Syracuse women’s soccer’s Jessica Vigna transitions to center back and anchors back line

first_img Published on October 5, 2016 at 11:18 pm Contact Matt: mdliberm@syr.edu Practice ended, and the women’s soccer team rushed to grab their bags and water bottles. The players tossed their heart monitors in the storage house, and loaded their belongings into their cars to get ready for class.Jessica Vigna remained on the field, taking headers and practicing her clearance.“She hates taking headers,” head coach Phil Wheddon said. “Absolutely hates them.”Standing in front of the box, Vigna received toss after toss from assistant coach Kelly Lawrence, who kept feeding her headers. She would head them to the outside of the pitch and then clear the ball with her left foot. She doesn’t like it, but it’s necessary for her transition.The junior center back has been the veteran of Syracuse’s defense and has helped lead the Orange (7-4-2, 0-3-1) to its best start since 2003. Vigna has started all 13 games for Syracuse and has yet to come off the field during a game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor most of her high school career, Vigna played in the midfield. In her transition to the collegiate game, Vigna still has not solidified herself in one position. Syracuse has allowed 10 goals in its last three games, all losses, and will need Vigna to help stop the Orange’s slide during its matchup with Virginia Tech at 7 p.m. Thursday at SU Soccer Stadium.“She’s been that rock in the back for us,” goalie Courtney Brosnan said.The Orange recruited Vigna to play in the midfield, but Wheddon moved her to center back when she was a freshman. The following year she moved back to the midfield she said before being shifted to the defense again this year.Vigna said being a defender has restricted her freedom while midfielders can take more touches in more space. Starting alongside freshman center back Taylor Bennett, Vigna has helped to produce six clean sheets in the 4-1-4-1 setup for the Orange.Wheddon recognized that Vigna is a midfielder and would prefer to play more on the attacking side of the ball, but in certain circumstances she has gotten her chance.Syracuse and Rhode Island headed into the 89th minute tied at 0-0. With three seconds left before the final minute, a foul on Rhode Island led to a Syracuse penalty kick. Vigna marched up the line and blasted a shot past the outstretched arms of the Rhode Island goalkeeper for the game winner.Daily Orange File PhotoGrowing up in the midfield and playing midfield her sophomore season, Vigna had to adjust her play style and work on different parts of her technical game to make sure the transition is smooth.From the center back position there is not as much running as there is from the midfield, but there is more sprinting.“I think I’ve gotten a lot quicker,” Vigna said. “Rather than coasting around before a sprint as a center-mid, playing center back is much more stop-and-sprint.”She conceded though that her fitness has dropped playing as a back. Wheddon added that Vigna needed to improve on balls in the air and on her timing of the tackles when she made the switch.Wheddon and Vigna both stressed the importance of heading for defenders, and that the timing has to be perfect in order to get proper clearance.“We did a lot of individual workouts,” Wheddon said. “Working on headers off corners and long clearances so that she would work on timing where she caught the ball in the air so that it wouldn’t go straight up.”She hated headers because she did not think that she was good enough at them for what she and the team needed. Her timing used to be off, she said, and she couldn’t clear the ball the way she wanted to.But this year, her timing seems to be right. Wheddon explained that in most situations when Syracuse has conceded goals, it has not been the fault of the defense.“They’re sticking to their marks,” Wheddon said. “They’re doing what they’re supposed to do.”Most days, after practice now, the team scrambles away, loading into their cars and getting ready for class, but Vigna remains on the field taking headers and practicing her clearance. She is still adjusting to center back, but has remained the top option for the Orange and has anchored its defense. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Yankees’ Domingo German suspended 81 games for domestic violence incident

first_imgGermán will not appeal the suspension.The ban is retroactive to 2019, during which he served 18 games, leaving 63 games left in Germán’s suspension in the 2020 season.Germán will also donate to Sanctuary for Families, a New York City-based non-profit organization dedicated to aiding victims of domestic violence, per MLB’s release. “My office has completed its investigation into the allegations that Domingo Germán violated Major League Baseball’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said via news release. “Having reviewed all of the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. Germán violated our Policy and that discipline is appropriate.”MORE: 20 things to watch in 2020The Yankees added: “We remain steadfast in our support of Major League Baseball’s investigative process and the disciplinary action taken regarding Domingo Germán.  Domestic violence — in any form — is a gravely serious matter that affects every segment of our society. …”We are encouraged by Domingo’s acceptance of his discipline, and we sincerely hope this indicates a commitment to making a meaningful and positive change in his personal conduct.”Germán was placed administrative leave after a Sept. 16 incident in which he allegedly hit the mother of his children at teammate CC Sabathia’s charity event.No charges were filed, and no police report was made. MLB was notified through a third party and the league conducted its own investigation into the incident. MLB has levied an 81-game suspension on Yankees pitcher Domingo Germán.The league announced Thursday that it found the New York right-hander in violation of its joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy.last_img read more

