19th Annual Messiah Sing Along at Lake Avenue Church

first_imgHome of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Last year’s Annual Messiah Sing Along at Lake Avenue Church. Video Screenshot capture courtesy: Rich HarmelThe 19th Annual Messiah Sing Along in Pasadena will take place at Lake Avenue Church on Sunday, December 14th. This annual event begins at 6:00 p.m. and is free to attend.The Christmas portion of this monumental work by George Frederick Handel will include the audience singing all of the choruses accompanied by the church’s Chamber Symphony and Sanctuary Choir, involving over 150 musicians.Soloists include Jane Thorngren, soprano; Garineh Avakian-Akkus, alto; Todd Wilander, tenor; and Andrew Dwan, bass. Duane Funderburk will host and direct the performance. A special preview concert with the Lake Avenue Church children’s choir will begin at 5:45 p.m., prior to the Sing Along.This annual concert has become the largest event of its kind in the Los Angeles area, attracting about 1,000 participants and audience members each year. People of all ages will enjoy this 75-minute event. A free-will offering will be taken.Doors open at 5:15 p.m. Lake Avenue Church is located at 393 North Lake Avenue, Pasadena, California. For additional information, visit the church’s website at www.lakeave.org, email [email protected], or call (626) 844-4721. HerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like An Eye-Candy And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of ControlHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeauty Community News Faith & Religion News 19th Annual Messiah Sing Along at Lake Avenue Church Sunday, December 14 From STAFF REPORTS Published on Saturday, November 22, 2014 | 10:58 am Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Subscribe Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Make a commentcenter_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Top of the News 10 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More Cool Stuff EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Business Newslast_img read more

WE NEED TO DO MORE FOR HOOSIER VETERANS

first_imgBy John Gregg, Democratic Candidate for GovernorAs the former president of Vincennes University and Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives, I have come to know personally hundreds of Hoosier veterans and I, and all Hoosiers, have deep respect and gratitude for their service. I was pleased to see that the Indiana General Assembly recently passed a number of bills related to Hoosier men and women who have served or are currently serving in the military and their families. However, as I talk to veterans around the state I hear that these bills do not address the major issues faced by our veteran’s community and while Indiana will always be a patriotic state, we can and must do more for our military families.Hoosier veterans are a resource that we must do a better job of cultivating. Veterans are motivated, hardworking and bring unique skills to our state. They should be at the very heart of our efforts to strengthen the economy, revive our state’s manufacturing sector and adapt to a globalized 21st century marketplace economy. Currently, Indiana is ranked 46th in the nation for veterans receiving the benefits they earned—primarily because of not knowing what benefits are available or how to access them. A recent survey also ranked Indiana dead last, 51st in the country, for military retirees. This survey was based on three metrics: “economic environment,” “quality of life” and “health care.”What does this all mean?It means that veterans are leaving Indiana. Between 2013 and 2014 Indiana saw a 65 percent increase in the number of veterans who left for other states. We must turn this around. We need to get serious about working to attract and retain veterans in Indiana and, as Indiana’s next governor, I will make this a top priority of my administration.So how do we do this?Many, if not most, of the benefits veterans earned during their service are federal benefits so first and foremost, as governor, I will work with our members of Congress and federal administration officials to make sure they understand the needs of Hoosier veterans. Currently, Indiana based Veterans Administration claims have an average wait time of 226 days, the 8th poorest performance in the country. This is simply unacceptable. I will urge our federal representatives to enact innovative approaches like full “freedom of choice,” which could allow veterans to access private health care services closer to home. It just doesn’t make sense that veterans in Northwest Indiana have to waste an entire day traveling to Chicago to see a doctor because that is the closest VA hospital. We should be able to find better, more efficient and convenient ways to serve them.Here in Indiana we need to do a number of things. The Indiana Department of Veteran’s Affairs must do a better job of reaching out to veterans and do more to support our county veterans service officers—the folks that are on the front lines of helping Hoosier veterans access their benefits. Indiana should create state level veterans service officers to support county officers who are stretched thin by high caseloads. We should support organizations like the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion who take it upon themselves to help their fellow veterans when county service officers are unable. We also need to make sure there are more women veteran service officers who understand the specific needs and benefits associated with Indiana’s 35,000 women veterans. Increasing the amount of benefits received by our veterans by just 10 percent, a completely reasonable number, would inject more than $853 million dollars into the Hoosier economy.We will also eliminate the current duplication of job placement services being offered by both the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs and the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.  We will take a look at what’s working in the current system and strengthen it, and reform what’s not working, so that our job placement programs are able to better address the specific needs of our veterans and highlight the unique skills that they offer Indiana employers.Finally, Indiana must do a better job of addressing the health and safety needs of veterans including working to reduce veteran’s homelessness and making the prevention of veteran suicide a priority. I will create a dedicated veteran suicide hotline and we will make sure that local officials are trained on how to address emergency situations and recognize the warning signs of suicide or family crisis.If I am honored to serve as the governor of this great state, I pledge that every morning when I wake up I will say, “Our veterans have served us, are we doing everything we can today to serve them?” Over the coming weeks my team and I will continue to sit down with Hoosier veterans, learn about their needs and, then, lay out my vision for how we make Indiana the most pro-veteran state in the country.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Hamilton Breaks the Record With 16 Tony Nominations

