Top legal process outsourcing providers plan ‘aggressive expansion’

first_imgTwo of the top three legal process outsourcing (LPO) providers are plotting aggressive growth in anticipation of a flood of mandates in 2010, the Gazette has learned. The news comes shortly after the third LPO provider in the trio, CPA Global, announced similarly ambitious plans for rapid expansion of its LPO workforce last month. Pangea3 co-chief executive David Perla told the Gazette that his company plans to boost its 350 LPO staff, who include 280 fee-earners, to 500 staff in total by the end of 2010 – and that he expects that number to ‘grow further’ from 2011 onwards. Integreon legal services vice-president Mark Ross said that his company plans to add to its 500 LPO staff, who include around 375 lawyers, throughout 2010. Ross said that Integreon is planning a stock market listing within the next three years, and is aiming to double its fourth quarter 2009 revenues in the last quarter of 2010. He said that LPO growth will be concentrated in South Africa, the Philippines and China, while its established centre in Mumbai, India, will also expand. Both Ross and Perla said that they are receiving mandates predominantly from corporate legal departments rather than law firms. Perla said that corporate and litigation LPO services are currently the most popular among in-house teams. ‘In the next six months, a lot of major corporates will begin talking publicly about LPO,’ Ross predicted. Integreon and CPA have both received financial injections from private equity investors since the start of 2010, and all three companies said they have strong relationships with interested external financiers. Pangea3 names multinationals General Electric, Sony and American Express among its LPO clients, while CPA names Microsoft and mining company Rio Tinto. Integreon works with magic circle firm Allen & Overy, and City firms Simmons & Simmons and Osborne Clarke on LPO. Integreon and CPA undertake LPO as part of a wider range of outsourcing work, while Pangea3 undertakes only LPO work.Indian research company Value Notes ranks CPA, Integreon and Pangea3 as the three ‘pacesetters’ in the global LPO market.last_img read more

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AI revolution could cost 35,000 UK legal jobs – Law Society research

first_imgLaw’s 30-year employment boom could go into sharp reverse over the next decade, according to a study commissioned by the Law Society of England and Wales. But lawyers are unlikely to be the main casualties – legal secretaries and support staff are set to bear the brunt of any contraction.These are among the ‘scenarios’ envisaged in a study on strategic workforce planning commissioned by Chancery Lane from the Institute for Employment Studies and published today. Using employment data from 2017, the report analyses how the market will need to adapt to a more deregulated environment, tougher commercial pressures and increasing adoption of technology in the years to 2027.Overall, the report predicts a fall in employment of 13,000 (4%) on the 321,000 employed in the law in 2017. The number of legal professionals and associates is projected to continue rising, by around 2% a year. But the number of legal secretaries – a role headed for extinction – will slump by two-thirds, while the numbers of other office support staff will fall by a quarter.In 1998 one secretary, on average, was employed for every two legal professionals. By 2027 it is predicted there will be one for every 20.Since 1993, the number of legal professionals has risen at just under 2% a year, from 61,000 to 150,000. But the future appears bleaker under an alternative forecast based on high takeup of technology, in particular artificial intelligence. That would cost a further 22,000 jobs, a net reduction in total employment of 35,000 jobs – more than one in 10 of the current total. The legal professional category would also suffer attrition under this ‘extreme AI’ scenario, with 7,000 fewer workers. But most of the roles to go would be secretarial and support staff in larger firms, which are more likely to deploy artificial intelligence.The report also considers the impact of different Brexit scenarios, though the institute said it would be ‘very difficult or impossible’ to model a cumulative total reflecting both Brexit and high adoption of technology. Under a World Trade Organization-type Brexit trade relationship, a further 3.5% reduction in cut in total employment is predicted on the central forecast.Another theme of the report is the changing skill set demanded by employers, based on interviews with private practice firms, in-house legal teams and individual solicitors.  Communication and team-working are increasingly viewed as important, in addition to technical skills. The most prevalent skills gaps identified concerned problem-solving, client-handling, and planning and organisation.last_img read more

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Weekly Digest II: Senate committee advances USMCA

