martina Hingis won her second straight match since returning after a three-year absence, beating seventh-seeded Klara Koukalova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-2 at the Australian women’s hardcourt championships at Gold Coast, Australia. Serena Williams won only four games in a 6-3, 6-1 loss to Elena Dementieva at the Champions Challenge exhibition tournament in Hong Kong. Dementieva earned her first career win against the seven-time Grand Slam singles champion. Top-ranked Lindsay Davenport relied on a strong serve to beat Nicole Vaidisova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 6-2. Rafael Nadal has pulled out of next week’s Sydney International at Sydney, Australia, due to a persistent foot injury, and his status is uncertain for the Australian Open beginning on Jan. 16. Archer Mark Hainline was suspended for two years after refusing to take a doping test last year, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announced. Andre Agassi pulled out of the Australian Open because of a lingering ankle injury. Agassi, 35, sprained his left ankle playing racquetball on Oct. 12, and aggravated the injury during the season-ending Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai, where he was upset in the first round. – Daily News Staff and Wire Services 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img After withdrawing from the U.S. Figure Skating Championships on Wednesday with a groin injury, Michelle Kwan said she will petition the U.S. federation for a spot at the Turin Olympics. The last time a top women’s skater did so, Kwan wound up getting bumped from the 1994 team by Nancy Kerrigan. last_img read more

‘There’s no reason Ozil should get paid more than Ramsey’, says talkSPORT host

first_img What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas 3 targets rookie error talkSPORT host Adrian Durham believes Aaron Ramsey has “every right” to demand the same wages Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil receives at the club.Ramsey looks poised to leave the Gunners for free at the end of the season after it emerged talks between the player and club regarding a new contract had broken down. 3 Durham said: “This is where the Mesut Ozil contract comes back to haunt Arsenal. Aaron Ramsey has every right to ask for the same money as Mesut Ozil.“There is no logical reason why Ozil should be paid more than Ramsey.“Ramsey is well within his rights to go to Arsenal and say he wants the same money as Ozil after the bumper contract they gave him.“If Arsenal think they can do better or they can even afford to lose them on a free then that’s the way they’re running their club I guess.” Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Durham believes Ozil does not deserve to be paid more than the Welshman Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? BIG PRESENTS UP TOP ‘Aaron Ramsey could play anywhere in Europe’ – Ally McCoist blasts Arsenal for allowing Welshman’s contract to expireDurham went on to echo the views made by the likes of Ally McCoist that Ramsey could play for some of Europe’s top sides before labelling the 27-year-old as “one of the best players in the Premier League.”He added: “If Ramsey leaves Arsenal is he going to be scratching around for a club? Will he be looking at other clubs in the bottom half of the Premier League? I don’t think so.“I think he can go to one of THE big club’s abroad. I absolutely feel they’ll come in for him.“They’ve seen what he’s done on the international stage at Euro 2016. He was there with Wales and he was their best player. It will not have gone unnoticed that Ramsey was the main man for Wales. gameday cracker center_img silverware REVEALED 3 LATEST Latest Arsenal FC News Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Ramsey’s contract expires at the end of the season but is able to agree a pre-contract with a European club from Janaury 1 The Welshman has been an Arsenal player for ten years and has scored the winning goals in two of their last three FA Cup final victories (Hull in 2014 and Chelsea in 2017).He was named the club’s player of the year last season and has received a great deal of praise from new Arsenal boss Unai Emery.However, there is huge doubt over Ramsey’s future at the Emirates and Durham believes letting him go would be a mistake considering Arsenal gave Ozil a contract worth £350,00-a-week in January.Speaking to fellow Drivetime host Darren Gough, Durham suggested said was “no logical reason” why Ozil should be paid more than Ramsey. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT REVEALED Durham went on to label Ramsey as “one of the best players in the Premier League” “This is not a bit-part player, this is not somebody who’s making up the numbers while the others are the stars, this is one of Arsenal’s main players, one of the best players in the Premier League.“I’m bewildered as to what Arsenal’s rationale is.“Losing Aaron Ramsey on a free strikes me as a big loss.”last_img read more

