Kamal Miller’s versatility fortifies Syracuse men’s soccer heading into postseason

first_imgKamal Miller didn’t prove himself until last year’s postseason push. Even after he started every game of his freshman year, his imposing left foot didn’t fully register with teammates and coaches. Even after he rendered Clemson’s top striker a non-factor in the national semifinal, Miller had yet to fully blossom.But now, a year in which he’s started every game, Miller’s fortified a Syracuse unit primed for a postseason run. After a three-goal freshman season, Miller has netted two scores in SU’s last six games to pace the No. 6 Orange (10-3-3, 3-2-3 Atlantic Coast). His recent scoring jump adds to his hallmarks: safety net, precision passer and fast-break catalyst. Syracuse head coach Ian McIntyre has penciled his sophomore defender in the starting lineup in each of Syracuse’s 41 games dating to last August.“Last year, teams would try to pick on our left side and come at me a bit more,” Miller said. “Now, teams don’t have an area to exploit on our back line. They just have to come clean.”The 6-foot, 185-pound Miller, filled the shoes of former Syracuse backs Skylar Thomas and Jordan Murrell — two current professionals. Miller switched from left back to center back three years ago as a senior in high school. The transition took time. But his accurate passing, foresight to start breaks and strength to rack up tackles made him a dangerous threat in his freshman season at SU.“Kamal stepped right in and has many of the same skills Jordan has,” senior midfielder Oyvind Alseth said. “And I think he’s even taken it a step further with his physical attributes as well as his passing.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMiller threaded the needle with two passes in Syracuse’s overtime win against St. John’s in September. Though he normally plays on the side, Miller compressed inside against Hartford. McIntyre went with a 4-5-1, not the team’s 3-5-2, because he knew Miller could handle the new formation.Miller has been asked to join the Canadian National Team during the season, but declined so he could stay with SU.Entering the season, McIntyre said the strength of the team would be its defense. And Syracuse’s identity still rests with that defense, especially considering the offense’s inconsistency.Miller’s limited opponent penetration, especially in recent weeks. Over the summer, he played with Sergio Camargo and Mo Adams. After practices, Miller and Adams went at each other in one-on-ones. He hardly falls to the ground, rarely gets beat and almost always keeps his head up.At Albany, Miller scored SU’s only goal in a 2-1 loss. Last Friday against No. 2 Wake Forest, Miller scored SU’s only goal, allowing the Orange to hang on to a 1-1 draw despite Miles Robinson’s red card in the sixth minute. Miller’s performance in that game — racking up tackles, shutting down the second-ranked Demon Deacons and finding the back of the net — speaks to his versatility.“Having that kind of stability that you know you can just trust is very nice for us playing further up the field,” Alseth said.Miller generates crosses in the box, has won corners and plays wherever needed. Against WFU, he sunk deep into SU territory. At Hartford, he anchored left back. Other times, he’s played central back. Still, McIntyre says there’s more people haven’t seen from Miller — that he’s just scratching the surface in a budding career at SU. Comments Published on October 31, 2016 at 10:38 pm Contact Matthew: [email protected] | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

See all the goals Ghana’s highest-ever goalscorer in Premier League, Jordan Ayew has scored this season [VIDEO]

first_imgBefore the season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, Ghana’s Jordan Ayew was proving himself to be a certified matchwinner for his club Crystal Palace.Ayew had scored the match-winning goal for the Eagles five times this season. He also chipped in with equalisers in the two draws against Arsenal.He also scored Palace’s opener at Old Trafford against Manchester United.Below are all the goals Jordan Ayew scored before the break: In October, Jordan scored the last winner for Palace against West Ham – a 2-1 win.Take a look at the goal below, as well as the wait for VAR to clear it. 🎥 Access All Over: West Ham (A)Full video 👉 https://t.co/MbRc9Y0f1o#CPFC pic.twitter.com/SeubVahjy5— Crystal Palace F.C. (H) (@CPFC) October 9, 2019He scored another magnificent 90th-winner against the Hammers in December. The goal was nominated for the Premier League’s Goal of the Month and Goal of the Year at the London Football Awards.See the spectacular goal below:*Pretends to be shocked*Jordan Ayew’s winner vs. West Ham has been nominated for the @PremierLeague Goal of the Month!Vote now 👉 https://t.co/y3ufffuIby #CPFC pic.twitter.com/Fn9IGR7qAt— Crystal Palace F.C. (H) (@CPFC) January 3, 2020Jordan then scored the only goal in the 1-0 win at Brighton, a crucial goal in the battle against relegation.Watch Jordan’s goal at Brighton below:🤩 How many times have you watched this?#CPFC pic.twitter.com/jlAtFdVl98— Crystal Palace F.C. (H) (@CPFC) March 1, 2020The Black Stars forward found the net with a brilliant finish against Watford in the first half, a goal that turned out to be the only one of the game, giving Palace their second win in as many games.Here’s the goal against Watford:Strike.#CPFC pic.twitter.com/Js45C1pBOW— Crystal Palace F.C. (H) (@CPFC) March 7, 2020Ayew has scored nine goals this season and 25 goals overall in the Premier League. With Premier League football returning, Jordan Ayew showed he had not lost his stride, finding the net for Palace against Bournemouth on Saturday.Take a look at the goal below:Jordan Ayew goal against Bournemouth pic.twitter.com/XBm0kAhVYU— LFC ❤️ (@thelfcarticle) June 20, 2020Aside from it being his ninth goal of the league season, it also takes him past Tony Yeboah to become Ghana’s highest ever goalscorer in Premier League history.Jordan’s impressive season A week after scoring in the win over Manchester United at Old Trafford, the Ghanaian was on the scoresheet again, scoring the only goal in Crystal Palace’s 1-0 win over Aston Villa in August 2019.Take a look at the goal against Villa below:🙌 The moment we made the breakthrough…Access All Over: Aston Villa (H) ➡️ https://t.co/YEUghm8DzN#CPFC pic.twitter.com/0Ijcos0iGr— Crystal Palace F.C. (H) (@CPFC) September 3, 2019last_img read more