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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Caribbean real estate summit says market is booming

first_imgAt the first installment of the Caribbean Real Estate and Investment Summit, held on April 5 in the heart of downtown Boca Raton, it was made clear that the Caribbean real estate market is currently at a peak. The summit was held by the robust Boca Raton based real estate brokerage The Agency. The event brought together stakeholders who focus on the Caribbean region, including brokers, developers, investors and attorneys. The success of this first event, the organizers said, was a testament to the enormous interest around real estate in the region. Representatives from several Caribbean countries were present, including from the Dominican Republic, The Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Saint Lucia and Cayman Islands. Main panel discussion at the conference were “Regional Market Trends” and “Selling the Caribbean”. Topics covered included a marketwide look at regional trends, and the nuts and bolts of purchasing real estate in various Caribbean destinations. Discussions underscored the Caribbean region as a booming market, fueled by citizenship-by-investment fueled development. Citizenship-by-investment enables the acquisition of citizenship via an exceptional economic contribution to a country. Such programs exist in Caribbean countries such as Antigua, St. Kitts, Dominica and Saint Lucia. According to Ian Hurdle, the owner of The Agency offices in Turks and Caicos, “It was great to meet with so many individuals in the industry from across the Caribbean. I think the number of attendees from so many different countries shows that the real estate market is in an incredibly healthy position across the region.”last_img read more

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