Women of Troy seek to snap losing skid

first_imgUSC women’s soccer coach Ali Khosroshahin sits in his office and talks. He talks about his team, about injuries and bad luck, about life in general. He would talk about his squad’s season, but as he said, “Where to even start?”Plugging away · Despite a nagging knee injury, senior midfielder Brittany Kerridge leads the Women of Troy in goals and assists this year. – Jaideep Chadha | Daily TrojanAfter being swept in the Bay Area last weekend, the Women of Troy (3-11, 0-5) are guaranteed their first losing season since the first year of the program in 1993. For Khosroshahin, it will be his first losing season in his 11 years as a Division-I coach.“It’s hard,” Khosroshahin said. “It’s disappointing. We’ve dealt with it the best we can. We try to keep our focus on improving every day.”USC travels to Seattle to take on Washington on Friday night. The Huskies (6-5-3, 2-2-1) got their first Pac-12 wins of the season last weekend by sweeping Colorado and Utah. There are now just two teams in the Pac-12 without a conference victory; USC is one of them.“I hate this,” Khosroshahin said of his team’s struggles. “I hate every loss. Whether we lose 1-0 after outplaying No. 4 Oklahoma State or get destroyed by No. 1 Stanford. They’re all the same: terrible.”Much of the squads’ struggles have come from injuries. Ten players have missed time, many of whom are scholarship athletes.“I hate making excuses,” Khosroshahin insists. “And I’m not, because the bottom line is you gotta be competitive. But you take away that many players from any team, you’re gonna struggle.”The team’s struggles, however,  have been overshadowed by some noteworthy individual performances.Senior midfielder Brittany Kerridge has been struggling with a knee injury for most of the season, and Khosroshahin raves about how she has battled through it.“Write about Brittany Kerridge,” Khosroshahin said. “That girl is a warrior. A warrior.”Kerridge leads USC in assists with five and in goals with three, a statistic revealing in and of itself. The Women of Troy have been outscored 15-26 this year. They rank 10th in the conference in goals per game at 1.07 and 11th in goals allowed at 1.86. They have committed the second-most fouls in the conference, averaging more than 11 per game.“Set pieces have been a killer for us,” Khosroshahin said. “Last week against Cal we dominated the first half. We told the girls at halftime, ‘The only way we’re gonna lose is if we give up set pieces.’ Bang. They score both their goals on corner kicks.”The Women of Troy are used to having games count toward their run at a conference or even national title. Under Khosroshahin, they have made the NCAA tournament the last three years and won the program’s first championship in 2007. Now, they’re just playing for themselves.“Every game is a chance for us to get better,” Khosroshahin said. “So we’re going to use them.”last_img read more

Trinidad’s Nakhid questions credentials of Platini

first_imgPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):FIFA presidential candidate David Nakhid, the former Trinidad and Tobago captain, is questioning the credentials of rival Michel Platini, who is also seeking to replace Sepp Blatter as president of the world’s football governing body.Nakhid, who is seeking the support of the Caribbean Football Union’s (CFU) 25 FIFA nations, is also questioning Platini’s long-standing association with Blatter and his ability to enact changes to a global body that has been rocked by scandal.Platini, the president of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), has been a FIFA executive committee member for 13 years.”Platini has been positioning himself as a reformer, but how can that be?” Nakhid said.”Those who are vying for the post should be scrutinised and looked at. How can someone claim to be free or not tainted when he has been part of the circle that has basically brought football down a sorry path?”Promise of consultationsNakhid has focused his campaign on a promise to consult rather than impose changes to the 32-team World Cup and to ensure that richer nations spread their wealth to the developing world.He also wants to overhaul FIFA’s management structures to ensure that technocrats rather than people like disgraced former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner would sit on audit and finance committees.”There has not been the scrutiny placed on (Platini) as has been placed on, for example, Sepp Blatter,” Nakhid said.”On several occasions, I was blacklisted by Jack Warner for the national team because I advocated the rights of players who were inadequately paid. We need to change that type of leadership from that maximum power leadership. Something that involves consultation, that will lessen the corruption, that goes on and increase expertise.”Nakhid needs the support of five of FIFA’s 209 federations by October 26 to compete in the FIFA presidential elections carded for February 26.”I fought against Jack Warner since I was 24 years old,” said Nakhid, who played in Europe between 1988 and 1995 for Grasshoppers in Switzerland, Waregem in Belgium and PAOK in Greece.”I fought against him when everyone was afraid to fight against him and I paid the consequences. Now, it’s in vogue to do it.”Nakhid moved to Lebanon to join Al Ansar before signing up with the New England Revolution in Major League Soccer between 1997 and 1998.Before ending his career at Al Ansar between 2000 and 2001, he played at Al Emirates in the United Arab Emirates.last_img read more

MASS ROCK TRADITION TO TAKE PLACE AGAIN IN WEST DONEGAL

first_imgThe tradition of the Mass Rock is being ‘resurrected’ this year on Sunday 5th June at 5pm in West Donegal.Everyone is asked to park at either Meenacross Social Centre or Maghery Centre where buses will run at 3:45, 4:00 and 4:15pm.There will be NO parking from Cleendra Brae to Meenacross due to health and safety reasons. People are encouraged to walk from both meeting points also. Those attending are asked to be mindful of the terrain and wear suitable shoes.Huge thanks is extended to the Houston family for allowing access to the site, Martin Duddy and Hugh White for providing bus service, and to Enda Mc Carry and his crew and all the stewards and volunteers.MASS ROCK TRADITION TO TAKE PLACE AGAIN IN WEST DONEGAL was last modified: May 17th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:MAGHERYMass RockTRADITIONWest Donegallast_img read more