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Monday, June 29, 2015

Cornell Big Red Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


June 25, 2015 - summer specialists
"The 2013 Rookie of the Year, punter Chris Fraser, has now been first-team All-Ivy in each of his first two seasons. He finished 19th nationally and first in the Ivy League in punting average (41.7) by nearly three full yards per kick (2.8) last season. Fraser had Ivy league's longest punt (72 yards) among his 10 kicks of 50+ yards and led the Ancient Eight with 21 kicks placed inside the 20, two more than any other punter in the league.... the team will be looking to replace three-year long snapper Dylan Chayes. Among the candidates will be senior Matt Testani and sophomore Mac Pope.... Freshman Zach Mays will have a chance to compete for the starting kicking job and will battle juniors Joe Pierik and Michael Hobson in camp. Pierik is the only one of the three to see varsity action and has hit 3-of-5 field goals and connected on 15-of-16 extra-point kicks." - Big Red

November 13, 2014 - punter Chris Fraser
"Last season, Fraser averaged 42.9 yards per punt to lead the Ancient Eight and set a school record. He earned Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors, and posted the FCS’s 20th-best punting average. Through eight games this fall, he has averaged an Ivy-best 41.8 yards per punt. But Fraser prefers not to talk about his own statistics. 'In the end the stats really don’t mean that much,' Fraser said. 'I just want us to win an Ivy League Championship. Whatever I can do to do that, I’m going to do'." -  Columbia Spectator 

September 17, 2014 - punter Chris Fraser
Now, a sophomore, Fraser and Cornell (3-7 record in 2013) are set to begin a new season Saturday with increased expectations at Colgate. 'We obviously want to win a championship,' Fraser said 'Personally, I want to be able to punt as well as I can. I always set goals that are unrealistic — I write up different averages I want to achieve — but that helps me obtain my goals. I like believing that anything is possible and that helps my confidence'.... Fraser is clearly focused on punting in the National Football League, but he takes a measured approach. And to help him, he’s been working during the offseason for several years with private coaches, including former NFL punter Evan Arapostathis who is based in San Diego and has coached several professional and college kickers and punters. 'He’s well ahead of the pack,' said Arapostathis, who added he primarily works with NFL players and trains just three college kids a year. 'I usually don’t get kids until they are junior or senior in high school. ... Chris is a kid that has progressed quickly and started [focusing on punting] early. He’s got a long way to go before he can step foot on the field on Sundays, but he’s doing all the right things'.” - The Gazette

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Paraguay Men's National Soccer Team News


June 27, 2015 - Paraguay advances on penalty kicks over Brazil
"Derlis González fired Paraguay into a Copa América semi-final showdown against Argentina, converting the crucial spot-kick to defeat Brazil 4-3 on penalties following a 1-1 draw in Concepción. Dunga’s men suffered a repeat of their 2011 Copa nightmare, when they crashed out to the same opponents in the last eight of the competition, with Everton Ribeiro and Douglas Costa both missing from 12 yards on this occasion. Roque Santa Cruz had the chance to send his side through to Tuesday’s last-four encounter on the same ground, but could only blaze his effort wildly over the bar, leaving González, who had also scored from the spot in normal time, to assume the mantle of his nation’s hero. The Seleção had forged ahead in the 15th minute when Robinho swept home from close range after new Liverpool signing Roberto Firmino allowed Dani Alves’ low cross from the right to run past him at the near post." - Copa America

June 16, 2015 - Édgar Benítez scores in win over Jamaica
"A fluke goal from Édgar Benítez proved enough for Paraguay to edge out Group B rivals Jamaica by a 1-0 scoreline in Antofagasta. The forward was in the right place to profit from an error by Jamaica goalkeeper Duwayne Kerr, who headed an attempted clearance directly against the onrushing player. Stranded outside of his area, Kerr could only watch on as the ball trickled into the back of his unguarded net, giving Paraguay a deserved half-time lead." - Copa America

June 13, 2015 - Lucas Barrios scores equalizer in draw with Argentina
"Paraguay produced an outstanding second-half fightback to earn an unlikely 2-2 draw against Argentina on Saturday night. Two goals in the space of eight first-half minutes from Sergio Agüero and Lionel Messi (penalty) looked to have put Gerardo Martino’s men in complete control at Estadio La Portada in La Serena as they totally dominated proceedings. But Paraguay proved a rejuvenated outfit after the interval and forced their way back into the contest when Nelson Valdez crashed home a spectacular long-range effort just before the hour.... It looked like Argentina had done enough to escape with the points, but in the final minute of regulation time substitute Lucas Barrios slammed home a low left-footed shot following a free-kick to earn Ramón Díaz's side a share of the spoils." - Copa America

May 28, 2015 - Copa America roster named
  • Goalkeepers: Justo Villar (Colo Colo), Antony Silva (Independiente Medellin), Alfredo Aguilar (Guarani) 
  • Defenders: Paulo Da Silva (Toluca), Pablo Aguilar (America), Fabian Balbuena (Libertad), Marcos Caceres (Newell's Old Boys), Bruno Valdez (Cerro Porteno), Ivan Piris (Udinese), Miguel Samudio (America) 
  • Midfielders: Victor Caceres (Flamengo), Nestor Ortigoza (San Lorenzo), Osvaldo Martinez (America), Richard Ortiz (Toluca), Osmar Molinas (Libertad), Eduardo Aranda (Olimpia), Oscar Romero (Racing Club) 
  • Forwards: Roque Santa Cruz (Cruz Azul), Nelson Haedo Valdez (Eintracht Frankfurt), Raul Bobadilla (Augsburg), Lucas Barrios (Montpellier), Edgar Benitez (Toluca), Derlis Gonzalez (Basel)
March 12, 2015 - roster updates
"Coach Ramón Díaz has named his first Paraguay squad for the forthcoming friendlies at the end of this month. However, at this point, the Albirroja supremo has only announced the foreign-based players in his party. Amongst the stand-out names in the initial group are forwards Lucas Barrios and Raúl Bobadilla. Barrios – who now plays his football in France for Montpellier – won the last of his 23 caps in November 2011, playing in a 2-0 World Cup qualifying defeat against Chile.... Argentina-born Bobadilla is called up for the first time, having only recently taken up Paraguayan nationality through his parents, who were born in the country. Bobadilla is on the books of Bundesliga outfit Augsburg and has seven goals to his credit this season. Other notable inclusions are veteran duo Roque Santa Cruz – who recently moved to Mexico’s Cruz Azul – and Colo Colo goalkeeper Justo Villar." - Copa America

November 14, 2014 - Angel Romero & Derlis Gonzalez score in win over Peru
"A late Derlis Gonzalez penalty helped Paraguay to a 2-1 win over Peru in their friendly in Luque on Friday. The two nations are on a journey towards the Copa America in Chile starting in June, and Paraguay took the most out of the contest - after Angel Romero's deflected goal was cancelled out by a Paolo Guerrero header in the second half, before Gonzalez stepped up to convert late on. Victor Yotun threw his arm at Oscar Ruiz's goal-bound header in second-half injury time, and referee Ricardo Marques Ribeiro rightly showed the defender a red card - and pointed to the spot. Basel man Gonzalez - a late substitute - finished clinically into the bottom left corner past Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese in the 92nd minute. Earlier, Paraguay took the lead when one of Victor Genes' half-time substitutes, Celso Ortiz, broke free on the left flank - and after his initial cross was blocked, he squared a pass for Romero. Ortiz's fellow substitute did the rest, firing a powerful shot on the target - which deflected off a Peru defender and past stranded Gallese in the 70th minute for the 22-year-old's first international goal. Peru's response was emphatic, Guerrero picked out by Andre Carrillo with a pin-point cross - and the skipper duly nodded home his 21st international goal with consummate ease." - FourFourTwo

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Athlon Sports 2015 Preseason All-American Kickers & Punters

Athlon Sports announced their 2015 Preseason All-American teams. Following are the highlights (i.e. the kickers and the punters). 

