Strong southeast land sales leading the way

first_imgResearch4 director Colin Keane, who will address the UDIA Lay of The Land conference in Brisbane today (Nov 20), said southeast Queensland was the top performers in terms of land sales. RELATED: Where you can build new for $200k under median MORE: Australia’s longest rooftop pool ready to dive into Perfect place for downsizers and young professionals Stage nine of Stockland’s Foreshore Coomera development was recently fast-tracked to meet demand.“Logan is demonstrating that it’s very attractive to buyers, because it’s not as far out as Springfield and it’s a bit cheaper than the Gold Coast,” he said. “Moreton Bay remains a favourite, even though land supply is tight around there.“Allure and Harmony have put the Sunshine Coast on the map. The Sunshine Coast is now has a very stable supply of land.” Mr Keane is one of Australia’s leading experts in the residential greenfield market, and his company audits and surveys land estates to provide insight into land supply across the nation. “Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Ipswich, Logan, Moreton Bay, all represent roughly 20 per cent of the total of the new marketeach,” he said. Mr Keane said Springfield/Ipswich remained the more affordable sub-market and Logan was on the rise. Stockland’s $590 Newport community is just one of the new land estates driving the southeast Queensland market to be among the best in the country.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours ago“Southeast Queensland is one of the more stable, well considered markets … whether by planning or whether by luck.“For the past five years now … (the) southeast Queensland market has been selling, … close to 900 to 1000 blocks per month. “Normally markets go up and down like a yoyo.” >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<< Australia’s residential greenfield market expert Colin Keane will present the UDIA’s National State of the Land report.He said the region was second only to Melbourne, but unlike Sydney and Melbourne, where those cities have seen huge spikesin demand, the southeast corners growth had been “measured”. “Queensland sold … in the September quarter, 900 new blocks of land per month.“Melbourne … sold 1500,” he said. Waterlea at Walloon, Ipswich, is contributing to the high new land sales volumes.Southeast Queensland is outperforming, and outselling, almost all of the country’s capital city land markets. Stable pricing over the past five years was another contributing factor to the success in the southeast, with the median landprice at $272,000 for the region. That is $70,000 cheaper than Melbourne and $155,000 cheaper than Sydney, Mr Keane said.last_img read more

Dominion Energy loads 100th commercial LNG ship at Cove Point

first_imgImage courtesy of Dominion Energy/Matthew RakolaU.S. LNG operator Dominion Energy has loaded its 100th commercial liquefied natural gas (LNG) ship from its Cove Point LNG terminal.Dominion said that the 100th cargo was loaded on November 11, nineteen months after the facility entered commercial service for natural gas liquefaction and export.Located in Lusby, Maryland, the Cove Point LNG Terminal became the second-largest LNG export facility in the continental U.S. – and the first on the East Coast – when it entered commercial operation on April 9, 2018.Cove Point produces LNG under 20-year contracts for ST Cove Point, a joint venture of Sumitomo Corporation and Tokyo Gas, and for Gail Global USA LNG, the U.S. affiliate of GAIL India.The Cove Point facility is unique among U.S. LNG terminals for its operational flexibility and demonstrated the ability to perform all the functions of an LNG facility, including import, export, vaporization, and send out, and liquefaction. To date, the facility has produced more than 4 billion gallons of LNG, with export ships reaching more than 20 countries across the globe.It is worth reminding that Dominion Energy sold a 25 percent non-controlling equity interest in Cove Point to Brookfield Super-Core Infrastructure Partners for just over $2 billion in late October.last_img read more