first_img View Comments ‘Hamilton'(Photo: Joan Marcus) Hamilton broke the previous record held by The Producers and Billy Elliot by one, picking up 16 Tony nominations for the 70th annual Tony Awards on May 3. Announced by Andrew Rannells and Tony winner Nikki M. James, Eclipsed and The Humans garnered the most nods of new plays with six. Other standouts included a Best Musical category made up of five productions (instead of the usual four): Bright Star, Hamilton, School of Rock, Shuffle Along and Waitress. Notable snubs included American Psycho and Shuffle Along’s six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald.Broadway’s biggest night is scheduled for June 12, hosted by James Corden.Here is the complete list of 2016 Tony Award nominees:Best MusicalBright StarHamiltonSchool of RockShuffle AlongWaitressBest PlayEclipsed by Danai GuriraKing Charles III by Mike BartlettThe Father by Florian ZellerThe Humans by Stephen KaramBest Revival of a MusicalFiddler on the RoofShe Loves MeSpring AwakeningThe Color PurpleBest Revival of a PlayA View From the BridgeBlackbirdLong Day’s Journey Into NightNoises OffThe CrucibleBest Leading Actor in a MusicalAlex Brightman, School of RockDanny Burstein, Fiddler on the RoofZachary Levi, She Loves MeLin-Manuel Miranda, HamiltonLeslie Odom Jr., HamiltonBest Leading Actress in a MusicalLaura Benanti, She Loves MeCarmen Cusack, Bright StarCynthia Erivo, The Color PurpleJessie Mueller, WaitressPhillipa Soo, HamiltonBest Leading Actor in a PlayGabriel Byrne, Long Day’s Journey Into NightJeff Daniels, BlackbirdFrank Langella, The FatherTim Pigott-Smith, King Charles IIIMark Strong, A View From the BridgeBest Leading Actress in a PlayJessica Lange, Long Day’s Journey Into NightLaurie Metcalf, MiseryLupita Nyong’o, EclipsedSophie Okonedo, The CrucibleMichelle Williams, BlackbirdBest Featured Actor in a MusicalDaveed Diggs, HamiltonBrandon Victor Dixon, Shuffle AlongChristopher Fitzgerald, WaitressJonathan Groff, HamiltonChristopher Jackson, HamiltonBest Featured Actress in a MusicalDanielle Brooks, The Color PurpleRenée Elise Goldsberry, HamiltonJane Krakowski, She Loves MeJennifer Simard, Disaster! Adrienne Warren, Shuffle AlongBest Featured Actor in a PlayReed Birney, The HumansBill Camp, The CrucibleDavid Furr, Noises OffRichard Goulding, King Charles IIIMichael Shannon, Long Day’s Journey Into Night Best Featured Actress in a PlayPascale Armand, EclipsedMegan Hilty, Noises OffJayne Houdyshell, The HumansAndrea Martin, Noises OffSaycon Sengbloh, EclipsedBest Direction of a MusicalMichael Arden, Spring AwakeningJohn Doyle, The Color PurpleScott Ellis, She Loves MeThomas Kail, HamiltonGeorge C. Wolfe, Shuffle AlongBest Direction of a PlayRupert Goold, King Charles IIIJonathan Kent, Long Day’s Journey Into NightJoe Mantello, The HumansLiesl Tommy, EclipsedIvo van Hove, A View From the BridgeBest ScoreSara Bareilles, WaitressSteve Martin and Edie Brickell, Bright StarLin-Manuel Miranda, HamiltonAndrew Lloyd Webber and Glenn Slater, School of RockBest Book of a MusicalJulian Fellowes, School of RockSteve Martin, Bright StarLin-Manuel Miranda, HamiltonGeorge C. Wolfe, Shuffle AlongBest OrchestrationsAugust Eriksmoen, Bright StarLarry Hochman, She Loves MeAlex Lacamoire, HamiltonDaryl Waters, Shuffle AlongBest ChoreographyAndy Blankenbuehler, HamiltonSavion Glover, Shuffle AlongHofesh Shechter, Fiddler on the RoofRandy Skinner, Dames at SeaSergio Trujillo, On Your Feet!Best Scenic Design of a MusicalEs Devlin and Finn Ross, American PsychoDavid Korins, HamiltonSanto Loquasto, Shuffle AlongDavid Rockwell, She Loves MeBest Scenic Design of a PlayBeowulf Boritt, Thérèse RaquinChristopher Oram, HughieJan Versweyveld, A View From the BridgeDavid Zinn, The HumansBest Costume Design of a MusicalGregg Barnes, Tuck EverlastingJeff Mahshie, She Loves MeAnn Roth, Shuffle AlongPaul Tazewell, HamiltonBest Costume Design of a PlayJane Greenwood, Long Day’s Journey Into NightMichael Krass, Noises OffClint Ramos, EclipsedTom Scutt, King Charles IIIBest Lighting Design of a MusicalHowell Binkley, HamiltonJules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer, Shuffle AlongBen Stanton, Spring AwakeningJustin Townsend, American PsychoBest Lighting Design of a PlayNatasha Katz, Long Day’s Journey Into NightJustin Townsend, The HumansJan Versweyveld, A View From the BridgeJan Versweyveld, The CrucibleProductions with Multiple NominationsHamilton – 16Shuffle Along – 10She Loves Me – 8Long Day’s Journey Into Night – 7Eclipsed – 6The Humans – 6Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge – 5Bright Star – 5King Charles III – 5Noises Off – 5Arthur Miller’s The Crucible – 4The Color Purple – 4School of Rock—The Musical – 4Waitress – 4Blackbird – 3Fiddler on the Roof – 3Spring Awakening – 3American Psycho – 2The Father – 2Recipients of Awards and Honors in Non-competitive CategoriesSpecial Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the TheatreSheldon HarnickMarshall W. MasonSpecial Tony AwardNational Endowment for the ArtsMiles WilkinRegional Theatre Tony AwardPaper Mill PlayhouseIsabelle Stevenson Tony AwardBrian Stokes MitchellTony Honors for Excellence in the TheatreSeth GelblumJoan LaderSally Ann Parsonslast_img read more

