you can't have one without the other without this one
Back to Group A for the second game of the group stage.
France 4, Canada 0
D'OH! Canada! Needing a win to stay alive, Canada got absolutely pounded by France. I was expecting a close game, not a goal explosion. Props to Christine Sinclair, who had her nose broken against Germany, playing with a mask on.
Germany 1, Nigeria 0
Frankfurt, hometown of Birgit Prinz. The Super Falcons lost to Germany 8-0 in November, and perhaps the Germans were overconfident. I expected Nigeria to be fast and physical, but they were more organized than I've seen in previous Cup games. The combination proved bothersome to the Germans.
3' - Long ball from midfield is headed on by F Birgit Prinz at 30 yds, bounces just inside the box. MF Simone Laudehr is chasing after the ball, running even with a D Osinachi Ohale. Ball bounces again, and G Precious Dede has come out to the edge of the 6 yd box. Communication breakdown? Ohale slows up a bit, expecting Dede to get to the ball, but Dede isn't quite as aggressive as needed - she drops to her knees, waiting for the ball. Laudehr is able to fend off Ohale's attempt to shield, and flicks a foot out, but the ball bounces off Dede. The ball gets cleared to the 18, where another Nigerian goes after it, but loses a challenge to MF Melanie Behringer, who turns and shoots from 20 yds. It's blocked at the 6, though.
13' - LB Babett Peter chests Dede's goal kick down on Ger side of midfield, passes up to Behringer across the center line, makes an overlapping run and gets the ball back. She passes in to Prinz, who centers it to MF Célia Okoyino da Mbabi, just outside the box. Da Mbabi passes back to MF Kim Kulig, who shoots from 29 yds. It's headed for the right post, but Dede dives over and grabs it 3 yds out. Announcer Julie Foudy notices that Kersten Garefrekes was wide open on the right.
14' - Garefrekes sends a pass from center to da Mbabi on the left behind the Nigerian D just inside the 18. Flag is up, offsides. Replay shows it wasn't.
22' - MF Rita Chikwelu steps in front of a German and steals the ball to the right of the circle on Ger side. She dribbles forward 10 yds and passes right to F Sarah Michael, who shoots/crosses? a step after crossing the 18. It's not a very good shot or cross, as no Nigerian is in the center, where G Nadine Angerer falls on it at the 6.
24' - Laudehr chases after a through ball near the right corner. After she kicks it over the end line, she protests to the asst ref, motioning that she was pushed, then holding her arms out "where's the foul call?" Then she turns to the ref with the pushing motion. Replay shows she did get shoved. There will be many instances of Nigerian physical play, not always called a foul, and sometimes a foul called that might have warranted a yellow.
30' - Nigerian free kick from the left, 30 yds from the end line. Ball rolled to D Helen Ukaonu, who takes a shot. It bounces at the six and right to Angerer. No Nigerians made a near post run.
39' - Peter, on the left wing going for a bouncing 50-50 ball, gets a foot on it before the Nigerian and starts to bring it down. Nigerian's raised foot catches her in the knee, and she goes down. No call. This ref needs to see the eye doctor.
40' Garefrekes dribbles the ball past Ukaonu, who steps into her path shoving with an extended arm, and on the followthrough, her hand catches Garefrekes in the face. Foul called, could have been a yellow. Free kick 34 yds out, Kulig shoots, and Dede goes to her knees to save near the right post.
45' - Nigerian free kick from right sideline headed out by Ger. MF Ebere Orji, 24 yds out in the center, sort of settles the ball - it deflects off her foot into her chest, then down - and she has to shoot immediately as a German charges her. Missed wide left.
No score at the half, and there are some jeering whistles as the teams walk off. For the German team, because they're not up several goals already? Analyst Viola Odebrecht, former German player, says coach Silvia Neid was likely screaming at them in the locker room.
US news: MF Lori Lindsey might get the start against Columbia (Sat at noon EDT), replacing Carli Lloyd or Shannon Boxx (I think the latter).