Japan’s ‘King Kazu’ striker, nearly 53, renews contract with club

first_imgFormer Japan striker Kazuyoshi Miura, who turns 53 next month, has renewed his contract with Yokohama FC to extend his record as the world’s oldest professional footballer.Advertisement Loading… Promoted ContentPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Amazing Facts About Ancient EgyptFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayMysterious Underwater Objects Most People Don’t Know About7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-Flow The veteran player, admiringly nicknamed “King Kazu” for his spirited onfield style, will kick off his 35th career season this year, the club announced over the weekend.Miura, who has played for Yokohama FC since 2005, has said he won’t hang up his boots until he turns 60.He played for the club three times last season but did not find the net.In a short statement, he said he was concentrating on enjoying his football and keeping the club in the top league. “I’ll do my best to contribute to the team winning,” he said.In 2017, Miura surpassed football’s previous professional longevity record and became the oldest player to score a competitive goal in a professional match. Both records were previously held by English legend Stanley Matthews.Miura left Japan for Brazil in 1982 and signed a contract with Santos FC in 1986 to make his professional debut. Read Also:West Ham goalie out for 14 daysHe made his Japan debut in 1990 and pushed for the country’s first ever World Cup appearance in 1998 but failed to make the final squad for France, despite scoring 55 goals in 89 games for the national side.He was one of the stars of the professional J-League at its 1993 launch before joining Italy’s Genoa on loan the following year.Yokohama came second in the J-2 league last season, winning promotion to the top tier.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Baksh, Cadogan outstanding at GSA Toucan Junior tournament

first_imgThe curtain came down on Saturday evening on the 2017 Toucan Distributors Junior Skill level tournament organised by the Guyana Squash Association.Eight champions were crowned in the respective categories with Mohyryan Baksh and Abosaide Cadogan being named most outstanding players of the tournament.In category A,Shomari Wiltshire matched up against Taylor Fernandes. The previous night Shomari had defeated Alex Cheeks in straight games while Taylor was looking for an upset win against Shomari;having also lost earlier to Alex Cheeks.In the opening game Taylor played a couple of good points but from midway in the game it became noticeable that she was favouring her leg.Shomari eventually won the first game 11 – 5 and after initially asking for an injury time-out,Taylor decided to forfeit the rest of the match,thereby handing the victory to Shomari.In category B,Makeda Harding played Rebecca Low. The previous night Makeda had defeated Samuel Ince-Carvalhal while Rebecca lost to Samuel earlier in the tournament.However,Rebecca would play the best squash that she has played in a long while, winning the first game 11 – 8.She then increased her lead,winning the second game 11 – 5 and then the third game 11 – 7 with clinical performances.The fourth game was close throughout but from 7-7, Makeda would win three of the next four points to force a deciding fifth game.Makeda won the first three points but then Rebecca won the next five to go up 5 – 3. Rebecca would then serve out and the whole momentum of the match shifted as she was definitely tired. Makeda would eventually win the match 11 – 8 and win this category.Also in category B,Samuel Ince-Carvalhal finished off a successful tournament with an 11 – 1, 11 – 7, 11 – 4 victory over Sarah Lewis while Gianni Carpenter proved to be too good for Maya Collins,winning in straight games 11 – 6, 11 – 9, 11 – 6.In category C,Madison Fernandes had an epic battle against Kirsten Gomes. Madison won the crucial first game 13 – 11 and then easily took the second game 11 – 2. Kirsten however bounced back to win the third game 11 – 8 and the fourth 11 – 9. The fifth game went back and forth with the scores being tied at 5 all, 6 all, 7 all, 8 all, 9 all and then 10 all before Madison won the next two points to secure a hard-fought 12 – 10 victory.Also in category C, Abosaide Cadogan secured victory when she beat Jason Gomes 11 – 9, 11 – 4, 11 – 7,and Aliyah Persaud showed how much she has improved with a 12 – 10, 11 – 5, 11 – 5 win against Dominic Collins.In category D,Mohyryan Baksh showed his class with an 11 – 4, 11 – 0, 11 – 1 win against Louis Da Silva to dominate this category.The prizes were distributed by Robin Low, president of the Guyana Squash Association on behalf of the sponsors Toucan Distributors.last_img read more