First team
  • Kicker: Roberto Aguayo, FSU
  • Punter: Tom Hackett, Utah
Second team
  • Kicker: Brad Craddock, Maryland
  • Punter: JK Scott, Alabama
Third team
  • Kicker: Andy Phillips, Utah
  • Punter: Austin Rehkow, Idaho
Fourth team
  • Kicker: Josh Lambert, West Virginia
  • Punter:Peter Mortell, Minnesota

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

UCLA Bruins Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


June 24, 2015 - St. Thomas More kicker Bailey Raborn commits
"Bailey Raborn, who made an unofficial visit and camped at the Los Angeles campus over the weekend, received a scholarship offer Tuesday and committed to the Bruins.... Raborn earned the distinction by catching the attention of UCLA’s coaching staff in Saturday’s kicking camp where the 6-foot, 195-pounder punted in front of coach Jim Mora Jr. and special teams coach Scott White and several other assistants.... Bailey Raborn converted 36 of 39 extra points a year ago, and 62 percent of his kickoffs (49 of 78) were touchbacks. He said he carried a 44-yard punting average with three efforts traveling over 50 yards, including a long of 63 in STM’s Division I state playoff loss to Jesuit. Raborn is regarded as a five-star prospect and the nation’s No. 2 punter by kicking guru Chris Sailer. Raborn also had an offer from Northwestern State with Georgia, Ole Miss and Southern Miss all extending preferred walk-on invitations and LSU expressing interest." - The Advocate

June 11, 2015 - kicker JJ Molson commits
"Maybe the top placekicker in the 2016 recruiting class committed to UCLA on Thursday morning. JJ Molson, a prospect from John Abbott College in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, Canada, announced his commitment on Twitter. Chris Sailer Kicking grades Molson as the No. 2 kicker in the 2016 class." - Orange County Register

April 25, 2015 - spring game
"Kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn missed his first field goal, but made two impressive scores of approximately 48 and 52 yards." - Go Joe Bruin

November 9, 2014 - teammates want Ka’imi Fairbairn to kick
"UCLA was faced with a fourth-and-21 situation from the 28-yard line with eight minutes left. A field goal would pad to the Bruins' lead. Only, kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn has struggled from long range in his college career. When UCLA Coach Jim Mora called timeout, he felt some pressure from players. 'What was neat was I was kind of contemplating what to do there,' Mora said. 'His teammates didn’t talk me into, but they said he will make it. 'Send him out there and let him kick it. He will make it.' It was resounding.' Mora ran the field goal unit onto the field. Fairbairn was perfect on his 46-yard try in the Bruins' 44-30 victory. It made him nine of 20 in his career from 40-or-more-yards." - LA Times

November 4, 2014 - punter Matt Mengel
"There were several components that were important to UCLA's 17-7 victory, and punter Matt Mengel was among them. Mengel averaged 40.7 yards per punt, but it wasn't so much how far the ball traveled as much as where it landed. Of his seven punts, six put the Wildcats inside their 20-yard line, three inside the 10. 'That feels great,'" Mengel said. 'Now their quarterback has to be thinking, 'Shoot, I got to drive the ball 90 yards against a defense that is on top of its stuff today?' To him, that can only be discouraging.' Mengel was a late addition to the team, coming in after Sean Covington left school. Splitting the punting duties with Adam Searl, Mengel is averaging 39.8 yards per kick. "I have become more consistent hitting the ball 40 or more yards," Mengel said. "It has taken tons of training, working on my drops, working on my form. It's finally starting to come together'." - LA Times

October 18, 2014 - Ka’imi Fairbairn kicks game winner over Cal
"UCLA snap a seven-game skid at California with a 36-34 victory Saturday.... It wasn't easy with the Bruins not taking the lead for good until Ka'imi Fairbairn kicked his third field goal, a 26-yarder with 3:40 remaining that provided the go-ahead score and helped UCLA get back on the winning track after losses to Utah and Oregon." - Fox Sports

October 16, 2014 - kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn
"Fairbairn missed his 11th kick of 40 yards or longer last week against Oregon, a week after missing two long-distance tries to beat Utah. The junior from Hawaii is a respectable 27 of 32 from less than 40 yards during his UCLA career, but he’s now just 8 of 19 from beyond that range, leading some to wonder if coach Mora will continue to opt for field goals outside of the red zone, as opposed to taking a chance on fourth down. 'It’s hard,' Mora said. 'That’s a position where the psyche of that player is so important because it’s a singular moment in time and they’re so isolated. … You just encourage them to improve and perform at their best and help them along, give him guidance'....  With his struggles again in the spotlight the past two weeks, Fairbairn said Tuesday that he believes he can turn things around. 'I think I’m fine,' Fairbairn said. 'I just have to keep working hard and the results will show. I know we need it'." - Los Angeles Register

August 15, 2014 - kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn
Ka’imi Fairbairn ended UCLA's practice Friday by burying a 51-yard field goal that was dead-solid-perfect. That has been a common sight the last two seasons ... at least on the practice field. In games, it has been hit and miss. That, Fairbairn said, should change this season. 'I'm more comfortable, more confident,' he said. 'It seems more simple to me. I just don't get affected by things I can't control'.... Fairbairn has prepared mentally, and physically. 'You can hear the ball come off his foot with more thump,' coach Jim Mora said. Fairbairn explained it in baseball terms. 'It's like a batter, you have good technique to begin with, then you add strength,' he said. 'I have more pop on the ball'.... Fairbairn said he is taking a different approach. 'I learned to block out the noise, whether it's the crowd or the media or whatever,' Fairbairn said. 'It all starts in practice. You make every kick a game-winner so when you get in that situation you feel like you've done it a million times'." - LA Times

August 15, 2014 - punter competition
"UCLA brought in punter Matt Mengel from Long Beach City College to potentially replace all-conference honorable mention Sean Covington, but the newcomer hasn’t locked down a starting job just yet. Instead, redshirt freshman Adam Searl may have inched ahead. The 6-foot, 180-pound Irvine native has seen his workload increase this week, and was used on all the practice punts Friday morning. 'Adam is a guy that’s very, very improved,' said Mora. 'He looks like a guy that can actually get it done. Last year, He was inconsistent. His leg wasn’t great. But he’s had a really good offseason, he works hard, and I trust him.' Sean Flintoft, a walk-on from Loyola High, is also available as both a punter and a kicker. 'It was a real unknown,' Mora said of the punters. 'I was very concerned coming into camp, but watching them here for the last week and a half, I feel like we’re going to be in good shape there'.” - Los Angeles Daily News