51' - F Alexandra Popp jumps up to chest the ball and gets nailed in the back of the head by the elbow of Ohale, who's late getting there and makes sure there's contact. Finally the yellow card comes out.
52' - Sub a bit surprising as Inka Grings comes in for Birgit Prinz.
54' - Nigerians pay for their physical play as a foul is called to the left of the box. Da Mbabi takes it, kick goes towards the near post, where Dede saves (? - lot of bodies, hard to tell - replay shows a sliding Orji might have got her foot on it). Ball deflects to center where Grings takes a shot from 10 yds. It's blocked, maybe by a German, and deflects back outside the 6 yd box, where Laudehr onetimes it from 7 yds and scores. GOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLL!!!
Other stuff happens. I played soccer tonight, hence the abbreviated recap.
Germany gets the all-important win, but only by a goal. They had 10 shots, 6 on goal. Nigeria 7 shots, with 1 on goal - they lacked a scoring touch. Germany only had 51% of possession. Nigerian speed and physicality had them a bit discombobulated. Kulig also got a yellow for being a little late on a challenge and kicking a Nigerian in the shin, but that was harsh, as no Nigerians were carded for similar kicks. It wasn't like she slid in cleats up.
Here's the shocker: while both France and Germany are through with two wins, France is on top with their goal differential. Germany has to beat them to win the group. Not out of the question, but France did look pretty smooth in their dismantling of Canada and will come in with a lot of confidence.
Come join the Central Ohio University of Michigan Alumni Association Club for a Taste of Ann Arbor on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 from 5:30-8:00 pm at the Loft at Smith Brothers Warehouse in Columbus, Ohio!
There will be complimentary food from Ann Arbor favorites including Cottage Inn Pizza and Stucchi’s Ice Cream, as well as appetizers and other desserts. Additionally, there will be a 50-50 raffle and auction featuring:
- tickets to Michigan Football games (ND, OSU, etc.)
- tickets to various Columbus events
- Michigan memorabilia and books
- MDEN gear
Admission is $20 for AAUM members and $25 for non-members. All proceeds go towards the Central Ohio UM Alumni Club’s Sophomore Scholarship Fund.
Norway 1, Equatorial Guinea 0
Augsburg temp in the mid-80s. EG, ranked 61st, is the lowest ranked team to make the WWC finals. Not quite the same team that qualified, as Ghana questioned whether some players were actually female, so two were dropped from the team, another was dropped for having played for Spain, and a defender was killed in a December car crash. Norway, ranked 9th, has a history of scoring multiple goals against African teams, and perhaps expected a game of padding their goal differential. But the speedy Nzalang Nacional gave the Gresshoppene a scare.
1' - Añonman, EG MF who plays for club in Germany, distinctive in fluorescent green striped dreads, takes a weak shot from 30 yds, easily saved by Ingrid Hjelmseth. Añonman will earn distinction for more than her hair.
2' - EG goal kick is headed back by Norway. The EG R or RCB, coming back right to center towards her goal, instead of heading the ball back to the goalie, heads the ball to their defensive left, but not very strongly. MF Emilie Haavi pounces on the ball in the box and shoots from just to the right of the 6 yd box. The ball hits the far post and bounces back in the direction of the shot. F Isabell Herlovsen lunges for the ball and gets her right foot on it, but her shot from 4 yds is high and wide.
7' - Añonman dribbles from EG side of left midfield, past a couple Nor players, takes a very ambitious shot from 38 yds out, well wide left. But we're beginning to see her talent. Announcer Beth Mulllins says she was the leading scorer on Jena and will be moving up to Turbine Pottsdam next season.
9' - Nor lobs ball up right midfield, Herlovsen, 6 yds outside the penalty area, heads the ball to the center and makes a run to the box. F Madeleine Giske heads it to her in a nice give-and-go, and Herlovsen dribbles towards goal, taking a shot from just outside the corner of the 6 yd box. It goes way over the crossbar.