UNC-Chapel Hill student dies while hiking in Utah

first_imgUNC-Chapel Hill student dies while hiking in Utah The Left Loop Trail of the Tsali Trail Complex will temporarily close for trail maintenance beginning Monday, July 13, on the Cheoah Ranger District, Nantahala National Forest, the Forest Service said in a news release. After work is complete the Left Loop Trail will reopen but the Right Loop Trail will close for maintenance work until mid-October. Temporary trail closures in the Tsali Complex for trail maintenance Sally Sasz, a 21-year-old student at UNC-Chapel Hill and Charlotte, NC native, passed away while hiking in Utah on July 6. Sasz was in California visiting a family friend, then traveled to Utah over the weekend to hike with another friend, the Charlotte Observer reports. There is no official cause of death, but Sasz’s father told the Observer that heat was the most likely cause.  Work includes the replacement of two trail bridges, trail tread repair, trail reroutes, brushing and vegetation removal and water drainage repair.  Load up the car and head to Hounds Drive-in in Kings Mountain, NC on Tuesday, July 14 to catch the NC premier of Teton Gravity Research’s newest mountain bike film ACCOMPLICE. Directed by Jeremy Grant, ACCOMPLICE is a homage to all the crazy adventures and crazier comrades that result from our finest sidekick—the mountain bike. center_img Gates open at 6pm and the film begins at sunset, around 8:40pm. Tickets are $40 per vehicle. Snag your tickets here.  Sasz was a Morehead-Cain merit scholar at UNC and was described by friends as a “bright light.” She grew up in Charlotte and attended Charlotte Country Day School, where she competed in varsity tennis and basketball and was the president of Country Day’s National Art Honor Society.  Mountain biking film ACCOMPLICE to premier at Hounds Drive-in in Kings Mountain, NC Photo from Getty Imageslast_img read more

