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Published on October 13, 2015 at 11:09 pm Contact Jon: [email protected] | @jmettus SU Soccer Stadium was empty — save for one player and two adoring fans. Syracuse defender Louis Cross held a cellphone out in front of the three and snapped a picture as the man and woman decked out in Syracuse apparel, including bright orange scarves, smiled widely next to him.Cross’ parents, Tony and Joanne, traveled thousands of miles from England to watch him play — like they do once every year. They’re in the middle of a two-week trip in which they’ll get to watch six of SU’s games.In front of his parents, Cross netted his first goal of the season and shut down Bowling Green forward Pat Flynn, who came into the game tied for fifth in the country in goals and tied for sixth in points.Cross’ play helped the No. 16 Orange (9-3-1, 2-2-1 Atlantic Coast) shut out the Falcons (6-6-1, 0-1-0 Mid-American) and hold them to just four shots — two on goal — in the 3-0 victory at SU Soccer Stadium on Tuesday.“Usually we’re watching these games after midnight so I’m normally watching it in bed,” Tony Cross said. “If he had scored I could see that a cup of coffee would’ve ended up all over the bedding.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We were up and down. We jumped and probably ruined everybody else’s night.”From the start of the game, Cross matched up with Flynn one-on-one. When the forward tried to sneak behind the backline Cross was there to jab out his right foot and stop the pass. And when Flynn’s teammates tried sending long balls into him Cross consistently headed them away.When the Orange offense was maintaining possession of the ball, SU head coach Ian McIntyre constantly yelled to Cross to “squeeze up some.” The result was Cross forcing turnovers in the midfield and sustaining the Syracuse offensive possession.One of Bowling Green’s best chances of the game came in the first half when forward Tate Robertson headed a cross on goal. But Cross was standing just a few feet in front of the goal line and kicked it away.“I don’t think they had any shots that were actually inside the box,” Cross said. “We limited them to just the outside area. They didn’t create anything behind the defense.”When Flynn was substituted out in the first half, Bowling Green head coach Eric Nichols pulled him aside, barking tips into his ear and pointing to where Cross was standing on the field.The second half was much of the same with SU stifling Flynn and the entire Falcons offense. Robertson tried dropping behind SU’s defense more, Cross said, but he and the rest of the back line were able to keep the Bowling Green offense quiet.With 15 minutes left in the game Cross contributed on the offensive end, too. Midfielder Julian Buescher’s shot was blocked by two defenders and Cross crashed into the box to knock the ball out of the air for the goal.“The last couple of days we’ve been giving Louis a hard time,” McIntyre said. “It’s nice for him to chip especially when his mom and dad were here. It was a quality strike from about 2 inches.”After the game, Cross was announced as the man of the match. He signed posters for fans, then greeted his parents — receiving a kiss on the cheek from his mom — before doing interviews with reporters.As Cross was interviewed, his dad stepped onto the field to capture the moment with more pictures, capping the special evening.“To come out here and see him play is extremely special,” Tony Cross said. “And to see him score is fantastic.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ read more
Morgan Paige has seen her offensive role and responsibilities increase in the absence of 2012\’s leading scorer Taylor Wurtz.[/media-credit]The Wisconsin women’s basketball team was flying high as the fall semester came to a close, riding a four game win-streak into winter break after a 76-47 thrashing of Eastern Illinois at the UW Fieldhouse Dec. 15. But in a season beginning to resemble the 2008 Katy Perry hit song “Hot n Cold,” the Badgers have fallen off from their promising start to the season, losing seven of their last eight games, dropping Wisconsin’s record below .500 for the first time this season at 9-10 and 1-5 in Big Ten play.After The Badger Herald coverage ended for the semester, Wisconsin continued its winning ways at home when it defeated Florida Atlantic in overtime 82-73 Dec. 10. Trailing by two