July 26, 2014 - punter Sean Covington departs, kicker/punter Matt Mengel enters
"Sophomore punter Sean Covington is no longer with the program, according to sources. Academics were cited as the reason by a good source. UCLA has brought in JC punter Matt Mengel to try to fill the gap of losing its starting punter. Mengel, from Long Beach City College, has a big leg but is inconsistent. Kicker/punter guru Chris Sailer says about Mengel: 'He has an NFL leg. Strongest leg I've seen since David Buehler (USC and Dallas Cowboys). Huge in kickoffs. Big potential as a field goal kicker and punter. The sky is the limit.' Mengel will be a junior. He committed to UCLA yesterday for a preferred walk-on spot with a chance to earn a scholarship. Sources are telling us that UCLA will have a scholarship to give to a punter for the 2015 class." - Bruin Report Online

April 26, 2014 - spring game
"The white team’s best chance to score was punter Sean Covington’s 33-yard field goal attempt, but the kick sailed wide left. Ka’imi Fairbairn didn’t attempt any field goals for the blue team, but hit all four extra points." - Inside UCLA

April 19, 2014 - holder consultant
"Former UCLA punter Jeff Locke returned to UCLA recently with professional advice for the Bruins' special-team players. Locke, now with the Minnesota Vikings, is also a holder and gave Jerry Neuheisel a tip: Lean the ball forward. 'In high school, you lean the ball back because kickers don't have as strong of legs,' said Neuheisel, who holds for UCLA kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn. 'They do in college.' The significance of leaning the ball forward is simple. 'It improves the target,' Fairbairn said. 'You see more of the sweet spot.' It seems to have helped. Fairbairn's accuracy and range have improved considerably, at least during practice. He hit a 52-yarder, only to have it waved off because of a false start. Fairbairn barely missed from 57 yards on the next try." - LA Times

Michigan State Spartans Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


June 23, 2015 - kicker Matthew Coghlin commits
"Matthew Coghlin, a 2016 place kicker from Cincinnati Moeller, tweeted tonight that he has committed to Michigan State. He wrote: 'I am excited to announce that I am officially committed to Michigan State University Spartans to continue my academic and athletic career!!' Coghlin would be the 20th member of the Spartans' class, which is currently ranked in the top five nationally by recruiting services. But Rivals.com reported the plan is for Coghlin to take a gray shirt -- meaning he would enroll in 2016, go on scholarship in 2017 and technically be part of the 2017 class. MSU starting kicker Michael Geiger has two seasons of eligibility left, so Coghlin could potentially take over the position as a redshirt freshman in 2017." - Detroit Free Press

April 25, 2015 - spring game
"The Green team got three points off a 32-yard field goal from backup kicker Kevin Cronin, and he also connected from 30 yards for the White team. Cronin missed three attempts from beyond 40 yards, though one didn't count because of a defensive offsides. He handled the duties because starting kicker Michael Geiger is still out after off-season hip surgery. Geiger should be fine for fall camp. MSU's new punter, Jake Hartbarger, had three attempts for each team. He averaged 40.7 yards on those punts, with a long of 49." - Detroit Free Press

October 31, 2014 - kicker Michael Geiger
"Mark Dantonio continues to espouse faith in Michigan State sophomore kicker Michael Geiger through a tough stretch. Geiger has now missed four of his last six kicks, one in each of his last four games. That's after missing only one all of last season and starting this year 4-of-5 in the first three games. Michigan State is now 12th in the Big Ten in field goal percentage, after Geiger led all kickers in the category last season. Despite that, Spartans quarterback Connor Cook said the team's game plan in field goal range won't change. 'Geiger is a great kicker, he makes everything in practice, there's been no talk that our game plan has changed,' Cook said. Part of Dantonio's faith in Geiger is the fact that there have been extenuating circumstances in several of the misses. Against Nebraska, he kicked in the rain. Against Indiana, there was a bad snap. And against Michigan, he kicked with a stiff wind. 'The wind down there was pretty abrupt,' Dantonio said. 'It was swirling. When their kicker kicked the field goal, all of a sudden it went calm. It was a difficult kick into the wind or with the wind swirling'." - MLive

October 16, 2014 - kicker Michael Geiger
"Geiger set the expectations almost impossibly high as a freshman in 2013, going 15 for 16 and setting the school record with a 93.8 percent accuracy rating. And even though the numbers may not bear it out so far, he says he's an even better kicker now than he was then. 'There's still a lot of kicks to go this season,' Geiger said Tuesday. 'I feel like I'm a better kicker than last year. I just think the way the kicks laid themselves out last year, it was beneficial to me.' At the midway point of this season, Geiger is 7 for 10 on field goals, with two of the three misses coming in the past two weeks against Nebraska and Purdue. He's made a pair of 42-yarders on the year, and had misses from 36, 41 and 44 yards. A few of those misses didn't lay themselves out for him quite as well as last year. 'I just think I've had a couple of misses that are uncharacteristic for me,' Geiger said. 'I think the one against Nebraska was just a tough one with the wind, and the one last week at Purdue I just didn't hit it how I would have liked to'." - MLive

September 25, 2014 - punter Mike Sadler
"Senior punter Mike Sadler remains a strength of the Michigan State football team, even if his numbers are a bit down from his All-American junior season. 'It’s been a good year so far, but I don’t know if that necessarily shows up on paper,'’ said Sadler, who’s averaging 40.3 yards per punt this season, down from his career-high 42.5 average last season. 'I’ve been hitting into the wind a lot, so I’ve been trying to limit returns as best as I can'.... As for his punting statistics, part of the reason they are down at this point of the season is a matter of circumstance. Sadler put 33 of his 76 punts (43 percent) last season inside opponents’ 20-yard line, and 24 of 76 inside the 10. Those type of numbers probably won’t happen this season, Sadler said. 'A lot of things need to fall into place to have those kind of numbers, just the situations I was put in last season,' Sadler said. 'We ended up pooching it (punting on the opposition's side of the field) a ton last season. We probably pooched it more against Western (Michigan) in the opener than we have this whole season so far'." - MLive

August 15, 2014 - second summer scrimmage
"Sophomore kicker Michael Geiger hit all six of his field-goal attempts, including a 43-yarder." - Detroit Free Press

August 5, 2014 - punting, this year & beyond
"It will help that Sadler is past a series of injuries that have hampered him in recent years. He said Monday that he's feeling “as good as I’ve been since I’ve been here” after undergoing offseason knee surgery and missing all of spring camp. 'I’m excited for this year to start,' Sadler said. A strong, healthy season could help Sadler earn an NFL career -- something he admits is in the back of his mind. But knowing that won’t stop him from fully taking in his senior year. 'It’s been a great time but at the same time it’s kind of been a blur,' Sadler said. 'So right now it’s kind of time for me to stop and smell the roses a little bit and absorb everything I can before it’s over.' And one of his last tasks to securing his legacy: showing the ropes to Jake Hartbarger, an incoming freshman rated by 247sports as the top Class of 2014 punter in the country. 'He’s somebody that I’m kind of taking under my wing and trying to make sure that he’s going to be ready to go next year,' Sadler said." - MLive

April 26, 2014 - spring game
"Punter Mike Sadler was out because of a knee issue, leaving kicker Michael Geiger to handle most of the punting. His longest of the day was 33 yards. Geiger did make two field goals, but kicker Kevin Cronin had an extra point blocked and missed a 27-yard field goal attempt. Geiger had a miss from 38 yards." - South Bend Tribune

