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Even with torn cleat, hours of practice lead Brode to perfect winning kick

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first_img Published on October 6, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: mjcohe02@syr.edu | @Michael_Cohen13 Mark Brode hates his cleats. After just 10 games, he is already on his second pair. The first set ripped, and the current pair is on its way. Brode’s right cleat has a tear that requires taping before every game. ‘These cleats are terrible, man,’ he said. ‘They’re falling apart big time. Now I have to play with a taped shoe.’ But that taped shoe — as worn and tattered as it may be — had one piece of magic left within its seams. One perfect strike that gave the Syracuse men’s soccer team just its second win of the season. With just over 30 seconds remaining in overtime against No. 24 Colgate Wednesday, Brode stepped up to take a free kick from just outside the 18-yard box. After a fake by junior Nick Roydhouse, Brode drilled the ball into the upper corner for the 3-2 win over the Raiders. It was Brode’s second goal of the game. And it was SU’s third goal on a free kick this season, all of which have come from Brode and Roydhouse.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Their efforts are the culmination of hours spent perfecting the art of the free kick. It’s proved to be one of the Orange’s most potent weapons this season, accounting for 37.5 percent of the team’s goals. Though Brode’s goal came in the 100th minute of play, it was set up more than an hour earlier in the first half. In the 22nd minute, Roydhouse was taken down just outside the penalty box. Just like the seconds prior to the game-winning goal, Brode and Roydhouse stood over the ball in the first half. Brode faked, and Roydhouse took a left-footed strike toward goal. Although it missed, it gave the Raiders something to think about when they faced that very same scenario in overtime. ‘I think Colgate was fully expecting me to take the shot,’ Roydhouse said. And that was his plan all along. As he and Brode hovered over the ball in overtime, it was Roydhouse who spoke up first, saying he wanted to be the one to strike the ball. But Brode had other ideas. ‘He really wanted that one, too, but I told him I was going to take it,’ Brode said. ‘I practice a lot bending (the ball to the) back post. I just went to hit it and curve it as fast as I possibly could.’ So this time it was Roydhouse who provided the fake and Brode who would take the strike on goal. Roydhouse faked, and Brode struck the outside of the ball with his taped-up right foot. As the ball bent toward the back post, Roydhouse began to jump up and down. He’d seen his free kick against Northeastern give the Orange its first win of the season, and with Brode’s shot in mid-flight he knew the team had its second. ‘I’d like to see my reaction on tape, because I think I started jumping as soon as he hit it,’ Roydhouse said. ‘Perfection. He couldn’t have hit it any better.’ That perfection, that inability to hit the ball any better, came from striking hundreds of free kicks identical to this one with Roydhouse after training sessions. The pair will often stay late, past the time when practice has concluded and the others have left, just to work on their set pieces. With a bag of soccer balls and plastic defenders, they perfect their craft. All in hopes of having one chance to do something special during the games. ‘That’s always how you become confident on anything is practice,’ SU head coach Ian McIntyre said. ‘They’re two good soccer junkies. … It wasn’t just about completing that (play). It was about the composure that Brode had with 40-odd seconds to go to take that one. I think that’s just reward for a lot of hard work for him and for the team.’ And as he stood over the ball to take that shot, he was definitely composed. He told Roydhouse he wanted the chance to hit the shot, and he never wavered. Roydhouse, the team’s leader in goals and specialist on set pieces, couldn’t stop him. He knew it was Brode’s free kick to strike. ‘I couldn’t say no to him,’ Roydhouse said. ‘He must have had a feeling or something.’ Maybe he’ll have to keep those worn-out cleats after all. ‘We should probably see if we can get the guy a new pair of boots,’ McIntyre said. ‘But if he’s scoring with them, and if it works, sometimes you don’t mess with it.’ mjcohe02@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

