Aggressive defense aids UW

first_imgWith an overtime goal to give the home team the win Sunday night, the Wisconsin women’s soccer team wrapped up its weekend series with two victories.After a 2-1 victory over Illinois (7-5-2, 4-2-1 Big Ten) Sunday and a win by the same score Friday over Northwestern (4-10-2, 0-8-0), Wisconsin earned its second and third Big Ten victories thanks in large part to solid play by UW’s defensive unit.In a weekend where the defense allowed only two goals, the strong defensive play Sunday impressed head coach Paula Wilkins. “I thought it was a group effort in defending,” Wilkins said. “[Illinois] came out with a different system than we expected them to play, so people were able to adapt which I was really happy with. Lindsey Johnson has been fantastic for us in the back and being able to step in for (Alexandra) Heller. She was [as] good again today as she was on Friday.”The Badgers (10-5-1, 3-4-1) held the Fighting Illini to just seven shots on goal with junior goalkeeper Genevieve Richard stopping six of them.Richard, who has now started four games for Wisconsin, got the nod Sunday, but it was redshirt senior Lauren Gunderson who started for the Badgers on Friday despite Richard’s shutout in Wisconsin’s game against UW-Green Bay Monday. Wilkins explained the choice to start two different goalkeepers this weekend.“They are both great goalkeepers and they both bring different things,” Wilkins said. “We thought what Illinois brought to the game was going to be the strength for Genevieve today. We are looking at that game-by-game in terms of what goalkeeper brings special qualities.“It’s so difficult as a coach because they give me the most challenging problem of deciding who is going to play, because they both bring great things to the game.”Richard has 18 saves and has allowed only four goals in her four starts.The Wisconsin goalkeeper may have been able to earn her second-straight shutout if it wasn’t for Illinois forward Marissa Holden, who drilled a shot to the far upper corner of the goal in the 41st minute.Illinois’ goal was reminiscent of another goal made last Friday on Richard by Nebraska’s Mayme Conroy, who nailed a top corner shot in overtime.Richard was happy with the way she played on Sunday and is determined to stop at least one top corner missile this year.“[The Illinois goal] made me think of the Nebraska goal (last weekend). I was very close to it, so I will work on it in practice. I just want to save it at least once. I have to, it’s like my ego,” Richard said with a smile. “Strikers cannot just keep doing the same ball.“Overall I think [I played] fine. I really focused on getting over the ball. My kicks in the first half were terrible. I think it is not acceptable for me to give counterattacks and gifts to the opponent, so I will work on it again.”Friday it was Gunderson who played goalkeeper for the Badgers, recording three saves and holding the Wildcats to just one goal.After getting out to a fast 2-0 lead, Gunderson was happy the Wisconsin defense continued to play at full intensity despite playing with a two-goal cushion.“At the end, to win a game you kind of have to keep focusing on the details,” Gunderson said. “I didn’t think that we did that in a couple other games that we lost so it was good that we came out and worked hard.”In both games over the weekend, Wisconsin was able to keep the opponent’s offensive pressure to a minimum, doing well to limit the opposing transition attack.Senior defender Joana Bielefeld thought her defensive squad did a nice job stopping the fast breaks of the opposition.“For the most part I think that we really defended as a team and stopped them from transitioning,” Bielefeld said. “We were really concentrating on tackling and I think for the most part we did a good job.”Follow Spencer on Twitterlast_img read more

Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill apologizes for crude language in leaked audio, denies beating son

first_img“Punching my son in the chest would probably refer to me teaching my son how to box, cause we do have boxing gloves at our house…” [@ftbeard_17]🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️pic.twitter.com/1kPlEoEUlu— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) July 28, 2019Hill was under investigation both by the police and NFL over the allegations that he broke his 3-year-old son’s arm by hitting him, along with allegations that he beat the boy with a belt. Espinal secretly recorded her confronting Hill, saying their son was “terrified” of him. He also addressed the part of the recording where he thumped his son in the chest, saying that he was teaching the child to box and pushed him on the chest to practice.”Punching my son in (his) chest. That would probably refer to me teaching my son how to box,” Hill said. “Because we do got boxing gloves at our house.”He added that the boy likes to pretend to be Iron Man and that he loves to roughhouse. Prosecutors still have a case open against Hill, but it’s considered inactive. The NFL decided not to punish him further, clearing him to play at the beginning of the season. However, the league said it didn’t have full access to law enforcement’s records and said it was still monitoring the case. Hill said that he is excited for the future and reiterated that he that he has grown from his experience.“I can’t wait for my new journey, man. I’m excited,” he said. “I’m working every day to be a better father, better person, better citizen, a better son, too, to my parents. One thing stood out to me, my mom, as I was going through this long process, my mom told me, people don’t need to change, they need to grow. When you think about it, a tree changes and a tree grows every day.”My mom kept telling me ‘Reek, you need to grow. You need to add layers to yourself because if a tree grows, it doesn’t go back.’ So, I don’t want to go back. I want to grow every day of my life.” NFL coaches scheming to ‘weaponize’ new pass interference challenge rule, report says Tyreek Hill spoke for the first time about the allegations surrounding him after Chiefs training camp Sunday.The receiver apologized for the way he spoke to his ex-fiancee Crystal Espinal on a leaked recording, in which he said she should be afraid of him, but added he never abused their son. A.J. Green injury update: Bengals wide receiver out 6-8 weeks with torn ankle ligaments Tyreek Hill welcomed by cheers at Chiefs training camp Hill said he wanted to “man up” for the language he used in the audio, which he said he didn’t know of until it was released in April.”I don’t want nobody talking to my little sister, my daughter that I have now, my mom like that. It’s very disrespectful,” Hill said. “I mean, my mom got onto me, like she thumped me in the ear, like, Come on, man, Reek. Come on, grow up, grow up out of it. So, never again. Like I said I’m growing as a human being, as a person. Never again.” Related Newslast_img read more