April 23, 2014 - Mike Sadler recovery & radio
"Now, after undergoing knee surgery soon after the Rose Bowl, Sadler is excited to see what a potentially fully healthy year can bring. 'They did a whole lot of fun stuff in there, but we’re good to go now and it’ll be good to have at least one season at 100 percent,' Sadler said. Sadler is using the spring practice session to recover, and he said he’s ahead of schedule. By the fall, he expects to be back to 100 percent. It would mark his first fully healthy season since 2010. 'I think I’ve built on everything year-by-year,' Sadler said. 'Not to say that the stats have gotten significantly better every year, but I feel like I’ve put together better years with time here. It’ll be exciting to see what I can do at 100 percent, I’m looking forward to it.' While he recovers, one of the best personalities on the team will remain in the spotlight. Sadler and senior offensive lineman Travis Jackson filled in for athletic director Mark Hollis on his Monday radio show with their own program dubbed 'Thick and Thin'. The hour-long program -- which Sadler said was prepared Sunday night at Crunchy’s Burgers & Beer -- featured interviews with Spartans quarterback Connor Cook and former Spartan Keith Nichol." - MLive

April 15, 2014 - punter Mike Sadler undergoes surgery
"Senior punter Mike Sadler will miss the entire spring practice period after undergoing surgery following the 2013 season, Spartans coach Mark Dantonio said Tuesday. Dantonio didn't specify what Sadler had surgery on. 'Mike will be back, we’re just holding him (out) through the spring based on the surgery he had,' Dantonio said. Sadler has a career average of 42.3 yards per punt and led all of FBS with 22 punts inside the 10-yard-line last season. He was a semifinalist for the Ray Guy award for the top punter in the country. In his absence, Tyler O’Connor and Michael Geiger have been handling the punting duties during spring practice, Dantonio said." - MLive

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Guinea Men's National Soccer Team News


June 22, 2015 - Sékou Amadou Camara scores brace in 3-1 win over Liberia
"la Guinée a pris l’avantage grâce à un doublé de Sékou Amadou Camara (7’ et 38’). Au retour des vestiaires, les visiteurs réduisent avant l’heure de jeu. Par la suite, c’est Ibrahima Sory Sankhon qui inscrit le dernier but de la partie (62′). Score final (3-1) en faveur des poulains de Kanfory Lappé Bangoura." - Foot224

January 24, 2015 - Ibrahima Traore scores equalizer in draw with Cameroon
Ibrahima Traore grabbed a stunning equaliser as Guinea held Cameroon 1-1 in the African Nations Cup on Saturday, continuing a remarkable sequence of draws in Group D.... Benjamin Moukandjo gave Cameroon the lead in the 13th minute when he scored direct from a corner although his low ball to the near post was helped into the net by goalkeeper Naby Yattara. Germany-based Traore levelled three minutes before halftime when he received the ball with his back to goal and, despite the attention of a pack of defenders, turned and fired a low shot into the far corner from 25 metres." - Yahoo

December 31, 2014 - AFCON roster named
"Former AC Milan midfielder Kevin Constant has been included in Guinea's Africa Cup of Nations squad despite boycotting the qualifiers. The French-born 27-year-old, currently playing for Trabzonspor in Turkey, was part of French coach Michel Dussuyer's 23-man squad for the 17 January to 8 February continental extravaganza in Equatorial Guinea. Dussuyer also included uncapped France-based pair Bouna Sarr, the Metz midfielder, and Bastia forward Francois Kamano." - FIFA

November 19, 2014 - Ibrahima Traore & Seydouba Soumah score in win over Uganda
"Guinea have beaten a ten-man Uganda 2-0 in Morocco and qualified for the 2015 Africa Nations Cup finals along with Ghana. Guinea’s goals came from Ibrahima Traore and Seydouba Soumah while Uganda had Andrew Mwesigwa sent off for a professional foul that led to a penalty goal.... Then, on 22 minutes, Seydouba Soumah won a free kick on the edge of the danger area and Guinea’s dangerous winger Traore slotted home with a curling attempt to make it 1-0.... But things got worse for Uganda after 58 minutes when Andrew Mwesigwa was sent off for a professional foul as he pulled down his opponent in a one on one situation and Guinea won a penalty. Guinea’s in-form midfielder Seydouba Soumah stepped up and scored with a low shot although Onyango dived straight over the ball and came close to saving." - SuperSport

November 15, 2014 - Seydouba Soumah scores hat-trick in win over Togo
Guinea brought themselves back into contention to qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations with a stunning 4-1 win away to Togo on Saturday.... Guinea broke the deadlock just past the midway point of the first half, with Idrissa Sylla finding the back of the net to make it 1-0 to the away side. It then became the Seydouba Soumah show, with the former Ajax Cape Town and University of Pretoria player scoring a hat trick to make it 4-0. He netted in the 40th, 59th and 65th minutes. Togo pulled a goal back through Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor, who converted a penalty in the 69th minute, but that was as good as it got for the Sparrow Hawks, who could have ended the day top of the log but instead ended bottom of the standings." - SuperSport

September 5, 2014 - Seydouba & Sylla score in win over Togo
"A 10-man Guinea national team managed to register a 2-1 win over Togo in a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier played on the neutral ground of Casablanca, Morocco on Friday evening. The victory takes them top of Group E before Ghana hosts the Uganda Cranes on Saturday in Kumasi. Soumah Seydouba converted a penalty in the 11th minute before Idrissa Sylla made it 2-0 on 45 minutes." - SuperSport

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Namibia Men's National Soccer Team News


June 21, 2015 - Willy Stephanus & Benyamin Nenkavu score in win over Zambia
"The Brave Warriors came from a goal down to beat Zambia 2-1 in their 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN) preliminary round first leg match played at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Zambia took the game to the Brave Warriors earlier on and it was not long before they got their goal through the powerful header of striker Winstone Kalengo, heading the ball into the far post from a free kick, with Namibia keeper Charles Uirab helpless.... Stand-in coach Ronnie Kanalelo's pep talk worked wonders right from the restart as the likes of Cosafa Cup heroes Peter Shalulile, Willy Stephanus and Wangu Gome become more purposeful and direct and it was not long before the home supporters were sent into a frenzy of celebrations. Stephanus received the ball on the left and habitually turned inside and unleashed a powerful shot into the roof of the net over the despairing Zambian Keeper Danny Munyao to draw the sides' level.... Moments later, it was Stephanus who again fed overlapping left-back Ananias Gebhardt who sent the ball into Zambia's box. The slippery Keimuine dispossessed a Zambian defender and passed to Benyamin Nenkavu who shrugged off a challenge to put the ball into the back of the net." - Namibian

May 21, 2015 - Deon Hotto scores brace in win over Zimbabwe
"Namibia's Brave Warriors gave a great performance to beat Zimbabwe 4-1 and qualify for the quarterfinals of the Cosafa Cup on Thursday. Goals by Chris Katjiukua and Sadney Urikhob and a brace by man of the match Deon Hotto gave Namibia an emphatic win while Zimbabwe replied with a late penalty by Raphael Manuvire. Playing a fast and expansive game, Namibia took an early lead when defender Chris Katjiukua headed in from a corner after 8m.... Hotto put Namibia 2-0 ahead on 59 minutes when he streaked onto a Itamuna Keimuine cross to tap into an open net. Nine minutes later Hotto struck again with a great goal as he beat the defence and put the ball through Chigova's legs into the net. Zimbabwe struck back with a penalty by Manuvire after a handball by Willem Mwedihanga in the box on 83m, but Sadney Urikhob scored a minute later from the restart to seal an emphatic victory for Namibia." - Namibian

