Badgers return home, host pair of conference upstarts

first_imgUW Athletic CommunicationsFollowing a road trip to Penn State and Indiana last weekend, the No. 33 Wisconsin women’s tennis team will return home Saturday and Sunday to host No. 54 Iowa and No. 65 Minnesota as their Big Ten season continues. The Badgers split matches last weekend, prevailing 4-3 in a closely contested affair against the Nittany Lions before dropping 5-2 to the Hoosiers in a match marked by several close sets.Despite going 1-1 last weekend, Wisconsin bumped up in the rankings two spots this week. On the personal side, Katie McGaffigan and Caitlin Burke also took personal jumps, graduating to the No. 91 and No. 87 spots, respectively. McGaffigan had represented the Badgers in number-one singles all season, with Burke playing out of the second spot, until this past weekend when they flipped seeds. Though the two collectively went 1-3 on the weekend trip, each fought through a duo of tightly contested matches. Head coach Patti Henderson is yet to announce who will be playing out of which flight this weekend.“In all honesty, if you had told me going into this weekend that we would have been 1-3 at positions 1 and 2 for us, I would have said no way,” Henderson said. You know, we’re going to be 2-2 at a minimum and hopefully 3-1 or 4-0. Erin and I haven’t decided exactly how we’re going to handle that.”Playing out of fourth flight singles, sophomore Kaylan Caiati currently boasts of a team leading eight-game win streak, having not lost a single set since February 25.“Well, Kaylan Caiati is every tennis player’s worst nightmare basically,” Henderson said. “I look at it as, you know, you’re going to play somebody, and you’ve got what’s between their ears, their head, their heart, and their skill level. And Kaylan Caiati’s heart and head are unbelievable — never in doubt, never questioned.”But on the doubles front, Caiati is quick to note that her and Burke — a relatively recently minted pairing — still have room to improve in the second flight. Coming off of a duo of losses last weekend, including a 9-7 fall to Indiana where they enjoyed a match point before dropping behind, Caiati sees room for personal improvement.“I just really would like to improve on my doubles game,” Caiati said. “There’s times when I feel confident about it, and there are other times when I realize that there [are] parts of my game that I need a lot of work on.”In Iowa and Minnesota, the Badgers face a duo of teams with no seniors in their lineups, with the Hawkeye squad being composed entirely of freshmen and sophomores.“I think Iowa is a pretty young team — so is Minnesota. I think Iowa has just a couple of people returning; they have a new coach,” senior Lindsay Martin said. “And that is either really good for us — they are young and inexperienced — or they’re really excited and eager to go out there and play.”The Hawkeyes will also enter Madison under the leadership of a relatively new coach, though Henderson is well acquainted with him.“Iowa has a new coach who’s actually a friend of mine, a fellow Canadian, Daryl Greenan, and he just stepped in at sort of like Thanksgiving time with their program, after they had been coachless for the fall,” Henderson said. “I think he worked at Alabama as an assistant coach there, where Jenny Mines and he had done a great job and got that team ranked into the Top 20, so he knows what he’s doing. He knows what it’s about.”last_img read more

Albany upsets No. 3 Syracuse men’s soccer, 2-1

first_imgALBANY, N.Y. — There was little celebration. There was no signature mob in the corner of the field. But as soon as Jonathan Interiano connected with the ball, there was no doubt.Interiano’s 75th-minute goal stunned Syracuse. A cross from the right corner booted around until it landed on the turf, right at Interiano’s foot. After the Albany senior forward poked home the eventual game-winner, he ran toward midfield and kissed his bicep muscle.The score lifted the Great Danes (5-3-2, 0-0-1 America East) to a 2-1 upset victory over No. 3 Syracuse (8-2-1, 2-1-1 Atlantic Coast) Tuesday night at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium. What could have been a tune-up for Syracuse’s high-octane offense against Albany’s mediocre defense — the Great Danes entered Tuesday ranked last in their conference with a 1.67 goals-against average — was anything but.“We didn’t get anything right tonight,” senior midfielder Oyvind Alseth said. “Everything was off.”The Orange, since starting the season 8-0 for the best start in program history, has gone its last three games without a win — something that had not happened since October 2013. It’s just the third time in 30 regular season nonconference games since joining the ACC in 2013 that SU didn’t win.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTuesday’s matchup could have doubled as a jump back into the win column for Syracuse, and a primer for Mo Adams, who slotted into Miles Robinson’s spot after Robinson left for the United States National Team. Instead, Albany prevailed.The Great Danes didn’t make it easy for Syracuse. They scored less than three minutes in, applied defensive pressure all game and kept Syracuse’s defenders on their toes.“We just weren’t ready for it,” Alseth said.Syracuse has played Albany in each of the last four seasons, and entering Tuesday had outscored the Great Danes 8-2. This time, Albany finally broke through.The Great Danes’ defense was sharp, denying runs toward the goal, cutting off passes and blocking attempted shots. Until Orange defender Kamal Miller scored before the half, Syracuse had generated a few quality looks but hadn’t capitalized.With Miller’s score came optimism. He struck a rebound into the net from straight away for just his first goal of the year and fourth of his career. The sophomore galloped in excitement. It was Syracuse’s first goal in 158 minutes of game time, its longest such streak in two years.“I thought we’d go back and win the game,” Syracuse head coach Ian McIntyre said.But that was all the Orange could do. In the closing seconds of the first half, Sergio Camargo didn’t square up a ball on a quality look from the left side. It fell softly into the hands of Albany goalie Danny Vitiello.As players walked off the field, Camargo stood in that spot for several seconds, hands on his head. He pressed his hands to his thighs.“Just didn’t get the right power on the ball,” the senior said. “Hit it over him. That’s the way my night went. Couldn’t put it in the back of the net.”Since its historic start, Syracuse has lagged. And it won’t get easier. On Friday, Syracuse travels to No. 8 Louisville to play yet another top 10 team — what will be its third in two weeks. A trip to No. 5 Clemson comes at the end of the month.After the game-winner, Syracuse goalkeeper Hendrik Hilpert fetched the ball and boomed it down field.Interiano looked at the ball he had just drilled home, held his arms out wide and jogged to celebrate with his teammates — a sight that was painful enough itself for Syracuse. Comments Published on October 4, 2016 at 10:53 pm Contact Matthew: [email protected] | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more