Shirley Man Fatally Hit by Van

first_imgSuffolk County police said Vito Dispigna was standing in the right lane of Jericho Turnpike when he was hit by a westbound Chevrolet near the corner of Wyandanch Boulevard at 5:45 a.m. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver was not injured. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 59-year-old Shirley man was fatally hit by a van in Smithtown early Monday morning.center_img Fourth Squad detectives impounded the van, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on this crash to call them at 631-854-8452.last_img

FIFA agree massive $1.5 billion COVID-19 relief plan

first_imgFIFA announced on Thursday that it had agreed a $1.5 billion relief plan to help deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global game.FIFA’s plan means world soccer’s governing body will dip into its reserves to provide national federations with a number of grants and interest-free loans to cope with budget hits.FIFA had already provided the immediate release of all funds from its ‘Forward’ projects and given the green light for such grants to be used for COVID-19 relief plans — with a minimum of 50% of released funds to be allocated to women’s football. Infantino added that there would be strict controls on the use of funds, audit requirements, as well as clear loan repayment conditions.Olli Rehn, the deputy chairman of the FIFA Governance Committee, who is Governor of the Bank of Finland and a member of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank, will head a committee set up to administer the funds.The council also backed changes to the calendar to support confederations’ desires to extend international breaks to allow for fixture congestion and rearranged matches.Infantino said no decision has yet to be taken on the rescheduling of the new Club World Cup tournament which has been postponed from July 2021 due to the postponement of Euro 2020 and the Copa America.The council also gave the green light to a new pan-Arab tournament to be played in 2021 in Qatar as a ‘test event’ for the 2022 World Cup.The invitational competition will be contested by Arab nations from Africa and Asia and feature home-based players only.The tournament will be held in from 1-18 December 2021 and be run by Qatar’s World Cup organising committee.  Topics :center_img The third stage of the plans, unanimously backed by the FIFA Council on Thursday, allows for a ‘universal solidarity grant’ of $1 million dollars to all national associations with an additional $500,000 specifically for women’s football.Each regional confederation will receive a grant of $2 million.FA’s will be able to apply for loans, amounting to up to 35% of their audited, annual revenues up to a maximum of $5 million with confederations able to request up to $4 million.”Both grants and loans can be directed by member associations to the wider football community in their respective territories, including clubs, players, leagues, or others that have been affected by COVID,” said FIFA president Gianni Infantino.last_img read more