19' - Añonman dribbling from EG end sends long pass from the edge of the circle. Nor defender attempts to trap it, but it bounces away from her, and F Diala gets to it. She stops the ball, turns back to her left and sends a lovely through ball to LB Dulcia, cutting in from the left. Duclia's first touch is just outside the 18, and she shoots from 12 yds, but it's blocked by a lunging Haavi (hits the underside of her reaching leg), and Hjelmseth dives on it. Cameraman has found an EG fan, who is very emotional, and replays will feature him a lot. After the attempt he raises his arms up, then turns and falls back into his seat, arms draped over the back, despondent.
22' - Añonman at EG side of left midfield sends a 40+ yd pass to the left corner of the box, where MF Dorine catches up to it, getting in front of the Nor defender. She shoots from ~12 yds, and it's probably going wide right, but Hjelmseth falls on it in the center of the 6 yd box.
22' - Replay conceals how the goalie got rid of the ball, but back to live action, EG gets the ball just on their side of center and long pass goes to Dorine, bounces off her chest or stomach (she later goes down) back to Añonman, who gets it at the edge of the circle on Nor side. She takes a few little dribbles to get herself facing goal and shoots from 42 yds. Hjelmseth backpedals and dives to her right to knock the ball out of bounds. EG fan is distraught, raises his hands in a Y, brings them back to his chest, raises them to the heavens again, then drops them on top of his head as he jumps up and down. Was he pleading with the soccer gods to have mercy on him and let EG score a goal? Or perhaps he thought the long shot was ill-taken? Got a corner out of it, though.
33' - F Elise Thorsnes steals the ball on the left, dribbles forward and shoots at the 18. G Miriam dives and prevents the ball from going in the lower left corner.
35' - Herlovsen and Giske work the ball up the center of the field, passing back and forth. Herlovsen gets behind the EG midfielders into some space and shoots from 26 yds, but it's high.
44' - Marita Lund sends the ball up the left side to Thorsnes. EG player slides in an attempt to intercept, but misses. Thorsnes catches up to the ball at the side of the box, fakes end line and cuts it back, turning her defender around. She shoots from just outside the corner of the 6 yd box, but D Carolina throws her body in front to block.
45' - Vania passes to Añonman, just outside the box on the right. She attempts to dribble in, but two Nor defenders make her turn back. She turns back to face goal, steps to her right and shoots. Easy save for Hjelmseth in front of the post. Announcer Beth Mullins said after that Añonman was motioning to her teammates to get moving and make a run.
45' - EG D heads ball down and MF Jumaria heads the ball as it's going up. It bounces on the EG side of center line and over the Nor player who's marking Añonman as she goes to the ball. Añonman cuts upfield and gets to the ball first, shields the Nor player and races upfield. Another Nor player can't get back to cut her off, and Añonman gets deep into the box and shoots from 10 yds. It's a hard shot, but maybe waist hight and right at Hjelmseth who makes the reaction save and then dives on the loose ball. EG fan holds his head and stomps down the row (several empty seats around him). Then he picks up his flag and drapes it around his neck and presumably goes on to celebrate his team's effort.
48' - Three nice one-touch passes in Nor offensive third, and Thorsnes gets the ball at the left side of the box. She strikes it immediately, 12 yds from the end line, trying to curve it inside the far post, but it's wide. Announcer Cat Whitehill says a cross would have been better, as three Nor were running unmarked in the box.
50' - Nor free kick. EG fails with offside trap and three Nor players get behind the D. Herlovsen must have closed her eyes too early, as the ball goes almost straight up, not towards goal. EG players heads it high again, and it comes to earth outside the 6 yd box, where Herlovsen gets to it, turns and shoots, but it's blocked and cleared.
53' - D Bruna gets a back pass at right midfield, lazy on the ball, attempts to pull the ball back behind her, but Thorsnes sticks her foot in to knock the ball away and heads for the box. She centers to Herlovsen, who shoots wide left.
53' - Dorine, 31 yds out in the center of the field, passes 5 yds up to Añonman, making a run. She turns to shield the ball from a Nor defender who was sticking her leg out and falls down from the contact. Añonman continues her clockwise pirouette and charges into the box with two Nor chasing her. She shoots from 11 yds for the far post, but it doesn't bend and goes wide right. EG fan on his knees, anguished expression, alternates between holding his head and slapping the seatbacks in front of him. AAAAHHHH!!! WHY?? WHY, SOCCER GODS, WHY?!?!
