Published on September 25, 2011 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse freshman Megan Hunsberger was the hero for the Orange on Sunday. She scored the game-winner with a toe-poke goal past Villanova goalkeeper Jami Kranich. And she got all the high fives and hugs once the clock finally ran out.But while Hunsberger delivered the decisive strike for SU, junior Tina Romagnuolo was the difference-maker against the Wildcats.‘We needed someone in the midfield who could hold the ball and play it out,’ Syracuse head coach Phil Wheddon said. ‘Tina likes to venture forward. She’s also a very, very good ball winner. I thought her ball-winning skills were great in the midfield, and that solidified things for us.’Romagnuolo started the game as a forward for the Orange but struggled to find room to maneuver throughout the first half. But Wheddon moved her back to her usual midfield position after halftime, and the junior controlled the middle of the field for much of the second half. She also provided the lead pass that set up Hunsberger’s game-winner in the 1-0 victory.‘When I was playing up top, I felt like there wasn’t a lot of space,’ Romagnuolo said. ‘I felt like they were clustering everybody up top. But as soon as I went in the middle, there was tons and tons of room.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the first 45 minutes, chances were few and far between for the junior, who is tied for seventh on SU’s all-time goal scoring list.Her first touch came nearly eight minutes into the action when Villanova defender Alexa Carugati whiffed on a clear attempt. The ball rolled to Romagnuolo, and she sent a low shot on target, but Kranich made the save.Romagnuolo, who just returned from playing with the Canadian women’s national team for Syracuse’s game against Georgetown on Friday, struggled to hook up with her teammates throughout the rest of the first half. And SU couldn’t capitalize on the chances it produced.‘I think the first half, we just came out, and we were a little down,’ junior forward Jenna Rickan said. ‘We didn’t have as much energy as we usually do. In the second half, we kind of regrouped and came together.’And that started with Romagnuolo in the midfield. Her first touch in the second half came on the opening kickoff and she was fouled less than 15 seconds after the opening whistle.The junior continued to make plays for the Orange throughout. With more room to operate in the midfield, she created opportunities for herself and her teammates.‘She brings so many assets to our game,’ Rickan said. ‘For her to see the whole entire field, as a forward, you see her looking up all the time. It’s easier to make runs (with Romagnuolo in the midfield) because you can tell where she’s going.’And finally, Romagnuolo helped SU break through.With Hunsberger making a run down the left sideline, Romagnuolo hit her in stride from the middle of the field. Hunsberger took one touch into the box and poked the ball into the upper right corner on a tough angle to give Syracuse a 1-0 lead.‘Tina sent me the ball down,’ Hunsberger said. ‘She was coming forward and I made my run wide. I had my first touch in and just hit it in.’Romagnuolo had a great scoring chance of her own but missed a wide-open header right in front later in the half. Still, that wasn’t enough to overshadow her performance in the midfield. Wheddon said her control of the game and ball-winning abilities were a key factor in SU getting the win.‘We put Tina back in the midfield because they were playing centrally and pushing numbers through the midfield, and we were having a problem with that,’ Wheddon said. ‘We wanted someone to win the ball and play out. And Tina’s very good at that.’[email protected] Comments
Chelsea failed to open their defence of the Champions League with victory as Juventus staged a stirring comeback to earn a draw at Stamford Bridge.Brazilian summer signing Oscar was Chelsea’s inspiration with two swift first-half goals on his full debut – the second a spectacular long-range effort that left Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon helpless.But the Italian champions, unbeaten domestically in 42 Serie A matches, demonstrated their pedigree and strength to mount a recovery and earn a point.Arturo Vidal’s goal put them back in contention before half-time and substitute Fabio Quagliarella ensured the points were shared with an equaliser nine minutes from time.Oscar took the honours for Chelsea with a performance of rich promise on his first start since his £25m switch from Internacional. And the highlight of this opening Champions League group game was the moment the 21-year-old won the hearts of Stamford Bridge with his magnificent second goal.But even with the lead Oscar gave them, Chelsea were never able to exert complete control and it was no surprise when Juventus eventually drew level via Quagliarella’s cool late finish. Before Oscar transformed the complexion of this game, Juventus had created the two best openings of the half. Chelsea keeper Petr Cech saved at the feet of Claudio Marchisio after he beat the offside trap and Mirko Vucinic shot wastefully wide from the angle after he was played in by Vidal.Oscar had been on the margins of the action early on – but made himself an instant hero with the Stamford Bridge crowd.He gave Chelsea the lead with a 20-yard shot that took a crucial touch off Leonardo Bonucci to take it away from the grasp of Buffon.It was a strike that carried a hint of good fortune but the second was a testimony to his touch and technique as he turned from 25 yards before curling the most precise of right-foot finishes high beyond the stretching Buffon.Juventus deserved something for their first-half efforts and they were rewarded seven minutes before half-time as Vidal’s low shot crept past Cech into the bottom corner. Italy keeper Buffon illustrated his enduring quality in the opening moments of the second half as he dived low to his right to turn away Branislav Ivanovic’s shot, then showed good reflexes to divert Frank Lampard’s free-kick to safety.Oscar had been less influential after the break and shortly after being felled by Bonucci he was replaced by Juan Mata to a resounding ovation from Chelsea’s supporters.Mata soon had a glorious chance to ensure victory as his one-two with Eden Hazard carved the visitors apart, but he fired into the side netting.It was to prove costly as Juventus continued to play with ambition in search of at least a point and they were level with nine minutes left. Jon Mikel Obi lost possession and Marchisio’s pass allowed Quagliarella to escape John Terry’s attentions and slide a finish under Cech.He almost made the turnaround complete with an effort from the edge of the area that clipped the top of the bar with Cech beaten, but Chelsea survived and claimed a point.
MLB All-Star 2019: Home Run Derby matchups ranked MLB All-Star Game 2019: Hunter Pence refuses to mope about injury absence Nothing new there for Bell — he hit two baseballs into the river on the fly in games earlier this year, something that’s been done only a handful of times in PNC Park’s 20-season history. He’s almost become a local folk hero with his breakout season as a slugger.But Pittsburgh fans are obviously not so fond of Yelich, and when the Brewers slugger smacked a ball into the river that broke a boat’s windshield, someone called the police, according to a Fox Sports report. MLB All-Star 2019: CC Sabathia receives invite, will be honored before game Message to Pittsburgh boaters: If you don’t want your boat damaged, don’t park it in the Allegheny River anywhere near PNC Park.Two of baseball’s top sluggers, Pirates first baseman Josh Bell and Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich, practiced for the MLB Home Run Derby before Friday night’s Pirates-Brewers game. And both sent balls sailing into the Allegheny. Related News The report concluded, “Yelich was not arrested.”Yelich reacted to the report with a shrug on his Twitter account.🤷🏻♂️ https://t.co/si2mm6EOpY— Christian Yelich (@ChristianYelich) July 5, 2019