Successful Season Comes to an End in the Preliminary Round

first_img Share Successful Season Comes to an End in the Preliminary Round Nov. 10, 2007SAINT LEO, Fla. – The successful West Florida season came to an end against Gulf South Conference rival Montevallo (14-6-0) on Friday night on the campus of Saint Leo University. The Argonauts faced the Falcons for the third time in 14 days and fell short 2-0 to finish the season with a 15-4-0 record.Coming off a loss to Montevallo in the GSC Tournament final and a 1-1 record against the Lady Falcons, West Florida was determined to revenge the last weekend’s loss. Statistically, the Argonauts had better number than the Lady Falcons, out shooting them 14 to 1 and had a match advantage in corner kick, 12-1, however the Argonauts were not able to finalize the play and touch the back net.Both teams started strong, however neither had good opportunities to score early in the match, both team were playing a “ping pong” game in the midfield, trying to keep possession of the ball. The Argonauts had a few good opportunities to score before the halftime, but were unable to capitalize the chances.After the scoreless halftime, both teams came back to the field with the same starting lineup as the first half. In an attempt to be more offensive, the Argonauts tried a few changes in the strategy, playing sophomore Anastasia Prescott at midfield, while the Lady Falcons played defensively. A fast counterattacks is how the Lady Falcons scored their first goal at around 53 minutes to get the 1-0 lead.The Argonauts upped their offensive attack following the Lady Falcons goal but never could score the equalizer. In the second half, out of eight shots from the Argonauts, only two of them required a safe from the Lady Falcons keeper. Montevallo managed the 1-0 lead, and scored once again in a counterattack when there was only five minutes to go in the match. With a 0-2 disadvantage, and only five minutes to go, the Argonauts did not have enough to bounce back.”We didn’t play our best soccer out there tonight, but I am really proud of my players,” said head coach Joe Barlintski. “They really gave everything they had and left it out there on the field. I would say Montevallo was well coached and deserved it tonight. My nineteenth season as a coach comes to an end, but I happy with the season we had.”At this point last year we had so many injuries, but this year our youngster took care of themselves. I am happy we were unbeaten in the conference and I know this team gave their best potential throughout the year. I am really proud of my two seniors, Brandi Adams and Marie Hastings, but it is time to get the players ready for next season.”West Florida’s successful run ends with a 14 match winning streak and an 8-0-0 GSC record. The Argonauts allowed only one goal during their regular season conference schedule and next season, the Argonauts return nine out of 11 regular starters, along with four key red shirts expected to return from injuries.With the win, Montevallo advances to the second round of the NCAA national tournament against Saint Leo University, on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. taking place on the Lions Campus.(by Gui Amaral Jasmin) Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Syracuse defense rises to occasion, shuts down national goal-scoring leader Haber to beat Cornell in NCAA tournament opening round