Alli shines as Tottenham stun champions Real

first_imgLONDON (Reuters) – Dele Alli condemned Champions League holders Real Madrid to a horrendous Wembley debut with two goals as Tottenham Hotspur reached the last 16 with a stunning 3-1 victory on Wednesday.The 21-year-old England midfielder, making his first appearance in this year’s competition after serving a three-game ban, scored either side of halftime on a memorable night for Mauricio Pochettino’s team.Christian Eriksen was also on target for Tottenham as they proved far superior to end Madrid’s 30-match unbeaten run in Champions League group play.Cristiano Ronaldo replied for Zinedine Zidane’s side but it was in vain as Tottenham sealed a first win in six attempts against the Spanish champions who will face more criticism after falling eight points behind Barcelona in La Liga.Tottenham lead Group H with 10 points with Real on seven, followed by Borussia Dortmund and Apoel Nicosia who have two each after a draw in Germany.“We are starting to believe in our potential and quality,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, whose side failed to negotiate the group phase last year, told reporters.“This win makes us more visible and is something that everyone around Europe will have noticed.”Twelve-times champions Real should still qualify but manager Zidane admitted his side were in a rut after the weekend’s defeat at Girona and now a chastening night at Wembley.“It’s a hard defeat to take but it was against a team who played very well and deserved to win,” he said. “We were not able to come up with a response and we are not happy about it.”last_img read more

Wisconsin saves worst for last

first_imgMEGHAN CONLIN/Herald PhotoIOWA CITY, Iowa — The curtain of the 2006 regular season drew to a close for the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team Saturday afternoon, and in many respects, the team saved their worst performance of the season for last, scoring a season-low total in points during a 59-44 thumping by Iowa.Playing their second game in less than 48 hours, the Badgers looked in dire need of a siesta, shooting 29.4 percent from the field, their worst percentage in a Big Ten game this season.”I think anybody that has seen our guys knows that this was way too quick a turnaround,” UW head coach Bo Ryan said. “In all fairness to [the players], I just wish they could’ve had some more time. But they didn’t.””It’s tough to come back on one day’s rest, and you could tell they were definitely dragging,” Iowa guard Jeff Horner said. “When you have to play a Thursday-Saturday [series], it’s pretty tough, and when you have to play Michigan State on top of that, one of the best fast-break teams in the country, it’s triply tough.”The legs of Wisconsin (19-10, 9-7 Big Ten) looked especially weary in the second half, where they shot a dismal 20 percent (6-30), allowing Iowa (22-8, 11-5) to break the game open with a 22-8 run.”Man, their intensity was much higher than ours for the full 40 minutes,” junior point guard Kammron Taylor said. “I think we did a good job in the second half of matching their intensity. Come down to the second half … the intensity just wasn’t there.”Trailing just 24-22 to open the second half, the Badgers’ simply couldn’t keep up with the Hawkeyes any longer. Iowa went on that 22-8 run to push their lead to 18, and Wisconsin would never draw closer than 12 the rest of the way.”This is a tough environment to come and play in on their Senior Day,” Taylor said. “They were fired up, and we didn’t do a good job of matching their intensity for the [whole game]. We only came out and played one half of basketball.””Mentally, we ran out,” junior forward Alando Tucker said. “Physically, we could’ve kept going. It’s just, I think, the mental thing.”Taylor led the Badgers with 11 points — the lowest total for a UW leading scorer in any game this year — while Tucker chipped in with 10 points, falling 13 points shy of becoming the Big Ten’s leading scorer this season. Although he finished as the conference’s scoring leader in Big Ten games, he finished third behind Northwestern’s Vedran Vukusic and Michigan State’s Maurice Ager in the overall scoring department.Horner led all scorers with 22 points and his backcourt mate Adam Haluska added 16 points for the Hawkeyes. The pair consistently found themselves open coming off screens for catch-and-shoot jumpers. “When you’re chasing guys through two or three screens non-stop, it’s very tough to challenge, and it takes five guys,” Tucker said. The constant pursuit of Horner and Haluska might have paid dividends in other ways, too, as Iowa head coach Steve Alford believes that Tucker was slowed offensively, due to the amount of energy he had to expend on defense.”That was a goal going into the game,” Alford said. “Because of what we did to him [when we were on offense], I think it tired [Tucker] a little bit.” The Badgers led for most of the first half, taking a 16-7 lead just past the midway point of the opening period, but they just weren’t able to hold onto the early advantage. The reason was a rabid Iowa defense that forced 10 UW turnovers in the first half, with every Hawkeye who saw the floor grabbing at least one steal.The aggression wasn’t limited to the defensive end either, as Iowa also pulled down nine offensive boards in the half.”They were … really being aggressive,” Wisconsin freshman Kevin Gullikson said. “They were coming to the ball, they were leaving their areas to try and steal the ball. We needed to do a better job of stepping to the ball.”Iowa went on a slow 17-6 run to end the half and hold a two-point lead at the break, even though they shot under 30 percent (9-30). Combined with the run Iowa had to open the second half, the Hawkeyes outscored UW 39-14 over a stretch of more than 21 minutes.”They went on [a] run and we couldn’t stop them,” Taylor said.last_img read more