first_imgDave NatzkeEditorProgressive DairyEmail Dave Natzkedave@progressivepublish.com Digest HighlightsSenate committee advances USMCAMissouri city files lawsuit over DFA wastewater dischargesJapan to subsidize dairy herd expansionGlobal Dairy Trade index rises Senate committee advances USMCAThe Senate Finance Committee approved the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on a 25-3 vote, Jan. 7. The next step requires review by several Senate committees with oversight on provisions in the trade agreement and sets the stage for final approval in the full Senate, where the schedule remains clouded by the possibility of impeachment proceedings for President Donald Trump.advertisementadvertisement“The benefits of the USMCA are substantial for dairy farmers, but our work is not complete until it receives the president’s signature,” said Jeff Lyon, general manager for FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative. “Certainly, there are other issues that have the attention of our Senate leaders, but passage of the USMCA should not be clouded by other political issues at hand.”“U.S. dairy farmers have long-awaited movement on these trade discussions,” said American Dairy Coalition CEO, Laurie Fischer. “We’re eager to see final passage of USMCA and anxious for the benefits of these trade deals to reach our farmers.”Fischer said one scenario would limit debate to 20 hours maximum before a Senate vote.The House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved the USMCA on a 385 to 41 vote, Dec. 19. Mexico has already approved the agreement, and Canada is likely to hold a vote in late January.According to the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), dairy would gain an estimated $528 million in increased revenues over the agreement’s first six years, as well as protection for common cheese names and enforcement mechanisms to ensure the repeal of Canada’s Class 6 and 7 milk pricing system. Read: Deal boosts dairy hopes for USMCA.advertisement“U.S. dairy farmers have much to gain from this new trade agreement, and after five years of a challenging dairy economy, passage of this trade agreement would be positive news for dairy farmers,” said John Rettler, dairy farmer from Neosho, Wisconsin, and president of FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative. “USMCA shows the rest of the world that the U.S. is capable of modernizing a trade agreement – and passing one. Getting this trade agreement across the finish line sends a positive message to the rest of the world that the U.S. is open for business.”Missouri city files lawsuit over DFA wastewater dischargesThe city of Cabool, Missouri, has filed a lawsuit against Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), alleging Clean Water Act violations related to a DFA plant’s wastewater discharges.The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court in the Western District of Missouri, alleges DFA discharged untreated or inadequately pre-treated waste materials into the city’s wastewater system on numerous occasions in 2018-19, costing the city $1.2 million in additional facility investment and operating expenses. It also accuses DFA leadership with failing to cooperate with city officials regarding the discharges. The lawsuit seeks financial remediation, civil penalties, funding for a water quality project to protect the Big Piney River, and attorney fees and court costs.DFA expressed disappointment in the lawsuit. “The allegations made against DFA are unfounded, and we do not believe that the problems with the city’s wastewater facilities fall squarely on DFA,” according to a statement released by the organization. “Despite this, DFA has been in regular communication with the city to identify what information exists suggesting DFA caused its issues. In addition, DFA has been implementing improvements to its wastewater system, many of which were previously planned.“DFA remains committed to operating in a sustainable way and is hopeful that the city will join us in identifying a fair and equitable resolution to the outstanding lawsuits,” the statement concluded.Japan to subsidize dairy herd expansionWhile a new U.S.-Japanese trade agreement will provide some benefits to the U.S. dairy industry by providing additional access for exports, a separate Japanese program seeks to strengthen its domestic milk production by subsidizing dairy herd expansion.advertisementA new report from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service said the Japanese Cabinet approved new support programs for livestock producers under the 2019 supplementary budget for the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF). The new programs include payments to producers who expand the number of dairy and beef cows retained for breeding purposes.In the budget, MAFF was allocated 24.3 billion yen ($223 million U.S. dollars) to support the Japanese dairy and beef industries. About $100 million will be spent to increase the number of Wagyu beef cows and dairy cows in Japan. Incentive payments for dairy replacements will be about $2,523 per head, or about 39% of the average cost of a bred dairy heifer.The report notes Japanese calf production had slowed dramatically in recent years as aging producers gradually exited the industry, reducing the total cow population and pushing calf prices to all-time highs. A start date and application process for the program has not yet been announced.Global Dairy Trade index risesThe index of Global Dairy Trade (GDT) dairy product prices increased in the first auction of the year, Jan. 7. The overall index rose 2.8%, with all major dairy products showing price improvement:Skim milk powder was up 5.4% to $3,026 per metric ton (MT).Cheddar cheese was up 3.7% to $4,015 per MT.Butter was up 3.7% to $4,029 per MT.Whole milk powder was up 1.7% to $3,150 per MT.The next GDT auction is Jan. 21.  last_img read more

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Miller-Uibo eyes Olympic double

first_imgShaunae Miller-Uibo, the versatile Bahamian sprinter, wants to try the 200-400m double next year at the Tokyo Olympics. Speaking in Monaco ahead of her 200m victory in yesterday’s Diamond League meeting, Miller-Uibo expressed the hope that the schedule would be changed in time to make an attempt at the double feasible. A tight schedule hampered the 2016 Olympic 400m champion at the 2017 IAAF World Championships, and the 200-400 schedule is even tougher for this year’s Worlds. “This year, it’s obviously not put together, so we can’t double this year, but next year, we’re hoping for it. Hopefully, they can change up the schedule a bit for us,” she said in a pre-meet press conference. DIFFICULT SCHEDULING In 2017, the overlap between the two events forced her to run the 200m heat on the rest day between the 400m semi-final and final. She faltered in the 400m, won by American Phyllis Francis, and missed the podium before taking a bronze in the 200m final.This year’s schedule makes the double even more difficult. The heats are 75 minutes apart on September 30, and the semis are just 15 minutes apart on October 1. Although the finals are on October 2 and 3, Miller-Uibo is looking ahead to Tokyo. “We’re asking, but if they can’t,” she said before pausing, “that’s obviously something we’d like to do.” With an oblique reference to the 1996 Olympics when American Michael Johnson and French heroine Marie-José Pérec both did gold-medal 200-400m doubles, she commented, “It’s something that’s quite rare, and I think it would be fun to put it on for the crowd as well.”In 1996, organisers acceded to a request by Johnson to schedule a rest day between the 400m, which came first, and the 200m. The American then became the first man to do the double, which he concluded with a world record of 19.32 seconds in the shorter event. Pérec won both women’s events to match the 1984 feat by Valerie Brisco-Hooks of the United States.Commonwealth champion last year, the 25-year-old Bahamian has cemented her position as an elite 200-metres sprinter this week. In Hungary on Tuesday, she set a season’s best 22.18 seconds to defeat Ivorian Marie-Josée Talou, the World runner-up. In Monaco, she went faster – 22.09 seconds – to turn back Olympic champion Elaine Thompson of Jamaica. After that emphatic win, she reiterated, “If they can change the timetable for the Olympics, I’d be more than happy to double.”last_img read more