with nine seconds remaining in the second half, Morgan Paige sank two free throws to tie the game at 69. Florida Atlantic missed the ensuing shot and the game went to overtime. Wisconsin then outscored the Owls 13-4 in the extra session with Jacki Gulczynski leading the way, as she recorded her first career double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds while Paige gashed the Owls for 28 points.Then came Wisconsin’s “Return to the Fieldhouse,” where it had not played since the Kohl Center opened in 1998. The confines of the Fieldhouse proved to be just as friendly as they were back in the “old days,” as Wisconsin dominated Eastern Illinois with Gulczynski leading the way, scoring 24 points and recording yet another double-double while Paige and freshman Nicole Bauman dropped 16 and 15 points a piece, respectively.Badgers lose Wurtz, Brown to injuriesHowever, just as Wisconsin looked on track to rebound from its tough season a year ago, it got bad news, and ironically enough, doubly bad news. After playing in the first five games, senior guard Taylor Wurtz, largely considered the best offensive player on the Badgers team after averaging 16.1 points per game in 2011-12, had not played since and during break.Finally putting an end to the speculation of a potential return, Wurtz elected to take a medical redshirt to have surgery to repair back issues that had been ailing her all season on Dec. 31. Wurtz now faces a six to eight week recovery period for her injury after surgery and will gradually ease her way back through rehab for her return in 2013-14.As if losing its second-leading scorer wasn’t bad enough, sophomore AnnMarie Brown tore her right ACL in practice Dec. 18, further complicating Wisconsin’s depth issues. Brown was averaging 6.4 points and 6.2 rebounds per contest in 10 games before the injury.As a result of the two injuries and sophomore Lindsay Smith and freshman Makailah Dyer transferring out of the program earlier in the year, Wisconsin currently has only nine active players for the rest of the season.Wisconsin felt the combined absence of both players immediately as the Badgers fell to Green Bay 53-38 in the first game without the pair Dec 23. at the Kress Center. Once again Gulczynski recorded 12 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double – her third in a row. But it was not enough as the Badgers struggled to score, shooting just 30 percent from the field and turning the ball over a catastrophic 25 times, a number that remains the highest of the season to date.The slippery slide of conference playIt appeared brighter days were on the horizon when the Badgers traveled to warm and sunny Miami for the Miami Holiday Tournament with Wisconsin’s thumping of Delaware State 83-54 in the first game. Four players recorded double-digits in scoring with Paige leading the way with 17 and junior Cassie Rochel missing a double-double by just two rebounds.But just a day later Wisconsin was beaten soundly by the hosts of the tournament, as Miami handled the Badgers 67-44. The game marked the beginning of Wisconsin’s six-game losing streak and displayed the team’s streaky shooting habits, as the Badgers made just 14 of their 58 attempted shots against the Hurricanes.Four days later, Wisconsin began Big Ten play with one of its tougher tests of the season on the road at Nebraska – one of this year’s favorites to win the Big Ten. Depth again proved to be a problem and the Cornhuskers outgunned the Badgers 70-52. The Badgers couldn’t find a way to slow down the Huskers’ Lindsey Moore, who torched the Badgers for 26 points.Wisconsin then returned to the Kohl Center for two consecutive games – where it averages 23 points better on offense compared to games on the road. But the homecoming turned sour when the Badgers fell to the Minnesota Gophers 60-55, despite a late run where Wisconsin went on a 13-6 run in the game’s final two minutes.In the final game of the two-game homestand, Wisconsin went shot-for-shot with Iowa until an eight-minute scoreless drought in the second half, which proved too much to overcome as UW lost once again 65-56 in another tough conference loss.Last Sunday, Wisconsin traveled to Michigan and the road woes continued for the Badger offense as they scored only 43 points in the 54-43 loss. Then in its game last Thursday against No. 8 Penn State, Wisconsin was clearly outmatched and its offense struggled yet again as the Badgers were trounced 84-40.Despite the recent losing streak, a bright spot for the Badgers has been Gulczynski’s play, who has scored 10 or more points in 11 straight games for the Badgers, including four double-doubles. And although Wisconsin lost six straight, it still matched its number of wins from a season ago with a win this past Sunday over Ohio State. read more