VB : Global culture: Strong international influence gives Syracuse roster unique complexion

first_img Published on September 26, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact David: | @DBWilson2 Comments When a ball hit the ceiling in a game at the Utah State Tournament three weeks ago, Syracuse’s Canadian hitters started to cheer. They thought they had won the point.But the point went on.‘I feel like a lot of the Canadians played in America at least once in like a tournament before they came, but even this weekend — in Canada the ball isn’t allowed to hit the roof,’ middle blocker Samantha Hinz said, ‘and the ball hit the roof in a game this weekend and all the Canadians cheered, but no, there was no point.’But the slight difference in rules is only one of the growing pains a Syracuse team with a heavy international influence has had to overcome this season. Head coach Jing Pu has experience handling a variety of backgrounds and helping the players adjust to the American style of play. Since 2004, Syracuse has boasted a roster that features at least three players from outside the United States. For the most part, it has been Canadian players from Quebec, Ontario or Saskatchewan, but there have also been players from China and one from Puerto Rico.In 2011, though, Pu and the Orange have taken it to another level. The Orange has 11 players from Canada, China and Puerto Rico. SU added six more international players to the roster to the five already on the team to start this season. The six new players from Canada and China make it the largest international recruiting class in recent memory for SU, and they are also being called upon to fill the void left by the departure of three seniors.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange still does plenty of recruiting in the United States, but its unparalleled presence in Canada has helped SU’s recent run of success on the court.‘I don’t think it’s so much that we’re focused in recruiting international players,’ assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Kelly Morrisroe said. ‘It’s kind of an untapped resource up there (in Canada).’And SU’s high number of international players comes in large part because other teams are unwilling to recruit in a largely unknown market, unaware of how exactly the Canadian education and athletic systems work.‘There’s definitely competition, but more so with players here in the United States,’ Morrisroe said. ‘A lot of other institutions aren’t necessarily as familiar with the Canadian system because it’s a little bit different than the American system.’In Canada, students attend primary schools for 12 years before going to college, as opposed to the American system of kindergarten through 12th grade in high school, a period of 13 years.But Syracuse’s success recruiting international players isn’t just a product of its familiarity with the international system.Pu, who came to the United States from China, can relate to the foreign players. Pu graduated from the Beijing Sport University before coaching the women’s volleyball team from Qinghai Province, China. That experience has been an undeniable benefit in recruiting Chinese players.‘Obviously, with our two Chinese players that’s huge,’ Morrisroe said. ‘That’s almost an easy sell.’Even for the Canadians, the Orange’s international tradition is a major part of most of their decisions to play for SU.‘That definitely played into my decision,’ Burlington, Ontario, native Andrea Fisher said of the Canadian presence. ‘I’d known a bunch of them already, so I was able to talk to them and see how they liked it here, and they all had really positive feedback about it.’However, Noemie Lefebvre of Terrebonne, Quebec, said the Canadian influence didn’t affect her decision-making process at all. She views the United States as not being any different than Canada.‘I don’t really take Canadian players as international,’ Lefebvre said. ‘It’s very similar … Canada is not really different from the States.’For the most part, Canada and the United States are similar enough — aside from a rule difference or two — that there aren’t too many challenges that come with adjusting to the American way of life for the Canadian players.For Chinese players Ying Shen and Qian Zhao, though, this adjustment can be much more difficult.Not only do Chinese and American cultures have many significant differences, but the language barrier has also been tough to deal with on the court from time to time.‘Every once in a while there’s some confusion, but really it’s all right,’ the Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, native Hinz said. ‘We work through it.’For a team with so much international history, the language barrier is surprisingly something new. Pu knows how to handle it because he had to overcome that barrier himself.‘He is a lot more understanding of language barrier things,’ Oakville, Ontario, native Nicolette Serratore said. ‘He’s really good at explaining and helping everyone to understand and be on the same page.’With nine new freshmen and the influx of international players, being on the same page is even more important this season. The young players are being asked to replace an experienced group of seniors from last season.Sarah Hayes, Mindy Stanislovaitis and Hayley Todd all played in at least 31 matches for the Orange last season.On paper, it was going to be tough for a largely inexperienced SU team to make up for the production from outside hitters Stanislovaitis and Todd.A trio of freshmen has stepped right into their place on the court and on the stat sheet. Serratore, Fisher and Shen have all become immediate contributors for the Orange.‘Coach Pu mostly talked about Nico and Andrea,’ Morrisroe said. ‘He wanted them to come in and make an impact. Ying was a little bit of an unknown. He hadn’t seen her play in a while. … She’s been a nice surprise.’All three have played at least 41 sets this season and have combined for more than six kills per set.But while the three international players have stolen most of the headlines replacing Stanislovaitis and Todd, Ohio native Julia Mindlina has been key in replacing defensive specialist Sarah Hayes. The freshman has contributed 85 digs primarily playing in a reserve role.And as international players continue to have success, so does Syracuse. The Orange has finished above .500 in each season since 2007, dipping below .500 in the conference just once in those four seasons.‘Because (most schools) don’t recruit as much in Canada, all the top players are sort of still in Canada, so it’s good for the Americans to go up and take the top players and bring them here,’ Hinz said. ‘There’s going to be some good players out there that we can get.’The new Canadian players on this team are proving to be a key part of the SU program this season. And they’re learning the minor rule differences that caused some confusion earlier in the season.On Friday against South Florida when a ball hit the ceiling, the Orange learned from its mistake at Utah State and played on to win the point. The young players are adapting and overcoming the growing pains as the season goes on.‘In the U.S. everything’s better,’ Serratore said. ‘The passing, the hitting, it’s faster, more consistent and really just a little more intense, too.’dbwilson@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Triche solid in final Carrier Dome appearance

