WSOC : Former SU field hockey player Williams reunites with old teammate after switching sports


first_img Published on October 12, 2011 at 12:00 pm Rosina Callisto thought her days of playing side by side with Ellen Williams on the soccer pitch were finished when the two were in 10th grade.Callisto, who went to Rye Neck (N.Y.) High School, decided to stick with soccer back in high school, while Williams, her club teammate at the time, made the move to focus solely on field hockey at Mamaroneck (N.Y.) High School.Callisto ended up going to Syracuse to play for the women’s soccer team. Coincidentally, Williams came to SU to play field hockey. But during the summer and following some persuasion from Callisto, Williams decided to switch from Division-I field hockey to Division-I soccer.‘There were a few girls on our club team who had left to go play field hockey, and I knew she was really enjoying it, and I knew she was a really good field hockey player, so I didn’t think anything of it until this summer really,’ Callisto said.And although Williams has yet to see action in a game, the junior midfielder has continued to show growth after making the transition. She’s especially enjoyed playing alongside her old teammate Callisto, a junior midfielder, even if it’s just been on the practice field. Syracuse (6-5-3, 5-3 Big East) plays its final two home matches of the regular season this weekend, squaring off against South Florida on Friday at 7 p.m. and Marquette on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Orange is one win away from clinching a Big East tournament berth.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe first time Callisto and Williams played on the same soccer field was back in middle school — but as rivals. After Callisto’s team thrashed Williams’ team in a few matches, Williams thought it would be better to join the winning side.Fast-forward four years and the two played together again this summer with a club team, the Westchester Flames. Callisto was impressed with what Williams brought to the table.As a result, Callisto badgered her to switch from field hockey to soccer. Although it took some time, Williams decided a move had to be made.‘She just made it seem like a realistic thing for me to do, and she just kept pushing me,’ Williams said. ‘(Callisto said) ‘Hey, have you filled out the registration forms?’ and kept pushing me until I finally just agreed to it. I’m really glad that I did.’Callisto notified SU head coach Phil Wheddon before the season started that Williams could be a solid addition to the Orange. So far, Wheddon has liked what Williams has offered, even if she hasn’t done it in a game.And that doesn’t surprise Callisto’s dad, Michael Callisto. He coached his daughter and Williams almost all their lives, including this summer. Although Williams had to shake some rust at the start of the summer, he was amazed at what the defender was capable of near the tail end of the season.‘Game by game, practice after practice, I mean she had a very good season. Toward the end, she was very strong. In the back, she was very dominant,’ Callisto said. ‘And considering within two months she did very well, especially for someone who didn’t play in a very long time.’In fact, Callisto has no doubt that if Williams stuck with soccer throughout high school, playing for any Division-I soccer program was easily within reach. Callisto said Williams was able to stop other future Division-I players and showed she belonged among the best in her area.He said Williams was a great one-on-one defender who knew how to use her height and athleticism to her ability. That’s also why he said he was upset to see her focus on field hockey back in high school.Now Williams is back where she belongs, but Williams said playing field hockey gave her mental toughness and helped her develop as a person. Williams is still best friends with many players on the team.For now, though, Williams is just focused on getting better. She said the coaching staff has been patient and Wheddon has treated her like any other player.Wheddon said whenever Williams makes it onto the field, just like everyone else, she will have earned it.‘I don’t think you can make a jump to a Big East sport without having competed for a season, so just like everyone else she has to earn the right to travel and get on the field,’ Wheddon said.Although it’s unlikely Williams will earn the right this weekend against either South Florida or Marquette, both she and Callisto can’t wait for when they can take the field together again.It will be like their days on the Larchmont Panthers, coached by Callisto’s dad.‘It’s going to be really fun,’ Williams said. ‘It won’t feel weird, that’s for sure. It’ll feel normal, and I’m really looking forward to it actually.’[email protected] Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

How healthy is Todd Gurley? Falcons OC Dirk Koetter spills that they have no idea, either