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Syracuse upsets Cornell to earn 1st NCAA tournament win in program historyGallery: Syracuse upsets Cornell 1-0 in 1st round of NCAA tournament ITHACA, N.Y. — Chris Makowski bounced back up to his feet with a grin on his face and a streak of dirt on his once-orange socks. The Syracuse back had deflected yet another shot from Daniel Haber with a last-minute slide that kept the ball away from the Orange’s goal.Haber – the nation’s leader in goals per game – never warmed up on a cold night for soccer. Makowski and the Syracuse back line stymied the heralded Cornell junior, limiting his offensive output to earn a narrow 1-0 victory over the No. 11 Big Red in the NCAA tournament’s opening round on Thursday night at Berman Field.Averaging over two points and one goal per game, Haber was the player Syracuse had to account for defensively. But he missed his desired target on each of his six shots, and more importantly, never truly threatened Syracuse’s lead.“To keep a prolific team like Cornell to such few chances on net was a collective effort,” SU head coach Ian McIntyre said. “It hasn’t been done this year, and it’s a big effort from out guys.”That effort started and ended with limiting Haber’s opportunities. Makowski provided tight defense, but he was rarely alone on his mark. And when he was beat off the ball, other defenders like Nick Bibbs and Tyler Hilliard shifted seamlessly over to strip the ball away.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the 30th minute, Bibbs and Hilliard teamed up to negate Haber’s greatest asset: his speed. His attempt to accelerate down the right sideline was rebuffed by the freshman Hilliard, who poked the ball away just far enough for the back line to regroup.It did, and when Haber tried again to sprint to the corner for a cross, he met Hilliard and Bibbs there, was pressed up against the sideline, and lost possession.From goal, Alex Bono clapped furiously in approval after the tag-team tackle, happy that a short week of heavy preparation was enough to slow Haber down.“We knew going in that sometimes he takes 17 or 18 shots on his own,” Bono said. “We knew what he liked to do – as soon as he gets an opportunity a half-yard off a defender, he’s going to shoot.”But Bono and the Syracuse back line were ready for Haber’s right foot. Bono said the team practiced more scenarios involving clean shots ongoal, and that paid off for Syracuse immediately when the second half began.In the 46th minute, the Cornell forward poked the ball away from Jordan Murrell and regained possession inside SU’s 18-yard box. He was in point-blank range – the kind of range he had scored many of his 18 goals from this season.Once again, though, his shot was stopped by the joint efforts of a charging Bono and a sliding Makowski. And this time, Haber showed his frustration, placing both hands on his head as he turned his back to the goal he missed.He’d display that same irritated pose again when Makowski slowed him down just long enough for a charged Ted Cribley to steal the ball away from behind.“Ted had to roll his sleeves up on the defensive side tonight,” said McIntyre. “I thought he was exceptional.”The rest of the Syracuse defense was just as exceptional against the best goal scorer in the nation this season. Even Haber’s free kicks ricocheted off a wall of Syracuse defenders with eight minutes left in regulation.From that eight-minute mark to just under two minutes, Haber never touched the ball. He was resigned to wandering around midfield, hoping to find a breakaway opportunity that never came.“It’s difficult, it’s frustrating,” Haber said after the game. “Every team comes up with a different game plan, and they did everything they could to take away our strengths tonight.“We gave it our best shot – hats off to them for stopping it.” Commentscenter_img Published on November 16, 2012 at 12:11 am Contact Nick: [email protected] | @nicktoneytweetslast_img read more

Barbados, Grenada, St. Lucia & T&T blacklisted as tax havens

first_imgFour Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries were on Tuesday named in a new list of global tax havens released by the European Union.EU finance ministers said Barbados, Grenada, St. Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago were among 17 countries on the blacklist of tax havens, after 10 months of investigations by EU officials.Caribbean countries have in the past been very critical of being included on these lists insisting that they have done everything required as outlined by various European organizations like the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).Countries blacklisted not doing enoughThe finance ministers who met in Brussels on Tuesday also named American Samoa, Bahrain, Guam, South Korea, Macau, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Namibia, Palau, Panama, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates.They said the countries on the blacklist were not doing enough to crack down on offshore avoidance schemes.Potential sanctions that could be enforced on members of the list are expected to be agreed in the coming weeks.Cayman Island and Bermuda included tooThe list excludes a number of British Overseas Territories such as the Cayman Island and Bermuda that were on a previous EU blacklist from June 2015. Complaints about the methodology of that last list saw it scrapped and replaced with the new register.The new list was drafted by the European Council’s Code of Conduct (COC), a group comprised of finance ministers from EU member states.  Countries’ inclusion is based on whether a state gives preferential treatment to companies enabling them to move profits to avoid charges.Another 47 countries have also been included in a “grey” list of countries not compliant with EU tax standards but who have committed to change their rules.The announcement comes less than a month after the publication of the Paradise Papers, a global leak containing information about individuals and companies holding offshore finances.last_img read more