Syracuse’s O’Neill returns to high school position, scores 2 goals in Syracuse win against Boston College

first_imgFreshman Alana O’Neill subbed into a scoreless game in the 65th minute at forward.It was the first time O’Neill had played the position since high school, but she said Syracuse head coach Phil Wheddon told the defender, “I know you used to be a forward, so I’m putting you at forward.”O’Neill then scored her first two collegiate goals in the Orange’s 3-0 win over Boston College (8-5, 1-3 Atlantic Coast) on Saturday night in front of 774 at SU Soccer Stadium. Her second-half performance powered SU (5-5-3, 2-2) after it was outshot by BC, 9-2, in the first half. Stephanie Skilton scored Syracuse’s third goal in the final minute to put the icing on the cake.“I thought, ‘Why not give her a chance up front?’” Wheddon said of O’Neill. “I’d like to say it was a great coaching move, but it’s up to her. She found space for herself and she did very well.”Wheddon jokingly complimented his own move, but it worked.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWithin five minutes of being subbed in, O’Neill missed two opportunities to score inside Boston College’s 18-yard box. Both times she was one-on-one against the goalie with a BC defender behind her. Both times, the defender took O’Neill down, but no foul was called.In the 73rd minute, O’Neill received a pass from Maya Pitts outside the box. She took a touch and shot a laser from 25 yards out into the top left corner of the goal.“I realized that I have to shoot a lot earlier, which is why I took the shot from really far out,” O’Neill said. “Well it’s far out for me, because they kept closing in if I dribbled more.”O’Neill’s second goal came off a corner kick by midfielder Jackie Firenze. O’Neill got caught up in the cluster right in front of goal, but still headed the ball into the net.Syracuse didn’t record a shot on frame until its first goal, but took four shots in the final 20 minutes. While not shooting, the Orange still managed to keep the game tied.Though Wheddon said the result against BC is a massive win, he added that SU’s passing in the first half was “atrocious.” In the second half, his team began connecting on its passing, which led to a flurry of opportunities and resulted in three goals.Prior to Saturday’s game, the Orange lost three of its last four games largely because of an inability to put away its chances. Saturday, this wasn’t an issue thanks to O’Neill’s contributions.“If we didn’t have her, we obviously wouldn’t have had the first goal,” Firenze said, “and I’m not sure if the other two would have come, so I’m really proud of her.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 5, 2014 at 12:23 am Contact Paul: | @pschwedslast_img read more

B.J. Johnson scores only 3 points in 1st conference start for Syracuse

first_imgB.J. Johnson usually sits on the bench to the right of assistant coach Adrian Autry, and stays there.But on Monday night he started for the first time in conference play in his Syracuse career. The Orange (18-12, 9-8 Atlantic Coast) expected No. 2 Virginia (28-1, 16-1) to pack in on defense and tightly cover Rakeem Christmas, giving up open 3s for Johnson to make.“We thought we could get him those shots,” Jim Boeheim said. “He got two or three good looks in the first half and we need to make those.”The Cavaliers gave up open 3s to Johnson. He just didn’t make enough of them as SU feel to UVA, 59-47. In just his fourth career start, Johnson played 30 minutes, scored three points on 1-of-6 shooting and 1-of-5 from 3 with three steals and three rebounds.It was tied for the sophomore’s second-longest appearance for the Orange. And while he played capable defense, SU was dominated on the boards and Johnson hardly did enough in his shooting to make up for it.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Every time I get the opportunity I just try to make the most of it and I think we knew the way Virginia played defense they were going to lock it in and then we’d kick out 3s so (Boeheim) gave me the start,” Johnson said.Boeheim said the Orange needed to make seven or eight 3s to beat UVA. Instead, Syracuse shot 4-of-19 from three-point range.Looking forward to next season, Johnson said he needs to improve his confidence to shoot his way onto the floor more or into the starting lineup again. On Monday night, his and the Orange’s shooting was nowhere close to enough to truly test the Cavaliers down the stretch.“If they’re going to put that much attention on Rak, then we have to make some of those 3s,” Boeheim said. “If you don’t, you have no chance.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 3, 2015 at 12:16 am Contact Jacob: | @Jacob_Klinger_last_img read more

Women’s basketball: Badgers drop another one, offensive struggles continue against Idaho State

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team was unable to carry their lead into the second half of Tuesday night’s game against Idaho State University, resulting in a frustrating 42-35 home loss. The defeat was the Badger’s fourth game dropped at the Kohl Center this season, moving their home record to 1-4.In the opening half Wisconsin boasted a higher overall efficiency than their opponent, shooting the ball at a clip of 33.3 percent from the field, 28.6 percent from three and 60 percent from the stripe. Still, their inability to take care of the ball prevented the Badgers from establishing any sort of continuity. Wisconsin recorded thirteen first half turnovers, but, fortunately for them, Idaho State had 12 of their own.Women’s basketball: Badgers fall to Tar Heels despite second half pushWhile the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team’s loss to University of North Carolina 72-59 Thursday was their sixth of the Read…Offensive woes appeared to be the order of the day for both teams early on with each having to toil in order to get near the basket. After the Bengals jumped out to a four-point lead with under four minutes left to play in the first quarter, Badger freshman guard Suzanne Gilreath buried a corner three off an assist from fellow backcourt freshman Kendra Van Leeuwen. Down by one at that point, Van Leeuwen continued to flash her skill-set, this time on a steal and quick feed to forward Malayna Johnson for an and-one layup as the shot clock wound down.Even though the Badgers ended with no players in double figures, bench points were an issue head coach Jonathan Tsipis will undoubtedly look to highlight going forward. Wisconsin was able to get sixteen points out of their reserves, although only one of those points came in the second half.The rebounding battle was close with Idaho State only barely beating out Wisconsin 40 to 37 on the boards. In spite of the small margin, the Bengals’ victory ultimately had everything to do with their work down low. ISU trampled the Badgers sixteen-to-three in second chance points to go along with their sixteen to ten advantage in points in the paint.In what looked destined to be a nail biter in the final few minutes of the game, familiar demons came back to haunt Wisconsin. Freshman guard Gabby Gregory’s timely steal preceded a careless pass turned jump ball in which Idaho State reclaimed possession.While the Badgers started off the regular season as a high-scoring squad, they’ll need to reduce the turnovers and mental mistakes going forward if they want to return to the win column.Women’s basketball: Badgers fall short in first two games of season under Tsipis reignThe University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team couldn’t find their first win under new head coach Jonathan Tsipis with two Read…The Badgers continue their home stand Thursday against Mississippi Valley State University. Tip off is at 7 p.m. CT and will air on BTN Plus.last_img read more