Women’s soccer to take on No. 1 Stanford

first_imgSarah Kim | Daily TrojanChop chop · Redshirt senior forward Katie Johnson, who netted a hat trick against Oregon State on Sunday to help extend the soccer team’s win streak to nine games, will look for more goals against No. 1-ranked Stanford.The Trojans will face their biggest challenge so far this season on Thursday in a matchup against No. 1 Stanford. After a trip to Oregon notched two more victories for the Trojans, head coach Keidane McAlpine said that his team is solidifying its chemistry.“I think you see the confidence and the way the girls mesh together on the field really coming together,” McAlpine said. “We’re becoming more consistent, we’re becoming more aggressive. We’re moving in the direction we need to be.”The weekend moved the Trojans up to a No. 7 ranking as they continued in winning form, stretching to a nine-game streak. After taking down Oregon 3-1 on Thursday, redshirt senior forward Katie Johnson turned up the pressure and scored a hat trick to beat Oregon State 3-1 on Sunday.The Trojans will need to continue to pressure on offense in order to take down a high-powered Stanford offense on Thursday. Stanford will bring the heat, led by MAC Hermann candidate Andi Sullivan. The midfielder has already scored four goals, doubling the points scored by Johnson even after Johnson’s three goals on Sunday. Sullivan is the engine for the team’s attack, and McAlpine said that if any player is a focus for his team, she will be it.But the challenge with playing Stanford is the way the team operates as a unit. Although Sullivan is arguably one of the best college midfielders in the country, guarding her too heavily will allow for other talented scorers to get loose. And the Cardinal’s main focus is to spread teams out, creating both pace and positioning that is difficult to keep up with for 90 minutes.Typically, the team is also equipped with one of the best backlines in the country with goalkeeper Jane Campbell in the net. She is chasing former U.S. goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart’s shutout record and backstops the Stanford defense. But after a collision with a Washington player in last Sunday’s game earned her a red card, Campbell is suspended from Thursday’s game. Freshman Alison Jahansouz will take her place after holding Washington to a 3-0 shutout with only 10 players on the field.For McAlpine, the goal of Thursday’s game is to keep his team focused on the game, not the hype surrounding the team they are playing. It’s something he says hasn’t been a problem thanks to senior leadership.“They really set the tone,” McAlpine said. “When we come into practice, there’s a certain feeling and everyone knows that okay, we’re going to be serious today. Even after [winning] last weekend, they were upset that we’d let in two goals, they were wanting to improve on that. They’re locked in and they’re ready.”last_img read more