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LSU rallies past Rice, will host Coastal Carolina in Super Regional

first_imgBATON ROUGE — Trailing 2-0 with the Tigers’ offense struggling at the plate, junior left-hander Jared Poche’ sat down 16 straight Rice Owls and allowed the LSU baseball team to mount a home run laden comeback and win the NCAA Regional, 5-2, on Tuesday in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.LSU has won 17 of its past 20 games and Tuesday’s victory was the Tigers’ 21st come-from-behind win this season.LSU (45-19), which won its 22nd NCAA Regional title in 29 all-time appearances, advanced to host Coastal Carolina (47-16) in a best-of-three NCAA Super Regional starting Saturday at 8 p.m. CT on ESPNU.Game 2 of the series will begin at 8 p.m. CT on Sunday on ESPN2 or ESPNU, with the “if necessary” game 3 on Monday at either 12, 3 or 6 p.m. CT. The Chanticleers defeated North Carolina State to advance on Tuesday.Ticket information for the NCAA Baton Rouge Super Regional will be announced Wednesday.“The game turned around when Jared Poche’ entered the game,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “He threw six innings probably about as well as he’s ever thrown. He’s pitched a lot of great games for us, but I don’t know if he’s ever had a more important one and a better one.”The Tigers had a difficult time against Rice starter Willy Amador until the seventh inning. A sacrifice fly by designated hitter Bryce Jordan put LSU on the scoreboard with one out before first baseman Greg Deichmann hit a 417-foot, two-run home run off a stuffed ‘possum mounted atop an ESPNU camera in center field that gave the Tigers their first lead, 3-2.“Deichmann’s home run was a special moment for everybody,” Mainieri said, “and we were glad to be a part of it.”Deichmann, who was 3-for-4 with two RBI, was named the Regional Most Outstanding Player after going 9-for-15 with three runs and 10 RBI in four games.Another homer by Michael Papierski to lead off the eighth inning pushed the advantage to 4-2. A two-out double by Kramer Robertson gave the Tigers the final margin.Poche’ (9-4) earned the victory with six innings of nearly perfect relief. He allowed only one hit with six strikeouts, setting up Hunter Newman’s eighth save of the season. Poche’ fired 69 pitches and retired 18 of the 19 Rice batters that he faced.Rice’s Amador (2-2) kept the Tigers off balance for the first six innings. He left the game with one out in the seventh, one batter after Deichmann’s home run. Amador was charged with three runs on four hits with one walk and two strikeouts.The Owls scored single runs in the first and second inning to chase LSU starter Jake Latz, who worked 1.1 innings with one walk and one strikeout. Reliever Russell Reynolds recorded the final two outs of the second inning before Poche’ took the mound to start the third.— Bill Franques Sr., Associate LSU SID2016 NCAA BATON ROUGE REGIONALAll-Tournament TeamP – Alex Lange, LSUP – Glenn Otto, RiceC – Hunter Kopycinski, Rice1B – Greg Deichmann, LSU2B – Grayson Lewis, RiceSS – Kramer Robertson, LSU3B – Connor Teykl, RiceOF – Jake Fraley, LSUOF – Craig Brinkerhoff, Utah ValleyOF – Charlie Warren, RiceDH – (tie) – Dominic DiCaprio, Rice; and, Daniel Midyett, SoutheasternMOP: Greg Deichmann, LSUTop Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat Insurance|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCosmoWomensTop 30 Most Beautiful Women in the WorldCosmoWomens|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCars|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

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St. Cloud Comes Up Short Tuesday

first_img About Connatix V56892 720p HD About Connatix V56892 There were two players of the game in tonight’s game. The first player of the game was Saint Cloud’s Tyler Lunderby who scored 3 goals for the hat trick in the loss. The second player of the game was St. Michael’s Blake Spetz, who scored two goals in the game, including the game winner. With the win St. Michael advances in the playoffs and with the loss Saint Cloud’s season comes to an end. 1080p HD Auto (360p)center_img 360p Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip 1/1 Albertville — When the puck dropped at the beginning of the first period, you knew that this game was going to come down to the final two minutes left. That is exactly what happened when St. Michael Albertville would score the game winner with less the two minutes left, to make the score 5-4.After two periods the score was 4-3 in favor on Saint Cloud. In the third period St. Michael would score the first with a goal by Blake Spetz to tie the game at 4-4. Then with two minutes left in the game that is when the action started. St. Michael was on the power play when Spetz scored again to make the score 5-4 with less then two minutes left.last_img read more

