Olsen’s red card proves the decisive call

first_imgThe USC women’s soccer team fell victim to a late penalty kick goal Sunday, losing 1-0 to Ohio State in San Diego and spoiling a weekend that saw the Women of Troy capture their first victory of the season.The match was scoreless deep into the second half until Ohio State forward freshman Lauren Granberg found herself on a breakaway against USC goalkeeper Kristin Olsen. The USC senior dove for the ball, but Granberg touched it wide of Olsen and then fell down in the box. The referee pointed to the penalty spot and sent Olsen off with a red card.Foul play · Goalie Kristin Olsen disputed the red card ruling. – Carlo Acenas | Daily Trojan“I ended up missing her and the ball,” Olsen said. “The ref thought I had tripped her. I was kind of surprised because I didn’t even touch her.”Redshirt senior Brittany Massro came on to play goalie, but she was unable to stop Buckeye defender junior Cassie Dickerson’s penalty kick goal. The Women of Troy (1-0), forced to play with only 10 players for the rest of the match, couldn’t find the equalizer.Ohio State led USC in shots on goal, 11 to eight , but the Women of Troy did have some good opportunities to score. USC freshman forward Samantha Johnson was a constant threat to the Buckeye defense, putting one shot high and another wide of the goal, while redshirt senior Marihelen Tomer and sophomore midfielder Alyssa Dávila forced the Ohio State goalkeeper to make two saves in quick succession in the second half.“We definitely had some chances to win the game,” USC coach Ali Khosroshahin said. “Sam Johnson had a look, Marihelen had a look. We just need to keep our composure in front of the goal.”The loss against Ohio State came in USC’s second game of the USD Nike Classic, a mini-tournament hosted by the University of San Diego.On Friday, four USC players scored en route to a 4-0 victory over Cal State Fullerton. Johnson was the star of the show, registering a goal and two assists on the evening.Freshman midfielder Courtney Garcia gave the Women of Troy the lead less than three minutes into the game when she took a pass from Johnson and fired it off the far post and in for her first collegiate goal.Junior midfielder Megan Ohai doubled the lead in the 12th minute when she got on to the end of a long pass from junior midfielder-turned-defender Ashli Sandoval and put it past the goalkeeper.Johnson added her first goal for USC in the 19th minute, taking the ball at the top of the box, maneuvering around defenders and shooting it into the far low corner.Dávila completed the scoring in the 28th, taking Johnson’s deflected cross and turning it into goal.“We kinda knew that we had to win and we were tired of losing,” Johnson said. “We played with a lot more confidence and composure on the field.”The weekend of mixed results left Khosroshahin pointing to his team’s improvement but also noting that USC will have to improve its ball possession and finishing in the coming weeks.“I definitely see improvement every time they step on the field,” Khosroshahin added. “But improvement just isn’t good enough sometimes. You just have to get the job done and we’re hoping that part will come sooner than later.”last_img read more

49ers schedule 2019: San Francisco faces brutal slate against NFL’s top QBs

first_imgThe 49ers have some renewed optimism with their bill of health looking a lot cleaner for 2019 than it was for most of last season. Should this turn out to be the much-anticipated full campaign together for coach Kyle Shanahan and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco’s offense has to be ready to make the jump many thought it would make a year ago.That’s because the 49ers’ schedule for 2019 will feature several teams that can light up the scoreboard. The NFC West and conference champion Rams are on the 49ers’ schedule twice, as usual, but so are several more offenses that are both balanced and explosive. MORE: When to expect NFL schedule releaseThere are bound to be plenty of entertaining 49ers games in 2019, assuming Garoppolo picks up where he left off at the helm with a little more support. But translating that into more wins than losses, based on the opponents on the 49ers’ schedule, is another story.49ers schedule 201949ers regular-season schedule:Home: Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh SteelersAway: Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins(The following schedule comes via leaks and reports ahead of the NFL’s official schedule release, which is expected Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET.)WeekDateOpponentKickoff timeTVWeek 1Sept. 8at Buccaneers4:25 p.m. ETFoxWeek 2Sept. 15at Bengals1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 3Sept. 22vs. Steelers4:25 p.m. ETCBSWeek 4BYE—Week 5Oct. 7 (MNF)vs. Browns8:15 p.m. ETESPNWeek 6Oct. 13at Rams4:05 p.m. ETFoxWeek 7Oct. 20at Redskins1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 8Oct. 27vs. Panthers4:05 p.m. ETFoxWeek 9Oct. 31 (TNF)at Cardinals8:20 p.m. ETFox/NFLN/AmazonWeek 10Nov. 11 (MNF)vs. Seahawks8:15 p.m. ETESPNWeek 11Nov. 17vs. Cardinals4:05 p.m. ETFoxWeek 12Nov. 24vs. Packers4:25 p.m. ETFoxWeek 13Dec. 1at Ravens1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 14Dec. 8at Saints1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 15Dec. 15vs. Falcons4:25 p.m. ETFoxWeek 16Dec. 21/22vs. RamsTBDTBDWeek 17Dec. 29at Seahawks4:25 p.m.Fox49ers preseason schedule:Week 1vs. CowboysAug. 8-12 TBDWeek 2at BroncosAug 19, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)Week 3at ChiefsAug. 22-25 TBDWeek 4vs. ChargersAug. 29 or 30 TBDMORE: Full 2019 NFL preseason scheduleToughest tests: The home schedule outside of the division is brutal. Former league MVPs Cam Newton, Matt Ryan and Aaron Rodgers all will travel to San Francisco to duel Garoppolo at Levi’s Stadium. The two visiting QBs from the AFC, Ben Roethlisberger and Baker Mayfield, are no slouches, either.The road looks a little more manageable in the non-NFC West games, but the 49ers also face two division winners from last season in the Saints and Ravens. Those opponents combine with the Rams and Seahawks to make it six games against playoff teams. Going better than .500 in Santa Clara looks challenging. Biggest breaks: In addition to a sweep of the rebuilding Cardinals being a must, the 49ers need to make hay with away games in Tampa Bay, Cincinnati and Washington. For San Francisco to have its delayed breakout with Shanahan, it must prove it is no longer a bad team by beating other supposed bad teams.Bottom line: The hype the 49ers had around this time last year has been replaced with the realism that it will be a grind. San Francisco is facing a schedule that is even more difficult than its ranking — No. 11 in strength of schedule — might suggest.The 49ers’ over/under for wins in Las Vegas is eight, which would represent a four-game improvement from last season. From what we know now, it looks like the 49ers will fall a little short of that record and make it three seasons without a playoff berth under Shanahan. Record prediction: 7-9last_img read more