Matadors have one more chance to dance

first_imgNevertheless, Northridge strongly believes it has a puncher’s chance to win the Big West tournament, which begins for the Matadors at 8:30 tonight against University of the Pacific (11-18) at Anaheim Convention Center. Perhaps it’s true, because the Matadors already have defeated top-seed Long Beach State during the regular season. “If we turn it on and everyone is clicking, we’re a very dangerous team,” Shewmake said. The winner earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, something that hasn’t happened for the Matadors since 2000-01. gerry.gittelson@dailynews.com (661) 257-5218 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! If ever a team is happy to embrace new life, it’s Cal State Northridge. The talented but inconsistent Matadors (14-16) have seen more lows than highs during a men’s basketball season that hasn’t met expectations. center_img Four victories in four days? It won’t be easy but it certainly isn’t impossible. “We feel like we know what we’re capable of, and that’s why a lot of teams do fear us,” forward Jonathan Heard said. “In some ways, I think we have the upper hand in this tournament, because no one even expects us to get past the first round. You know what? We’re out to prove everyone wrong.” Now it’s just a matter of doing it – and that’s been the problem all season. Northridge’s athletic nucleus of Heard, forward Calvin Chitwood and 6-foot-10 center Thomas Shewmake can hang tough with anyone, but all three tend to disappear during inopportune times. The Matadors also still haven’t found the right backcourt combination between Jayme Miller, Rai Colston, Terrell Jones, Jason Hill, Tre Peters and Jordan Noblitt. last_img read more

Ulinzi get perfect send-off for Military Games

first_img0Shares0000Ulinzi Stars players celebrate one of their goals during the 5-1 win over Mathare United in a Kenyan Premier League match on April 23, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 22 – After a run of three consecutive losses, Ulinzi Stars finally bounced back to winning ways with a 1-0 victory over Chemelil Sugar at the Afraha Stadium on Tuesday, giving them a perfect send off as they leave for the East Africa Military Games on Thursday.Daniel Waweru converted a 16th minute penalty after a handball inside the box to give the soldiers a huge sigh of relief, a result that hoisted them to fourth spot on the Kenyan Premier League table. “It is such a huge relief for us because our confidence had been greatly eroded after the three consecutive losses. At least, we can now get our focus straight after the victory and though it was not the most efficient of wins, it is going to give us a lot of morale,” Nyangweso told Capital Sport.The military side travel to Bujumbura, Burundi where they will represent the Kenya Defence Forces in the annual EAC Military Festival, heading in as the defending champions.The timely break, Nyangweso says will give them time to re-focus their energies and come back for their league campaign with renewed vigour.“It is great for us to go to Burundi after winning and our target is to defend our title. If we do so, we will come back with even more confidence to continue with our fight for the KPL title,” the tactician said.Meanwhile, more matches will be played on Wednesday as KPL clubs grapple with a tightened fixture to make up for the two match-days lost due to the break occasioned by the General Election. Seven matches will be on cards across different venues.Sofapaka head coach Sam Ssimbwa shouts out instructions to his players during a Kenyan Premier League match against Nakumatt FC at the Ruaraka Complex on July 1, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaSecond placed Sofapaka host Nzoia Sugar at the Kasarani Stadium, beaming with confidence they can keep up with their perfect run that has seen them win three games on the trot.They are only four points off leaders Gor Mahia who play Posta Rangers in the late kick off and a win coupled by a drop of points from K’Ogalo will see them close the gap.“Nzoia is a very good team with young and speedy players. It is not a team we can afford to underrate. They have been on a good run as well and we should be able to keep up with our hard work which has been giving in good results,” Sofapaka assistant coach John Baraza said.Nzoia who are seventh on the log come into the fixture off a 1-0 loss away to Thika United, a result that deflated their positive run of three successive wins.Meanwhile, Kariobangi Sharks will be at home at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos taking on a rejuvenated Western Stima. Sharks have not won over their last four games, picking two consecutive losses over their last two assignments.Kariobangi Sharks players celebrate one of their two goals against Sony Sugar in a Kenyan Premier League match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on May 5, 2017. PHOTO/CourtesyHowever, the Premier League newbie’s will rely on the motivation from their 5-0 thrashing of Eldoret Youth in the GOtv Shield over the weekend.“Though it was against a lower tier team, the motivation we got there was massive. It has given us a good push and the players are determined to get back to winning ways. Stima is a good side because they have registered good results against top teams. It will not be easy,” Sharks boss William Muluya noted.Stima are placed 17th on the log with only three points off bottom placed Muhoroni Youth and are hungry for three points. The first leg between the two sides ended 1-1, but Henry Omino’s powermen have vowed to get all three this time round.KPL midweek fixtures:Kakamega Homeboyz v Bandari (Mumias), Kariobangi Sharks v Western Stima (Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos), Sofapaka v Nzoia Sugar, Gor Mahia v Posta Rangers (Moi Stadium Kasarani), Mathare United v Nakumatt (Ruaraka Complex), Muhoroni Youth v Thika United (Muhoroni), Sony Sugar v Zoo Kericho (Awendo).0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