May 19, 2015 - Benson Shilongo scores brace in win over Mauritius
"Namibia got their first win following a 2-0 defeat of Mauritius. Namibia coach Ricardo Mannetti had lamented his side’s finishing in the 0-0 draw against Seychelles on Sunday and so drafted in Botswana-based forward Benson Shilongo into his starting line-up. The striker took just four minutes to get on the score-sheet and settle the Namibian nerves, before adding a second on 66 minutes from the penalty-spot." - Kickoff

Australia Women's National Soccer Team News

 
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June 21, 2015 - Kyah Simon scores in win over Brazil
"Substitute Kyah Simon scored in the 80th minute to lift Australia to its first Women's World Cup knockout win, a 1-0 upset of Brazil and star Marta on a rainy Sunday afternoon. After Katrina Gorry won a ball at midfield, Lisa de Vanna's shot from the top of the penalty area was turned aside by Brazilian keeper Luciana. But the rebound went straight to Simon, who had entered in the 64th minute. She buried the shot for the first goal allowed by Brazil all tournament." - Yahoo

June 16, 2014 - Lisa De Vanna scores in advancing draw with Sweden
"A clinical Lisa De Vanna strike has carried Australia to a 1-1 draw with Sweden and sealed its passage to the knockout stages of the FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada.... Progression from the "group of death" appeared little more than a formality when Lisa De Vanna gave the Matildas the lead in the fourth minute. Defensive backbone Laura Alleway provided a pin-point long ball that floated over Sweden's defence and set De Vanna up for a typically clinical finish. It was all in a ruthless day's work for the veteran scoring machine, who again brought searing pace up front as she and Sam Kerr flanked Kyah Simon in a bid to exploit spaces at the back. But the Matildas' dominance was all too fleeting, as they became rattled by their higher-ranked European foes and evoked memories of that devastating match four years ago. Sofia Jakobsson provided the equaliser for Sweden in the 15th minute, the nimble striker casually cutting through Australia's broken defence to beat goalkeeper Lydia Williams at her near post with a left-footed drive from the edge of the box." - ABC

June 12, 2015 - Kyah Simon scores brace in win over Nigeria
"Kyah Simon's double has given the Matildas a 2-0 win over Nigeria and opened a route into the Women's World Cup knockout stages. Returning to the Winnipeg Stadium where Australia lost 3-1 in the side's tournament opener, a goal in each half to Simon re-ignited the Matildas' challenge. Australian skipper Lisa De Vanna turned provider against the African champions with a determined drive. De Vanna, who shrugged off an ankle complaint to play, bustled past two defenders and was hacked down by a third just as she released Simon on the left. The striker finished cleanly with her non-preferred left foot past Nigerian keeper Precious Dede. The 23-year-old added to her tally in the second half by beating the offside trap and volleying home Sam Kerr's ball over the top." - ABC

May 21, 2015 - Michelle Heyman scores hat-trick in win over Vietnam
The Matildas will head to the upcoming World Cup in Canada with an added dose of confidence after an 11-0 trouncing of Vietnam. Australia raced out of the blocks scoring eight goals inside the opening half-hour, including a remarkable six-goal haul within a nine-minute period at Kogarah Oval in Sydney's south. Striker Michelle Heyman netted a first-half hat-trick, while there were also doubles for Sam Kerr and Lisa de Vanna, playing her first match as skipper with co-captain Clare Polkinghorne not playing.... The Australians were in control from the opening whistle at Kogarah Oval as AFC women's player of the year Katrina Gorry scored in the sixth minute. That sparked an avalanche of goals, with star striker Heyman scoring the first of her three first-half goals shortly after. Laura Alleway, captain de Vanna, Kerr and Emily van Egmond also booted goals as the hosts took a 8-0 lead before the half-hour mark." - ABC

May 19, 2015 - Catley, Foord, Simon & Heyman score in win over Vietnam
"The Westfield Matildas made forward Kyah Simon's 50th international cap one to remember as they defeated Vietnam 4-0 behind closed doors at Valentine Sports Park in Park Lea. All four goals came from different sources, Steph Catley and Caitlin Foord finding the back of the net inside the opening half an hour before Kyah Simon, in her 50th international appearance and Michelle Heyman struck within a minute of each other early in the second half." - Football Federation Australia

May 12, 2015 - World Cup roster named
  • Goalkeepers: Lydia Williams – Canberra United, Melissa Barbieri – Adelaide United, Mackenzie Arnold – Perth Glory
  • Defenders: Laura Alleway – Brisbane Roar, Stephanie Catley – Melbourne Victory, Elise Kellond-Knight – Brisbane Roar, Clare Polkinghorne – Brisbane Roar, Servet Uzunlar – Sydney FC
  • Midfielders: Alanna Kennedy – Perth Glory, Nicola Bolger – Sydney FC, Tameka Butt – Brisbane Roar, Katrina Gorry – Brisbane Roar, Teresa Polias – Sydney FC, Emily van Egmond – Newcastle Jets, Hayley Raso – Brisbane Roar, Leena Khamis – Sydney FC, Ashleigh Sykes – Canberra United
  • Forwards: Larissa Crummer – Brisbane Roar, Lisa De Vanna – Melbourne Victory, Michelle Heyman – Canberra United, Samantha Kerr – Perth Glory, Kyah Simon – Sydney FC, Caitlin Foord – Perth Glory
May 3, 2015 - Kobie Ferguson scores in win over Laos
AFF Women's Championship: Australia 1-0 over Laos, goal by Kobie Ferguson 59'

March 11, 2015 - six players score in win over Czech Republic
"A dominant performance from Australia has seen them finish 5th in the Cyprus Cup thanks to a 6-2 win over the Czech Republic in Paralimni, Cyprus.... Failing to clear the danger area, the Matildas were punished when Pavla Benyrova wrong footed Mackenzie Arnold for the opening goal. The goal was the wake up call Australia needed and minutes later they were level when Katrina Gorry met Michelle Heyman’s cut back from just yards out. The lively Heyman was then again the action in the 13th minute when she skipped by her marker before being brought down in the area.  Heyman took the resulting penalty Czech Republic keeper Hana Sloupova guessed right and palmed away the spot kick. Three minutes later Australia had the well deserved lead thanks to a bursting run from Caitlin Foord.  Foord dribbled inside, struck with Sloupova’s parry falling to Emily van Egmond who turned it home.... Lisa De Vanna was next to get in on the act with a classy solo effort. The striker picked up the ball from 25 yards out, sprinted into the space before slotting home from 10 yards out.... The second half was more of the same as Australia forced an corner in the 53rd minute. The initial corner came to Teresa Polias on the edge of the area. Polias’ shot was pushed out by Sloupova only for Heyman to volley home from close range. The Czech’s pulled a goal back just after the hour mark with Benyrova’s long range effort helped on by the gusting conditions to beat out Arnold. The Matildas were undeterred and late on the Clare Polkinghorne and Ashleigh Sykes capped off the performance with late goals. First with Polkinghorne’s header from a pin point Collette McCallum corner then with Sykes putting away the rebound ball after another storming De Vanna run and strike." - The Womens Game