US sets one-day record with more than 60,500 COVID cases, Americans divided

first_img“It’s just disheartening because the selfishness of [not wearing a mask] versus the selflessness of my staff and the people in this hospital who are putting themselves at risk, and I got COVID from this,” said Dr. Andrew Pastewski, ICU medical director at Jackson South Medical Center in Miami.”You know, we’re putting ourselves at risk and other people aren’t willing to do anything and in fact go the other way and be aggressive to promote the disease. It’s really, it’s really hard,” he said.Stephanie Porta, 41, a lifelong Orlando, Florida, resident, said only about half the shoppers at her grocery store wore masks, though that was more than she saw two weeks ago.”They’re trying to make everything seem normal, when it’s not. People are dying, people are getting sick. It’s insane,” she said. More than 60,500 new COVID-19 infections were reported across the United States on Thursday, according to a Reuters tally, setting a one-day record as weary Americans were told to take new precautions and the pandemic becomes increasingly politicized.The total represents a slight rise from Wednesday, when there were 60,000 new cases, and marks the largest one-day increase by any country since the pandemic emerged in China last year.As infections rose in 41 of the 50 states over the last two weeks, Americans have become increasingly divided on issues such as the reopening of schools and businesses. Orders by governors and local leaders mandating face masks have become particularly divisive. Florida on Thursday announced nearly 9,000 new cases and 120 new coronavirus deaths, a record daily increase in lives lost.Governor Ron DeSantis called the rising cases a “blip” and urged residents not to be afraid.”I know we’ve had a lot of different blips,” DeSantis said. “We’re now at a higher blip than where we were in May and the beginning of June.”Florida is one of the few states that does not disclose the number of hospitalized COVID patients. But more than four dozen Florida hospitals reported their intensive care units reached full capacity earlier this week.In Texas a group of bar owners sued Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, saying his June 26 order closing them down violates the state constitution, the Dallas Morning News reported.Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Thursday that keeping schools closed would be a greater risk to children’s health than reopening them.California and Texas, the two most populous states, announced record increases in COVID deaths on Wednesday.California has seen cases and hospitalizations surge, even though it imposed one of the strictest lockdowns. After several lawmakers and staffers at the state Capitol in Sacramento were infected, lawmakers said the legislature would not return from summer break until July 27.Riverside University Health System, east of Los Angeles, expanded its 44-bed intensive care unit after it filled up with patients.”It’s been very consistent every day in the last couple of weeks. Every day has been like a full moon,” Riverside emergency room physician Stephanie Loe said, referring to doctors’ beliefs that a full moon brings more patients to the emergency room.Governors in California, Florida and Texas have either ruled out forced business closures and quarantines or called them a last resort. But Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti warned he would impose a new stay-at-home order in two weeks if the latest surge did not ease. The rise in infections also weighed on the stock market Thursday on fears of new lockdowns, which would take a toll on the economic recovery. The Dow and the S&P 500 ended down about 1%.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Gabriel Paulista sparks fight with Ainsley Maitland-Niles after Arsenal’s Europa League win over Valencia

first_imgGabriel Paulista sparks fight with Ainsley Maitland-Niles after Arsenal’s Europa League win over Valencia Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 9 May 2019 10:27 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.4kShares Advertisement Gabriel pushed Maitland-Niles twice (BT Sport) Gabriel was calmed down by his former Arsenal teammate Koscielny (BT Sport)More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenalcenter_img Gabriel was fuming with the Arsenal defender (BT Sport)Gabriel then stormed over to the centre of the argument and pushed Maitland-Niles twice in the chest before he was dragged away by Ezequiel Garay and Sead Kolasinac.AdvertisementAdvertisementLaurent Koscielny, who played alongside Gabriel at Arsenal, then came over to speak with his former teammate and the incident quickly diffused. Gabriel and Maitland-Niles were separated (BT Sport) Advertisement Gabriel Paulista was involved in a scuffle with Arsenal’s players (BT Sport)Gabriel Paulista sparked a fight with Ainsley Maitland-Niles immediately after Arsenal’s victory over Valencia in the Europa League on Thursday evening.Unai Emery’s side have reached the final after a hat-trick from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang helped secure a 4-2 victory over Valencia at the Mestalla.But straight after the full-time whistle, a mass brawl between both sets of players broke out following a flashpoint involving former Arsenal centre-back Gabriel and Maitland-Niles.Tempers began to flare after Ferran Torres kicked Alexandre Lacazette off the ball just after the referee had blown his whistle.ADVERTISEMENTJose Gaya then went to offer back-up to his Valencia teammate but was pushed away by Maitland-Niles.last_img read more

Laurent Koscielny considers buying out his Arsenal contract in order to seal France return

first_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 11 Jul 2019 9:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link617Shares Laurent Koscielny could take drastic action to leave Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Laurent Koscielny is so desperate to leave Arsenal and return to France that he is considering buying out the remainder of his contract with the club.The 33-year-old stunned Arsenal when he refused to travel with the rest of the squad for their pre-season tour of the United States on Thursday due to his desire to leave this summer.Arsenal condemned Koscielny’s actions in a statement, saying: ‘We are very disappointed by Laurent’s actions, which are against our clear instructions.‘Laurent Koscielny has refused to travel to the US for our pre-season tour. We hope to resolve this matter and will not be providing any further comment at this time.’ADVERTISEMENT Arsenal flew out for their pre-season tour on Thursday (Picture: Getty)Among the clubs interested in signing Koscielny are Lyon, Bordeaux and Rennes, however, Arsenal are yet to receive a formal offer for their club captain.AdvertisementAdvertisementShould no bid be forthcoming, Koscielny could take the step of buying out the remainder of his £90,000 per week contract at the Emirates, which is set to expire next June.Neymar is the most famous example of a player buying out his contract to move elsewhere when he did so in 2017 to facilitate his transfer to PSG from Barcelona.The Brazilian and his lawyers paid the €222m release clause in his Barcelona contract to become a free agent and move to PSG who then footed the bill.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityOne of the reasons behind Koscielny’s unhappiness is in regards to Arsenal’s club policy of only offering one-year contracts to players over the age of 30.According to the Evening Standard, Bordeaux are willing to offer him a three-year deal which would give him longer-term security.Arsenal’s long-serving club captain also believes that he should be released from his deal as a goodwill gesture following nine years of service after joining from FC Lorient in 2010.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Laurent Koscielny considers buying out his Arsenal contract in order to seal France return Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Women of Troy aim to snap five-game winless skid