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Austin in QPR squad as speculation over striker’s future continues

first_imgCharlie Austin is in QPR’s squad for Saturday’s Championship opener against Charlton and looks set to feature in the game at The Valley.A number of clubs have been linked with the 25-year-old striker, including Newcastle, Tottenham, West Ham and Everton.But Rangers insist they want £15m for Austin and so far only Leicester have made an approach. AdChoices广告Austin has been nursing a groin problem but trained on Friday and appears to be fit to play this weekend.“We’ve had good game time from Charlie over the last two years, so for how long he’s here we’re hopeful of the same,” said QPR head coach Chris Ramsey.“If he does go, we’re ready to use the players we’ve brought in over the summer to good effect.”Follow West London Sport on Twitter Find us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Cricket in the City continues today

first_imgA number of exciting matches are anticipated during the course of the weekend in action of the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) and the New Building Society (NBS) 40-over second division tournament.   Today’s lone fixture will see Ace Warriors CC coming up against a Police Sports Club (PSC) side which endured mixed returns during last weekend encounters. That match will be played at the Muslim Youth Organisation (MYO) ground and will bowl off from 10:30hrs. Sunday however makes for a few exciting encounters as defending champions the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) are fixed to do battle against this seasons red hot MYO who are unbeaten. That match will be played at DCC. Malteenoes Sports Club (MSC) on the other hand will take on the University of Guyana at MYO in what is expected to be another exciting encounter.  Meanwhile the remaining fixtures will see the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) coming up against Transport at GCC while PSC is expected to arrest Sophia at Eve Leary. The final encounter on Sunday will feature a battle between Everest CC and Diplomats SC at Camp Road. The Roger Harper led board has also secured sponsorship for an under – 19 100 ball tournament under the sponsorship banner of Noble House Seafoods Next Generation under – 19 competition.  That competition bowls off today with Queens College taking on GNIC at GNIC, Gandhi Youth Organisation against Transport at Bourda while DCC will take on ECO Champs at DCC in Zone A encounters.Zone B will see MSC playing against MYO at MSC, Everest verses GCC at Camp Road while Bel Air Rubis drew the bye.   (Caption)last_img read more

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Arsenal confirm Spain midfielder Cazorla is leaving the club

first_imgArsenal announced on Monday that Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla will leave the club this summer when his contract ends.  El Arsenal despide a Cazorla IN SPORT.ES EFE Villarreal president Fernando Roig has already assured the club will help the former Spain international “in any way he needs.” 21/05/2018 Cazorla, 33, has not played since 2016 due to an ankle injury but returned to training this month and is now expected to do preseason with former club Villarreal.  “Santi is always one of my favourite players to watch,” chief executive Ivan Gazidis said. “His natural ability with both feet, his speed of thought and movement were central to our best performances in recent years. “He plays with a joy and freedom which is very rare. We wish him well for the future and thank him for his important contribution to our club.” After six years at Arsenal — he joined the club from Malaga in 2012 — Cazorla bids farewell to the club where he had become a fans’ favourite.  Upd. on 22/05/2018 at 16:01 CESTlast_img read more

