GREG DIXON/Herald photoEVANSTON, Ill.–The season is over for the Wisconsin women’s soccer team. Following a devastating 3-0 loss to Northwestern, Wisconsin has been eliminated from Big Ten tournament consideration.Coming into Friday’s matchup, Wisconsin needed a win to keep its postseason hopes alive. Northwestern, on the other hand, had already secured a tournament berth with a 3-0 victory over Iowa.It was the Wildcats who came out looking like the team that was facing a must-win situation. In contrast, the Badgers played like a team that had run out of gas after beating the Iowa Hawkeyes 2-0 a week ago.“For me, [the loss] is extremely disappointing,” head coach Paula Wilkins said. “I think your entire season is based on what you do in the postseason — not to make the Big Ten tournament is a major wake-up call to myself and to the players.“There are a lot of things that this program needs to do better,” Wilkins added. “We cannot leave it down to one game like this.”Offensively for Northwestern, senior Shannon Schneeman netted her team-leading ninth goal of the season and eventual game-winner in the 31st minute.The Wildcats kept the pressure on the Badgers late in the first half as freshman Sam Greene tallied her first goal of the season in the 41st minute.Northwestern’s other senior offensive leader — Kelsey Hans — would not be outdone by Schneeman.Hans added the Wildcats’ third and final goal in the 52nd minute — her ninth goal of the season — with a spectacular shot off the crossbar.“[Northwestern] had three great finishes. The third goal, that was a great shot,” Wilkins said. “They were dynamic, and they brought a lot of emotion; they looked like one of the best teams I have seen in recent years.”Despite allowing three goals, Wilkins praised senior goalkeeper Lynn Murray for her play Friday night.“[Lynn] played quite well; I think she did everything she could,” Wilkins said. “Even with the three goals, I was impressed. With the shots that they had, I don’t think many people could have gotten to those.”Wisconsin never seemed to get in rhythm offensively as the team once again struggled to create scoring opportunities. Overall, the Badgers were outshot 16-7 by the Wildcats. Further, they only managed to post three shots on goal while the Wildcats tallied eight.“I think we worry too much about playing defense and trying to have people back there so that the other team does not create opportunities,” junior forward Taylor Walsh said. “When we do get chances to go forward there are not enough people going forward to make anything happen.”Senior Shannon Terry also noted that Wisconsin’s inability to create scoring opportunities often stems from its concentration on defensive play.“I think our forwards need to have more confidence in our defense rather than thinking ‘I have to go back and help,’” Terry said. “We should remember that Birdie [Leibham] or [Lauren] Rud[zinski] or whoever, can take care of themselves and they don’t need us to come back and help.”Friday’s loss was an emotional and shocking one for Terry and her fellow seniors as it marked the end of their careers in the cardinal and white.The Badgers graduate six seniors — Madison natives Ann Eshun and Katy Meuer, goalkeeper Lynn Murray, defender Lauren Rudzinski, midfielder Marissa Sarkesian and Terry, a forward.“I am really upset,” an emotional Terry said of the loss. “I am kind of in between crying and shock right now. I am really shocked; I cannot believe it is over — I have to be a real person now.”Walsh, who took a medical redshirt her freshman season, started her career with Eshun, Meuer, Murray and Terry. After the loss, Walsh will no longer share the field with her fellow classmates.“I will cry for like 30 seconds and then it will go away and then I will cry again,” Walsh said. “I don’t know what I am going to do without these girls. I cannot imagine playing without them.”As the Badgers transition into the offseason, the team will continue to focus on details as it has the entire season. Additionally, Wilkins plans to put the team through an extensive conditioning program.“We are going to start back with the basics,” Wilkins said. “We need to pick up the tempo and demand more out of players. I think we need to get better with fitness and with the whole spring ahead of us that is going to be our complete and utter focus.”
Inter Allies progress to the MTN FA Cup semi-final by defeating Hasaacas 1-0 in an exciting encounter at the Tema Stadium on Saturday. The win will serve as a big boost for the Premier League debutants who are struggling to survive relegation.Sherrif Mohammed’s first half header from a corner kick put the Tema-side on course as the Cup competition produced yet another upset.Hasaacas will rue the many missed opportunities as they hit the post twice and also saw a penalty wasted.After many missed chances, Hasaacas were unable to redeem themselves as their only hope of silverware came crushing at the Tema Stadium.
Le Mans, France – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineRichard Mille is delighted to support the return of his friend Martin Brundle to competitive racing on the 16th and 17th June when he will take part in the 80th occasion of the Le Mans 24 Hours. Together with his young son Alex and Spanish driver Lucas Ordonez, Brundle will drive the Nissan powered Greaves Motorsport LMP2, as it defends its 2011 Le Mans Series drivers’ and team titles.Martin Brundle has enjoyed a successful career in motorsport. He has been in Formula 1 for over 10 seasons, staring 158 races. His career highlights include a close second finish behind Ayrton Senna in the 1983 British Formula 3 Championship; the Drivers’ Title of the 1988 World Sportscar Championship and victory in 1990 at Le Mans 24 Hours driving for Jaguar, in an XJR-12. Today Martin Brundle is a highly regarded automotive journalist, being the voice of Formula 1 for British television since 1997. His commentaries are beamed to millions of F1 fans in other English speaking nations.Martin Brundle has a genuine passion for timepieces whose engineering and high technical content have a close affinity to racing cars. When he first saw a Richard Mille watch, it was love at first sight! Richard Mille has always been fascinated by mechanical things. When designing his timepieces he often draws inspiration from motorsport, both for the conceptual aspects as well as for the technical solutions involved. When hearing about Martin Brundle’s return to Le Mans 24 Hours, Richard Mille immediately decided to sponsor the team and to extend his support to Alex Brundle, who will be racing in the Le Mans Series as well as in GP3 this year.Like the other Richard Mille Team partners – Rafael Nadal, Bubba Watson, Pablo Mac Donough, Felipe Massa, Jules Bianchi, Romain Dumas, Charles Leclerc, Adrien Tambay, who wear their Richard Mille watches when competing- Martin and Alex Brundle will wear Richard Mille timepieces whilst racing competitively. This will be the original RM 011 Felipe Massa Flyback Chronograph, a watch which has been specifically designed for motor racing.“Richard’s passion for watches, motor racing and engineering is totally infectious” say Martin Brundle, ‘”I am absolutely delighted that he is part of our Le Mans adventure.”’ His son Alex further comments: “I am honoured to have the support of such an iconic brand for my racing programmes. I will do my very best while representing Richard Mille at GP3 races, the Le Mans 24 hours, and Endurance events this year.”Alex and Martin Brundle will warm up the engine at the 24 Hours Le Mans on the 16th and 17th June, and Richard Mille is thrilled to support such an extraordinary father-and-son undertaking!www.richardmille.com