Men’s soccer on the rise

first_imgSophomore Joey Tennyson leads the Badgers with three goals off of seven shots-on-goal through only five of the team’s seven games so far this season. Tennyson had only three goals last season, second to fellow sophomore Chris Prince who had seven goals.[/media-credit]After a disappointing finish in 2010, head coach John Trask and the Wisconsin men’s soccer team set out to improve early this season.Following last year’s 4-13-3 finish, Trask and his young team are already noticing improvements. Coming off of an unbeaten weekend at Flames Field in Chicago, the Badgers now boast a 3-3-1 record through their first seven games of the season.“We’re improving, and I’m pretty pleased with where we’re at,” Trask said of his young team. “[But] have we really arrived? No. We’re a team coming off a four-win season. We’ve got to find a way to get some positive results, and hopefully we can push this thing forward.”Last year’s team, which lost to eventual national semifinalist Michigan in the Big Ten tournament, was Trask’s first at UW. After winning two Horizon League regular season titles, the 2007 Horizon League Tournament and two Horizon League Coach of the Year titles with Illinois at Chicago, Trask came to Madison with a new attitude and a notoriously ferocious defense.This year, sophomore goalkeepers Ciro Martinez and Max Jentsch have held opponents to one goal or fewer in four games, in which the Badgers are 3-0-1. The Badgers’ solid defense, at times coupled with stellar goalkeeping and steady offense, has propelled them to the best start they have had in the last few years. After closing last year 3-2-1, all signs point to success in the near future for Trask’s young team.Sophomore forward Chris Prince led the team in scoring with seven goals and 14 points last year and netted his second goal of this season Sunday against Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Sophomore midfielder Joey Tennyson has three goals on the year, including one last weekend, and sophomore midfielders Nick Janus and Trevor Wheeler each have one, meaning the sophomore class has accounted for seven of the team’s 11 goals thus far.“Even though we’re a young team, we had seven freshmen starting last year, so they got a good 15 games under their belt,” Prince said.“Most of our young players did get a lot of experience last year, so that’s going to help us out a lot,” Tennyson added.The three Badger losses this season have come from Virginia, California-Irvine and Memphis – all schools that received votes to be ranked in the most recent NCAA coaches’ poll. The Badgers had chances to win all three of the games, but silly mistakes led to missed opportunities. Tennyson, who currently leads the team in goals, said he feels that consistently eliminating mistakes like the ones already committed would take the team to the level at which they want to perform.Evidence of the Badgers’ work was shown last weekend, when scoring three unanswered goals to start the game against previously 4-1-1 Drake University proved to be enough to win 3-1 Friday. During the second game of the weekend doubleheader, the Badgers tied a scrappy SIU Edwardsville team, 1-1. The game was scoreless until the 83rd minute, when Prince put the Badgers on top for two minutes before the Cougars’ Derek Huffman scored the equalizer three minutes later.By completing a weekend doubleheader without a loss, the Badgers showed improvement from the previous two weekends, during which they compiled a 1-3 record.The Badgers now move on to a four game homestand on Sunday, beginning with Loyola Marymount, a team with a 2-4-0 record out of the West Cost Conference. The Lions lost a close game to University of California Los Angeles earlier this season, having to play 77 minutes with 10 men. After LMU, the Badgers have a tough stretch that includes games against Indiana, Creighton, Michigan and Michigan State. The Hoosiers, Bluejays and Spartans will all face the Badgers at the McClimon Complex.With the Big Ten opener against Indiana Oct. 2 at the McClimon Complex, Trask and the Badgers hope to have improved in all areas, as some are speculating the Big Ten title will come down to the Badgers and Hoosiers this year.“It’s either us or Indiana, I think, that should finish on top in the Big Ten, and hopefully we should be able to make the NCAA Tournament, too. I don’t think there’s a reason why we shouldn’t,” Prince said.The Badgers have everything they need to succeed – a nationally renowned coaching staff, young talent, veteran leadership and an opportunity for a much improved year. Where there is any possible doubt, Trask shows full confidence in his team.“Are we as experienced? No,” Trask said. “But I’d also say that we’re pretty darn good, so that should not be a hindrance going forward.”last_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy: Pride, not redemption, key for Virat Kohli in England

first_imgRiding high on a successful home Test season, Virat Kohli wants his team to remain “ruthless” in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy in England starting June 1. However, Kohli’s record in England has not been too impressive.The last time Kohli was in England for a five-Test series in 2014, he endured a torrid time scoring 134 runs in 10 innings at 13.40. Following the Test series, Kohli also played four ODIs on the tour and managed to score just 54 runs at an average of 18.00.In the Champions Trophy in 2013, the current India captain had aggregated 176 runs from five matches, including a top score of 58 not out.Overall, he has played 14 ODIs in England and has scored only 424 runs averaging 38.54. However, the good news for his fans is that he has scored a hundred in England when he smashed 107 off 102 against England in a NatWest series game at Cardiff in 2011.Kohli, who will be keen to better that record in England, maintains that his aim will be do well for India.”I don’t play for redemption. My only motivation is to play well for your country. It does not matter where you play,” Kohli said.The 28-year-old, however, has come a long way. Few months after a poor England Test tour in 2014, Kohli shut his critics up and slammed four centuries in a four-Test series in Australia.In the 2015 ICC World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, Kohli continued with his good run and smashed a hundred against Pakistan in India’s first game.When England came to India for a five-match Test series, the India skipper blasted 655 runs in eight innings at 109.16 with the help of two hundreds and two fifties. He also hit his top score of 235 against England in that series.advertisementKohli was in top-class form and shattered record books in Test cricket. He became the first batsman in the rich history of Test cricket to slam consecutive double hundreds in four Test series.In 16 matches that he played in the 2016-17 season, the poster boy of Indian cricket hammered 1503 runs at 65.34 with the help of five centuries and two fifties.India begin their Group B campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan in Birmingham on June 4. It will be the first major ICC tournament for Kohli as the captain of the Indian team. The presence of stalwarts like MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh in the team and the in-form pace attack make India the favourites to win the title.last_img read more

POLICE LOG for January 17 Man Refuses To Leave Strangers Driveway CoWorker

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Thursday, January 17, 2019:Police received a report of a man stuck in mud behind a house on Congress Street. (11:31am)Police was transferred a 911 call from a Glen Road resident, who stated there was an unwanted man on her property and then hung up. Call backs were unsuccessful. Police responded. Man was gone upon arrival. He had pulled into the homeowner’s driveway and refused to leave when she questioned him. (11:59am)Police responded to an argument between co-workers. One co-worker claimed the other threatened him and lunged at him. The other inquired about filing a restraining order. No physical assault took place. Situation OK. (1:14pm)Fire Department responded to brush fire between overpass on Nichols Street and Lake Street. (5:18pm)Fire Department responded to fire alarm in unoccupied building on Textron campus. (7:11pm)Police notified DPW that street sign for Englewood Drive was missing. (11:16pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for June 26: 2-Year-Old Locks Family Out; Co-Workers Get In Fight; Don’t Watch YouTube While DrivingIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 16: Man Pulled Over For Riding Lawn Mower Down Richmond St.; Grandchild Scam ReportedIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 2: Wilmington Man Arrested On Warrant; Family Causes Scene At Silver Lake?In “Police Log”last_img read more