Facebook Twitter Google+ Tim and Christine Hostage can recall their immediate reactions. Her club teammate Shannon Aviza remembers her falling and screaming “vividly.” They witnessed Kate Hostage plant her foot and drop to the ground, tearing her ACL in 2014.Hostage herself does not. She blocks it out of her mind.Her father ran onto the field while Christine pulled up the car that would become the ambulance. Before she was carried off, Tim heard a coach say something.“Colleges will still want you.”Given the severity of the situation, Hostage’s father found it odd that someone addressed the distant concern of playing soccer in college. Whether appropriate or not, the statement rang true.Three years after her injury, Hostage has appeared in four games as a freshman for Syracuse (4-1-1) and scored the game-winning goal against Army. SU coach Phil Wheddon recruited her for her goal-scoring ability and “relentless” approach to the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I don’t necessarily want to dwell on injuries. Unfortunately for women’s soccer in particular the ACL injury is prevalent,” Wheddon said. “It’s commonplace and recovery from those injuries, if it’s done properly, players come back to normal. In Kate’s case she came back better.”Hostage’s tear was one of three in the span of a few months, her mother said. Hostage called it an “ACL epidemic.” Published on September 6, 2017 at 9:01 pm Contact Bobby: email@example.com Surgery was the first step. Afterward, she spent time with physical therapists, gym trainers and teammates in casts, rehabbing back to full health. Her summer weekend trips to Massachusetts beaches with extended family were put on hold as Hostage recovered.Six months later, she was participating in cutting and contact drills. In 2015, one year later, she returned to the field, still with the concern of playing at the college level on her mind.“It was hard because when she got injured it was right when colleges were starting to become interested,” Christine, her mother, said. “Then (when) she came back, it was the heart of recruiting time and she wasn’t 100 percent, so she really struggled and she wanted to go out there and perform and impress but it was hard because she was just coming back from her injury.”Hostage’s father worried about her health from the moment she tumbled to the ground. That was soon “replaced by the stress of watching her play.” Then it became relieving.In her games back, her father, who has recorded his daughter’s games since she was 10, noticed a more aware player. She suffered at least two concussions and wore head gear until she was 15. Aviza said Hostage was “just very tenacious and she’ll run through people.”Hostage said she was concerned she would be timid upon her return from surgery, but she felt comfortable after her first slide tackle. The Boston Breakers, her club team, won the 2015 National Premier Leagues Championship. Hostage committed to play at Syracuse, along with Aviza.Wheddon said he questioned if her offensive game would translate at the collegiate level. He got an answer to his question on Aug. 24. In the 56th minute against Army Taylor Bennett booted a free kick toward the net. An Army defender missed the header and Hostage was there to recover the ball and break the tie. It was the game-winning goal in her first collegiate appearance that she once worried would not come to fruition.She has since played in every match for the Orange.The year away provided Hostage a new appreciation for the game, and a goal in her college debut assured her that she belonged. Comments
For seven innings, the Trojans fought to find any consistent offense against Long Beach State. For seven innings Dirtbags pitcher John Castro had USC’s lineup on its toes, allowing just six hits and zero runs.“I thought Castro pitched phenomenally well for them today,” head coach Dan Stubbs said. “He had three pitches working and he kept us off balance.”But in a wild Tuesday night game that lasted four hours and featured 11 innings, the first seven frames merely served as prelude. The Trojans needed one major play to get back into the game, and junior Lars Nootbaar provided just that. Down 2-0 in the bottom of the eighth with two outs and a man on second, the center fielder blasted a moonshot that sailed over the right field fence. With that two-run homer, a Trojans’ offense that had been largely dormant up until that point came alive.“Honestly it’s one of the greatest feelings,” Nootbaar said. “Just knowing you squared a ball up, it’s almost as if you didn’t even feel it. It’s one of those things where right at contact, you know it’s going out. Just seeing my teammates enjoy it was really the best part.”While Nootbaar’s home run gave the team a chance to win, solid pitching from a very young rotation kept the Trojans afloat up until that point. Junior Mason Perryman performed admirably — if slightly erratically — in only his fourth career start. He gave up just five hits but also hit three batters, at one point nailing two in a row to load the bases. After four innings, he was replaced by sophomore Quinten Longrie, who gave up one hit in nine outs, with five strikeouts.“We’re relying on a lot of young guys,” Stubbs said. “You think about the pitching that was out there today; I think Mason probably has 25 innings of college experience, Longrie might have 2 or 3 innings of college experience and the other guys have zero. We’re going to be a work in progress a little bit.”With the game tied at two at the top of the ninth, Stubbs made the bold decision to send freshman Austin Manning out to the mound. The lefty looked confident at first, striking out LBSU second baseman Jarron Duran. But then he gave up a double followed by a perfectly executed RBI sacrifice fly to center field. Manning managed to get out of the inning giving up only the one run, but the Trojans once again found themselves in a do-or-die situation heading into the bottom of the ninth.This time, however, they didn’t need Nootbaar’s hot bat. With two freshman pinch runners, John Thomas and Christian Moya, at the corners senior Cris Perez came up to bat with two outs. As Thomas attempted to steal from first base, LBSU catcher David Baneulos overthrew the second baseman, allowing Moya to score off of the error. The Trojans left the inning with a 3-3 tie, meaning that fans at Dedeaux Field would be treated to a late night of extra innings.Both teams failed to score in the 10th inning. Manning produced a three up, three down inning on the defensive end and then senior AJ Fritts was unable to bring junior Adalberto Carrillo home from third with one out.After Manning once again prevented the Dirtbags from scoring in the top of the 11th, the Trojans seemed destined to finally finish the game. First Brandon Perez reached first base when LBSU’s center fielder dropped a routine flyball. Then he reached second off of a wild pickoff throw to first base. The Dirtbags’ pitcher Chris Rivera intentionally walked Matthew Acosta and Tyler Urbach leaving the bases loaded with zero outs.Despite the odds stacked in their favor, the Trojans still did not make ending the game a simple task. Cris Perez and David Edson both struck out, leaving junior shortstop Frankie Rios up to bat with two outs and the game on the line. Rios immediately got down 0-2 in the count, and for a minute it looked as though USC had squandered another golden opportunity — except it had not. Rios blasted a walk-off single to center field and was immediately mobbed by an army of exhausted teammates.“I was excited,” Rios said. “I wasn’t doing all too well, and then I got that hit. I saw it off the bat, and I was pumped.”On the game, Nootbaar produced a memorable performance, going 3-4 with a home run and two RBI. On the season, he is batting .688 with two homers.A positive sign for USC going forward was the season debut of senior leader Corey Dempster following a knee injury. The outfielder came into the eighth inning as a pinch hitter and singled on the first pitch he saw.After defeating LBSU, the Trojans travel to North Carolina on Friday for games against Wake Forest and Duke.