first_imgWhen the Falcons signed Todd Gurley soon after he was released by the Rams in March, they also acquired the mystery of his knee injury history.Nearly two months after his team added the two-time All-Pro running back, Atlanta’s offensive coordinator, Dirk Koetter, admitted in a video call with local reporters that there are concerns about whether Gurley will be healthy enough to contribute in 2020. Here it is in video form: “The main question, that no one seems to know, is what is his health status?”— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) May 14, 2020MORE: NFL uniform rankings for 2020What Koetter says is fair, given that Gurley hasn’t had a chance to both get and pass a physical since the signing. But being too brutally honest with the situation wasn’t the best idea, given that the Falcons’ front office expressed great confidence in Gurley’s future health status when giving him a one-year, $5 million deal to replace the released Devonta Freeman.The Falcons were expected to select a running back at some point during the 2020 NFL Draft for further insurance regardless, but they instead rested on the three backs they took on Day 3 in the past three drafts — in order: Ito Smith, Brian Hill and Qadree Ollison. Gurley’s age (26 in August) might suggest he can still handle a feature role, but the reality is, his heavy Rams mileage and the wear and tear that came with it say he’s better off with a more managed workload.The Falcons’ recent best backfield history has been a committee of Freeman and Tevin Coleman. Last season, with Freeman hurt often and Coleman gone in free agency, the rushing attack in Koetter’s return ranked No. 30 in the NFL.During Koetter’s previous stint as Atlanta’s offensive coordinator from 2012 to 2014, he also employed committees that included Michael Turner, Steven Jackson and Freeman in the early-down power roles and Jacquizz Rodgers as the change of pace receiving back. Based on his comments and play-calling past, overextending Gurley doesn’t seem to be in Atlanta’s plans.MORE: Joe Buck says NFL broadcasts could use fake crowd noise Gurley, in his best years, has been a prolific, explosive between-the-tackles runner all the way through the red zone. With Sean McVay’s offense in Los Angeles, he also became a top-flight busy receiver, leading the NFL with 2,093 yards from scrimmage.Because of that skill set, Koetter did add that he thinks Gurley is “a heck of a player.” The Falcons desperately need a 15-to-20 touch Gurley to improve an anemic running game and support a strong passing game, given that Smith, Hill and Ollison, for one reason or another, weren’t effective filling in for Freeman last season.With the current uncertainty about Gurley’s health expressed by Koetter, there’s now a lot more uncertainty about how much the Falcons can and will use Gurley in 2020.last_img read more

