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Champions League Week One Recap

 

by Evan Sobol

Match-day one of the 2016/2017 UEFA Champions League is already behind us. Let’s see how Europe’s best, played in the first week of group stage action.

Defending champions Real Madrid opened their season in Group F at home with a nail-biter against Portuguese side Sporting Clube De Portugal (CP). Sporting midfielder Bruno Cesar scored the first goal of the match just after half time in the 48th minute.

The Brazilian international team took advantage of poor defense by Ramos and Modric and capitalized with a short-range goal leaving Madrid fans stunned.

Cristiano Ronaldo started Los Blanco’s rally in the 89th minute with a free kick. The ball curled around Sporting’s wall and into the upper-right corner of the goal. Spanish forward Alvaro Morata sealed the 2-1 win for Madrid with a header in stoppage time. Midfielder James Rodriguez assisted the goal with a long range cross.

Real Madrid is currently tied with German side Borussia Dortmund at the top of Group F with three points. Sporting is tied with Polish side Legia Warszawa at the bottom of the table.

Premier League Champions Leicester City played to a convincing 0-3 win at Belgian side Club Brugge. It was Leicester’s Champions League debut and first European campaign since the 2000 UEFA Cup. Midfielder Marc Brighton opened the scoring for the Foxes in the fifth minute with a short-range goal.

Riyad Mahrez scored in the 29th minute with a free kick into the upper left corner of the net. The Algerian midfielder added to the scorecard again with a penalty kick in the 61st minute. Brugge finished the match with only two on target scoring attempts. They are alone at the bottom of Group G after the loss. Leicester leads the group after the draw between Portuguese side FC Porto and FC Kobenhavn of Denmark. If the Foxes keep this form, they will be the clear favorites to win the group.

Tottenham Hotspur was the only English team to lose their opening match after falling to French side Monaco at home 1-2. Monaco scored early in the 15th minute with a short-range goal by Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva. Substitute Thomas Lemar added to the scoring with a goal off a cross and over the goalkeeper’s head in the 31st minute. The Spurs reduced the deficit to one with Toby Alderweireld’s header right before halftime. Monaco held Tottenham scoreless in the second half to get the win. With the loss the Spurs sit at the bottom of Group E. If they hope to make a push for winning the group they need playmaker Harry Kane to step up. Monaco sits alone at the top of the group with the victory.

French powerhouse Paris Saint-Germain opened their Champions League season with a 1-1 draw at home against Arsenal. Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani scored PSG’s lone goal on their very first possession in the first minute. He took advantage of a great cross by defender Serge Aurier and headed the ball into the right side of the net. Cavani had a goal opportunity in the 34th minute with the net wide open, but did not capitalize with a shot wide right.

Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez scored Arsenal’s lone goal with a screamer from the edge of the box in the 78th minute. Following the draw all teams in Group A are tied with one point apiece. Cavani needs to take better advantage of his scoring opportunities if Paris hopes to win the group. The departure of Zlatan Ibrahimović to Manchester United has hurt their usual scoring tally.

Usual Champions League contenders Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and Manchester City each earned blowout victories at home. Lionel Messi scored three goals and had one assist against Celtic. He is currently tied with fellow Argentinian Sergio Aguero for most goals so far this season.

The Champions League returns next week, Sept. 27th and 28th, with match-day two of the group stage. Borussia Dortmund look to lead Group F as they host Real Madrid Tuesday and Bayern Munich visit defensive power Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.

Women’s Soccer Streak Ends at Two

 

by Kimberly Pena

Central Connecticut State University’s Women’s Soccer team’s two-game winning streak came to an end on Thursday against Providence College with a 3-1 loss at the CCSU Soccer Field. The Blue Devils dropped to 2-7 for the season, while the Friars improved their record to 5-3-1.

Game action mostly took place in the first half, as all the goals were scored in the opening frame. Providence scored the first goal in the 17th minute when forward Rachel Ugolik assisted midfielder Kathryn Hiller with the first scoring shot, giving PC a 1-0 lead.

It didn’t take long for the Blue Devils to respond as they scored their first and only goal two minutes later. Freshmen Anya Bornstein scored after a long kick with an assist from Shauny Alterisio. This was Bornstein’s first career goal with Central.

However, the Blue Devils weren’t able to hold off the Friars’ offense, as they regained the lead with 15 minutes left in the half by a goal from senior Jill Clapp, assisted by sophomore Casey Estey. Estey scored Providence’s final goal with two minutes left in the opening frame. She overcame CCSU’s defense to get a shot in the 18-yard box, hitting the ball towards the right side of the net and giving PC a 3-1 lead that they wouldn’t relinquish.

Despite the lost, Coach Mick D’Arcy was proud of how the team responded in the second half by keeping a very good Providence team off the board and giving the Blue Devils at least a chance to get back into the game.