Member of Parliament for Princes Town, Barry Padarath, became a crime victim after he and family members were robbed at gunpoint at their home last week Friday.Thankfully, Padarath, and his relatives were not harmed during the incident.According to police reports, they received a report of a robbery at Padarath’s home in Couva at about 11.30 p.m. on Friday.Trade Unionist offers supportMeanwhile, Nirvan Maharaj, President General of the All Trinidad General Workers’ Trade Union and Political Leader of the National Solidarity Assembly (NSA) offered support for Padarath and his family in the aftermath of the robbery.Maharaj expressed concern over the traumatic ordeal Padarath and his family would have endured. He also commented on the Government’s inability to deal with crime.Government spewing rhetoricIn a press release on Tuesday Maharaj stated:“It is indeed an indictment on the Government in power that little is being done to deal with the crime situation. There’s only continuous rhetoric meaning nothing. Worse is the Government’s failure to deal with increasing crime in central Trinidad, where many areas, including Couva, seem to be under siege.“Here is a young man making a contribution to his nation at the highest level and even he is not immune to the savagery of the criminal element. It is unimaginable that an incident such as this could occur, more so while Mr. Padarath was at prayers with his family.“One must ask the question, is nothing sacred anymore in Trinidad and Tobago.“I again call on the Government to ensure that an extraordinary sitting of Parliament is conducted. This is needed for meaningful discussion, and not debate. We need order to generate solutions from our Parliamentarians towards putting a stop to the runaway crime situation facing our nation. Let every Parliamentarian speak live on television and radio, so the country will be aware of the representation given by our Parliamentarians.“On behalf of the All Trinidad General Workers’ Trade Union and the National Solidarity Assembly, I wish Mr. Padarath and his family a speedy recovery from what must have been an emotionally terrifying experience.”
Baker Mayfield is recruiting Gerald McCoy to join him in Cleveland.While speaking Saturday at his youth ProCamp, the Browns quarterback acknowledged he’s been trying to convince the free-agent defensive end to play with him as he deferred questions to the team’s upcoming minicamp. “A lot to think about!!” McCoy wrote, with the time stamp of 7:13 a.m. emblazoned at the top. “This is how I clear my head. Going to work!!”The Buccaneers released McCoy last month after nine seasons and quickly filled the void by signing fellow veteran defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to a one-year deal.McCoy expressed a strong preference for signing with a contender before his free agency tour began last month. He visited the Browns and Ravens in the last week but left both teams without a deal, though Cleveland is reportedly still interested.Despite McCoy reportedly attempting to start a bidding war between the AFC North foes, Browns coach Freddie Kitchens told NFL Media the team is still hoping to sign McCoy, adding that the team is fine with him visiting other organizations because they want him to be “all in” if he comes to Cleveland.It was reported earlier this month that McCoy was “strongly considering” Cleveland and Baltimore in addition to “three or four teams” that he could sign “in a week or two.” He added another team to the mix by visiting the Panthers last Thursday, though he left Carolina without a contract as well. NFL free agency rumors: Gerald McCoy to visit Panthers “I have been, but we’re going to stick to just camp questions,” Mayfield said, via cleveland.com.McCoy, a fellow former Sooner standout, had posted earlier Saturday on his Instagram story that he was up and moving at the gym preparing for minicamp somewhere. Related News NFL free agency rumors: Gerald McCoy’s visit with Ravens ends on second day with no deal NFL Media reported Sunday that McCoy “will use the coming days to make a decision” before making his move.It’s worth noting the Browns hold their three-day minicamp June 4-6, while the Ravens and Panthers have theirs June 11-13.McCoy, 31, initially was drafted out of Oklahoma by Tampa Bay with the third pick in the 2010 draft. He had 54 1/2 sacks and made six Pro Bowls during his time with the Bucs.