first_img Published on March 7, 2013 at 12:51 am Contact Chris: | @chris_iseman Related Stories IN A FLASH: Christmas sparks Syracuse run, shows potential in win over DePaulCold from arc, Southerland takes to inside game in 22-point double-double performanceTriche, Southerland focus on getting to line with shots not falling in win over DePaul For four years, Triche has been the face of consistency for Syracuse. He’s been with the Orange for 137 games and has started every one of them. He’s held a major role in Syracuse’s lopsided records for the last four seasons.Triche played his final game in the Carrier Dome against DePaul on Wednesday. It was the last home game of his career, but also of a trying season that’s seen him both struggle and dominate. Triche finished the game with 15 points on 4-of-9 shooting, but missed both of his 3-point attempts. He also handed out four assists and hit seven of his nine free-throw attempts.During a pregame celebration, Triche was among four seniors recognized on Senior Night. While Triche has been up and down this season, his contributions to the Orange in the last four years are unquestionable, SU head coach Jim Boeheim said.“He’s been consistent from day one,” Boeheim said. “I think he’s had an underrated effect on our team.”Triche showed flashes of that Wednesday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe hit a floater in traffic that gave Syracuse an early 11-8 lead. Just more than seven minutes into the game, SU forced a turnover by DePaul guard Brandon Young, and Triche raced up the court and made the fast-break layup, cutting the Blue Demons’ lead to 17-15.“He’s a very good player,” Boeheim said. “He’s had some moments this year, especially this year, where he’s been a great player. I believe that he can do that as we go forward. He’s already proven he can do it.”But his missed shots from outside – shots he’s shown he can make – are where he displays his inconsistency.Triche has proven he can make big shots in big games. He’s shown he can take over and steadily guide the Orange’s offense when needed. That’s what makes his shooting struggles so perplexing for Syracuse.Triche has only hit two of his last 18 3-point attempts. Against Louisville on Saturday, he finished the game with eight points on a dreadful 2-of-11 shooting performance.But against Seton Hall six games ago, Triche exploded for 29 points on 10-of-18 shooting, including 4-of-7 from the arc.His propensity to be at both ends of the spectrum has elicited concerns about Syracuse’s ability to make a deep run in the postseason. Without Triche at his best, the Orange’s offense takes a major hit.He needs to be the player he’s been for most of the past four years.Said Triche: “For us to get there, I think I have to be playing pretty well.” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Tyler Roberson’s solid performance against Boston College is cut short due to foul trouble

