Upstart Dash win the Challenge Cup 2-0 over the Red Stars

first_img July 26, 2020 Associated Press Upstart Dash win the Challenge Cup 2-0 over the Red Stars McCaskill had another chance from distance in the 67th minute, but Houston goalkeeper Jane Campbell tipped it up and over the crossbar. The Dash took a hit in the 29th minute when Mewis had to come out of the game with a hamstring injury. She sobbed as she was subbed out. The NWSL was the first professional team sport to return in the United States. Eight of the league’s nine teams have been sequestered in Utah for the duration of the tournament, which started on June 27.The league’s ninth team, the Orlando Pride, withdrew shortly before the start because of positive COVID-19 tests. But there were no positive tests in the so-called bubble in Utah for the duration of the event.The Red Stars were the tournament’s sixth seed going into the knockout round. They advanced to the semifinals on penalties after a scoreless draw with OL Reign, then held off Sky Blue 3-2 on Wednesday. Chicago had just two total goals in the tournament before the outburst against Sky Blue.“I think our challenge has been putting away our final crosses and getting some goals this tournament,” Chicago’s Julie Ertz said. “So I think in the first half after (the penalty kick), we had a really good reaction to it. And it got harder because once they got up 1-0, they dropped really low in the box, so it’s hard to break down when a lot of numbers are in there. Obviously disappointing, but I’m so proud of the girls.”The Dash were the upstart underdogs of the Challenge Cup, after finishing seventh in the NWSL last season. Daly, who plays for England’s national team, led Houston with three goals in the tournament and was the Challenge Cup’s most valuable player.Daly had a chance to increase Houston’s lead in the 73rd minute, but couldn’t quite get set after a cross from Nichelle Prince and the shot went wide. Daly assisted on Groom’s goal in the 91st minute. It was Groom’s third goal of the tournament and she was named player of the match. center_img The tournament was the National Women’s Soccer League’s re-boot after the regular season was shut down by the coronavirus outbreak. Houston, in its seventh year in the league, had never previously made the playoffs. “Grit and determination and courage, I could use all of those cliche words but they actually mean something within our team,” Daly said. “After every postgame I say ‘Nothing breaks our circle, and if anything breaks our circle, we’ll lose.’ Today nothing broke our circle.”The Red Stars went to the NWSL championship game last season, but were routed 4-0 by the North Carolina Courage. Houston was aggressive from the start. Kristie Mewis was on the run when she was fouled by Kayla Sharples for a Dash penalty kick. Schmidt nailed the PK in the fifth minute. It was the tournament’s first penalty kick in regulation. The Red Stars nearly drew even in the 15th minute, but Savannah McCaskill’s header off a rebound hit the post. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditSANDY, Utah (AP) — As the underdog Houston Dash celebrated winning the Challenge Cup title, forward Rachel Daly was asked if she could define the team’s identity after the month-long tournament. “Winners,” the Dash co-captain simply said. Sophie Schmidt scored on an early penalty kick and Shea Groom added a stoppage-time goal to give Houston the trophy with a 2-0 victory over the Chicago Red Stars on Sunday. “From day one, we had a goal to win this thing and we took it one step at a time, one game at a time, one minute at a time. And I think obviously we’re excited with how it went today,” said Groom, who was traded to the Dash in the offseason. “Individually, I want to be a part of a club that valued me and wanted to just bring out the best in me, and that’s what they’ve done.”Sunday’s game at Rio Tinto Stadium, home of the NWSL’s Utah Royals and Major League Soccer’s Real Salt Lake, was broadcast nationally on CBS, the league’s new television partner this season.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

AJ Dillon has his way, other fast reactions to Syracuse’s 42-14 loss to Boston College

first_imgWithout its starting quarterback and running back for the second straight game, Syracuse got blown out at home, 42-14, in its final game of the 2017 season. Boston College (7-5, 4-4 Atlantic Coast), a bowl-eligible team that had already beaten Preseason Top 25 teams in Louisville and Florida State, beat the Orange (4-8, 2-6) convincingly on Saturday afternoon in front of an announced attendance of 30,302.Here are three quick reactions to the game.No-win NovemberWith the loss, Syracuse fell to 0-8 over the past two Novembers. The Orange has not won a game in the month since beating Boston College two years ago this weekend in former head coach Scott Shafer’s sendoff victory. The Syracuse senior class is the first since 2009 to graduate without appearing in a bowl game, as the Orange lost its final five games of the year. Its last win came in the Carrier Dome on Oct. 13 against then-No. 2 Clemson. Over the final 10 quarters of the 2017 season, SU was outscored 114-29.The AJ Dillon showAdvertisementThis is placeholder textDillon, a 6-foot, 240-pound true freshman running back, proved to be one of Syracuse’s toughest tailbacks faced all year. He entered Saturday averaging 5.1 yards per carry to go along with 10 rushing touchdowns, including four in a 272-yard showing at Louisville. In his last three games, he ran for 149, 196 and 200 yards, respectively. Saturday against the depleted Syracuse defense, he erupted for 193 yards and three touchdowns.In his footstepsSyracuse senior wide receiver Steve Ishmael broke a pair of program records Saturday. First, he snapped Amba Etta-Tawo’s single-season receptions record of 94, which Etta-Tawo set a year ago in a rout at Clemson. Then Ishmael, on the final touchdown catch of his college career, broke Marvin Harrison’s career receiving yards record (2,728). Ishmael idolized Harrison as a kid, and he broke his idol’s record in his final game at Syracuse. Ishmael finished the day with 11 catches for 187 yards. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 25, 2017 at 3:16 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21last_img read more

Perforce has announced a strategic acquisition to

first_imgPerforce has announced a strategic acquisition to expand its DevOps portfolio with new application development tools and components. The company has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire cross-platform software development tool provider Rogue Wave Software.“Software development is growing increasingly complex, driving the need for platforms and solutions that can help enterprises simplify their applications and shorten cycle times. With continuously evolving customer demands, it has never been more important for enterprises to deliver high-quality products and solutions quickly,” said Brian Pierce, CEO of Rogue Wave.Together, Rogue Wave will be able to deliver a full suite of solutions focused on improving developer productivity while fueling Perforce’s DevOps initiatives at scale, the companies explained. Rogue Wave offers a variety of different tools from analytics and API management to UI, web and mobile development. “This transformational acquisition further expands our global footprint and broadens our offerings.  Rogue Wave’s software suite strengthens Perforce’s existing static code analysis and automated test offerings, and also adds new capabilities in the areas of dynamic code analysis, API management, project visualization, developer productivity, and embedded analytics,” said Mark Ties, Perforce CEO.Terms of the agreement are currently not being disclosed, and the acquisition is expected to close early next month.last_img read more