Wyoming 29, UNLV 24: Devin Moore rushed for 93 yards and a touchdown as the Cowboys pulled ahead late in the fourth quarter. The Cowboys (5-3, 2-2 Mountain West) grabbed the lead and final score when Wade Betschart caught a 3-yard pass from Karsten Sween for a touchdown with 5:42 left. A 2-point attempt failed, but the Rebels (2-7, 1-4) never got back within scoring range. Utah 27, Colorado State 3: Brian Johnson threw for 130 yards and two touchdowns and Ray Stowers ran for 123 yards and a touchdown to lead the visiting Utes to victory. Utah (6-3, 3-2 Mountain West) scored on four offensive possessions in the first half. Johnson marched Utah down the field on the game’s opening possession, connecting with running back Darryl Poston on a 15-yard touchdown pass to cap an 11-play, 80-yard drive. The Rams fell to 1-7, 1-4. Nevada 37, Idaho 21: Luke Lippincott rushed for 119 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Wolf Pack. Lippincott’s 2-yard run with 10:41 left in the game capped an 18-play, 87-yard drive that put the Wolf Pack ahead, 24-14. Nevada (4-4, 2-2 WAC) pulled away late after Idaho (1-8, 0-5) had pulled to within 17-14 early in the third quarter on Nathan Enderle’s 18-yard touchdown pass to Eric Greenwood. Enderle completed 10 of 21 passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns. South Dakota State 28, UC Davis 21: JaRon Harris caught two touchdowns passes and ran for a third score as the visiting Jackrabbits doomed the Aggies to their first losing season since 1969. Running back Cory Koenig ran for 160 yards and a touchdown for South Dakota State (4-4, 2-0 Great West). The Aggies scored all their points in the second half, all three on touchdown passes from Matt Engle (El Segundo High, El Camino College). Engle completed 20 of 31 passes for 257 yards for UC Davis (3-6, 1-3). Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 48, Idaho State 28: Quarterback Jonathan Dally racked up 572 yards of total offense and six touchdowns to lead the Mustangs (5-3) over the Bengals (3-5). Dally completed 16 of 24 passes for 453 yards and five touchdowns. He also rushed for 119 yards and one touchdown on 23 carries.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Tuitama completed 38 of 51 passes and threw for five touchdowns. He bested the previous record of 492 yards by Jason Johnson against California in 2002. Arizona (3-6, 2-4 Pacific-10) snapped a three-game losing streak and, for the moment, took some heat off Coach Mike Stoops. Thomas had 10 catches for 165 yards and three touchdowns. Washington’s losing streak was extended to six games in shocking fashion, as its defense failed to come through for the second straight week. Against Oregon, the Huskies had allowed a school-record 465 rushing yards. This week, it was their pass defense that struggled and canceled out Locker’s stellar day. Locker had career highs in rushing (157) and passing (336). But the Huskies could not overcome four turnovers, the last of which led to Arizona’s tying points midway through the fourth quarter. Oregon State 23, Stanford 6: Sean Canfield threw for 142 yards and Alexis Serna kicked three field goals to lead the host Beavers. Matthew Sieverson ran for 68 yards after replacing injured tailback Yvenson Bernard for Oregon State (5-3, 3-2 Pac-10). Bernard ran for 62 yards before leaving at halftime with a shoulder injury. Freshman Tavita Pritchard completed 16 of 32 passes for 168 yards for the Cardinal (3-5, 2-4). Richard Sherman caught three passes for 70 yards. From news services Willie Tuitama passed for a school-record 510 yards, and his 27-yard touchdown pass to Mike Thomas with 2:02 left rallied Arizona for a stunning 48-41 win over Washington on Saturday in Seattle. Tuitama directed the Wildcats 80 yards in 11 plays, capping the decisive drive with a pass to Thomas in the back of the end zone. Arizona scored 22 points in the fourth quarter to ruin an outstanding performance by Washington quarterback Jake Locker. The Huskies (2-6, 0-5) led, 41-26, with 12:32 left. read more