September 16, 2020

Alex Acevedo flourishes after transferring to Syracuse two years ago

first_imgDuring the winter of her senior season at Oakleaf (Florida) High School, Alex Acevedo was still searching for a place to play collegiate softball. She visited Duke, Florida Atlantic and Florida State, but one destination stood out.At a recruiting camp hosted by Dartmouth, Acevedo thought she found her fit. Not because of the campus, the team or the strong academics but because of the woman in charge — Shannon Doepking.“She knew that she wanted me,” Acevedo said. “I knew I wanted to go to school with her, I almost didn’t care which school it was.”Though Acevedo and Doepking instantly “hit it off,” the recruit didn’t commit to Dartmouth. Instead, Acevedo stayed closer to her home in Orange Park, Florida, her mother, Melissa, said. But when Doepking accepted the head coaching position for Syracuse, Acevedo followed.As a freshman, Acevedo started two games at FAU and hit .176, but she has flourished since transferring to Syracuse. Doepking gave her the opportunity to play, and she batted .258 while starting all but one game for the Orange in 2019. Acevedo has entrusted her future with Doepking, and the coach has shown her the same commitment.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“When she got on the portal, it was a no-brainer that if I was going to build culture, I needed kids that were going to buy into me as a head coach,” Doepking said. “I mean, she is a kid that as a coach, you couldn’t ask for more. She is just a kid that will always have my back.”Roshan Fernandez | Asst. Digital EditorDuring Acevedo’s freshman year, Dartmouth took a trip to Boca Raton, Florida to play FAU, and Doepking was able to catch up with Acevedo. The infielder was frustrated after not receiving the playing time she wanted with the Owls. Acevedo wanted to find her worth, Doepking said, but the coach told her it would never be defined inside the foul lines.The two weren’t allowed to verbally communicate due to NCAA restrictions, but Acevedo would like all of Doepking’s Instagram photos and talked to one of her previous travel teammates who played for Dartmouth. When Doepking moved to Syracuse in September of 2018, Acevedo “slid in her DMs,” as Doepking puts it, and congratulated her on the new role. Doepking couldn’t respond, but she understood the sentiment. By the end of the year, Acevedo was a member of the Orange roster.“I knew that she was someone that I really wanted to coach me and to learn from,” Acevedo said. “So as soon as that happened, that is when I just wanted to do it. If she wasn’t here, I would not be here.”After transferring to Syracuse in December of 2018, Acevedo knew she had to be better than she was for FAU. Her freshman year came with some “jitters,” she said, but she took the necessary steps to earn playing time at a program like SU’s.Throughout the season, however, she accumulated injuries that plagued her. She strained her right leg, which forced her to move to first base, then dislocated her left shoulder reaching for a ball and hurt her wrist after being struck by a pitch from Florida State’s Megan King.The injuries set her back at the plate — she says her numbers weren’t indicative of her abilities — but Doepking saw enough value to play her over other healthy members of the team.“I would never want to be off the field,” Acevedo said. “They would have to break both my legs before I came off the field.”Doepking said that Acevedo was only 50%, but the trust they had built kept her on the field. Doepking needed Acevedo to “tough some of this out” for an underperforming Syracuse team. And Acevedo didn’t want to let her coach down.“I believe her and Doepking just have this bond of ‘I trust you, you trust me,’” Melissa said. Comments Published on February 26, 2020 at 10:41 pm Contact Eli: center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Man City survive shoot-out to reach League Cup semis

first_imgThe Belgium midfielder was making his first start since being injured in City’s League Cup win over Fulham on November 1.Riyad Mahrez was making his first return to Leicester following his move to City in the close-season.The Algeria winger almost doubled City’s lead when he pounced on Brahim Diaz’s shot and smashed a volley just over.Muric kept his side’s lead intact when he sprawled to the left to repel a long-range drive from Demarai Gray that appeared destined for the bottom corner.– Muric shines –Sergio Aguero, back from an injury that sidelined him for three weeks, should have put City two up moments after half-time.However, the Argentine forward shot too close to Ward after running onto Mahrez’s pass.Leicester drew level in the 73rd minute when Wilfred Ndidi lofted a pass that picked out Albrighton’s run behind Oleksandr Zinchenko and the substitute slammed a fierce strike into the far corner.Guardiola’s men had beaten Leicester on penalties at the same stage of the League Cup last season.Leicester had more recent spot-kick success after beating Wolves and Southampton on penalties in the previous two rounds, but it was City who prevailed again.Leicester’s Christian Fuchs and City’s Raheem Sterling both shot over.Muric seized the moment with saves to deny James Maddison and Caglar Soyuncu before Zinchenko drilled in the winner.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 London, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester City survived a penalty shoot-out to reach the League Cup semi-finals as young keeper Arijanit Muric starred in the dramatic finale to the holders’ win over Leicester on Tuesday.Pep Guardiola’s side took the lead when Kevin De Bruyne marked his return from injury with a fine finish in the first half at the King Power Stadium.Marc Albrighton cancelled out De Bruyne’s first goal since April with a late equaliser to set up the 3-1 shoot-out win.Muric, making his second City appearance in place of the rested Ederson, stole the spotlight as the 20-year-old Kosovo international made two penalty saves to clinch his team’s last four berth.Just hours after Guardiola’s old rival Jose Mourinho was sacked by Manchester United after their worst start for 28 years, City could afford to make eight changes and still went through as they chase the third trophy of the Guardiola era.No wonder City fans cheekily chanted “bring back Mourinho”.“A tough game, it is always difficult at Leicester. We played with a guy (Eric Garcia) who is 17 years old and some injured players, but it was a good game,” Guardiola said.De Bruyne added: “I feel stiff but I am happy to contribute. To be out for so long and to play 70 minutes is a good sign for me.“We want to win titles so there’s two games more and we can battle for another trophy.”City had 87 percent of the possession in the early stages and their pressure was rewarded in the 14th minute.De Bruyne took control on the left edge of the Leicester area, cleverly shifted the ball onto his right foot before unleashing a low drive that zipped through the legs of Hamza Choudhury and past goalkeeper Danny Ward.It was a cathartic moment for De Bruyne in only his seventh appearance of a frustrating season ravaged by two knee injuries.last_img read more

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Qualification for next Champions League should be ‘on sporting merit’, says UEFA

first_imgEarlier this week the Dutch football federation (KNVB) announced its intention to call an end to the season following the government’s decision to extend a ban on large gatherings until September because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Belgian Pro League is set to decide next week that it will end its season, thereby declaring Club Brugge champions. The Scottish league could do the same.In contrast, the German Bundesliga is hoping to restart early next month.Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Liverpool’s Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah (C) raises the trophy after winning the UEFA Champions League final football match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid on June 1, 2019. Paris, France | AFP | Qualification for the next Champions League should be “on sporting merit” if domestic leagues cannot be completed but countries should “explore all possible options” to finish seasons suspended because of the coronavirus crisis, UEFA said on Thursday.“If a domestic competition is prematurely terminated for legitimate reasons…UEFA would require (leagues) to select clubs for the UEFA club competitions 2020/21 based on sporting merit” in the current season, European football’s governing body said after a meeting of its Executive Committee.That means that, while it remains hopeful that suspended seasons can still somehow be completed, UEFA is now willing to consider “legitimate reasons” to terminate leagues now, with current standings considered final and used as a basis for teams to qualify for the next Champions League and Europa League.The announcement comes with several countries looking to bring an early end to their football seasons because of the complications of lockdowns imposed due to the health situation.last_img read more

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