Women’s Soccer Defeats Indiana State, 1-0, for Third-Straight Win

first_img Full Schedule Roster Drake’s control allowed it to open up many goal-scoring opportunities, but the Bulldogs couldn’t find the elusive goal until late. Valparaiso 10/26/2019 – 4 PM URBANDALE, Iowa – Abby Stephenson’s first goal of the season lifted the Drake women’s soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Indiana State on Sunday afternoon. The Bulldogs have now won three games in a row and hold a three-game shutout streak. The Bulldogs dominated 63 percent of the possession and earned a 20-6 advantage in shot attempts. Their 20 shots tied a season high. The Bulldogs kept their foot on the pedal and broke through with Stephenson’s goal just minutes later. Erika Townley was key in the attack. She applied constant pressure on the flanks and in the box as she battled for position and won contested balls. Townley’s aggression paid off in the 58th minute when she drew a foul in the box and earned a penalty kick for the Bulldogs. Next Game: Following a mad scramble in the box, Stephenson gained control and fired a shot into the lower-left corner to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead in the 63rd minute. “We were incredibly unlucky not to open up a bigger lead earlier on,” Horner said. “But we showed our resilience to manage the game out.”center_img The Bulldogs return to action on Saturday, Oct. 26 by hosting Senior Night against Valparaiso. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Urbandale High School. However Vanessa Kavan’s ensuing attempt bounced off the top-left portion of the crossbar and out of bounds. “I’m really pleased for Abby to get her goal as she’s been very close on multiple corners,” Horner said. “And Erika Townley was the spark that inspired us to victory.” Live Stats “I felt our performance today was another example of the team executing the gameplan very well,” said Drake head coach Lindsey Horner. “We carried the game for long periods and the timing of our attacking movements were fantastic.” Preview Drake’s defense provided its best effort of the year by limiting Indiana State to season lows in shots (six) and shots on target (three). Goalkeeper Kelsie Stone recorded three saves en route to her fourth clean sheet of the season, a number good for second in the Missouri Valley Conference. “We look forward to recovering from this stretch of games as we prepare for Valparaiso next week,” Horner said. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Dead Sea Salt Cave Is Longest of Its Kind

first_imgCave explorers have determined that a passageway inside a mountain of salt in Israel is the longest salt cave in the world.Salt caves are very different from limestone caves, even though they can have stalactites and similar features. They grow by different mechanisms and cannot last long. At Fox News, science reporter James Rogers writes, “World’s longest salt cave discovered in Israel and is still ‘growing,’ scientists say.”Mt Sedom (Har Sodom) on the southwest Dead Sea, is almost pure salt. See cave opening. (Photos by David Coppedge, 2006)The Malham Cave in Mount Sedom, also known as Mount Sodom, is 6.2 miles long, surpassing Iran’s Cave of the Three Nudes, which is almost 4.1-miles in length. A team led by Hebrew University’s Cave Research Center, the Israel Cave Explorers Club and Bulgaria’s Sofia Speleo Club, as well as 80 cavers from nine countries, has successfully mapped the Malham Cave.Skylight in Har Sodom (Mt Sodom), probably part of the same cave system described in the news articles.Mount Sedom (Sodom) rises along the southwestern tip of the Dead Sea. The whole mountain is composed of table salt, the kind sprinkled on food. At Live Science, Rafi Letzter reproduced some photos from the expedition, including a tall skylight in one room, and thin stalactites in other places. Ilan Ben Zion’s story in the Associated Press shows the entrance to the cave. The article explains why salt caves are young:This is probably the pillar whimsically named “Lot’s Wife.”Salt caves are unusual and rare geological features. Because salt is highly water soluble, large salt deposits do not normally survive long on the surface. Only a handful of salt caves are larger than a kilometer (half a mile) in length. Salt caves tend to only exist in highly arid regions, like the area around the Dead Sea, which is located at the lowest point on earth and is too salty to support animal life.The Dead Sea and Mount Sodom were formed by tectonic activity, the shifting of the Earth’s plates at the northern end of the 6,000-kilometer (4,000-mile) Afro-Arabian Rift Valley. Over millions of years, successive flooding of the deep depression lay down thick layers of salt.“The salt layers are squeezed out from the sub-surface, where they are deposited a few kilometers underground, and while being squeezed out they form a mountain, which is rising still today, at a rate of about one centimeter per year,” said Amos Frumkin, a Hebrew University geologist who has studied the cave for decades.The Malham Cave’s main outlet yawns not far from a salt pillar named “Lot’s wife,” after the biblical character who was petrified for looking back at the destruction of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.It’s highly unlikely that this mountain has anything to do with Lot’s wife as described in the Biblical account of Genesis 19. The cities of the plain were in the vicinity of the Dead Sea, but probably miles away. Locals who knew the story probably ascribed the name to a prominent pillar on the mountain. If it’s the one shown in the photo, it is much larger than a person. What’s interesting, though, is the disparity between “millions of years” for the salt layers to form, and mere thousands of years for the mountain and the cave to form.Radiocarbon dating of wood fragments found inside the cave have helped date its formation to around 7,000 years ago, making it extremely young by speleological standards.“The reason why it’s so young is because it’s made of salt,” Frumkin explained. “Limestone caves are much slower to form. They are usually much older. But this one is developing very fast so it’s one of the youngest caves in the world.”Cavers describe the formations as glittering white and splendid: ““All the stalagmites and stalactites, their beauty, their color — they’re really white, they’re shining, they’re amazing.”Errors in radiocarbon assumptions could link the salt to the events in Genesis 19, but that’s not necessary to explain the mountain or the cave. If it really took millions of years, why are we humans lucky to see it during a fraction of that time?Tourists exploring the skylight room in the cave inside Har Sodom.(Visited 328 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more