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Soccer: Aug. 22 Scoreboard

first_imgMcNeese State 1, Prairie View A&M 0LAKE CHARLES, La. – An early goal by McNeese senior midfielder Krista Steinbeiser proved to be the game-winner as she rocketed a shot past the goalkeeper in the 22nd minute to deliver a 1-0 season opening victory for the Cowgirls over Prairie View A&M on Friday night at Cowgirl Field.The Cowgirls (1-0) scored their first season opening victory since 2012 and first home opener win since 2011.  They also extended their winning streak to four-straight against the Lady Panthers (0-1) since the series began in 2002.“I thought it was a great night for our team to be able to come out and play in front of a home crowd and bring a lot of excitement with our victory tonight,” said head coach Scooter Savoie.  “Getting that opening win was important for us tonight.  I thought we played to what we trained throughout preseason so we were excited to see the results.”With both teams at a stalemate early in the first half, Steinbeiser rallied the troops as she took a great shot from 20-yards out and netted a goal at the 22:01 to break the tie and give the Cowgirls a 1-0 lead.“I thought Krista did a great job in looking up and keeping the goalie out of position to score that goal,” said Savoie.  “She was able to recognize and hit the right shot to get the goal and wound up being the difference in the game.”After the break, McNeese came out to open up its offensive attack on Prairie View A&M.  The Cowgirls, who attempted 14 total shots in the match, recorded 11 in the second with two coming in the last 10 minutes of the match.Senior Tori Lasiter and freshman Gabi D’Alesandro led the way with three shots apiece.  In all, eight different Cowgirls attempted at least one shot.The McNeese defense limited the Lady Panthers to just five total shots in the match including one shot in the first half.  Junior Maggie Marks saved two of Prairie View A&M’s shots on target to record her fifth career shutout.“The shutout was big for us tonight,” said Savoie.  “We stressed all spring the importance of our backline so getting the shutout is important to us as a team and especially our defense and keeper.”The Cowgirls finished the evening with a 7-2 advantage in corner kicks over Prairie View A&M. McNeese will be back in action on Sunday as they welcome American Athletic Conference opponent Houston to Cowgirl Field for a match that is slated to kick off at 1 p.m. Nebraska-Omaha 2, UIW 0OMAHA, Neb. – The University of the Incarnate Word Women’s soccer team opened their official season with a 2-0 loss at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.Neither side posed much of a threat in the early stages of the first half, with the Cardinals (0-1) offering only four shots at the Mavericks (1-0) defense. A break in the 40th minute saw junior Maverick Chelsi Rohloff bury a shot from the top of the box into the lower right-hand corner, putting the Cardinals behind going into the second half.The start of the second half also remained quiet, with neither team taking a shot until the hosts doubled their lead in the 66th minute with a goal from freshman Lydia Holtmann. An assist from Rohloff placed the ball in the center of the box for Holtmann to tap it in to the back of the net.In an attempt to stage a comeback, the Cardinals applied pressure in the offense in the closing stages of the game. Kathryn Mundy and Nikki Popa both took shots that called on Mavericks goalkeeper Katlyn Schochenmaier to make two saves in under two minutes, but UIW failed to make it onto the score sheet.The Cardinals finished the game trailing, with 10 shots to the Mavericks 12 and with only three shots on goal to the Mavericks six. Nebraska native Haley Nelson made her first career appearance in goal for the Cardinals, making two saves and conceding one goal, while splitting the game with Karly Brightwell who came on at the start of the second half to also make two saves and concede one goal.The Cardinals are back in action on Sunday as they remain in Omaha to play Creighton University at 1p.m. Louisiana-Lafayette 1, Sam Houston State 0               HUNTSVILLE, Texas – Sam Houston State had the greater share of possession and created far more chances, but Louisiana-Lafayette was the only team to put one in the back of the net as they claimed a 1-0 win to open the season.The Bearkats will have an immediate opportunity to get their first win of the season as they host Texas-San Antonio Sunday at 6:30 p.m. at Pritchett Field.Sam Houston outshot ULL 28-5, including 17 shots in the second half. Most of the shots were either blocked or drifted away from goal. Cajun keeper Alexias Stricklin was forced to make seven saves, while Kylie Hambleton made just one save.“I felt happy with the way we moved the ball and thought we were much more technical than we’ve been in the past,” Sam Houston head coach Tom Brown said. “In the first half we had some great ideas about how to get in behind but I was disappointed with our play in the second half. We had a couple of chances but players are just going to have to put them away.”Junior forward Ashley Alonzo nearly opened the scoring in the 31st minute but her driven shot hit her own teammate just shy of the goal line.Yazmin Montoya scored the game winner in the 53rd minute, blasting a shot past Kylie Hambleton into the net.The Bearkats poured forward in the final minutes and but were unable to create any clear cut chances.