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Orange begins home stand, awaits rematch with West Virginia

first_img Comments This Friday, Syracuse will finally get its Mountaineer rain check. When the Orange returns home to kick off a two-week, four-game home stand against West Virginia at 7 p.m., it shouldn’t take long to recall the second-half downpour that washed up its last meeting. The one SU players feel they should have won. ‘From what I remember, last year, I thought they were really overrated,’ sophomore midfielder Rosina Callisto said. ‘We lost to them, 1-0. The weather was terrible. There were huge puddles on the field. But I’m confident we can do well against them this year. Obviously, a team can change in a year, but I think we’ve improved a lot. So even if they have improved, I think we definitely can match up.’ Syracuse (5-6-3) traveled to West Virginia (7-4-1) last Oct. 9, and the Mountaineers notched the only goal of the game on the first shot of the second half by Blake Miller. In the 47 minutes that ensued, the game was delayed because of lightning and heavy rain.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text When the schools finally returned to the field, West Virginia took better advantage of the pitch conditions, outshooting the Orange 18-5 and sending SU home wet and worn.  ‘It was kind of ridiculous,’ junior defender Taylor Chamberlain said. ‘I just remember it started showering and we had to go inside, and when we came back out, they were basically just brushing the field off, trying to push the water from side to side.’ SU will have those memories fresh as it welcomes the Mountaineers to SU Soccer Stadium Friday. And with SU now fighting a three-game losing streak, it would want nothing less than to turn things around against a team it feels it can beat. Especially with last year’s game still in mind. ‘It was a hard-fought game under very difficult circumstances,’ head coach Phil Wheddon said of last year’s game. ‘The rain equalizes a talented team, to some extent. We know they’re a good team. We respect them. But we played very well over the weekend and we’re confident we can come out with a good result.’ Coming into this weekend’s play, West Virginia stands four points ahead of SU at 3-1-1 in conference and riding a four-game unbeaten streak. For a Syracuse team with just six games left on the year, four of which are against schools sitting above it in conference play, it is becoming more and more apparent that this is the time to take control of the season. A season is seldom made or broken in a single game, but an early-October conference matchup against a worthy opponent is certainly a good place to start. ‘As we move into these next four games at home, obviously we want to put a good show on for our fans and the people that come and watch,’ Wheddon said. ‘It’s also a pride thing. Showing up and playing at home is all about pride, and I think that we’re ready to prove what we have against the rest of the Big East.’ At this point, SU needs wins. West Virginia drew ties in its last two meetings at SU Soccer Stadium, in 2005 and 2007. To avoid a similar result Friday night, SU will look to assert itself against a Mountaineers team that notoriously sends a lot of numbers forward — sometimes committing five, six or seven players into the attack. In turn, the Orange will have to win the ball, play it quickly and get it moving. The good news is, for this weekend at least, that probably won’t have to happen on a soggy field. Friday afternoon is scheduled for breezy conditions with a high of about 70 degrees. ‘Hopefully there won’t be any puddles on the field this year,’ Callisto said. ‘The ball will just stop in the middle of the field. You’ve got to kick it a lot harder, and it’s a lot more tiring. So hopefully it’s a nice day, but whatever we have, we’ll have to just deal with.’ zoirvin@syr.edu Published on October 6, 2010 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Tipperary’s GAA action

first_imgThey beat Mullinahone in the South Tipp intermediate football final.Grangemockler/Ballyneale were leading 1-6 to 0-1  at half time, but Mullinahone fought back in the second half. Although it wasn’t enough to snatch the intermediate title. The final score was Grangemockler/Ballyneale 2-7 Mullinahone 0-10.  In other action, Tipperary’s under 21 footballers have beaten Kildare in round 1 of the Hastings Cup. The final score was Tipperary 1-6 Kildare 1-5.   Tipperary will play Galway next in round 2 on Saturday the 15th of January in Duggan Park. Throw-in is at five o’clock. Follow @TippFMSport on Twitter for updates.last_img read more