3 Secret Ingredients for Recruiting with Social Media

first_imgThe vast majority of companies are no stranger to using social media to actively engage with current and potential customers, but it’s surprising how few fully leverage it as a platform to engage with potential future employees and build their employer brands. Whether it’s via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or LinkedIn, social media is a fantastic gateway for candidates to interact with current employees and get a clear sense of what it’s actually like to work for your company day-to-day.To get advice on how companies can better utilize social media for candidate engagement, I reached out to Stacy Zapar, the founder of Tenfold, which provides training and consulting on employer branding, social recruiting, and sourcing. Zapar knows what it takes to achieve recruiting traction on social media, and she’s seen the impact a fully active social presence can achieve first-hand — she’s been responsible for launching social talent initiatives at a variety of high-profile companies including Zappos and TripAdvisor.Her biggest piece of advice for attracting top candidates and keeping them engaged? It’s all about transparency.“Being transparent and accessible — I think that is something that many companies talk about and aspire to, but haven’t necessarily accomplished.”— Stacy Zapar, Founder at TenfoldWith that said, Zapar was happy to share three of her secret ingredients for successfully recruiting with social media.1) Introduce Candidates to Actual Team MembersEven the best job descriptions only go so far. If you really want to learn what it’s like in a role, nothing beats hearing from someone who’s already in it. That’s why Zapar recommends working with current employees to make them active and available when it comes to social.“It makes a big difference when you can say, ‘Applying to finance? Here’s our finance recruiter. Applying for a technical role? Here’s our tech recruiter. Here’s their LinkedIn, here’s their Twitter. Get to know our people,’” Zapar says. “Being transparent and accessible — I think that is something that many companies talk about and aspire to, but haven’t necessarily accomplished. It’s a big differentiator.”2) Hand Over the Keys to Recruiters on a Regular BasisWhen Zapar and I spoke, TripAdvisor’s social campaign had been launched for just 7 weeks, but even in that short time, the company’s social influence and activity had climbed significantly.“All of our recruiters are now trained on social,” Zapar explains. “They’re pushing content out. And we have 25 recruiters, so we have a lot of voices adding to it and sharing their stories. We also have them on a rotation program where each week a different recruiter is the voice of GoTripAdvisor on Twitter and Facebook.”3) Boost Your Social Efforts with Supporting Content & CampaignsZapar also recommends launching a blog to support your social recruiting campaign and creating a place where both recruiters and employees around the company can share their stories. At TripAdvisor, the recruiting team will be running branding campaigns independent of marketing, with similar themes, but putting their own spin on it.In addition, Zapar has two important lessons she’s learned through several social build-outs:Don’t rush to be active on all social channels at once. Rather than doing too much too fast, it’s better to spread it out a bit, launching different social media channels over time. Better to learn how to juggle two balls really well before introducing a third or fourth.Being transparent doesn’t mean you have to remove all the gatekeepers. Give candidates lots of ways to reach out via social, but think twice before making individuals’ emails public. If they get inundated with too much volume (more quantity than quality communication) that doesn’t necessarily add value to the conversation or the talent pipeline.Overall, Zapar’s experiences prove that candidate engagement through social media is not only possible, it’s a must!Photo by: Aundre LarrowAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more