“I’d be a lot more worried if we weren’t creating things and weren’t able to hold the ball. We’ll just have to get regrouped and be ready for Sunday,” said Brown.ULL picked up a pair of bookings in the game, with Tina Sanchez and Natalie Newman each earning yellow cards. Nicholls 2, Southern Miss 1HATTIESBURG, Miss – The Nicholls State University soccer team upset Southern Mississippi 2-1 on Friday afternoon in the Colonels’ regular season opener at the Bell Track & Field Soccer Complex.The win marks the first time in program history that the Colonels (1-0-0) defeated the Golden Eagles (0-1-0). In the five previous matchups Nicholls was outscored 23-1. The most recent matchup between the two programs was a 6-0 shutout by Southern Miss in Head Coach Dylan Harrison’s first game with the Colonels in 2009.”Everything we had a chance to see made us really believe in our team,” Harrison said. “Our players, whether off the bench or starting, can have a huge impact on the game. It was a huge team victory for us today and we look to keep it rolling.”Southern Miss came out aggressive early, taking a 1-0 lead behind Rebekah McMullan’s goal, assisted by Beann Hedin, just five minutes into the game.The Colonels rebounded when a pass from Kaitlyn Caro hit Kristy Tatom, who chipped a shot over the head of Golden Eagle goalie Brittany Taylor for Nicholls’ first point of the game.The Colonels scored again just two minutes later when Kaitlyn Caro found Kirstie Champagne streaking to the front of the box and her shot snuck inside the right corner of the goal.Nicholls played keep-away in the second half behind a tremendous defensive effort from goalie Taylor Mosley who finished with six saves. In one sequence, Mosley dove, blocking a Southern Miss shot, and barely got to her feet before diving in the opposite direction to block a second shot only seconds later. With just two minutes remaining, Mosley raced forward and dove on top of the ball just seconds before a shot from the Golden Eagles, preventing the would-be tying goal and preserving the win.It was a complete team victory with 20 different Nicholls players seeing time on the pitch.The Colonels travel to Mobile to face South Alabama at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Southeastern Louisiana 2, Jackson State 0JACKSON, Miss. – In a battle of two 2013 NCAA Tournament participants, the defending Southland Conference Tournament champion Southeastern Louisiana women’s soccer team blanked Jackson State, 2-0, in the 2014 season opener for both teams Friday afternoon at the JSU Soccer Complex.Southeastern (1-0) improved to 5-0 all-time versus the Lady Tigers (0-1). The win for the Lady Lions was the second straight season-opening victory for the program and their eighth in the last nine seasons.Sophomore Bri Singh, the team’s leading goal scorer from a season ago, netted both second-half goals for Southeastern. Junior Gisenia Utreras and freshman Maggie Ramsey each were credited with assists for the Lady Lions.Southeastern sophomore goalkeeper Hope Sabadash, the reigning Southland Freshman of the Year and Tournament MVP, finished with three saves to earn her first shutout of 2014 and 10th of her career. The back line of senior Chelsea Villaescusa, junior Erin Christ, senior Jen Babcock and sophomore Alexsis Cable limited JSU to just five shots.Southeastern head coach Blake Hornbuckle was happy with the victory, but thought his team learned an early season lesson.“We did an excellent job getting into the attack against a good Jackson State team, but we were unable to take advantage of those situations early in the match,” Hornbuckle commented. “If we are able to capitalize on our opportunities in the first 15 minutes we would’ve changed the complexion of the match.”Hornbuckle singled out several individuals as being key to the team’s win.“Our entire defense was outstanding today,” Hornbuckle said. “Hope was solid with her direction and our entire back line, as well as our defensive-minded midfielders helped get us in the attack and create opportunities. Bri did a nice job finishing her opportunities and we were pleased with the efforts of both Maggie and Maddie Kresevic in their first collegiate matches. Cheyenne Maxwell and Katie Noonan were also very good in the central midfield.”Southeastern was the aggressor throughout the opening half, but could not find the net. The Lady Lions out-shot JSU, 11-1, in the initial 45 minutes, but Singh, Christ, Maxwell, Kresevic and junior Kayla Vera had shots turned away and Southeastern went into the break deadlocked at 0-0.After Sabadash and the Lady Lion defense withstood an initial JSU charge to start the second half, Southeastern again took control of the match in the second half. However, the Lady Lions wouldn’t break through until the 76th minute.Utreras penetrated down the right side of the field and played a perfect cross to Singh. The Lancaster, Calif. native headed in the match’s first score just inside the far post.Singh would strike again just over six minutes later to put the capper on the victory. Ramsey played a ball ahead and Singh was able to beat JSU goalkeeper Kylie Christian to give Southeastern a 2-0 lead.Southeastern will open its nine-match home schedule on Sunday, when it hosts Louisiana-Lafayette on Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Southeastern Soccer Complex. The Ragin’ Cajuns defeated Sam Houston State, 1-0, on Friday. Central Arkansas 2, Louisiana Tech 2 (2OT)CONWAY, Ark. – The Central Arkansas women’s soccer team took the field for its first regular season match on Friday night, hosting the Lady Techsters of Louisiana Tech at the Bill Stephens Soccer Complex. The Bears were unable to hold onto a late lead, drawing with Louisiana Tech 2-2.The Bears (0-0-1) grabbed a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute, when Allie Coleman fielded a cross from Cassie Lange and hammered it in off of the cross bar. Louisiana Tech responded just 54 seconds later, when Kailee Hervey beat the Central Arkansas back line and put the ball into the bottom left corner of the net to even the score at 1-1.  Dayna Mounie put the Bears back on top in the 37th minute, receiving a free kick from Megan Thomas and putting it away from eight yards out to send the Bears into the break with a 2-1 lead.That lead would hold until the 82nd minute, when Madison Doll worked her way through the Central Arkansas defense and slipped the ball by UCA keeper Anna Hughes to equalize the score at 2-2 and send the game to extra time. Despite combining for eight shots in the overtime periods, neither team was able to come up with the golden goal.Mounie, Shelby Wilson, and Alex Moore each took three shots to lead Central Arkansas offensively, while LA Tech had seven players take two shots each. Anna Hughes, making her first career start in goal for Central Arkansas made three saves, while Kylee Seto didn’t make a save during the game for the Lady Techsters.Central Arkansas returns to the pitch on Sunday afternoon, travelling to Kansas City, Missouri to take on UMKC. The match is scheduled to begin at 1:00 PM. Northwestern State 9, Louisiana College 1NATCHITOCHES, La. – The Northwestern State offense erupted Friday night when a total team effort gave the soccer team a 9-1 win over Louisiana College in the season opener at the Lady Demons Soccer Complex in front of 1,109 fans.”One thing we keep empathizing with our defense is that the harder we work the more chances we will have to score goals,” said head coach George Van Linder. “We did that tonight.”A lot of the people whose name did not appear in the stat sheet did a ton of the work,” he said. “They were playing good balls into our attackers to get those opportunities.”Northwestern State outshot the Lady Wildcats 28-2 for the game, and never let LC into its side of the field during the entire second half. Of Northwestern State’s 28 shots, 18 were on goal.”A big thing for us is that we are not the biggest, fastest or tallest team, but we talk about working hard to get two or three people on the ball,” said Van Linder. “One thing we really appreciated was our crowd tonight.  