Barry: Everton perfect for Barkley

first_img Barkley’s rapid rise has attracted the interest of bigger clubs. However Barry, on loan from Manchester City, has been able to watch the youngster at close quarters and believes a long run in the Toffees first team will be hugely beneficial. “The manager has already shown he is not frightened to throw the younger players in if he thinks there is a role in the team and he thinks they have enough ability,” said Barry. “Ross is reaping the benefits at the moment and the more he plays the more confident he will get and the more he will improve. “There are so many positives I can throw at him, for such a young player he is playing a very mature game. “He is strong, quick, has a change of pace and the performances he has shown in the Premier League prove he can deal with the pressure. “But on the other side the manager has already stated you don’t want to put loads of pressure on his shoulders. “You don’t want to build him up too much. I think Everton is the perfect club to be learning his trade and the more he plays the more he learns and he will keep improving while keeping his feet on the ground, which will be ideal for him.” Midfielder Gareth Barry believes Everton is the perfect club for rising star Ross Barkley to continue his development. Press Association Barkley is set to return from international duty and go straight back into the side for Saturday’s visit of Hull but fellow midfielder Steven Pienaar is unlikely to make that game. The South African has been sidelined with a hamstring injury for the last month and is not quite ready to return. “Probably Saturday is a little bit too early but I don’t think he is going to be away for too long now,” Martinez told City Talk. “All the signs have been positive but we have to be careful we don’t push him too early.” Martinez has been using the relatively quiet period during the international break to assess the squad members who have remained on Merseyside. “We have to focus on the players we have here and it gives you an opportunity to look into the injured players and see where they are,” Martinez added. “Steven Pienaar and Antolin Alcaraz (hernia) have made huge progress and they are developing really well. “We have eight players working every day and making sure they use this period as needed: some players need a bit of work, others need a bit of regeneration time and that has been really pleasing. “On the other side you can look at the games and prepare the next period we have until the next international break but it has been very positive for everyone at the club.” The 19-year-old has been handed a key role by manager Roberto Martinez this season and has responded with a string of impressive performances. That has helped him progress into the England senior set-up, winning his first cap last month and retaining his squad place for the national team’s final World Cup qualifiers. last_img read more

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Women’s lacrosse upsets Florida, on to quarterfinals

first_imgAfter winning back-to-back MPSF championships, the USC women’s lacrosse team looked to carry over its success in conference play to the NCAA Tournament. In pursuit of the first national championship in the program’s five-year history, the Trojans took a step in the right direction over the weekend, returning to the quarterfinals with wins over Jacksonville and No. 3 Florida. With the upset over Florida, USC joins Navy and Boston College as one of three unranked teams in the quarterfinals.The Trojans opened their tournament with a 13-10 win over Jacksonville. Senior attacker and reigning MPSF Player of the Year Michaela Michael led the way with four goals and three assists, while freshman Kaeli Huff and senior attackers Kylie Drexel and Cynthia Del Core added three goals each to sink the Dolphins.After the victory over Jacksonville, the Trojans advanced to a second-round matchup with regional host No. 3 Florida on Sunday. Despite suffering a loss to Florida earlier in the season, USC edged the Gators in a 15-12 upset.In a well-rounded team win, the Trojans won thanks to six different goal scorers and another stalwart performance from Johns. The goalie tallied 14 saves, forced two turnovers and grabbed seven ground balls. Del Core led USC offensively, racking up her 14th career hat trick with four goals on the day. Freshman midfielder Kerrigan Miller scored three times while seniors Michaela Michael, Kylie Drexel, Gabby McMahon and Drew Jackson pitched in two apiece.After conceding the opening goal to junior Allie Pavinelli, USC responded with goals of their own from Del Core, Michael and Miller, taking a 7-6 advantage into halftime, but Florida hit back with a 3-0 run to retake the lead. The Trojans and Gators traded goals in a back-and-forth second half, but USC went on a decisive 5-1 run in the last nine minutes of the game. The pivotal moment came when Jackson scored with six minutes left, evening the score at 12. Jackson struck again two minutes later on a free position shot, and the Trojan’s lead was further solidified with two late goals from McMahon. The 15-12 upset gave USC its 12th win in a row.Next, Boston College (15-6) will host USC (18-3) on Saturday in Newton, Mass. The Eagles boast an impressive home record of 8-1 this season and are led by sophomore attacker Sam Apuzzo, who recorded 7 points in each of the Eagles’ tournament games over the weekend. BC, also unranked going into the tournament, reached the quarterfinals with a pair of convincing wins. The Eagles beat Canisius 21-9 in their first-round game and followed up with a 21-10 win over No. 6 Syracuse — the team that sent the undefeated Trojans home last year.With 2016’s heartbreaking 12-11 quarterfinal loss in the back of their minds, the Trojans will look to do one better this year and advance to the semifinals for the first time in program history. With eight seniors on the roster, USC has talent and plenty of tournament experience, and the Trojans will continue their championship pursuit this weekend, with their match against BC set to begin at 1 p.m. EST on Saturday.last_img read more

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