Jonathan Hagman steps up as leading scorer in junior year

first_img Published on October 4, 2017 at 9:22 pm Contact Charlie: [email protected] | @charliedisturco Entering the season, Syracuse needed to replace 64 percent of its offensive production after losing three of its top four scorers. Kenny Lassiter, a forward expected to expand his role, transferred to La Salle.The Orange looked toward midfielder Jonathan Hagman. In a season filled with slow offensive starts and just one clean sheet defensively, Hagman has been a bright spot for a Syracuse (5-5-2, 0-3-1 Atlantic Coast) team that looks to win its first ACC game on Friday night against North Carolina State. The junior has already tied his goal total from a season ago with five, and in eight fewer games. Hagman’s often found offensive success with his ability to find open space in the penalty area and finish near the net.“We always know he’s going to be at the right place at the right moment,” midfielder Hugo Delhommelle said. “… He’s not a creative player and people won’t talk about him a lot. He does a lot of work behind the scene.”Unlike most players, Hagman’s goals have not come shooting off the dribble. He “outsmarts” opposing defenders, junior defender Kamal Miller said, finding open space and wriggling away from defenders with his off-ball. That intelligence off-ball is the main reason for his increase in productivity, Miller added.Down a goal against Virginia, Delhommelle took possession and pushed upfield. He passed to Johannes Pieles, who after a few touches fired a through ball that split two UVA defenders and found Hagman in stride inside the penalty area. With a defender draped over his back, Hagman one-touched and fired past the goalkeeper. Hagman’s 83rd-minute goal gave SU a tie, its only point in conference play to date.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJosh Shub-Seltzer | Staff PhotographerHagman’s knack for finding open space provides his teammates with extra time to settle the ball and look toward the penalty area. When players try to cross the ball in front of the net, normally a forward is the lone player in the box, sophomore defender John Austin-Ricks said. But the team can count on Hagman to push upfield, find a spot and be on the receiving end on those crosses. All five of Hagman’s goals have been assisted.“You know (Hagman’s) going to be around no matter what,” junior forward Adnan Bakalovic said. “It’s just his ability to read the game and get into those areas to get easy tap ins.“His awareness of the game is world class.”Hagman’s goals often come in big-time moments for Syracuse. In the team’s season opener, he tied the game in the 80th minute before a Tajon Buchanan game winner. He added the second and third goals against Northwestern in what became a 3-1 win. He’s the only player with more than three goals and is tied for the team lead with 10 points.“From a productivity perspective,” SU head coach Ian McIntyre said, “he’s scored some important goals for us. … It becomes a natural habit of finding your way into the box at the right time.”In Hagman’s freshman season, he went scoreless in 11 games. The following year he scored four games in, but after back-to-back goals midway through the year, he was held scoreless in 11 of Syracuse’s last 12. This year, his longest goal-scoring drought has been three games.Syracuse’s offensive productivity is 0.15 goals per game less than the year prior. That’s without three of the top goal scorers from last season. A large factor in SU maintaining a similar mark comes from Hagman’s offensive prowess and ability to find the ball in front of the goal.“If you’re not fast,” Hagman said, “you have to figure out something else to do well on the pitch.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Violinists and cheering squads: North Korea’s Olympic lineup

