Smith-DeShields Scores Twice in Eastern Florida State Win
Smith-DeShields & his Coach
Jai-Zel Smith-DeShields and his Eastern Florida State College Men's Soccer team recognized nine sophomores after a 5-1 victory over Watford FC Academy at Titan Soccer Complex.
And the sophomores shined as Smith-DeShields scored twice while Troy LaRue Gonzalez and Uziel Hernandez all scored in the game. Goalkeeper Nick Brady, defenders Tajay Reid, Rhys Myers and Perrie Nascimento, midfielder Abdu Ganiyu Iddrisu and forward Dylan Moreira all started and played well in the regular-season finale.
"Troy, Abdul and Rhys have really been the leaders of the team the past two years and have been here three semesters so they are really super sophomores and have done a fantastic job of being leaders and being good in the classroom, on the field and in the community," Eastern Florida State College men's soccer coach Oliver Twelvetrees said. "Overall this group has done well in all aspects, it is fantastic to see players like Jai and Dylan really contributing in their sophomore year and making a difference on this team. The transfers have also come in and really done well so it is really a good group of boys."
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
West Ham Urged to Sort Out a New Trott Contract
West Ham youngster Nathan Trott is being watched. Clubs are regularly scouting the young goalkeeper and West Ham must ensure that they do not lose him. Sorting out a new contract for the Hammers starlet should be a priority for the Irons. And here is why.
According to The Mirror, Trott is attracting attention from a host of clubs.
Premier League giants Manchester United and Manchester City are both keeping their tabs on the young Hammer.
And German Bundesliga side Red Bull Leipzig are also hoping to poach him from West Ham.
The Bermuda-born goalkeeper came to West Ham in 2016 and is highly rated by the club.
But the East London outfit face a battle to keep Trott amid growing interest from other sides.
The reason clubs are circling around Trott is due to his current contract situation.
Other teams have been alerted to the fact that the England under-20 international only has a contract until summer 2020.
West Ham are trying to get Trott to sign a new deal but his future remains up in the air in the meantime.
The 19-year-old is West Ham’s top goalkeeper in the academy. He regularly plays for the under-23 side and he is third in line for the first-team.
West Ham reportedly rejected loan offers for their talented teenager in the summer because they see him as their third choice stopper.
If Adrian or Lukasz Fabianski gets injured, Trott steps up to take a place on the first-team bench.
At age group level, Trott is one of the best in the country. He is a regular for England’s youth teams and he even won the under-19 European Championships last summer.
West Ham need to resolve his contract situation soon and reward him with a long-term deal.
Trott has the potential to become the future number one at West Ham and the Irons cannot afford to lose him to one of the Manchester clubs.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Bermuda Players & Thomas College Draw
Jonathan Dutka made six saves to lead the Thomas College Men's Soccer team to a 0-0 draw with Husson in a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) game at Smith Field.
Thomas College Men’s Soccer feature 7 Bermuda players on their roster that includes MacQuille Walker, Justin Bell, Jahzardae Samuels, Jahkeylo Burgess, Zenawi Bowen, Jaavaid Warren-Smith and Darin Woolridge.
Both teams had even opportunities in regulation, with Husson holding a 9-6 edge in shots. Neither team was able to score the golden goal as the game ended in a 0-0 draw.
Monday, October 15, 2018
Trott & England Under 20 Draw with Czech Republic
Nathan Trott and his England Under 20 teammates had to settle for a 1-1 draw from their trip to Budevice, following a late equalizer from Czech Republic.
Paul Simpson’s Young Lions had controlled the game for long periods, but only had Eddie Nketiah’s goal to show for their possession and dominance.
But a scrambled equalizer in the dying stages means England were denied what would’ve been a second successive victory, following last week’s win over Italy.
And after dominating the opening stages, the biggest surprise was that it took England almost 40 minutes to break the deadlock.
Nkeatiah, who had also seen a goal ruled out earlier in the game, was the man who opened the scoring as he was presented with a simple chance from close range when Czech keeper Jan Siska fumbled a cross right at the striker’s feet and he made no mistake.
The hosts came into the game more after the break, forcing a number of corners and free-kicks in the final third and starting to test Trott more and more.
And they found an equalizer in controversial fashion with less than ten minutes remaining as Dominik Janosek’s corner was diverted onto the bar and scrambled over the line.
The Young Lions were adamant it hadn’t crossed the line, but the officials awarded the goal and England had to settle for a point.
Sunday, October 14, 2018
Nolan Scores in North Texas Win
Aaliyah Nolan and her No. 24 ranked North Texas Soccer teammates shut out its ninth opponent of the year in route to a 3-0 road victory over Marshall.
North Texas and their nationally recognized defense held Marshall to just five total shots on Marshall's home field and thus turned in one of the best offensive performances of the year.
Two of North Texas' three goals were scored on set pieces, the first coming in the 36th minute when Brooke Lampe soared way above the Marshall defenders to head in a corner kick from Madeline Guderian. The goal broke a 0-0 tie and is Lampe's first goal of the season. The assist is Guderian's third in the last three matches.
North Texas took a 1-0 lead into the half but opened the flood gates in the second-half when another set piece led to another North Texas goal.
UNT sophomore Logan Bruffett's free kick into the box was deflected in the scrum of bodies and ended at the feet of fellow sophomore Berklee Peters who was able to strike a shot into the net for her sixth goal in conference play.
North Texas' final goal came in the 81st minute when Bruffett cleared a ball near midfield to the offensive third where senior Nolan chased down the ball, beat the Marshall keeper and scored her sixth goal of the year.
"Last game really motivated me to score this weekend and get my goal tally up," Nolan said who played a career-high 95 minutes at WKU and took a career-high six shots but didn't score a goal. "I didn't just want to get the goal for me but I wanted to do it for the team. We all knew that we had to win this game and we came out and executed exactly what we needed to do to come away with this W"
The nine-match unbeaten streak the team is currently on while impressive is nothing new to the program. UNT went on a 11-match unbeaten streak last season and had a nine-match unbeaten streak in 2015.