“On the second half we were just a little bit tighter defensively,” said D’Arcy. “We didn’t give them, you know, too many opportunities from there. I don’t think our goal keeper really had to make any good saves, it was a couple of easy saves for her.”

PC only had a 12-11 advantage in shots against Central. Goalkeeper Nicki Turley made five saves for CCSU after having back-to-back shutouts entering Thursday’s game.

Coach D’Arcy felt that the game allowed the Blue Devils to prove that they can compete against good teams, and that they can use this game to help move forward later in the season.

“I think we just played against a team that was in the Big East Final last year, that have a very good fight,” said D’Arcy. “We can prove to ourselves tonight that we can play with very good teams, be competitive and with better luck, I think maybe we could have got a result today. In all fairness, it was against a very good team and I think we can take some little bit of satisfaction that we were able to not only hold them, but generate chances against them as well.”

The Blue Devils faced a scare in the second half when sophomore Danielle Pearse was hit in the face by the ball and seemed fazed while lying on the field for about two minutes. She left the game soon thereafter; it is unknown if she suffered any serious injury.

Thursday’s game was their second game at home in the middle of their six-game home stretch. The team will play their next game on Sunday against Cornell at the CCSU Soccer Field.

Upcoming Sports Games

 

Football:

Sat. 9/17 vs. Bowie St. 3 p.m.

Men’s Soccer:

Wed. 9/14 vs. Howard  2 p.m.

Sun. 9/18 vs. Canisius  12 p.m.

Women’s Soccer:

Thu. 9/15 vs. Providence  7 p.m.

Sun. 9/18 vs. Brown  3 p.m.

Women’s Volleyball:

Fri. 9/16 vs. New Mexico St. – Brown University Volleyball Invitational 5 p.m.

Sat. 9/17 at Brown – Brown University Volleyball Invitational 12:30 p.m

Sat. 9/17 vs. Binghamton – Brown University Volleyball Invitational 4:30 p.m

Women’s Golf:

Sun. 9/18 at Towson Invitational

Mon. 9/19 at Towson Invitational

Tebow Signs Deal with Mets

by Tyler Roaix

Tim Tebow just cant seem to find a sport that suites him. He made his triumphant return to the sports world on September when he signed a deal with, none other than, the New York Mets. The minor league deal means Tebow will make his professional baseball debut in the Instructional League on Sept. 19th, in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

The Mets have come out and said this had nothing to do with publicity. “While I and the organization, I think, are mindful of the novel nature of this situation, this decision was strictly driven be baseball,” said Sandy Alderson, general manager of the Mets. “This was not something driven by marketing considerations or anything of the sort. We are extremely intrigued with the  potential that Tim has. He has demonstrated over his athletic career that he is a tremendous athlete, has a great character, a competitive spirit.”

Tebow himself has tried to downplay the publicity of the deal.

“I would consider success giving everything I have,” Tebow said. “I would consider success putting in the work and looking back on this opportunity and this journey 10, 15, 20 years from now and saying that I gave everything I had, I did everything I could do to be the best that I could be. I don’t necessarily view success or failure as how many rings or championships or promotions you get.”

Truth be told, it’s hard to me to sit here and buy into anything Tebow, Alderson and the Mets are actually selling. First off, Tim Tebow has played organized baseball since his junior year of high school in 2005.

No professional franchise, in any sport, would ever in their right mind offer a contract to someone who hasn’t actually played the sport in over a decade.

Maybe if they knew they were going to make money. The former Heisman trophy winner’s contract includes a $100,000 signing bonus, which is at least 10 times the amount a real prospect actually gets. If I am Alderson and the Mets, it would be easy to think the promotional benefits alone will quickly make up for whatever they pay him.

Tebow is, in fact, one of the most famous athletes in recent memory. Along with the Heisman, Tebow won two national championships at Florida. His NFL career was not as successful, but wherever he went fans followed. Tebow is also famous for his role at ESPN, as a college football analyst.

That leads into what might be the most ridiculous part of this contract. Tebow’s responsibilities at ESPN will not be affected at all by his baseball career because, the contract allows him to take a couple days off every week to take his seat at the analysts desk.

This part of the deal resulted in a lot of backlash from the sports world. Many players feel as though if Tebow was fully committed to a career in baseball, he would leave ESPN so he could focus 100 percent on baseball. Former pitcher Dallas Braden has been one of those to speak out against the deal.

“Wonder how the kid who doesn’t get to go to instructs feels about Tebow breaking down a defense as opposed to taking hacks or fly balls,” said Braden.

It is still up in the air as to what Tebow’s future looks like in baseball. The Mets may send him to the Arizona Fall League or a winter league, if they feel as though he is ready.

But the only way that I really understood any part of this deal is the fact that it is the Mets simply trying to bring in attention and, in turn, revenue. If I’m a Mets player or fan, I’m taking a hard look at the team and questioning just what on Earth they are doing.