Nicholls’ Megan Landry Named Softball Student-Athlete of the Year

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Nicholls’ Megan Landry is the 2018 Southland Conference Softball Student-Athlete of the Year, the league announced Wednesday with its all-academic teams. All yearly awards are presented by Ready Nutrition.Landry, the 2018 Southland Pitcher of the Year, is one of five student-athletes on the all-academic first team with a perfect 4.00 GPA. The junior from Pierre Part, La., had a season that saw her lead the Colonels to a regular season championship. The secondary education – English major is a consecutive honoree to the all-academic team. She was also named to the Google Cloud Academic-All District and All-America teams.Eleven student-athletes earned automatic selections to the first team. Seven members garnered the automatic selection as a member of the All-Conference First Team in May, six were Google Cloud All-District selections and five claimed Google Cloud All-America® honors.Abilene Christian’s Peyton Hedrick is the only student-athlete to be voted to the top team. She held a 3.80 GPA as a kinesiology major. She, teammate Hannah Null and McNeese’s Erika Piancastelli collected their third Southland all-academic selections.Sam Houston State’s four selections are the most among the 10 schools represented between the two teams. Abilene Christian, Nicholls, Southeastern Louisiana and Stephen F. Austin snagged three spots. Central Arkansas, McNeese and Northwestern State have a pair each while Houston Baptist and Lamar both picked up a single selection.The All-Academic teams are voted on by head coaches, sports information directors and academic/compliance staff members from each Southland Conference institution. Student-athletes must possess a 3.0 cumulative GPA, have completed one full academic year at the nominating institution and participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s competition to qualify for All-Academic selection, excluding pitchers. Nominees who were also named to the All-Conference First Team or CoSIDA Academic All-District team are automatically named Southland All-Academic. Tiffany Thompson Sam Houston State Jr. Montgomery, Texas 3.78 Public Health Erika Piancastelli13# McNeese Sr. Carlsbad, Calif. 3.55 Exercise Science Major Class Brianna Barnhill#% Abilene Christian Sr. Rhome, Texas 4.00 Kinesiology Bailey White Sam Houston State So. Burleson, Texas 3.94 General Business Amanda Gianelloni12 Nicholls Jr. Napoleonville, La. 3.86 Marketing Kate Myers2#% Central Arkansas Sr. Tulsa, Okla. 4.00 Biology The Southland Conference awards committee, which consists of one administrator from each of the 13 member schools, votes for the student-athlete of the year. The Southland Student-Athlete of the Year award is presented to one student-athlete who achieves excellence in both academics and athletics. All nominees must have earned at least a 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale and demonstrated athletics achievement for at least two years at the nominating institution. Alli Daigle Southeastern La. Sr. Rayne, La. 3.80 Psychology ^2018 Southland Softball Student-Athlete of the Year1All-Conference First Team selection2Two-time All-Academic selection3Three-time All-Academic selection#Google Cloud Academic All-District%Google Cloud Academic All-America® Name University Class Hometown GPA Major Morgan Catron1 McNeese Sr. Mineola, Texas 3.00 Health and Human Performance Lindsey McLeod2#% Sam Houston State Sr. Austin, Texas 4.00 Public Health Moriah Strother1 Nicholls Sr. Suwanee, Ga. 3.72 Athletic Training Peyton Hedrick3 Abilene Christian Sr. Forney, Texas 3.80 Kinesiology Morgan Felts Central Arkansas Jr. Conway, Ark. 3.81 Psychology Maddie Edmonston Southeastern La. Sr. St. Amant, La. 3.70 Kinesiologycenter_img Megan Landry^12#% Nicholls Jr. Pierre Part, La. 4.00 Secondary Education – English Makayla Sikes Stephen F. Austin Sr. Gilmer, Texas 3.25 Communication Disorders Sidney Salmans2 Northwestern State Sr. The Woodlands, Texas 3.61 Education Mahalia Gibson Southeastern La. Sr. Hattiesburg, Miss. 3.22 Kinesiology Kaitlyn St. Clair Northwestern State So. Cypress, Texas 3.78 Health and Exercise Science University Demi Janak#% Houston Baptist Sr. Spring, Texas 4.00 Accounting Hannah Null13 Abilene Christian Sr. Highland Village, Texas 3.75 Journalism Amber Landry1 Stephen F. Austin Sr. Ponchatoula, La. 3.76 Kinesiology Kelly Meeuwsen2 Lamar Jr. Hillsboro, Ore. 3.34 Biology GPA Hometown First Team 2018 Southland Conference Softball All-Academic Teams Katie Andrie Sam Houston State Sr. China Spring, Texas 3.97 Finance Second Team Name Taylor Fraccastoro Stephen F. Austin Sr. Orange, Texas 3.51 Kinesiologylast_img read more