Bradley Voigt’s career-high 6 goals leads offensive resurgence in win over Albany

first_imgBradley Voigt’s first goal of the season ended with a stomp. In the postgame press conference, Voigt cracked a grin. With No. 20 Syracuse in desperate need of a bounceback following last week’s loss to unranked Colgate, Voigt delivered a shot off the right side of the crease that found a hole to the right of Albany goalkeeper Nate Siekierski. Voigt turned and pumped his fist. For the first time this season — in a new role — SU’s “big and crafty guy” delivered. Last weekend offered Voigt a similar spot, one that sent line drives into the chest of Colgate’s goalkeeper. He waited, as always, and fired, as always. But Saturday was different, and the shots kept coming.Behind a career-high six goals from Voigt,  No. 20 Syracuse (1-1) dominated No. 15 Albany (0-1) 13-5. Coming off their first season-opening loss since 2013, and up against the same team that beat them 15-3 a season ago, the Orange were boosted by an unlikely top-option in Voigt, who has never scored more than two goals in a game in his entire four-year Syracuse career.“We were just moving good off ball,” Voigt said. “I think we were definitely more comfortable in the offense that were running right now.”Coming into the season, there was uncertainty as to who will see a majority of the minutes as the third member of SU’s attack line. As early as the Orange’s fall intra-squad scrimmage, Voigt ran with the first line. Come the week leading up to SU’s season-opener against Colgate, Syracuse attack Stephen Rehfuss said he’d “earned it.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut with the loss of Brendan Bomberry, the Orange were hard-pressed to find a piece that would fill the void. Voigt contributed sporadically in his three year career prior to the 2019 season, scoring 19 goals. Minus Bomberry, SU was in need to a player who could set in the right spots in front of the net and receive short passes on the interior for doorstep deliveries. Thrice Voigt got that shot against Colgate and it didn’t find the back of the net. But against Albany, the senior started about five feet further out. His first shot went through the right side, then he hit another from the same spot. In the second quarter, he hit one from the left side. Brendan Curry brought shifts each time he took the ball down the field and Nate Solomon worked as the Orange’s primary dodger around the crease, but the opportunities kept coming to Voigt.After the Orange were dominated on possessions a week ago, SU head coach John Desko ran a number of ground ball drills in practice to help fix the problem. After numerous one-on-one, two-on-one and three-on-two drills, the Orange responded by outpacing the Great Danes 44-24 on ground balls. Whenever the ball was knocked loose, SU was there to scoop it up and start up the offense again. “We kicked ourselves,” Desko said of the ground balls. “We’ve always been a pretty good ground ball team and Colgate just kind of woke us up.”The increased possession found Voigt in spots teammates said he excels in. Last season, Bomberry earned a lot of his points by hanging around the crease to the left or right flank of the goalposts. Multiple times, SU found him in that exact spot, and all he needed to do was finish.He found the goal, then again, then again, then again. Prior to his fifth goal of the contest, Voigt spied Solomon as he made a run around the crease and fired a shot around the corner of the goal. The ball deflected off the leg of Siekerski, and Voigt — continuing the trend the Orange set all game, just cleaned up.Though Desko has said the role is one Voigt was prepared to fill, after the game he conceded he couldn’t envision a game of this magnitude, and so quickly. But at the postgame press conference, Voigt said his performance wasn’t about what he could do on the field, it was about what he couldn’t. He’s not a dodger. He doesn’t make things happen behind the net. That’s not his game, and it doesn’t have to be. In the final quarter, when SU pulled Porter and the game was already decided, Rehfuss found Voigt streaking to the net. Open again. Voigt put in the shot and raised his stick in the air and finished his historic day with skip behind the goal as he gazed towards the Carrier Dome ceiling. Nothing was different about Saturday, he said. The opportunities just came, and he finished.“I guess I just felt better during the game today,” Voigt said. “The shots were just going.” Comments Published on February 16, 2019 at 8:33 pm Contact Michael: | @MikeJMcClearycenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