At Rochester, Jamie Boeheim feels immune to the pressure her last name carries

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first_img Published on March 3, 2019 at 11:12 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 ROCHESTER — Jamie Boeheim found comfort standing in the gym where her father’s coaching career almost began. Back in 1976, he walked into the Louis Alexander Palestra and almost became the head men’s basketball coach at the University of Rochester. Instead, Boeheim signed a contract with his alma mater, where he’s been for four decades, winning a national title and leading the Orange to five Final Fours. But in the Palestra this year, Jamie was sitting in the stands, considering how different her father’s life could have been had he signed with Rochester.Her family said Jamie’s probably more naturally gifted than her brothers, Buddy and Jimmy. Yet she said she’s never felt pressure related to her last name, never caught up in the idea of what she’s supposed to do with her life — or how a person raised by a man with mythic success is supposed to act.Last fall, she joined the Rochester women’s basketball team, and completed her first season last weekend, averaging 4.7 points per game in 21 games with no starts.Todd Michalek | Staff PhotographerAdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhile Buddy plays for his dad and Jimmy plays down Interstate 81 at Cornell, Jamie quietly committed to Rochester, a Division III program about 90 minutes west of SU. Her coach, UR head coach Jim Scheible, said she projects as a future starter in the backcourt. “We feel like we’re developing someone who can really be a cornerstone player for us,” he said. At 6-foot-1, she’s learning to block shots, develop post moves and shoot from beyond 10-to-15 feet. Her brother, Buddy, said she’s improved most in her finishing around the rim.Jamie didn’t want to attend Syracuse because “too much of my family is there,” she said. She hasn’t always been the star on her teams and doesn’t feel as if she’s living in her father’s shadow. She wants to set on her own path.“She’s really happy here,” her mother, Juli Boeheim, said. “She’ll work out this summer and figure out, ‘Are you happy being just OK? Or do you want to be really good?’ If you want to be really good, you have to work. She’s had great success without much work. She’ll have time to make that decision.”Susie Teuscher | Digital Design EditorWhen she arrived at Rochester, Jamie was worried about what people would think of her, and what preconceived notions they’d have. When her father comes to see her play, heads turn and people stare. “Would people talk to me just because I was Jim Boeheim’s daughter?” Jamie said. “They do say stuff, they make jokes, I play along with them. But I say listen, I’m normal, we’re normal. He’s not some huge idol. He’s chill. He’s a normal guy.”Her parents provide encouragement without being overbearing, she said. Her father doesn’t tell her what she should or shouldn’t do on the court. After games, he just asks how she felt she played. He keeps his post-game feedback to a minimum, offering a few pointers.Jamie began playing basketball in second grade, later than both of her brothers. “She’s a really good player,” Boeheim said. “She’s close to being a Division I player. Rochester plays at a high level. They have a very good coach. She’ll like it there and be a good player there. She always knew how to play. She didn’t do a lot of extra work because she’s very social. But she has just kept getting better.”Jamie said she never asked her father to put in a good word at Division I programs. She talks about the influence of her father, but she doesn’t mention that her father is a Hall of Fame coach. While she’s closest to her mother, Jamie said her father encourages her to remain focused on her academic and athletic path. They text often. He tells her to “chase her heart” and not to worry about outside noise. “A lot of people hate me,” Boeheim’s told her. “People who live here hate me. It happens. Not everyone will like me, it’s just how it is.”Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerIn June 2017, Schieble spotted Jamie at an AAU game in Albany. He said she could play Division II or I, but she’d fit well for UR. He wrote her a letter in the mail, they set up a campus visit and soon Jamie thought about extending her basketball career past Jamesville-DeWitt High School. When Scheible asked Jim what he thought on their family campus tour, he said: “I’m sold.”Jamie sat on her college decision. She considered Penn State and Villanova as a non-athlete. But after a high school game sometime around Christmas 2017, Jamie said she came to a realization: She loved basketball and couldn’t give it up.“Before coach reached out to me, I had no idea what I wanted to do,” Jamie said. “I didn’t even know if I had a set school or even play basketball. I didn’t have that many looks.”A year and a half ago, Jamie called Scheible: “I don’t know why it’s taking me so long, but Rochester is where I want to be.”Jamie remembers Sunday family game nights at home, playing Life, Clue or Candy Land. Her family calls her “Sissy.” She said she takes after her mother’s enthusiasm, affection and “super outgoing” nature. Her competitiveness and drive comes from her dad, because she knows “he’s always been that way. We have that fire in us,” she said. Still, she hasn’t given much thought to her last name, legacy, or how she compares to her brothers and father. “Maybe by the time I’m a senior, if I’ve done anything memorable, I’ll think about that,” Jamie said. 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Floating Cinema featuring social distancing boats coming to Miami

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first_imgWe are living in times where social distancing is crucial.Now, a floating cinema is coming to South Florida.Beyond Cinema, an Australian entertainment and event company announced that their Floating Cinema will be coming to Miami this fall.According to the event page, screenings will happen from Sept. 9 to Sept. 13. “Tickets will require you to purchase the whole boat to ensure that groups will be seated with friends and family only, and to allow for social distancing on and between boats,” the event page reads.The movies to be aired will be a mix of “golden oldies” and new releases and will be announced when tickets go on sale.Free popcorn will be provided for all attendees, and other snacks will be available for purchase.For more information, click here. Organizers said the cinema will be made up of 12 to 24 mini boats, holding up to eight people per boat.last_img read more

It’s Primary Election Day; Two Red Bank Polling Places Changed

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first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK — Borough residents who live in the Districts 3 and 7 wishing to vote in today’s primary election should be aware that their polling places have been changed.For those voters in District 3, the new polling location is at the United Methodist Church of Red Bank, 247 Broad St.In District 7, the polling site will be Volunteer Fire Independent Engine Company, 32 Mechanic St. according to information provided by the borough.Polling sites will remain open until 8 p.m.Andrea Brock of Fair Haven gets signed in by election official Michael Galano before casting her primary election vote on Tuesday, June 4, at the Fair Haven Community Center. According to officials, as of 10 a.m.  only 11 voters had turned out to vote at this poll. Polls will stay open until 8 p.m.. Scott Longfieldlast_img read more