Syracuse men’s soccer opponent preview: What to know about No. 8 Louisville

first_imgFor the first time since 2013, Syracuse is amid a three-game winless streak. On Friday night, the No. 3 Orange (8-2-1, 2-1-1 Atlantic Coast) looks to get back in the win column and return to the early-season form that propelled it to the best start in school history. Syracuse travels to No. 8 Louisville (8-1-2, 3-0-1) for its third game against a Top-10 team in two weeks.The Cardinals beat Belmont, 6-0, on Tuesday and rank first in the ACC Atlantic Division. Syracuse comes off a 2-1 upset defeat at unranked Albany. If Syracuse ties or loses on Friday, it will mark the first time since October 2011 that the Orange has gone four games without a victory.Here’s what you need know ahead of Friday’s matchup.All-time series: Louisville leads, 7-2-2Last time they played: On Sept. 11, 2015, senior midfielder Oyvind Alseth scored less than nine minutes in, but a Louisville score just before the break knotted the game at 1. Neither team scored in the second half and two overtimes. The Orange totaled four shots on goal compared to Louisville’s one in the tie.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Louisville report: Louisville enters Friday’s match on a tear. The Cardinals have scored six goals in two of their last three matches. Two weeks ago, they pounded then-No. 16 Virginia, 6-1. They also downed No. 1 Notre Dame, which handed Syracuse its first loss of the year. Last Friday, Louisville tied unranked Boston College, a previous Top-25 team. The Orange handled then No. 15-BC a 2-0 loss on Sept. 16.Louisville midfielder Tim Kubel leads the ACC with seven assists. The junior was awarded first-team All-ACC honors each of his first two seasons. In goal, the Cardinals are backed by Stefan Cleveland, who has played every minute and has a low 0.35 goals-against average.Louisville, which is 3-1 against ranked opponents, averages over two goals per contest and has not yet lost at home. Nine players have scored for the UofL attack.How Syracuse beats Louisville: For its second straight game, the Orange will be without defender Miles Robinson. The sophomore is playing for the Under-20 United States National Team and is expected to run for Syracuse’s game vs. Virginia Tech next week. His absence was felt Tuesday night at Albany, as Syracuse was sloppy on both sides of the ball.To beat UofL, Syracuse needs to score. Chris Nanco and Sergio Camargo have to begin creating for the SU offense, which has stalled since the Cornell game two and a half weeks ago. Camargo has yet to score all year and Nanco has not scored since Sept. 9, a six-game span.Stat to know: 17 — Louisville has outscored its opponents 17-2 at home Player to watch: Mohamed Thiaw, forward, No. 10The 6-foot-2, 170-pound junior is second in the ACC in points (17) and tied for second in goals (eight), double SU’s co-leaders Nanco and Robinson. Before Louisville, Thiaw starred for Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, twice earning All-American honors. He finished last year sixth nationally among junior college players with 25 goals and 61 points. Comments Published on October 7, 2016 at 2:38 pm Contact Matthew: [email protected] | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Valis Named SHSU Softball Head Coach

first_imgHUNTSVILLE – Director of Athletics Bobby Williams announced on Friday that Garrett Valis has been promoted to head coach of the Sam Houston State softball program, replacing Bob Brock who retired at the conclusion of the 2018 season.Valis becomes the ninth head coach in program history and the first since Brock took over prior to the 2002 season. He has spent the last four years as the Bearkats’ top assistant and has helped guide Sam Houston to the Southland Conference Tournament each of the past three seasons.“I have had the opportunity to watch and get to know Coach Valis over the past four years, and he epitomizes everything I was looking for in the next head coach of our softball program,” Williams said. “I am confident that he will do a great job at building upon what Coach Brock has built over the past two decades and be able to lead our program in a positive direction.”While with Sam Houston he has handled duties as recruiting coordinator and worked directly with the Bearkat hitters. This season he helped four Bearkat hitters earn postseason honors and in four years has seen 11 hitters be named all-conference.“I feel extremely blessed for this opportunity and thankful for all the people who have allowed me to be here, Coach Brock, Mr. Williams, Mrs. (Chris) Thompson, Mr. (Greg) Hinze and Dr. (Dana) Hoyt,” Valis said. “I’m also very thankful for the support my wife Angela, and our daughter Harper has given me. “I look forward to the future with the program. There is lots of experience coming back. We have been playing a lot of young kids these past few years who have been gaining valuable experience and Coach Brock has built a very good foundation for a winning program. I can’t wait to get started,” he said. Before joining Brock’s staff at Sam Houston, Valis served as the head coach for the Austin Storm Under-18 team in Austin. He also coached outfielders and assisted with hitters at Texas State in 2009 while working to complete his postgraduate degree.He played third base and outfield at Ranger College from 2002 to 2004 before transferring to the University of Texas where he completed his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology in 2007. While at Texas he assisted with the softball team at Concordia University where he was in charge of hitting and outfielders.He was also an assistant coach for the Houston Power Under-18 Select team in 2003 and 2004.A native of Shiner, Texas, Valis comes from a family with strong softball ties. His twin sisters, Haley and Jessica, each played softball at the University of Houston. While there, Jessica earned all-America honors and multiple other postseason awards before eventually being selected to play professionally in the NPF for the Akron Racers.Valis is married to Angela Shimek Valis, also from Shiner and they have a daughter, Harper Faye, who is 10 months old.last_img read more

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Vancouver lab offers at-home HIV testing kits for $25

first_imgMolecular Testing Labs in Vancouver and Kathy Ireland Worldwide have collaborated to offer affordable at-home HIV testing kits this week.The kits will be sold for $25 through Friday in support of World AIDS Day 2018, which was Saturday. More than 1.1 million people in the U.S. have HIV, and one out of seven people don’t know they have it. HIV attacks cells in the body’s immune system, the natural defense against illness. AIDS is a set of symptoms caused by advanced HIV infection.The kits can be delivered directly to your home in a discreet package. According to Molecular Lab’s website, the test is a “self-administered dry blood spot card with simple-to-follow instructions.” Dr. Charles Sailey, the medical director for the laboratory at Molecular, said these are the best at-home tests on the market, and can detect infection within five to seven days of exposure. Sailey added they’re close to 100 percent accurate.“We are able to do testing that is as accurate as testing they would get at a hospital or clinic,” Sailey said.There are instructions included with the test, and a provided envelope that can be used to mail the specimen back to the lab. The results can be viewed through a secure, HIPAA-compliant portal. Molecular can also help people find the proper physician if they have questions about their results.Sailey said he couldn’t know what the kit would cost after Friday, since Molecular generally offers HIV testing as part of larger panel testing, but he did say that they were under the cost to the laboratory.Sailey explained that at-home testing for sexually transmitted diseases and infections is “starting to take off,” but not to the level that genetic testing is. Sailey said that STD and STI testing has more scrutiny involved — for example, Molecular has two layers of accreditation.last_img read more