Tottenham CRASH OUT after shootout as Krul saves two pens


first_imgThe result heaped more misery on Jose Mourinho – and caused a furious row post-match as Eric Dier raced into the crowd to confront a supporter.But despite their relegation fears, Norwich are now dreaming of Wembley as they prepare to face either Derby or Manchester United in the last-eight.They fell behind after just 13 minutes in North London when Jan Verthongen headed home a corner.But they were punished for a below-par display late on as Norwich hit back thanks to a Michel Vorm howler.The stand-in Spurs keeper dropped a Kenny McClean shot which was straight at him – and Josip Drmic was quickest to react to bundle the ball over the line.Jack Figg5 Mar 2020, 10:57 pmDIER-BOLICAL Eric Dier climbed into a stand at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium and appeared to confront fans after Spurs crashed out of the FA Cup on penalties.Numerous videos circulated on social media showing Dier clamber into the stands. It’s not clear what sparked the confrontation or what exactly took place, although there are allegations that a confrontation took place between Dier and fans in the stand.Dier could be seen climbing over seating to make his way towards a section of supporters inside the stadium.The altercation just minutes after Jose Mourinho’s side crashed out on a penalty.In one video, a close up shot of Dier shows the England star screaming: “He’s my brother.”It is not yet clear what that is in reference to.Other images showed Dier being held back by stewards before being taken away from the area.Tottenham are yet to comment on the incident.Jack Figg5 Mar 2020, 10:52 pmMOURINHO SPEAKS Mourinho says after the FA Cup exit: “I think we don’t deserve but that’s football. “It was a difficult game. Some of my players were really, really in trouble and they made an excellent effort to try. “I’m not going to say what everyone knows but I have to say Bergwijn, it’s too much for him to play as many minutes as he has to play.“You saw the performance of Dele Alli, Winks was completely dead playing the last 11 or 12 games for us for the full 90 minutes. “We have many, many players in trouble.” Jack Figg5 Mar 2020, 10:48 pmBREAKING NEWS Footage of Dier jumping into the stands to confront a Spurs supporter. Jack Figg5 Mar 2020, 10:40 pmTOTTENHAM 1-1 NORWICHNORWICH WIN ON PENALTIESKeeper Tim Krul believes the win can be a “turning point” in their battle to stay up this season.He continues: “We believe it. It’s huge, we are going to enjoy this moment.” Jack Figg5 Mar 2020, 10:37 pmTOTTENHAM 1-1 NORWICHNORWICH WIN ON PENALTIESKeeper Tim Krul, who saved two penalties, says to BBC Sport: “When this happens you realise why you do it for. “As a little boy you want to save penalties and get your club through to the next round. Big emotions today.” On the shootout, he says: “I was so close the first one but me and my goalie coach are always doing the homework, I had it on my bottle. I think I mixed up one of the players but it all happens in the shootout, with the nerves and adrenaline. “So proud of the boys and 9,000 supporters here on a Wednesday night is amazing.” TOTTENHAM are OUT of the FA Cup after losing to Norwich City on penalties.Jan Vertonghen had opened the scoring for Spurs after just 13 minutes, before Josip Drmic netted late on to send the game to extra time – where the deadlock could not be broken.But Tim Krul was the hero as Gedson Fernandes failed to convert the deciding spot kick.Tottenham 1 Norwich 1 (2-3 on pens) – FT from Tottenham Hotspur StadiumWatch live on BBC Red ButtonLive stream via the BBC iPlayerTottenham XI: Vorm, Aurier, Dier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Winks, Skipp, Lo Celso, Alli, Bergwijn, Lucas MouraSubs: Gazzaniga, Alderweireld, Tanganga, Ndombele, Gedson Fernandes, Lamela, ParrottNorwich XI: Krul, Aarons, Godfrey, Hanley, Lewis, Vrancic, Trybull, Buendia, Rupp, Cantwell, DrmicSubs: McGovern, Tettey, McLean, Stiepermann, duda, Idah, PukkiJack Figg5 Mar 2020, 10:58 pmTIM KRUL was the hero as Norwich City dumped Tottenham out of the FA Cup following a penalty shoot-out in North London.The Canaries goalkeeper saved from youngster Troy Parrott and Gedson Fernandes as Todd Cantwell kept his cool inbetween stops to seal a quarter-final spot with a 2-3 spot-kick victory.center_img Eric Dier just came into the stand and had a fight with fan next to me 😱— Jascha Selby (@jselby123) March 4, 2020Jack Figg5 Mar 2020, 10:47 pmBREAKING NEWS Tottenham defender Eric Dier has jumped into the stands and confronted a home supporter. Jack Figg5 Mar 2020, 10:28 pmTOTTENHAM 1-1 NORWICHPENALTIESNorwich progress into the quarter-finals after winning in a shootout and will now play Man Utd or Derby! Jack Figg5 Mar 2020, 10:26 pmTOTTENHAM 1-1 NORWICHPENALTIESFernandes steps up and he HAS to score to keep Spurs alive… SAVED BY KRUL! Fernandes side foots it into Krul and Norwich are through! Jack Figg5 Mar 2020, 10:26 pmTOTTENHAM 1-1 NORWICHPENALTIESCantwell places it into the top corner and it’s 3-2 Norwich! Jack Figg5 Mar 2020, 10:25 pmTOTTENHAM 1-1 NORWICHPENALTIES Parrott steps up for Spurs, big moment for the 18-year-old… SAVED BY KRUL! Chance for Norwich to take the lead. Jack Figg5 Mar 2020, 10:24 pmTOTTENHAM 1-1 NORWICHPENALTIES Stiepermann up for Norwich… drilled into the bottom corner and it’s level at 2-2. Jack Figg5 Mar 2020, 10:24 pmTOTTENHAM 1-1 NORWICHPENALTIES Le Celso… sends Krul the wrong way… 2-1 Spurs. Jack Figg5 Mar 2020, 10:23 pmTOTTENHAM 1-1 NORWICHPENALTIES Idah slots home to make it 1-1 on penalties. Jack Figg5 Mar 2020, 10:22 pmTOTTENHAM 1-1 NORWICHPENALTIES Lamela steps up… SMASHES IT ONTO THE BAR! Jack Figg5 Mar 2020, 10:21 pmTOTTENHAM 1-1 NORWICHPENALTIES McLean… SAVED BY VORM! Jack Figg5 Mar 2020, 10:21 pmTOTTENHAM 1-1 NORWICHPENALTIES Dier steps up first… GOAL! Krul dives the right way down to his left but it’s a great strike. Jack Figg5 Mar 2020, 10:14 pmTOTTENHAM 1-1 NORWICH(ET) 29′ Free-kick to Norwich just in Spurs’ half… but it’s headed clear. We go to penalties! Jack Figg5 Mar 2020, 10:11 pmTOTTENHAM 1-1 NORWICH(ET) 27′ Good run by Lamela again down the right but he just can’t squeeze through a past and his rebounded effort goes horribly wide. Jack Figg5 Mar 2020, 10:10 pmTOTTENHAM 1-1 NORWICH(ET) 25′ Scramble in the Norwich box but Krul just gets his hands on the ball ahead of Parrott. Jack Figg5 Mar 2020, 10:00 pmTOTTENHAM 1-1 NORWICH(ET) 16′ Second-half of extra time underway with 15 minutes for a winner to decide the game before penalties. Jack Figg5 Mar 2020, 10:00 pmTOTTENHAM 1-1 NORWICH(ET) 15′ We go into the second-half of extra-time all level. Jack Figg5 Mar 2020, 9:54 pmTOTTENHAM 1-1 NORWICH(ET) 12′ Fernandes completes a great run on the left to get into the box but his effort is blocked. The corner results in nothing but Spurs have regained control of the tie. Jack Figg5 Mar 2020, 9:50 pmTOTTENHAM 1-1 NORWICH(ET) 8′ Spurs pin Norwich back into their own box but the ball goes out to Fernandes and his touch is woefully heavy and concedes a foul. Jack Figg5 Mar 2020, 9:49 pmTOTTENHAM 1-1 NORWICH(ET) 6′ Alli makes way for starlet Parrott. He receives a huge cheer from the Spurs faithful.Stiepermann comes on for Buendía. Load more entries…last_img read more