March 9, 2015 - Gill, Sykes & van Egmond score in win over Finland
"Former AFC Women’s Player of the Year Kate Gill opened the scoring as Australia defeated Finland 3-0 on Monday to end their 2015 Cyprus Cup Group B campaign second in the four-team table behind England. Gill, the continent’s top female footballer in 2010, put the Matildas one up on the half-hour mark before second-half goals from Ashleigh Sykes (77th) and Emily van Egmond (89th) as Australia recorded their second win of the competition following their 1-0 victory over the Netherlands in their tournament opener." - AFC

March 4, 2015 - Larissa Crummer scores in win over Netherlands
'An debut international goal from Larissa Crummer ensured Australia a 1-0 win victory over the Netherlands in their opening match of the Cyprus Cup. The Matildas began the important lead-up tournament to June's FIFA Women's World Cup in June against the rapidly improving Dutch with a strong starting eleven that included Kyah Simon, Lisa De Vanna, Michelle Heyman and Clare Polkinghorne. After a scorless first period substitue Crummer's 73rd minute strike edged Australia ahead." - SBS

February 24, 2015 - roster named for Cyprus Cup
"Australian head coach Alen Stajcic has named a 22 player squad for the 2015 Cyprus Cup held in Cyprus from 2–11 March 2015. The squad consists of 17 of the 23 players who made the trip across the Tasman for the tri-nations series with hosts New Zealand and DPR Korea. Meanwhile Laura Alleway, Kate Gill, Collette McCallum and Gema Simon have been added after overcoming injuries.... While many of the faces have been national team regulars in the past 2 years, one ‘new’ face is goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold who joins the squad after a strong W-League season with Perth Glory and a good training camp. Noticeable absentees and World Cup aspirants from the squad include Sam Kerr (knee), Lydia Williams (knee). While goalkeeper Casey Dumont is out of contention after undergoing a knee reconstruction late last week." - The Women's Game

February 12, 2015 - van Egmond, Heyman & Foord score in win over New Zealand
Australia have held off a New Zealand fightback in a frenetic finish to clinch a 3-2 win the final match of a women's soccer tri-series. Emily van Egmond, with a spectacular effort, Michelle Heyman and Caitlin Foord all scored in the opening half-hour to put the Matildas in a commanding position. But New Zealand mounted a big comeback in the second spell, with substitute Sarah Gregorius getting a brace, the second in the 84th minute.... Australia then struck with a stunning goal in the ninth minute, van Egmond having a go from more than 30 metres out. The ball dipped beyond keeper Erin Nayler and into the back of the net. The Matildas doubled their lead three minutes later, when Heyman latched on to the defensive mix-up to score her second goal of the series.... It became 3-0 in the 29th minute, Gorry winning the ball in the attacking third and feeding Foord, who made no mistake." - Sydney Morning Herald

February 10, 2015 - Clare Polkinghorne & Michelle Heyman score in win over North Korea
"The Westfield Matildas have claimed an encouraging 2-1 win over DPR Korea in Auckland as the side builds towards June’s FIFA Women's World Cup. Defender Clare Polkinghorne gave the Matildas the lead in a frenetic opening at Bill McKinlay Park, timing her run into the box from a corner and applying a thumping volley from close range. The lead was short lived however, with DPR Korea finding the back of the net minutes later through Kim Yun Mi to sqaure the ledger at 1-1 after just 14 minutes. Australia regained the lead before the break through Michelle Heyman after some good link up play from Elise Kellond-Knight and Westfield W-League grand final hero Ashleigh Sykes. Kellond-Knight found Sykes inside the box with a delighful pass, who provided a neat lay-off for her Canberra United strike partner Heyman to fire home." - Matildas

February 2, 2015 - roster named for next week's matches
"Westfield Matildas Head Coach Alen Stajcic has named a 24-player squad for next week’s internationals against New Zealand and DPR Korea in Auckland. In what will be the Westfield Matildas’ first matches since the team finished runners up at the AFC Women’s Asian Cup in May last year, the squad for this upcoming international tri series features a host of familiar names as well as some fresh faces and players who are returning to the national team setup. There are 16 players from last year’s AFC Women’s Asian Cup campaign, including current Asian Player of the Year Katrina Gorry, while Larissa Crummer, 16 year old Alex Chidiac and Amy Harrison are three new players in the squad, the trio having impressed at the training camps Stajcic has held in the lead up to these matches.... Midfielders Kyah Simon and Aivi Luik are two players who are back in calculation after overcoming injuries. In contrast, there are some notable absentees that could not be considered because of injury. 'There are a few girls returning from injury and a few girls that are currently injured as well such as Ellie Brush, Kate Gill, Sam Kerr, Lydia Williams and Tameka Butt so there are a number of girls still in contention,' said Stajcic." - Football Australia

Zimbabwe Men's National Soccer Team News


June 21, 2015 - Evans Rusike & Marshal Mudehwe score in win over Comoros
Zimbabwe beat Comoros 2-0 in a CHAN qualifier first leg match played at Rufaro Stadium. Goals from Evans Rusike and Marshal Mudehwe gave Zimbabwe the win.... With ten minutes on the clock Zimbabwe were leading courtesy of a well taken goal by Evans Rusike. The Hwange man beat two defenders surged into the box before unleashing a shot that beat the diving Comoros keeper.... In the 90th minute the Warriors finally broke through when Marshall Mudehwe scored from a move involving Kadwere and Ronald Chitiyo. The goal was just what the team needed after coming so close a number of times through the match." - Soccer24

June 13, 2015 - Cuthbert Malajila & Khama Billiat score in win over Malawi
"Khama Billiat scored a wonderful strike in the dying minutes to help Zimbabwe to register a 2-1 away win against Malawi in the 2017 Afcon Group L match at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre on Saturday. The Warriors started the game the better of the two sides and it didn’t come as a surprise when they took the lead through Cuthbert Malajila in the 23rd minute. The Mamelodi Sundowns striker capitalising on some poor defending from the Malawian defence. The Zimbabwean lead lasted just few seconds as John Banda equalised for the Flames with a powerful shot." - The Citizen

May 19, 2015 - Talent Chawapiwa scores in win over Seychelles
"Zimbabwe won their second match of the Cosafa Cup group stages on Tuesday afternoon, beating Seychelles 1-0 at Moruleng Stadium. The only goal of the game came on 53 minutes from the aptly-named Talent Chawapiwa as the Warriors took control of Group A, having beaten Mauritius in the first game." - Kickoff

May 17, 2015 - Carlos Rusere & Ronald Chitiyo score in win over Mauritius
"Zimbabwe moved to the top of their Cosafa Cup Group A after a 2-0 victory over Mauritius in their regional football tournament opener at the Moruleng Stadium yesterday.... In the end goals from Carlos Rusere and Ronald Chitiyo in either half were enough to see them home, and they should have had a third when Talent Chawapiwa’s shot appeared to cross the line before it was cleared, but the match officials disagreed.... Zimbabwe led on 28 minutes when Rusere latched onto the loose ball and thundered home the opener. It was 2-0 midway through the second period when impressive Chitiyo saw his effort deflect passed the unlucky Jean-Louis." - News Day

Ethiopia Men's National Soccer Team News


June 21, 2015 - Aschalew Girma & Gatoch Panom score in win over Kenya
"Ethiopia Walia Ibex defeated Kenya’s Harambee Stars 2-0 in the first leg match of the 2017 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier played here today. Aschalew Girma of Ethiopian Coffee SC scored the first goal (22′) and his club teammate Gatoch Panom added a second in the 76th minute of the match from a penalty kick" - Ethiosports