BE BRAVE! Jurgen Klopp’s message to Liverpool players ahead of Dortmund showdown

first_imgJurgen Klopp has urged his Liverpool players to be ‘brave’ against Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on Thursday night.The Europa League quarter-final tie is finely poised after the Reds claimed a 1-1 draw in the first leg.Klopp believes the atmosphere could prove crucial but knows the danger his old team poses, and says his side must demonstrate courage to progress.“It is always about being brave but especially against a high quality team,” the German said.“With each pass and offensive action your opponents grow in confidence and if you just try to defend your’s becomes smaller and smaller, so it’s really important you have your moments.“Being brave is one of the most important things you can be in football, and certainly tomorrow night too.”Liverpool may have the slender benefit of an away goal, but Klopp dismissed how much of an advantage it will actually be, especially against a side of Dortmund’s quality.The visitors have scored 119 goals this season and Klopp almost expects them to score at Anfield.“I think we can ignore the first leg,” he added.“This Dortmund team can score goals, they are not an opponent where you can go into a game thinking we can keep a clean sheet. Maybe after 85 minutes it (the away goal) will be relevant, but not earlier.“It is a completely normal game and the crowd is more of an advantage if we are good and if they like the game they will help us more than the goal in Dortmund.“Only when we play 0-0 it is a real advantage. If we win we don’t need it, if we lose it isn’t helpful.“This is a new start and we will see who handles the situation better. Who is more clear in their offensive action, who is more disciplined in defence, who is brave enough to take a chance?“In my opinion the atmosphere will be the biggest difference.”Klopp will tell his players to approach the fixture as a completely new game, despite their morale-boosting draw in Germany a week ago.“I don’t think we went to the limit of our performance last week and I don’t think Dortmund did either, but they are having a great season,” he said.“Against Dortmund you can’t just defend, there is a balance between attack and defence.“Forget about last week’s game, we have to go into tomorrow’s game with a different attitude and we certainly won’t be flying a white flag.”Anfield expects a famous European night, which puts the incentive firmly with Klopp’s players, but he tried to play down expectations as they are facing the free-scoring favourites for the competition.“I don’t think we are under particular pressure,” he said.“What we are presented with is a great chance to get to the semi-final and it is rare to have a chance to win a trophy.“The last few weeks has given us confidence. When you think about only the second half against Southampton (where they conceded three goals to lose 3-2) was a step in the wrong direction.“We are better prepared than a few months ago. We are growing as a group, believing more in things and there is no doubt about the things we do.“That is what has given us confidence. It is not important what I say here, it will have no impact on the game tomorrow.“It is a good sign for all of us that we trust them (the players) and they trust themselves.” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp 1last_img read more


first_imgA Donegal county councillor has said he is delighted to have secured a grant of €10,000 for a road safety project.Micheal Cholm Mac Giolla EasbuigMicheál Choilm Mac Giolla Easbuig secured the grant for Scoil Rann Na Feirste at last weeks MD Council meeting in Dungloe.He said “I would like to thank Cllr Seamus O’Donnell and Cllr Terrance Slowey for strongly supporting my request for funding for this safety project at the school. There has been a road safety issue at the school when the kids are being dropped off and picked up. “The council will start work before Christmas and hopefully this will make access to and from the school to the main car park at Áislann Rann Na Feirste safer for everyone.”Dúirt Micheál Choilm Mac Giolla Easbuig go raibh áthas air go raibh sé ábalta maoiniúchán €10,000 a chinntiú do thionscadal sábháilteachta bóthair ag Scoil Rann na Feirste igCruinniú Comhairle an Cheantair Bhardasaigh a bhí ann ar an Chlochán Liath an tseachtain seo a chuaigh thart.“Ba mhaith liom buíochas a ghabháil leis an Chomhairleoir Seamus O’Donnell agus leis an Chomhairleoir Terence Slowey a thug tacaíocht láidir dom san iarratas maoiniúcháin don tionscadal sábháilteachta ag an scoil.“Tá fadhb le sábháilteacht an bhóthair ag an scoil nuair a bhíonn na páistí á bhfágáil ann agus á gcruinniú arís. Cuirfidh an Chomhairle tús leis na hoibreacha roimh an Nollaig agus tá súil againn go mbeidh an bealach isteach chuig an scoil agus an bealach amach go dtí an carrchlós ag Áislann Rann na Feirste níos sábháilte do achan nduine.” SCHOOL GETS €10,000 FOR ROAD SAFETY PROJECT was last modified: November 23rd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more