People came out, and it really made a difference for us.”Sophomore Camila Ardila scored the match’s first goal in the ninth minute on an unassisted goal.  Just over a minute later, Harmon Jayme tied the game for Louisiana College on an unaided goal. From there, Northwestern State would go to score four more goals in the first half.Freshman Sage Leffew, who was one of seven freshmen to start the match, broke the tie on a header from a corner kick by Nikki Saunders in the 23rd minute.  Julia Ranalli scored her first goal of the season in the 31st minute, and then assisted on the next two goals.Peyton Rector scored with Ranalli’s help in the 33rd minute, and both teamed up to assist Cache Haley on her first career goal.Shannon Danku opened the second half with a goal in the 66th minute on an assist by Camila Ardila right in front of the goal. Saunders added another assist in the 73rd minute to get Payton Roney her first career goal.Esdenia Gonzalez scored back-to-back goals on two perfect crosses from Mackenna Richardson and Ranalli.  Both passes drew out the LC goalkeeper and allowed Gonzalez to chip in both scores.Louisiana College went through three goalkeepers, Zoe Hollier, Shelby Schneider and Mikaela Sunderson. Northwestern State played two goalkeepers, Alex Latham and Brooke Bourbonais.  Each played for a half, and Bourbonais never faced a shot. Latham made on save and allowed one goal.Ardila led Northwestern State with six shots, followed by Gonzalez and Saunders who each had three. Yanci Johnson, Roney, Brooke Eastburg, Ranalli and Danku all had two attempts apiece.  The Lady Demons were able to get play 28 players in the match. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 0, Houston 0 (2OT)HOUSTON, Texas – The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women’s soccer team opened its second season in program history by earning a 0-0 draw against the University of Houston on Friday night. Redshirt freshman Megan Delaney made four saves to earn a shutout in her first career appearance.”I’m really proud of the way our girls battled tonight,” head coach Shanna Caldwell said. “They fought for each other and competed for 110 minutes. This game definitely gives us a boost to move forward and build upon.”Still, we had too many unforced giveaways all over the field. And we need to connect our final pass more. However, with that said, in our first 90-minute match of the year I was pleased with our starting point.”We will enjoy tonight,” she added, “and tomorrow we focus on the next game. We have to be able to play Friday and Sunday throughout the season, so this will be a good test.”The first half saw even play between the two squads, with both having some solid opportunities, but no top-notch chances. UH earned consecutive corners in the 31st minute, and unleashed a shot on the second opportunity, but it went wide of the frame. The Islanders earned a corner on a nice offensive effort by Hailey Sutton, but Sutton was unable to connect on the ensuing serve and the game remained scoreless into halftime.The second half saw both teams ratchet up the pressure, but neither able to crack the scoreboard. The Islanders had two golden opportunities – the first on an Yvette Franco cross in the 58th minute, as the sophomore shook her defender and sent a ball across the goal mouth from the left side. But no Islander could find the other end of the pass and the game remained scoreless.Houston had some strong chances in the final 20 minutes, but the Islanders defense held strong. Delaney was forced to make two brilliant stops – the first diving to her left in the 73rd minute and the second on a high ball that she deflected off the crossbar. A&M-Corpus Christi had a strong chance in the final minute off a free kick, as the ball caromed high in the air in the box. But no player could get her foot on the chance, and the game went to overtime still scoreless.In the first overtime, the Islanders held the edge in play, and nearly got the winner, as Sutton headed a ball on the near side to Nanna Poulsen in the box, but the newest member of the Islanders was unable to put her volley on frame, as it sailed high and wide to the left.The second overtime was all Islanders. A&M-Corpus Christi had nearly a half-dozen chances in the 10-minute period, two coming on headers in the box by Kallyn Redona off free kicks from Delaney. Zoe Cole also had an opportunity on a break up the left side, placing a shot on frame, and Yvette Franco earned a corner that sent a ball deep into the box. But the visitors were unable to find the back of the net, and had to settle for the scoreless tie. Stephen F. Austin 2, Oregon State 0NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin women’s soccer team picked up their first win over a Pac-12 opponent in program history in a 2-0 statement win over Oregon State on Friday evening at the SFA Soccer Field to open the 2014 season.The Ladyjacks (1-0) got goals from sophomore Jasmine White (1) and freshman Hanna Barker (1), while the SFA defensive front limited the Beavers (0-1) to just four shots across the match. Senior goalkeeper Morgan Glick (1-0) picked up her first shutout of the season, making two saves across the full 90 minutes in the net.In the first meeting between the two programs on the pitch, the Ladyjacks and OSU played nearly a silent first half until White’s goal in the 40th minute. The native of Houston, Texas, scored what later proved the game-winner for SFA on a feed from junior Chantal Curry in the box that set up for a one-on-one opportunity. The