June 14, 2015 - Gatoch Panom & Saladin Said score in win over Lesotho
"Ethiopia also got off to a strong start, beating Lesotho 2-1 in Group J. The game was played out in front of a huge crowd at the Bahir Dar Stadium, with reports suggesting more than 60,000 people were in attendance. The massive home support were stunned on 41 minutes when the visitors took the lead. But after the break Gatoch Panom equalised and Saladin Said scored the winner on 85 minutes to give the partisan fans plenty to cheer." - BBC

October 15, 2014 - Oukri, Kebede & Butako score in win over Mali
"The Ethiopian national team “Walias” achieved a surprising result here today when they beat Mali 3-2 to avenge their 2-0 defeat in Addis Ababa on Saturday. It was Mali who scored first through Bakary Sako (32″), but the Walias responded with 2 quick goals of their own by Omed Oukri (36′) and Getaneh Kebede (45′). The second half didn’t start well for the Walias as Getaneh Kebede was given his marching order (59″) to be followed by Mali equalizing in the 69th minute thanks to Mustaph Yattabare. It was Abebaw Butako who scored the winning goal for Ethiopia in extra time." - Ethiosports

China Women's National Soccer Team News


June 20, 2015 - Wang Shanshan scores in win over Cameroon
"China booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Women’s World Cup with a 1-0 win over Cameroon at the Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday. A classy 12th minute goal from forward Wang Shanshan proved enough for the 1999 runners-up to reach the last eight of the competition where they will face the winners of Monday’s game between the United States and Colombia.... The decisive goal was a superbly executed move from a corner which was swung in by Wang Lisi to Li Dongna who brought the ball down nicely and then set up Wang who side-footed a volley home." - Guardian

June 11, 2015 - Wang Lisi scores late winner over Netherlands
"Wang Lisi scored in the first minute of stoppage time to give China a 1-0 victory over the Netherlands on Thursday in the first round of the Women's World Cup. Wang took a pass from midfield by Tan Ruyin in the penalty area and was able to tap the ball just inside the far post past Sari van Veenenedaal, who was charging forward to challenge the play." - Yahoo

Friday, June 19, 2015

Hungary Women's National Soccer Team News


June 19, 2015 - Zsanett Kaján scores equalizer in draw with Greece
Greece opened the score after 78 minutes. Two minutes into stoppage time in the second half, forward Zsanett Kaján scored to draw Hungary even at 1-1.

March 11, 2015 - Vágó Fanni scores hat-trick in 3-1 win over Romania
"Az első félidőben magához ragadta a kezdeményezést válogatottunk, koncentrált játékot láthatott a közönség a magyar lányoktól. Ennek eredményeként már a 3. percben megszereztük a vezetést: Zeller Dóra indításával Vágó Fanni lépett ki, elvitte a kapus mellett a labdát, és a hálóba lőtt (1–0). A magyar csapat többet birtokolta a labdát és veszélyesebben játszott ellenfelénél. A 27. percben Tálosi Szabina szerzett labdát a középpályán, és Kaján Zsanetthez passzolt, aki remekül tálalt Vágó Fanni elé, a támadó pedig higgadtan gurított a román kapuba (2–0). Az első félidő hátralévő részében voltak még kisebb lehetőségeink, de több gól nem született, így kétgólos előnnyel mehetett csapatunk az öltözőbe. A második játékrészben továbbra is a mieink domináltak: a 69. percben Szuh Erika ívelte a labdát a román védőfal mögé Vágó Fanninak, aki egy szép csellel elvitte azt a kapus mellett, és az üres kapuba passzolt (3–0). Egy perccel a harmadik gólunk után Lunca jóvoltából szépítettek a románok (3–1), és a folytatásban egyre nagyobb nyomás alá helyezték a kapunkat. A mérkőzés ezen szakaszában a magyar válogatott inkább kontrákra rendezkedett be. Végül több gól már nem született: Vágó Fanni mesterhármasával sikerült legyőzni Romániát." - Nemzeti Sport

West Virginia Mountaineers Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


June 18, 2015 - kicker/punter Jonn Young commits
"Rated as the number 30 placekicker in the nation by the prestigious Kohl Kicking Camp, Jonn Young jumped on an offer from West Virginia, becoming the 12th commitment in the class of 2016. A rising senior at Davie High School, Young earned 4.5 out of five stars as both a kicker and a punter from Kohl." - Scout

April 25, 2015 - spring game
"Kicker Josh Lambert went 1-for-3 on field goal attempts, missing from 46 yards and 44 yards, respectively. Lambert converted on the final kick, which was for 45 yards." - West Virginia Illustrated

December 29, 2014 - kicker Josh Lambert sets records during Liberty Bowl
"kicker Josh Lambert etched his name in NCAA record books twice in a 45-37 loss Monday night to Texas A&M in the Liberty Bowl. Lambert, a redshirt sophomore, made all three field-goal tries to tie a Division I record for most multiple-field goal games (10) and most field-goal attempts (39) in a season. His 30 made field goals was one short of the NCAA record Georgia’s Billy Bennett set in 2003. Lambert accounted for 134 points this season, 48 more than in 2013, and his 10.3 points-per-game average ranked eighth in Division I-A." - Post-Gazette

October 18, 2014 - kicker Josh Lambert 
"Those in attendance at Milan Puskar Stadium may have noticed WVU kicker Josh Lambert leaving the sidelines several times during the game to use the public restroom behind the south end zone. He left twice in the first half and once in the second. Lambert was not nauseous or experiencing bladder problems. He has type 2 diabetes and was administering insulin to himself to control the glucose level in his blood. 'I was able to bring it down,' Lambert said. Despite his disease and some leg cramping, Lambert tied a school record with his 54-yard field goal in the second quarter. The kick gave him five field goals of 50 yards or longer, tying Paul Woodside (1981-84). Lambert’s 16 field goals so far this season are tied for seventh-most in a single season in school history. He is 4-of-4 on field goals of 50 yards or more, including a career-best 55-yarder to beat Texas Tech last week." - Exponent Telegram 

October 11, 2014 - Josh Lambert kicks 55 yard game winner over Texas Tech
"I think you either have it or you don't,' WVU redshirt sophomore kicker Josh Lambert said following West Virginia's 37-34 win at Texas Tech on Saturday. 'You have to be able to push mistakes out really fast. You can't let it bother you'.... Lambert gave the Mountaineers the win on Saturday in a football game that featured just about everything you could ask for. His 55-yard game-winner tied a WVU in-game record set by former Mountaineer kicker Paul Woodside in 1984. A 47-yard miss preceded that kick, just inches past the right upright. But in typical Josh Lambert form, it was on to the next one. '“I missed one before that, so I just had to concentrate on doing my job and hitting a good ball. As soon as I hit it, I knew it was a good ball. Whether I had the distance or not, I wasn't sure. It was a pretty long field goal. But after I watched it for a couple of seconds, I knew it was going to go in. It felt good,' Lambert noted. Prior to knocking down 3-of-4 field goals against Texas Tech on Saturday, Lambert has given the Mountaineers a solid kicking game, going 11-of-15 through the first five games." - West Virginia Illustrated

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September 13, 2014 - Josh Lambert kicks game winner over Maryland
Josh Lambert's 47-yard field goal as time expired gave West Virginia a 40-37 win over Maryland at Byrd Stadium. WVU let a 28-6 second quarter lead get away before Lambert broke the tie.... And then the game was tied when Likely returned Nick O'Toole's punt 69 yards for a touchdown. It was time to start all over again, 37-37, with 9:43 remaining. Lambert tried to give WVU a three-point lead, but Maryland blocked his 43-yard field goal attempt and took over on its 27. The Mountaineers stuff a run on third-and-1, forcing a punt. Nathan Renfro boomed one to the WVU 5." - Tribune-Review