first_imgIn this Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, photo, pictures of South Korean President Moon Jae-in, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are seen on a sign during a rally for a peaceful Winter Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. North Korea plans to send a spotlight-stealing delegation to next month’s Winter Olympics in the South Korean county of Pyeongchang. The letters read “Peace bobsleigh.” (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)TOKYO — North Korea won’t be dominating any medal counts when the Winter Olympics come to Pyeongchang in South Korea next month. But it’s hoping to grab as much of the spotlight as it can with what might be an Olympic first in ice hockey and a flamboyantly crowd-pleasing all-female cheering section to liven up the stands.Negotiators from the two Koreas, fighting against the clock ahead of the games’ Feb. 9 start date, announced some of the key details of North Korea’s plans after a day of talks Wednesday in the Demilitarized Zone that divides them.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award That had the potential to be huge. Super Bowl halftime huge.Hand-picked by Kim himself, the Moranbong Band serves as the “soft” public face of the regime. Its members alternate between miniskirts and military uniforms on stage and are often called up to do concerts marking major political events, frequently with missiles or photos of the leader covering the big screens looming behind them.The presence of bandleader Hyon Song Wol in itself was sensational. South Korean media reports in 2013 claimed she had been executed by firing squad for her role in a salacious scandal. She put that speculation to rest by appearing on TV about a year later and is now an alternate member of the ruling party’s central committee.In the end, North Korea announced its 140-member Samjiyon band — an orchestra with dancers and vocalists — will make the trip.Maybe that’s for the best.The Moranbong Band was supposed to make its international debut in Beijing in 2015, but that fell through mysteriously at the last minute. Considering the more delicate North-South situation, concerns had been raised over what the band would perform in Pyeongchang — its repertoire includes such hits as “We Can’t Live Without His Care,” ”The Song of the Hwasong Artillerymen,” and “My Country is the Best.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next There has been some speculation about the attendance of high-ranking officials from the North. Kim Jong Un sent three of his top lieutenants to the South for the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon — one of whom hasn’t been seen lately, sparking rumors last month of a purge.If a similarly senior bunch were to go, that would be big news.THE CHEERING SQUADSThe real crowd pleasers at North Korean sporting events are often in the stands.North Korea is known for the highly trained, ultra-serious and usually all-female cheering groups wearing bright outfits that it sends to motivate its athletes — and grab media attention — at important competitions abroad. North Korea intends to send 230 of them to Pyeongchang, according to Seoul’s Unification Ministry.It’s widely believed that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s wife, Ri Sol Ju, is an “Army of Beauty” alumna, having traveled to Incheon in 2005 as part of a cheering squad at the Asian Athletics Championships.The women are chosen not only for their cheering skills but also for their youth and good looks.The mere prospect of seeing the women in action has already touched off quite a stir on South Korean and Japanese television shows.If nothing else, they will be ratings gold.… AND THE DIVAS THAT GOT AWAYIn talks earlier this week, North Korea sent the leader of its most popular girl band to negotiate, raising hopes the band would be coming to the games. Officials from North and South will take the plan to the International Olympic Committee in Switzerland this weekend for approval.Here’s a quick look at who might be coming. And a note on who conspicuously isn’t.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LATEST STORIES Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Louie Alas rues ‘passive’ showing from Phoenix Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ THE ATHLETESWho, how many, and maybe even if there will be any at all — those are still open questions at this point. South Korea’s media are reporting maybe 10 or so athletes will come.The North and South agreed to create a unified women’s hockey team, which would mark a first in the Olympics. The plan has gotten some criticism from the South because of concerns that South Korean athletes who made the national team might be bumped off to make room for the North’s players.South Korea’s president said fielding a joint ice hockey team would be a historic event that would move the hearts of people around the world. He also expressed support for athletes from the Koreas marching together under a blue-and-white “unification” flag. The plans still must be approved by the IOC.Two North Korean figure skaters qualified for the games, but the North failed to register them in time and they lost their slot in the pairs competition. Whether a special effort is being made to get them back into the games, or to bring in athletes for any other events, isn’t clear.No medals are involved, but the North will unleash a taekwondo squad on Pyeongchang. They’ll demonstrate the North’s version of the traditional Korean martial art, which is an official Summer Olympic event.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

SSF Construction Company Rejects Bankruptcy Claims

first_imgIn a strongly-worded press statement issued on Monday, SSF Entrepreneur Incorporated has out-rightly rejected claims—by what the entity calls ‘unscrupulous individuals—that the company has gone bankrupt.’The statement added that claims by such individuals that the company can longer honor its contractual obligations and responsibilities are indeed far from the truth.The SSF management further described the claims as containing no iota of truth and that such utterances are intended to damage the solid reputation of a company that has performed exceptionally, to the overall satisfaction of the Liberian Government, private entities and the Liberian people.The statement further explained that SSF Entrepreneur, as a vibrant and result-oriented Liberian construction company, is indeed in good institutional and financial standing and has no plans of stopping or of closing down.The press statement, signed by the SSF’s Communications and Public Relations Manager, Ahmed Sheriff, pointed out that the company remains committed to settling all liabilities the entity owes its legitimate clients in the country.The statement also indicated that the company wonders how in the world it could possibly leave several lucrative, ongoing projects and close down when those projects are yet to be completed.“The negative articles and stories in the local dailies about my company are just mere politics from some competitors who do not want to see us progress as a serious and focused local company,” C.E.O. Shawki Fawaz said.“Over the years, the statement explained, the SSF Entrepreneur and the Liberian Government have had a very good relationship and at no point have we complained to any media house that government has refused to pay us for work completed or done,” Mr. Fawaz indicated.The statement emphasized that the SSF Entrepreneur views such utterances and articles as part a ploy by detractors to affect the cordial relationship that exist between the construction company and Liberian Government.The statement—on behalf of the SSF management—called on the general public to reject such negative articles and utterances as they are only chunks of misleading stories intended to tarnish the hard-earned reputation of the company.“The company reiterated its dedication to the people and Government of Liberia to playing that pivotal role in the reconstruction of the country.”It said that the company remains committed to the full completion of all ongoing projects contracted to the entity by the Liberian Government.In closing, the statement declared that as a company that believes in the new Liberia, they would continue to invest in the country’s infrastructure sector as evidenced by their new asphalt, batching, (sic) and rock plants among others in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more