Ladyjacks then limited the attack by the Beavers over the closing minutes of the period, having outshot OSU 5-1, to take the 1-0 lead into the break.The intensity maintained for SFA in the second period, as Barker was able to provide a cushion goal, in her collegiate debut, that put the Ladyjacks out front 2-0. In the 62nd minute, Barker sent back a deflection in the box, as senior Zuri Prince picked the assist.The Ladyjacks will now shift their focus to Texas A&M, traveling to College Station for a 7 p.m. match with the Aggies on Sunday at Ellis Field. The meeting marks the first time the two teams have met since A&M eliminated SFA in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Head coach Wally Crittenden is also making his return, having served on the Aggie staff from2010-12 before taking over the Ladyjack program. Stephen F. Austin 2, Oregon State 0Lamar 1, San Jose State 0Nicholls 2, Southern Miss 1Southeastern Louisiana 2, Jackson State 0McNeese State 1, Prairie View A&M 0Northwestern State 9, Louisiana College 1Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 0, Houston 0Central Arkansas 2, Louisiana Tech 2 (2OT)Texas-San Antonio 1, Houston Baptist 0 (2OT)Tulsa 1, Abilene Christian 0Louisiana-Lafayette 1, Sam Houston State 0Nebraska-Omaha 2, UIW 0 Lamar 1, San Jose State 0SAN JOSE, Calif. – Freshman Alexus Aviles made sure Lamar University women’s soccer coach Orlando Cervantes enjoyed his homecoming.Aviles’ goal late in the first half lifted the Lady Cardinals to a 1-0 win at San Jose State Friday afternoon as Cervantes returned to his alma mater.“It was great to come back and get a win in front of my family and friends,” Cervantes said. “I can’t think of anything better.”Aviles, playing in her first collegiate game, scored on a pass from Jannet Hernandez with just 3:32 remaining in the half. That was more than enough for the Lady Cardinals (1-0), who held the Spartans (0-1) to just six shots for the game.Senior Bailey Fontenot made two saves for her 11th career shutout, just one behind the school record of 12 held by Jennifer Gibbs.It was the second consecutive season-opening win for Lamar, which edged Prairie View A&M by a 3-2 margin at home last year. The Lady Cardinals are now 2-6 all-time in season openers, and 1-4 when opening the season on the road.“I thought our defense did a tremendous job today,” Cervantes said. “We played so much better than we did last season. I was extremely happy with what I saw.”Lamar returns to action at 2 p.m. (Central) Sunday when it travels to Cal Poly to wrap up the two-game West Coast swing. Cal Poly (0-1) opened its season with a 2-1 loss at Pepperdine on Friday.“Cal Poly will be tough,” Cervantes said. “They are very quick. It will definitely be a challenge.”Following Sunday’s game, Lamar returns to Beaumont to open a five-game homestand starting a 7 p.m. contest Aug. 29 against Rice. Texas-San Antonio 1, Houston Baptist 0 (2OT)SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Texas-San Antonio’s Kaytee O’Brien scored on a breakaway against Houston Baptist goalkeeper, Patty Walrath, early in the second overtime, as the Roadrunners defeated the Huskies, 1-0, Friday evening. It was the first match of the regular season for both teams.Allison Abendschein and Rebekah Tovar each had two shots on goal, while Natalie Hager had a shot on goal. Walrath took the tough loss in goal as she made two saves between the pipes.O’Brien, who scored both goals in a 2-0 exhibition win at Incarnate Word last weekend, led the Roadrunners with three shots and scored on her only shot on goal attempt.  Happy Orere-Amadu and Jenny Trommer had a shot on goal apiece. Katherine Tesno earned the shutout while making five saves.UTSA outshot HBU, 6-1, in the opening half, but the Huskies had the lone shot on goal in the frame. Each goalkeeper made a save early in the second half, but neither team mustered a threat the remainder of regulation. Tesno saved a Tovar attempt with under a minute remaining, sending the match into overtime.In the first overtime period, both Walrath and Tesno made a save and the Roadrunner defense blocked two shots to keep the Huskies off the scoreboard.Just two minutes into the second OT period, Kauwela Neal headed the ball up the field to O’Brien, who was one-on-one with Walrath, who scored at the 102:20 mark.UTSA outshot the Huskies, 14-11, in the match, but HBU held a small 7-6 advantage in corner kicks. The Huskies had five shots on goal to UTSA’s three.HBU concludes the opening weekend with a 1 pm kick-off at Baylor Sunday. Tulsa 1, Abilene Christian 0TULSA, Okla. – Abilene Christian sophomore goalkeeper Sydney Newton recorded a career-high eight saves in the Wildcats’ 1-0 loss at Tulsa in the season opener for both teams Friday night at Hurricane Stadium.Newton’s previous high of seven saves were recorded in a 1-0 win last season at the Wildcat Soccer Pitch vs. Houston Baptist.A native of Mansfield, Texas, Newton’s busy night in the net (15 shots faced) began with consecutive saves off headers smashed by Lauren King and Kajal Parmar. She was then aided by the crossbar and made her fourth stop of the half in the 31st minute against Alexa Sidorakis.The Golden Hurricane created four scoring opportunities immediately out of the break with a pair of shots (one saved, one wide) and corners, and soon broke the scoreless deadlock in the 54th minute after Madison Smith slid the ball to King, who finished it past Newton.King and Parmar nearly pushed the Tulsa lead to 2-0 nine minutes later, but Newton broke up Parmar’s pass attempt.  And in the 74th minute Newton caught a blast off the foot of Annie Sohmer, who had just sped past a Wildcat defender.ACU’s offense was limited to three shots. The first was by sophomore Maria Gomez in the 41st minute. Sophomore Natalie Throneberry then took a couple hacks during the final five minutes of regulation, but had one attempt blocked and another saved by Tulsa goalkeeper Marleigh Essler.Essler was credited with two saves in her shutout victory. The Golden Hurricane also successfully defended three ACU corner kicks in the first half.The Wildcats return to action Sunday at 1:30 p.m. vs. UTEP at Shotwell Stadium. These two sides played to a 1-1 draw last fall in El Paso, Texas. The game will be broadcast on ACUSports.com by Grant Boone and Juan Nunez.last_img read more

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