first_imgJim Boeheim had to confirm with his children. The Syracuse head coach stood as the center of attention in the postgame press room, telling reporters that basketball players should learn in sixth grade about how aggressive one should be on the offensive glass.“Buddy, you know that right,” Boeheim said to his son, who had a big smile on his face. “You get three fouls you don’t go over the back.”“Sissy, do you know that? You might not, I’m not sure,” Boeheim said to his daughter, who looked more embarrassed. “She’s pretty aggressive.”Boeheim’s joke was all part of a pointed comment about Tyler Roberson. The Syracuse forward was having a monster night. He had 10 points and 12 rebounds with 14 minutes to play. But he recorded a fourth foul on an overly-aggressive over the back, and never returned to play. Syracuse (11-7, 1-4 Atlantic Coast) went on to win big, 62-40, over Boston College (7-9, 0-3) in the Carrier Dome on Wednesday night.MORE COVERAGEAdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse snaps 4-game losing streak, crushes Boston College in 62-40 winMichael Gbinije returns to form with 14 points in Syracuse’s 62-40 win against Boston CollegeWhat we learned from Syracuse basketball’s blowout win over Boston College All three of Roberson’s second-half fouls came as he went for boards on the offensive glass. He was all over the place, in a good way, for Syracuse. But his aggressiveness came back to bite him.“It’s my fault,” Roberson said. “I should have became more aware and not have been as aggressive on the offensive glass. Should have picked my spots better. This is definitely something I’ve learned.”Roberson didn’t say there was anything that he could do specifically to limit his foul woes. It’s more just a matter of being aware of his foul situation. Roberson finished off the first half by cleaning up a Tyler Lydon missed 3 then a Frank Howard missed layup. His second on the offensive glass led to a basket of his own, punctuating a first half in which the Orange doubled BC’s score at 30-15.The big man has finished in double-figure scoring in four of the past five games. And it was the first time since Dec. 5 that he’s had more than three fouls. Roberson entered the BC matchup ranking third in the ACC with 3.9 offensive rebounds per game. He’s played aggressive and it’s paid off.On Wednesday though, it cost him the chance to make a good night a special one.“He’s just an animal down there,” center Dajuan Coleman said. “Just nobody is boxing him out. He’s going up and getting them. We need him to play like that every game.” Comments Related Stories Syracuse snaps 4-game losing streak, crushes Boston College in 62-40 winMichael Gbinije returns to form with 14 points in Syracuse’s 62-40 win against Boston CollegeSyracuse community reacts to win over Boston CollegeGrade Syracuse’s performance against Boston College and vote for the player of the gameFast reaction: 3 takeaways from Syracuse’s blowout win over Boston College Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 13, 2016 at 10:46 pm Contact Sam: | @SamBlum3last_img read more