first_imgAfter a long streak of road games that included seven overtime periods, three losses and two ties, the USC women’s soccer teamn is more than happy to end the regular season with a five-game home stand.Bad streak · Jordan Marada, picured here during a Sept. 21 game against Washington, has started 14 games in 2012. The junior midfielder and USC have struggled in recent weeks, not winning a game since defeating the Huskies. – Joseph Chen | Daily Trojan“With all the traveling and playing overtimes back to back, it was just physically exhausting,” freshman forward Jamie Fink said. “Now that we’re home, we kind of get to relax and take it easy on our legs.”USC (4-7-3, 1-3-2) is tied for ninth in the Pac-12 — though, has yet to face No. 2 Stanford or No. 3 UCLA with five conference games remaining.That doesn’t bode well for the team, which has been outscored 12-6 during its current five-game winless streak.But the players are hoping that they can still turn their season around with the aid of a home-field advantage — after all, they won their only home conference game, a 1-0 victory over Washington, to open Pac-12 play.“It’s kind of refreshing,” redshirt sophmore defender Mia Bruno said. “Even though we haven’t won many games, we’re excited; I think we will start winning.”Fink says is taking a relaxed approach from here on out.“We’re not really focused on winning or losing, or going to the [NCAA] tournament,” Fink said. “We’re more focused on playing soccer and having fun and being a team.”But if USC does have any shot at making the NCAA tournament, it’ll have to make strides this weekend in its matches against Utah and Colorado.The Utes (8-4-2, 3-3-0) stand at fifth in the conference standings, and are receiving votes in the NCAA coaches’ poll. The Utes boast a stellar defense, having allowed only 12 goals in 14 games, and are 5-0-1 when scoring two or more goals.USC’s offense has shown it can hold possession against strong defenses, as the team leads the conference in shots per game (18.64), but it also ranks just fifth in goals per game (1.64).“It’s positive that we are leading the conference in shots, which means we’re creating opportunities, but we’ve just been lacking a little composure,” USC coach Ali Khosroshahin said. “We’ve been lacking a better understanding of finding another player with a higher percentage opportunity.”But Khosroshahin insists his team is close to breaking that habit.“I’ve been saying this all year, and I probably sound a little hypocritical, or like I’m lying, but we’re really close,” Khosroshahin said. “We’ve been close for a while, there’s just been a bit of a disconnect … between knowing the game plan and really understanding the game plan. And I think we’ve been able to sort it out this week [in practice].”After facing off against Utah on Friday, the Women of Troy will host the Buffaloes (6-6-3, 0-5-1), who sit in last place in the Pac-12 on Sunday.USC is 3-0-0 all-time against Colorado after a 1-0 victory on the road last year, but the Buffaloes do have a lethal scorer in forward Anne Stuller, who ranks third in the Pac-12 with eight goals this season.Stuller could cause some issues for the Women of Troy, who have struggled defensively all season. USC ranks last in the Pac-12 in goals-against average (1.94) and has shut out only one opponent all season.But Bruno, who was injured for the first half of the season along with senior defender Kristina Noriega, thinks the squad is up to the challenge.“We’ve kind of had rotating personnel [on defense], but I think we’ve found our four [starters],” Bruno said. “We have some new players back there, we’re still getting used to each other, getting that camaraderie, but it gets better with every game.”The Women of Troy kick off against Utah at McAlister Field on Friday at 3:30 p.m., then face off against Sunday Colorado at 1 p.m.last_img read more