August 16, 2014 - final summer scrimmage
"Then there were those special teams. The only one really on display was the field goal unit at the end of those two stalled offensive drives. But sophomore kicker Josh Lambert missed both. One was a 50-yarder with plenty of length, but wide right. The other was a shanked chip shot. 'He’s got to be more consistent,' said special teams coach Joe DeForest. 'It’s disappointing and I let him know that'." - WV Gazette

August 6, 2014 - kicker Josh Lambert
"Special teams coordinator JoeDeForest said WVU has to be careful Lambert doesn’t get too big or too tight and risk pulling or straining anything. He was assigned yoga during the summer to work on core strength and flexibility. When the kickers are inactive during practice, Lambert is with the strength and conditioning coaches working on stretches and staying loose. DeForest said he has to do some things differently, too. 'Josh has a habit of really overworking,' DeForest said. 'You love for guys to do that, but not at that position. He warms up too much and it’s hard to control him. Just stop. Get loose by stretching, running, riding a bike. Don’t get loose banging a ball and hurt yourself. We have a much better warmup routine now than last year, and that was me getting to know him and him getting to know his body.' DeForest said Lambert is free to try 60-yard field goals in practice and that he makes them consistently. 'I don’t want to say with ease,' DeForest said, 'but they’re clearing by four or five yards'.” - Charleston Daily Mail

August 3, 2014 - summer specialists
"So this August, the emphasis is on preserving Lambert’s leg. 'What we’ve tried to do this camp and throughout the fall, we’re going to pare down his reps,' special teams coordinator Joe DeForest said. 'He loves to kick. He loves to warm up. Well, that tears his body down.' DeForest said that within the first couple of days of preseason camp, Lambert hit one field goal close to 60 yards. 'His leg strength is the best it’s ever been,' DeForest said. 'I think that comes with strength and conditioning and it comes with not kicking as much.' Lambert and O’Toole aren’t the only returnees to the kicking game. Snapper John DePalma is now in his third season and has been so perfect in his snaps that he’s seldom noticed. The holder, Mike Molinari, doesn’t botch handling snaps, either, and can also serve as the backup punter and kicker. 'As a group, I think it’s the best I’ve ever had,' said DeForest, who coordinated the special teams at Oklahoma State before coming to WVU. 'The snapper, the holder, the punter and the kicker, as a group, is as solid a group as anybody in the country.' If there is a weak spot it would be kickoffs. 'I’d like to have the ball kicked into the end zone a little bit more than we do,' DeForest said. 'That’s probably our weakest link.' All three of the kickers can handle kickoff duties. Molinari did it most of last season and O’Toole tried it a few times. Lambert didn’t kick off in an effort to save his leg. Freshman walk-on Billy Kinney from University High is also in camp and any of the four could win the kickoff job. 'It’s an open competition,' DeForest said." - Charleston Gazette

July 26, 2014 - punter Nick O'Toole works on mental strength
"O’Toole wants to perfect his craft, and he can point to individual kicks and entire games when he wasn’t at his best. 'Mentally, I don’t think I was at full strength. Coming in from California, it’s great weather. There’s no wind and no weather conditions I have to worry about. Then coming to West Virginia, it’s cold, it’s rainy and going to Kansas it’s windy and Texas is windy. Everywhere is windy, and it’s awful for a punter,' O’Toole said with a laugh. He’s been working on remaining in the moment, regardless of the circumstances he faces. 'It’s more of getting in the good habits and breaking the bad habits you have and knowing this is a good kick, how did that look and how do I build off that?' O’Toole said." - The DPost

June 30, 2014 - kicker Josh Lambert healthy
"Lambert was battling two torn muscles in his groin and in his foot. But he’s healthy now. 'I’ve had a really, really solid offseason (of workouts),' he said. 'I’ve been working hard, lifting weights. When we’re not too sore to kick some, we do.' Lambert has added 15 pounds to his body since last season, and he believes that will help, too. 'But I think the biggest thing is that I stay healthy,' he said." - Times West Virginian

April 24, 2014 - kicker Josh Lambert
"In the annual Gold-Blue Spring Game, West Virginia redshirt sophomore kicker Josh Lambert made his presence known. Capped off by a 53-yard field goal, Lambert continued his consistent play after a strong spring. The Garland, Texas, native, said his range can go even further than what everyone saw April 12. 'I’ve gotten a lot stronger, and I’ve been doing a lot of yoga in the offseason, which has helped a lot,' Lambert said. 'It’s made me more flexible. During pregame today, I hit a 60-yarder. On from that point it’s hit or miss, but given the right conditions, I can hit 60.' Besides doing yoga, which was recommended by Mike Joseph, the director of strength and conditioning, Lambert said not much has changed since the 2013-14 season until now. 'Nothing has changed. Everyone is still the same. My job is still the same. I don’t get nervous anymore, so that’s different,' Lambert said." - TheDAOnline

April 2, 2014 - punter Nick O'Toole spring practice
Through nine practices O'Toole has tried to perfect his craft by working on more situational kicking. Everyday he kicks directionally or works on his pooch kicking. O'Toole wants to prepare for some of those clutch punts DeForest referenced, that he may have to convert. 'We've been up at the indoor lately because of the cold and it has helped a bit because I've been able to work more on directional kicking,' said O'Toole. 'We play a game in there where I choose a quadrant of the field to punt the ball into. So I've been focused a lot on the little things especially the directional part of the game.'...  O'Toole continues to work on the basic drop from his hands to the blast of the punt. Special Teams Coordinator Joe DeForest also has O'Toole practicing kickoffs to become a viable candidate to compete with Mike Molinari for the kickoff specialist job." - Rivals

 February 23, 2014 - Michael Molinari competing for several roles
"Head football coach Dana Holgorsen and his staff played host to media members who cover the Mountaineer program. One of those receiving praise was Parkersburg South graduate Michael Molinari. 'He (Molinari) is a workout warrior,' Holgorsen said. 'He's already our holder for PATs and field goals and he added the kickoff duties last season. But, now he has his sights on doing everything - placekicking, punting and kicking off.' Molinari, who came to Morgantown as an invited walk-on in 2010, spent his first season with the team as a redshirt, but quickly began to climb the depth chart at several positions.... His work ethic is well documented, but his leadership qualities have grown along with his responsibilities with the Mountaineers. Which, apparently, could grow even more despite the return of placekicker Josh Lambert and punter Nick O'Toole." - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

January 9, 2014 - kicker Billy Kinney commits as preferred walk-on
"The opportunity to work with WVU special-teams coordinator Joe DeForest ultimately convinced University High’s Billy Kinney to verbally commit to the Mountaineers as a preferred walk-on. 'He’s put a lot of guys into the NFL,' Kinney said. 'That’s one of my goals, to make it there. I think I would enjoy my time with him and he would be able to help me get better. I’m really looking forward to that.' The senior punter/kicker averaged 42 yards per punt this season, while playing limited time due to a partially torn deltoid ligament in his ankle. Kinney, who will enroll in summer classes but is undecided on his major, said his ankle should be fully healed by the time he begins at WVU next season." - The DPost