Sevilla Οusts Man United from Champions League with 2-1 Win

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP) — Frustrated and feeling increasingly uneasy, Manchester United fans unleashed a loud cry of “attack, attack, attack” with their team’s Champions League fate hanging in the balance against Sevilla.It was the Spanish side who answered the call.Within eight minutes, Sevilla had scored two goals and was heading into the quarterfinals of Europe’s top competition for the first time in 60 years.In the biggest surprise of the last 16, Sevilla eliminated United by winning the second leg 2-1 at Old Trafford on Tuesday, thanks to two goals in the space of four minutes by substitute Wissam Ben Yedder. In the night’s other match, Roma advanced after Edin Dzeko scored early in the second half to secure a 1-0 home win over Shakhtar Donetsk, overturning a 2-1 first-leg defeat to advance on away goals.It was a historic night for Sevilla and an embarrassing one for United, which managed only four shots on target in 180 minutes against one of the weakest defenses left in the competition.“I don’t want to make a drama out of it,” United manager Jose Mourinho said, struggling for an explanation for his team’s feeble performance. “That’s football. It’s not the end of the world.”United was lucky to escape from the first leg with a 0-0 draw and it always felt dangerous score line for United.The longer it went scoreless, the more nervy it got inside Old Trafford. The “attack, attack, attack” chant — made famous during the glory years under Alex Ferguson — came after 70 minutes, and Sevilla’s response was to throw on Ben Yedder two minutes later.Sevilla’s Wissam Ben Yedder, second left puts his shirt back on as he celebrates with teammates after scoring his sides second goal during the Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match between Manchester United and Sevilla, at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)The French striker, a former international futsal player, gave the visitors a cutting edge the man he replaced — Luis Muriel — didn’t offer. Another two minutes later, he ran onto Pablo Sarabia’s precise through-ball, got half a meter on marker Eric Bailly and drove a low shot inside the post.De Gea had no chance with that goal, but could have done more about the second. A Sevilla corner was flicked onto the back post where Ben Yedder stooped to send in a header that De Gea tried to palm over the bar but only succeeded in diverting it into his own net.Ben Yedder moved onto eight goals in this season’s competition and he missed a chance for a hat trick as United’s defense fell apart in the latter stages. Only Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo — with 12 goals — has more.Romelu Lukaku pulled one back for United from close range in the 84th but a late rally couldn’t prevent United slipping out of the competition in meek fashion.“I sat in this chair twice in the Champions League,” Mourinho told reporters after the match. “I knock out Manchester United at home at Old Trafford. I sit in this chair with Porto (in 2004), Man United out. I sit in this chair with Real Madrid, Man United out. I don’t think it’s something new for the club.”But unlike in those victories, Mourinho might have got his tactics wrong this time.By starting Marouane Fellaini for the first time since Nov. 22, United manager Jose Mourinho ceded some of the midfield control that was a standout feature of his team’s 2-1 win over Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday.Sevilla’s Wissam Ben Yedder, at right reacts after he scores his sides second goal of the game during the Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match between Manchester United and Sevilla, at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)There was space in front of United’s back four, with holding midfielder Nemanja Matic isolated as Fellaini roamed, and a team with more incisiveness than Sevilla would have capitalized earlier than it did.As it was, Sevilla couldn’t find the target with a slew of efforts from distance in the first half but, with Steven Nzonzi and Evert Banega controlling the midfield, United was not finding it easy.After halftime, United looked more threatening — Jesse Lingard’s low shot brought a good save from goalkeeper Sergio Rico — but was thankful for a last-gasp tackle by Bailly to deny Joaquin Correa just as the Sevilla forward was about to shoot.Mourinho chose to bring Paul Pogba on for Fellaini on the hour mark to bring some variety to the team’s attacking moves. But it was the introduction of Ben Yedder that had the bigger impact.—By STEVE DOUGLAS , AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Designer Vivienne Westwood Launches Young Poetry Competition

first_imgBristish fashion designer and activist, Dame Vivienne Westwood and YOUYOU Mentoring, have joined forces to launch an exciting new project for aspiring young poets.The partnership will give young people the opportunity to create the first-ever collection of Climate Revolution poems to help raise of climate change and the environment.Dame Vivienne said: “I’m delighted to be supporting YOUYOU Mentoring and opportunities for young creatives, because the world needs poets.”Brenda Ramsey, Founder of YOUYOU Mentoring said: “The collaborative project with Dame Vivienne is a fantastic opportunity for young poets to learn from one of the world’s most creative and truly original artists. This will give them a much-needed springboard to promote their talent at an early stage in their careers, which will be an invaluable and unforgettable experience.”The partnership will give young people the opportunity to create the first-ever collection of Climate Revolution poems to help raise awareness of the plight of the planet.The opportunity will be open to FIVE poets aged 17-21, who will take part in:Bespoke Masterclasses led by contemporary poets and invited special guests to write and develop their climate poems. Poets will record their poems at The Premises solar-powered ‘A’ Studio in London and take part in a portrait shoot. The project will be documented in a film and will culminate in October with the poets performing for a celebrity audience at a special poetry reading hosted by Dame Vivienne at Keats House, the former home of poet John Keats.The Climate Revolution Project is open to all poets aged 17-21 living in London. The application process is open from 20 May – 24 June 2013.The Climate Revolution founded by Dame Vivienne Westwood encourages people to take action on climate change and to save our future by doing simple things in their daily lives that can make a difference, like signing a petition to Save the Arctic and the Rainforests and to limiting consumption; ‘buy less, choose well, make it last’.The FIVE poets selected and their journey will be unfolded on the YOUYOU Mentoring, Climate Revolution Poetry Project facebook page and twitter. ‘Like’ their page and watch the promo video here.Keep posted on all the latest news at @FollowWestwood, @youyoumentoring, @climate_rev.Source:YOUYOU Mentoringlast_img read more

Inuit politician retires from Manitoba legislature

first_imgAPTN National NewsA respected MLA from Manitoba has announced his retirement after two decades in provincial politics.George Hickes has represented Winnipeg’s Point Douglas neighbourhood since 1990.He also is the current Speaker of the House.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler caught up with Hickes at the Manitoba legislature.last_img