49ers’ Kyle Shanahan addresses late-game collapse against Packers

first_imgThere was no use in sugar-coating the way the 49ers felt about their 33-30 setback to the Green Bay Packers.“It was a heartbreaking loss last night,” Coach Kyle Shanahan said Tuesday.Worse, it was the kind of haunting defeat that left the doors open for second-guessing on both sides of the ball. Shanahan, on his weekly day-after conference call, faced a pointed question about his crunch-time play-calling. At issue was the 49ers’ final drive, when he dialed up three consecutive …last_img

49ers defensive rebirth: Dig deeper into this eye-popping reality

first_imgSANTA CLARA – Most surprising about the 49ers’ 3-0 start – perfect record, aside – is their must-see defense.Only the New England Patriots have allowed fewer yards, a pedestal these teams can wrestle for on Feb. 2 in Super Bowl LIV in Miami. Right? Right?!No one doubted the 49ers defense would be better. It is and then some — thanks to new players, improved incumbents, adjusted schemes, upgraded coaches and timely takeaways.Instead of stressing out about the defense and its impending doom, …last_img

Rolene Strauss: Miss World 2014

first_img“We as women, have soft and sympathetic souls. We are the ones who give hope, love and comfort. Let us use those qualities,” Rolene Strauss once wrote. (Image: Miss SA). • Mandela’s peers reflect on his legacy • South African university gets global nod • Bassie is a beauty with heart • Cinderellas shine at matric dance • Eighteen years of the world’s best Constitution Staff Writer“South Africa, this is for you. I’m so proud of you, and I’m proud to be your representative.” With these words, Rolene Strauss began her reign as Miss World 2014 on Sunday evening, 14 December.That she is stunning is only one reason she has been crowned the most beautiful. Her compassion and intelligence shine through and won over the judges and the public. In her interview for the pageant, she said: “The fact [is] that we as humans don’t realise how much potential we have to do good, give and make things right. How amazing would it be if we all realised our potential?”She entered the Miss South Africa pageant and then Miss World because the pageants had evolved. They were no longer about women parading around in bikinis, but were about giving back. The pageants, she has said, were an opportunity to give back and make a difference.Passionate about South Africa, our representative took lessons from the country she said gave her goose bumps whenever she thought of home. Talking about 20 years of democracy, she told a pageant interviewer: “We struggled through our obstacles, stood up after difficult times and gave hope to so many countries where equality is a struggle. This shows us that we are capable of great things and we are resilient.”The beauty queen has followed her parents – her father is a doctor and her mother a former nurse – into medicine and she studies at their alma mater, the University of the Free State. In her hometown she was known as “Little Dr Strauss” because she always followed her father around.Beyond growing up in a medical home, the miracle of her birth has given her a lifelong belief in the ability of medicine to change the world for the better. As she told the Miss South Africa organisers: “I am the University of the Free State’s first successful test tube baby. One of the greatest gifts anyone can receive is the gift of a healthy life. With my passion for giving, people and health, I will be able to contribute to one of the most important things any country desires: health for all.” Strauss follows in the high-heeled footsteps of Penny Coelen (1958) and Anneline Kriel (1974) as the pinnacle of beauty. Unlike the two previous winners, however, the brunette represents a democratic South Africa. She credits Nelson Mandela as the person most responsible for the freedoms she enjoys as a South African.Another personal hero is the rector of her university, Professor Jonathan Jansen. He lives by a simple philosophy, Strauss has said – love what you do, stay humble and let the light shine on others. “He is one the most outspoken, down-to-earth, passionate, people’s persons I’ve met. He is not afraid to stand for what he believes in, he loves what he does and gives of himself to his students. I can testify that he wants the best for his students and supports them in all they do.” “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” A reading from Rolene Strauss’ favourite bible verse – Jeremiah 29:11. (Image: Miss SA). Strauss’s reign as Miss South Africa and now Miss World will be inspired by another beauty queen and former Miss South Africa, Jo Ann Strauss. She met the 2001 winner as a nine-year-old when she visited her home town of Volksrust. “She brought Miss South Africa to the people and is still making a change in the lives of others. She is the perfect example of a beautiful, strong woman who became Miss South Africa, went back to university, finished her studies and to this day is using all her opportunities since her crowning 13 years ago.”Strauss lives the motto of the pageant – Beauty with a Purpose – and already has a history of humanitarian and charity work behind her. The judges agreed that this young South African woman perfectly embodied all that the pageant was about. One day another young South African girl may say of her, as she says of her hero, Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe: “She is a true inspiration of what a hard-working woman can achieve in South Africa.”last_img read more