58' - Nor corner kick, crazy action. Headed out from a mass of bodies to Thorsnes? just outside the 6 who heads it back toward goal. Miriam dives and saves, but the ball bounces behind her. Dorine and Herlovsen kick at it as it's in the air, and the ball deflects towards the left post where it bounces. Another EG player rushes to block off the goal as Herlovsen also goes for the ball, but she gets bodied/shoved off. The ball comes to rest just in front of the post, and EG clears it out of bounds (it looked like Dorine's sliding foot impacted her teammate's foot, which hit the ball).
63' - Trine Ronning sends a long ball into the box, where Cecilie Pedersen, who just subbed in, gets behind the defense and dives for a head ball just outside the 6. She whiffs - must have closed her eyes. EG fan is standing and shaking a finger. Telling the D to cover better? Off the goal kick Maren Mjelde goes after the bouncing ball and gets her boot up very high and rakes the face of Dorine, who was trying to head the ball. Yellow carded.
68' - After a delay Añonman takes the free kick, shooting from 38 yds out. It goes high.
71' - Adriana sends a ball from the right sideline to the box where Añonman has made a diagonal run from center, getting behind the Nor backline. She catches up to it about 11 yds from the end line and shoots, but Hjelmseth has come way out of her goal to block it immediately. Corner.
72' - Dorine's corner arches over the goalie, who came out near post, and Ana Cristina has a chance, but heads it down, where it bounces wide left.
74' - Vania crosses to Adriana in the box. She chests it down, it bounces high, and she sort of bicycle kicks it over the D, but it bounces in the 6 yd box and goes wide right of goal. No danger, Hjelmseth was there.
75' - EG wins the ball after the goal kick, and Chinasa, near the circle on Nor side, sends a through ball to Añonman, running center to right. She beats the D, catching up to the ball in the right middle of the box and shoots a one-timer from 13 yds, but it goes well left.
78' - After a throw-in from the left, Haavi beats her defender and evades another's attempted slide tackle and heads to the box, where she shoots from the corner. It's just a bit high, landing on top of the net.
81' - Nor throw-in taken quickly from right in EG end, cross from right wing is headed out. Ronning, 33 yds out, heads it back, two EG and a Nor player collide, going down 24 yds out. The ball rolls back a few yds, and Ronning pounces on the loose ball, beating an EG player and sending it up to Pedersen, just outside the box. She turns and shoots to the upper third of the net, where Miriam knocks it over the bar. Cat Whitehill says a more experienced keeper would have caught it.
82' - Corner is cleared. After the ball gets knocked around midfield, Ana Cristina sends a through ball to Añonman, but she's just a bit offsides.
84' - Mjelde sends a ball to the right wing, where an unmarked Nor player cuts to the side of the box and sends a cross. It curls just out of the reach of a diving Miriam. Stensland misses it, but Haavi is at the 6 unmarked and knocks it home. GOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!
EG managed a couple more shots that were easily saved.
Tough loss for EG, who had given Nor more than they expected. They came ready to play, and Nor was probably expecting a cakewalk. EG's speed put Nor on their heels in the first half. Nor was better in the second half, though there were still runs by Añonman. She just lacked a quality finish. This game was looking like a tie, when EG had a late defensive breakdown, and Nor took advantage.
Brazil 1, Australia 0
(Holy crap, where does the time go? I watched this game, but won't have time for much of a recap.)
Brazil's jogo wasn't so bonito in the first half. They had some early chances, but shots sailed over the net. 30' a Brazilian defender didn't trap a back pass just outside the box, and F Lisa de Vanna pounced on it, shooting from 16 yds. But it was not struck well and went wide left. More Brazil misses. At the end of the first half, Aus MF Garriock sends a ball into the box, and F Kyah Simon can't get to it, and it goes wide right. Announcer Bruce Arena says it was more of a shot than a pass; if had been a pass, Simon could have had an opportunity, as she got behind the D.