Syracuse capitalizes on offensive opportunities to advance in NCAA tournament

first_img Published on November 21, 2019 at 11:50 pm Contact David: Severin Soerlie was offside and ready to be halted by the referee’s whistle. With three minutes remaining in the first half, he had just received a deflected through ball from John-Austin Ricks. The senior quickly looked at the center referee, then the assistant. There was no whistle or flag.When Soerlie realized the play wasn’t going to be stopped, his eyes shot back toward the goal. The arms of Rhode Island defenders shot up, protesting for offside. Meanwhile, Soerlie sped up, took a glance to his left and at Ryan Raposo before squaring it to SU’s leading goal-scorer for a tap-in. After falling behind, the Orange were up a goal just over 12 minutes later.“(Head coach Ian McIntyre) has been getting on our case about getting in the box, so I knew when (Soerlie) was through I had to make that run there and give him an option,” Raposo said.It was one of the few times Syracuse (8-6-5, 2-4-2 Atlantic Coast) got behind Rhode Island’s (14-4-3, 7-1 Atlantic 10) defense in a 3-2 win in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday night at SU Soccer Stadium. The Orange registered eight shots (four on goal), well below its season average of 14.5 per game. SU didn’t create as many chances as it would have liked, Raposo said, but it was clinical in the right moments. “We were good in front of net,” Raposo said. “On a better day, we could have created more chances, more goals, more opportunities. But at the end of the day, we got the job done.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textComing into Tuesday’s matchup, the Rams hadn’t lost since Sept. 28 against Saint Louis, finishing their season on an 11-game unbeaten run. They also conceded less than a goal per game. When Syracuse has faced other top defensive teams this season, it’s struggled. Georgetown, Yale and Virginia all rank in the top 10 in the nation for average goals against. On Thursday, the Rams showed why they are statistically one of the best defensive teams in the nation. But it didn’t matter. The visitors’ backline managed to match SU’s quick attacks through Raposo and Luther Archimede. Archimede, the lone striker at times, often received the ball all alone in the Orange’s attacking half only to be swarmed by several defenders and losing the ball.“It’s my job,” Archimede said about holding the ball up. “When there’s a long ball and the team is way behind, I have to wait for them … then we can play soccer.”Moments after SU fell behind in the 30th minute, it evened the score. The home team hardly had any set pieces from close range and hadn’t recorded a corner kick until Hilli Goldhar’s forward run earned one just two minutes after URI’s Filippo Tamburini opened the scoring. Raposo swung the ball in, Archimede found a pocket of space between defenders and side-footed it into the goal. Up to that point, SU had one shot on goal and had hardly tested Rams goalkeeper Stefan Schmidt.In the second half, SU did have possession in its attacking half but had no counter-attacks or clear-cut chances for a half-hour. When the Rams equalized off another set piece with 20 minutes remaining, Syracuse decided to commit more resources forward.“We were really stretched today,” McIntyre said. “We required a back four with Amferny (Sinclair) back there, and also trying to get pressure on the ball.”When a joint defensive effort from Raposo and Simon Triantafillou won possession back in SU’s penalty area, Triantafillou launched the ball upfield toward Archimede. Archimede realized he wasn’t going to beat his man off the dribble, so he stopped to survey his options. He found Noah Singelmann with a cross-field pass, but the freshman’s shot was blocked. That was Syracuse’s second shot of the half, neither of which tested Schmidt, and there were 10 minutes left.Six minutes later, Archimede’s fast reactions made the difference. He jolted in front of two URI defenders to get to Goldhar’s pass into the penalty area and was tripped by Charlie Booth. With four minutes left in the game, SU’s fate rested on Raposo’s right foot. The sophomore added to his perfect penalty record, sending Schmidt the wrong direction and putting the Orange ahead, 3-2. The penalty marked Syracuse’s only shot on target in the second half.SU’s eight shots tied its lowest tally in a game this season, but its quality in the final third — whether it was Goldhar’s pass that let to the penalty or Soerlie’s awareness to give Raposo a tap-in — was the best it has been this season. That composure in the final third gave SU its first NCAA tournament win since 2016. Just two players on the current roster — Ricks and backup goalkeeper Jake Leahy — were on that team. “It’s difficult to win NCAA tournament games,” McIntyre said. “You’re playing against the best of the best, against conference champions or elite teams that have earned their spot. So I’m delighted for our group.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more