Freshman forward Carolin Hoffmann excelling on defense

first_img Published on September 26, 2017 at 9:49 pm Contact Billy: [email protected] | @Wheyen3 Facebook Twitter Google+ Whenever Syracuse head coach Ange Bradley is asked about Carolin Hoffmann, Syracuse’s second-leading goal scorer, Bradley’s response usually has little to do with her offensive prowess.“Her ability to defend as a forward is really good,” Bradley said when asked why she recruited Hoffmann. No. 7 Syracuse (8-2, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) has not only benefitted from the freshman’s five goals but her ability to set the line of pressure for a defense which has allowed just five goals in 10 games.Most often against its opposition, SU controls possession and works its way into the attacking third before the other team can retake control. When the Orange’s opponents win the ball back and look to move up the field, they must first bypass the Orange’s forwards, specifically Hoffmann.Her work establishes the tone for the rest of the line. With her stick held in an outstretched right arm, Hoffmann sprints back and forth as the opposition’s backs swing the ball across the field. If there’s a misplaced touch, Hoffmann quickly goes from moving laterally to choppy steps directly on the ball.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“She fits really well into our system,” Bradley said. “The way that we like to run an offense as well as a defense.”Back in Germany, Hoffmann played for HTC Uhlenhorst Mulheim, a highly successful club team. While Hoffmann was with the team, it was promoted to Germany’s top league. Bradley pointed out how impressive it was for a high schooler to be playing with Olympians, but Hoffmann remembered it also meant she didn’t always stand out.“My old coaches always said that my defense is like my biggest weakness,” Hoffmann said.That contrasts why Bradley recruited Hoffmann in the first place. The freshman credited practicing over the summer once she arrived in Syracuse as the reason behind her defensive improvement, also because Bradley emphasizes on-ball pressure when the other team control possession. Hoffmann also said she saw improvement because of the players around her.“It’s not only the forwards, it’s also the midfielders, who structure us and tell us how we have to stand,” Hoffmann said.That communication comes from Syracuse’s defensive third. Goalkeeper Borg van der Velde relays instructions to the the backs who advise the midfielders. As a forward, Hoffmann needs a lot of pieces behind her to click before fully understanding the defensive assignments.And, so far this season, they have. Both of Syracuse’s losses have come in overtime, which forces teams to drop normal lineups of 11 players down to seven each. When playing in regulation, the Orange has succeeded mostly by keeping the ball pinned in the opponent’s end of the field. And the team’s second-leading scorer has keyed up that pressure.Following Syracuse’s 5-0 dismantling of Bucknell on Sept. 2, Hoffmann was asked about what led to the success on that day. She pointed to the defense, even though she scored a goal. And when asked Sept. 20 about her defending, Hoffmann concluded her answer with a favorite line: “Defense wins championships.”“Honestly, I don’t really think about like ‘I have to do this, I have to do this,’” Hoffmann said. “I’m just playing.” Commentslast_img read more

Tote will return to Chester and Bangor-on-Dee

first_img Submit StumbleUpon Related Articles Tote Ten to Follow returns as UK racing resumes June 1, 2020 Share The Tote will make a return to Chester Racecourse in 2020, after the UK Tote Group and Chester Race Company agreed a four-year partnership.The return of the pool betting operator will supplement the existing on-course betting provision from Chester Bet and will see the Tote assume the sponsorship of the Chester Cup as part of an exclusive Boodles May Festival betting partnership.Alex Frost, Chief Executive of UK Tote Group, said: “We are delighted to be working with Chester Race Company to ensure pool betting is once again available to the quarter of a million people who visit Chester and Bangor-on-Dee racecourses every year.“I would like to thank Richard and his team for the forward-thinking and dynamic way that they have approached our new partnership. We look forward to once again seeing the Tote sponsoring the historic Chester Cup and further developing the ways in which the Tote can support and promote racing at Chester and Bangor-on-Dee Racecourses.”The partnership will see the Tote continue to deliver the existing range of Win, Place, Forecast & Tricast bets via Chester Bet, alongside a new range of bets including the Placepot, Quadpot and Scoop 6, facilitated by the Tote.Richard Thomas, Chief Executive of Chester Race Company, added: “We are excited to have agreed this innovative partnership with the UK Tote Group. Our priority is to provide racegoers the very best experience when visiting our racecourses and the return of the Tote on-course ensures our customers will benefit from an efficient and varied betting experience, delivered via a newly enhanced service.”The Tote will return to sponsoring the Chester Cup in 2020, which is the feature race of the final day of the Boodles May Festival and will have a prize fund of £154,000.The Tote will also sponsor further races at the Boodles May Festival, including a race on the opening day; City Day, the feature Ormonde Stakes on Ladies Day and the Chester Plate, alongside the Chester Cup, on the final day of the Festival, Chester Cup Day.In addition, the Tote have committed to supporting supplementary races throughout the season on the following days: Saturday 23rd May – Roman Day; Saturday 25th July – Midsummer Meeting; Saturday 12th September – Autumn Festival and Saturday 26th September – Season Finale.The Tote is also returning to Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse and from February will become the exclusive pool betting solution, replacing Bangor Bet, whilst the Bangor Sport Betting Shop will remain in situ. The Tote will also sponsor races across five days throughout 2020 at Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse, commencing on Friday 7th February at the Heritage Day meeting. Share John Williamson to oversee UK Tote Group’s international growth August 28, 2020 Tote adds Superpools for all Royal Ascot races June 15, 2020last_img read more