Sondre Norheim uses maturity and age to aid Syracuse defense

first_img Published on October 2, 2017 at 9:28 pm Contact Nick: nialvare@syr.edu | @nick_a_alvarez In the first half of then-No. 11 Syracuse’s loss to Cornell on Sept. 19, defender Sondre Norheim tried to thread a pass through a pack of Big Red forwards on the right of SU’s formation. If completed, the pass could’ve given the Orange a breakaway in a scoreless game. But it was intercepted, and Cornell created its own scoring opportunity.Cornell crossed the ball to the right wing of its formation and George Pedlow found himself one-on-one with SU goalie Hendrik Hilpert. Pedlow whipped a shot about four feet off the ground, seemingly out of Hilpert’s reach. But before the ball found nylon, Norheim darted to the penalty box, jutted out his right leg and deflected the shot up and over the crossbar, preserving a clean sheet. That recovery displayed how Norheim’s instincts are more advanced than a typical freshman.“He has a lot of gifts that athletes would wish to have,” Hilpert said of Norheim. “He’s fast, he’s tall, he’s athletic. He has everything a defender needs.”At 20 years old, Norheim is the second oldest freshman defender in the Atlantic Coast Conference, behind 22-year-old Jon Ingason of Virginia Tech. Both are international student-athletes who left their home country in pursuit of better competition.Born and raised in Bryne, Norway, Norheim started playing soccer at age 5. After standing out in high school — which is five years long in Norway — he dedicated more time to soccer by playing with a local club team during his gap year. Now, with No. 21 SU (5-4-2, 0-3-1 ACC), Norheim has started all but one of the team’s 11 games. Along with junior Kamal Miller and a rotating group of wingbacks, Norheim looks to shore up a defense that allows 1.36 goals per game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I think I have a little advantage with age,” Norheim said. “I got the physical part down. I’ve got speed and stuff like that.”Last year, playing with his club team, Norheim pondered the future. Julian Veen Uldal, a friend who played at South Carolina for two years, encouraged Norheim to check out America. So, Norheim contacted College Scholarship USA, a company that puts interested foreign students in touch with U.S. schools. Within two days of hearing about Norheim, SU associate head coach Jukka Masalin was on a flight to watch Norheim play against another future player, forward Petter Stangeland.Norheim remembered his gap year in Norway as a crucial time in his career. He frequently played against men two to four years older than him and was forced to adapt and improve to keep up.“In that year, I felt like I developed like more of an adult player,” Norheim said.There, Norheim developed his greatest strength: heading the ball. The 6-foot-4-inch defender was always taller than other kids and won headers easily. However, when he entered the men’s league, he needed to hone his technique.Working with his father, Norheim said, taught him to time his jump correctly. In order to win a header, usually a player leaps and hits the ball at the highest point possible while battling with another player.“As a central defender,” Norheim said. “You have to be good at headers. That’s something I’ve worked on over the last year. When I go up, I win it.”Typically, SU deploys Miller, its best defender, against the opposition’s best forward. That often leaves Norheim alone in the middle as a center back, the backline’s lynchpin. In Norway, Norheim played in a similar role in his club’s 3-5-2 formation and the familiarity has helped him adjust.Norheim has fit in “perfectly,” SU head coach Ian McIntyre and teammates said. Miller referenced Norheim as a prototypical SU defender. Hilpert said Norheim is off to a better start than Miles Robinson, a former Orange defender and the No. 2 overall pick in last year’s MLS SuperDraft. During a team meeting two weeks ago, McIntyre praised and embarrassed the freshman by pegging him as a future anchor of a program known for its defense.“I think he’s one of the best new defenders in the ACC this year,” McIntyre said. “It’s been a baptism by fire. He’s got a very bright future ahead of him.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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NNPC Assures NTA/HotSports of Support for AFCON 2019 TV Broadcast

first_imgThe Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has pledged its support towards ensuring that Nigerians football fans watch live telecast of the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations, which kicks off in Egypt on Friday and runs till July 19, 2019. He described sports as a significant factor in engendering unity and national cohesion among Nigerians and that NNPC would support the NTA/HotSports partnership to broadcast Super Eagles matches to further cement unity among Nigerians during the tournament.“It is a fact that sports, especially football, enjoys an occultic followership in Nigeria. This is very good as it can be used to further unite Nigerians across all interests,” Baru stated.Earlier, Ibn Mohammed had urged NNPC to support the live broadcast of the 52 matches of the AFCON 2019 on the NTA Network Service for the viewing pleasure and pride of all Nigerians.“We specifically want to ensure that Nigerians experience the glorious moments that will be provided by AFCON 2019 in Egypt. I am optimistic that such moments will further unite us as a nation in line with Federal Government’s objectives,” Ibn Mohammed stated. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Placed in Group B in along with Guinea, Burundi and Madagascar, the Super Eagles will kick off their Egypt 2019 campaign on Saturday, June 22 against Burundi. NTA and its Official Media Partner, HotSports have readied themselves for memorable and authoritative sports broadcasting packages which brand owners can explore to each the widest sports loving audience in Nigeria. The Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and its Official Marketing Agency, HotSports Media Group will bring every exciting moment of the tournament on and off the field to viewers on the terrestrial channels to Africa’s largest television network. Following the acquisition of the €1.8 million (about N728 million) exclusive free-to-air rights from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to market and broadcast the forthcoming AFCON 2019, NTA signed on HotSports Media Group to deliver corporate support towards meeting the financial obligations of the contract, in order to deliver hitch- broadcast to its teeming viewers.Receiving the NTA delegation, led by the Director General, Alhaji Yakubu Ibn Mohammed at the NNPC Towers, outgoing Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru assured them that the Corporation would do all it could to partner NTA and HotSports on AFCON 2019 live telecast to ensure that Nigerians watch their darling team, the Super Eagles during the continental football fiesta.last_img read more

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Somerset’s Compton leads at Captains’ final

first_img Somerset’s Denis Compton holds a narrow one-point lead at the halfway stage of the England Golf Captains’ Final on the Red course at Frilford Heath in Oxfordshire.Compton, (Image © Leaderboard Photography) from Minehead & West Somerset, scored 39 points – including a blob – to edge one ahead of David Hawkins (Leighton Buzzard), Hugh Purvis (Long Ashton), Bryan Claringbold (Frilford Heath) and Alan Brack (Crook).The final is being played as part of England Golf’s first Golf Week which celebrates team and handicap golf, with events taking place every day until Friday.Today’s score by Compton marked a turnaround in fortunes from his practice round when he lost five balls and scored 18 points! “My course is links and to come here with trees and things is a bit alien,” he explained with a laugh.“Today my putter went hot for the last four holes and I had a birdie, birdie finish – but I still had a blob on the ninth. I haven’t found that green yet.”Compton, who was captain in 2007 in his club’s 125th anniversary year, is playing in the tournament series for the first time, having qualified at Enmore Park in Somerset. “I had a nice 36 points there and these are probably the only two rounds I’ve done well in this year.”The reason – which is apt, given his name – is that Compton still enjoys playing cricket. “I’m no relation,” he says in answer to the obvious question about connections with the late English cricketer. “But I played for the Somerset second XI and Somerset Colts and I still play for the local club, Timberscombe, on Exmoor. My partner is doing the teas on Saturday.”Cricket and golf have gone hand in hand in his life, for he joined Minehead & West Somerset Golf Club as a junior, following his grandfather and father. His caddy this week is the 2014 captain Phil Arbourne.Click here for the full scores. 11 Aug 2015 Somerset’s Compton leads at Captains’ final last_img read more

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