54' - Brazil cross from right midfield gets headed up into the air by opposing players. Cristiane gets to it 6 yds outside the box, flicks it into the air in a pass to herself. A Matilda cuts her off, but I guess there's spin on the ball, as Cristiane gets to it and pops it into the air again. Then she heads it forward into the box where Rosana flips it with her right foot to her left side, as a Matilda leaps in trying to cut her off, but her momentum carries her away from the ball. With space Rosana strikes a left-footed half-volley into the net. GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!
Brazil didn't play like I expected, but they pulled out their magic on the goal. With the first game out of the way, and three points in the bank, they should improve. The Matildas were much better than in previous Cups, where it was long ball or bust. They actually ended up with a slight edge in possession, 52 to 48%.
Next up: Brazil vs Norway, and Australia vs EG. Someone will have to win the latter game if they want to have a chance to go through.
After hearing Chris Hansen glorified by fellow Spartans for his undercover show noting the perversions of creep-wads (including one notable Buckeye), this is just fun times
Chris Hansen, host of NBC's "To Catch a Predator", got a taste of his own medicine. After making a name for himself by catching would-be pedophiles online looking to hook up with children, Hansen got to experience for himself what it is like to be on the receiving end of an undercover camera. No, Hansen didn't get caught trolling the net for kids. Rather, the married anchor was secretly filmed on a date with a blonde TV reporter who he had reportedly been dating for the past four months.
Hansen, 51, was said to have been having an affair with Kristyn Caddell, 30, a local television news reporter from Florida. Hansen was caught last weekend taking Caddell out for a romantic dinner at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, and then later spending the night at her Palm Beach apartment. The two reportedly met last March at a Palm Beach party.
Full link here.
Newt Loken, the "father of Michigan men's gymnastics," died at age 92 yesterday. Dave Brandon has a blog item about this Michigan legend (Newt Loken is Michigan Men's Gymnastics) that starts out with this:
In Michigan athletic lore, certain names are immediately identifiable with the sport. Red Berenson is hockey, Cazzie Russell is basketball, Matt Mann is swimming, Cliff Keen is wrestling, Carol Hutchins is softball and in football, there are Bo, Fritz, Fielding, etc.
In men's gymnastics, it is Newt Loken. This morning, we learned that Newt passed away in Eugene, Ore., at the age of 92.
And here's the mgoblue.com press release:
Michigan Legend Newt Loken Passes Away
June 29, 2011
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Long-time University of Michigan men's gymnastics coach Newt Loken passed away Tuesday (June 28) of natural causes in Eugene, Ore. Loken was 92 years old at the time of his death.
Loken was the head coach for the Wolverines' gymnastics program for 36 seasons (1948-83). He compiled an impressive 240-71-1 (.771) record during his career, including 12 Big Ten Conference championships. Loken coached 69 individual conference champions during his tenure.
On the national stage, Loken led U-M to the NCAA Championships in 21 of his 36 seasons at the helm. His teams claimed four national championships, winning the team title in 1963 and 1970 and claiming trampoline championships in 1969 and 1970. Loken also tutored 20 individual national champions.
The men's gymnastics training center was named and dedicated in honor of Newt Loken on Jan. 18, 2003.
The family is planning a memorial service for Loken in Ann Arbor later this summer.
Following are comments from Michigan Athletic Officials...
Kurt Golder, Michigan Head Men's Gymnastics Coach
"Newt was a wonderful individual and he lived a long and full life. His impact and influence on everyone he met was truly a gift. I was fortunate enough to not only be mentored by him as a student-athlete but as a coach as well. There are many of his principles I still use today. Newt will be missed by many, but he will always be remembered. He will forever be the father of Michigan men's gymnastics."
Dave Brandon, Michigan Athletic Director
"Newt was an iconic figure in the sport of gymnastics and in our athletic department lore. He will be remembered as an individual with great integrity and always a great attitude. Our University and the sport of gymnastics has lost a great coach and ambassador."
Media Contact: David Ablauf (734) 763-4423