Lamar sports informationBEAUMONT – It took less than 15 minutes for Lamar (1-0) to score its first goal of the season, which opened the flood gates as the Cardinals cruised to a 5-0 victory over Grambling State on Friday evening at the LU Soccer Complex.Serving as the season opener for both squads, the Cardinals got four goals in the first half and two each from senior Kelso Peskin and sophomore Lucy Ashworth.LU never really allowed its opponents much of an opportunity to get the offense started. The Lady Tigers were held to just three shots in the opening half and 10 for the game, while the Red and White attempted 21. “Our defense played well tonight, which was huge considering we had to make a last-minute scratch,” said Holeman. “Macie just couldn’t go, so we put replaced her with a freshman, Mya Anders, at center back. Mya was solid tonight in her first collegiate start. Our backline was tested, but they withstood the test. Jocelyn (Hanrath) in goal tonight, her first Division I game and she got a clean sheet.”Riding the wave of a 4-0 lead, it was more of a defensive struggle in the second half. Only one goal was scored, and that coming from Peskin in the 55th minute of action. Peskin took the pass from Manibo for her second assist of the night.The Cardinals return to action Sunday to face Houston. The game against the Cougars will begin at 7 p.m. from the LU Soccer Complex. “The first 10-15 minutes it looked like it was going to be a close game,” said LU head coach Steve Holeman. “Then we got that first goal and that really kind of opened things up. Grambling is a very good team. We didn’t know what to expect coming into tonight because they didn’t play a preseason game. We knew they played very well in their conference last year. From start to finish, I felt like this was a good game for us.”One of four seniors on the squad, Peskin was credited with the first goal of the season on a nice feed from goalkeeper Jocelyn Hanrath. A Salt Lake City, Utah, native, Hanrath boomed the ball right down the center of the field to Peskin who made one move to get by the defender and rifled her shot in the back of the net.It took LU just over 14 minutes to score its first goal of the game, their second would come just 9 minutes later. Ashworth added the second goal on a nice feed from Sophia Manibo to give the Cards a 2-0 advantage.The Cardinals’ offense wasn’t finished yet, and neither was Ashworth. Just 70 seconds after recording her first goal of the season, Ashworth netted a second, as Big Red built an insurmountable 3-0 lead. Just for good measure, LU tacked on a fourth (Ali Hebert) in the 37th minute of action.
Complete ResultsPENSACOLA, Fla. – The No. 9/10-ranked University of West Florida swimming & diving team was as dominant as ever, cruising to a pair of dual meet victories over Birmingham-Southern and Southwestern at the UWF Aquatic Center Friday afternoon. UWF claimed a 195-73 victory over BSC and a 187-83 win over Southwestern. Southwestern defeated BSC in the other women’s competition, while the BSC men claimed a win over SU. Peggy de Villiers, Rebecca Halfast, Madeline Pitt were all part of three victories in the meet. De Villiers was the only swimmer to claim three individual golds, touching first in the 50 Freestyle, 200 Freestyle and 100 Butterfly. Halfast won both backstroke races and led off the final event of the day – the 400 Freestyle Relay – with a strong 100 back that pushed UWF to another victory. Pitt was part of the meet-opening 200 Medley Relay that put UWF in the lead for good and claimed wins in the 200 Butterfly and 200 Individual Medley by nearly six seconds in each swim. Gabrielle Spangenberg and Monica Amaral picked up a pair of wins as well. Spangenberg was also part of the winning 200 Medley Relay and recorded her own individual victory in the 100 Breaststroke before posting the second-fastest 200 Breaststroke on the day 11 events later. Amaral continued her standout performances in the diving well, winning gold in the 1- and 3-meter events, while posting a strong 11-dive score of 489.10 on the low board. Paulina Szydlo also amassed some strong points for the Argonauts, clocking three runner-up times and a gold in the 200 breaststroke. After posting three home victories over the last two weekends, UWF will hit the road next week for the final time before the New South Intercollegiate Swim Conference Championship next month. Friday morning, the Argos will make the 6-hour trip to Cleveland, Miss. for a double-dual meet against No. 5/7 Delta State and No. 39 Henderson State – two of the more formidable teams in the NSISC. The meet is scheduled to begin at 4:00 p.m. Print Friendly Version
David Beckham is on the verge of completing a sensational loan move to Tottenham after the deal was given the green light by Los Angeles Galaxy, Goal.com UK can reveal.Spurs expect to wrap up a two-month loan switch before the weekend after the MLS club were persuaded to allow Beckham to return to the Premier League on a short-term basis to build up his fitness.The 35-year-old superstar is in line to make an emotional debut for the Londoners against former club Manchester United at White Hart Lane on January 16. The club hope to introduce him to the crowd at Sunday’s FA Cup clash against Charlton.Spurs will pay the former England captain a salary package worth around £120,000-a-week on top of a loan fee – believed to be £500,000 – and expect him to be available for at least eight Premier League fixtures plus a Champions League clash away at AC Milan.The move had been cast into doubt on Tuesday as it emerged that LA Galaxy were reluctant to let their prize asset leave on loan, while Spurs manager Harry Redknapp admitted to concerns about whether the deal would go ahead.But MLS and Galaxy powerbrokers finally gave the go-ahead late on Tuesday after talks with Beckham’s representatives, who will now meet with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to conclude the deal. The Galaxy remain concerned that Beckham could suffer an injury during his time in north London after he suffered a torn Achilles tendon during his loan spell at AC Milan last season.Senior members of the MLS hierarchy are also worried that Beckham’s continual loan returns to European football have watered down their branding initiatives.But the midfielder successfully argued that he needs to build up his fitness after hardly featuring in the last MLS season and has always favoured a move to Spurs over interest from several other suitors.Beckham has been the driving force behind the move since he had lunch with Jamie Redknapp – son of Harry – at Harrods just under two weeks ago and expressed his desire to return to the club where he started his career as a schoolboy.There had been concerns among some figures at Tottenham over whether the media circus that surrounds the former Real Madrid man may prove too much of a distraction, especially given the short-term nature of the deal. But boss Redknapp feels the positives of signing Beckham outweigh the negatives and believes his professionalism and experience in winning sides will be a huge boost to the Spurs dressing room as they look to mount an unlikely title challenge.There is also a feeling that he will be a positive influence on Aaron Lennon, the current first choice right midfielder at the club.Redknapp has even been considering the prospect of making a permanent move for Beckham if his loan switch is successful, but that appears improbable as he would have to waive his right to buy an MLS club at the end of his Galaxy contract, which expires in November.The talks that led to LA Galaxy’s decision to allow Beckham to return to Europe were smoothed by the fact they are owned by entertainment giant AEG, Spurs’ partners in their bid to take over the Olympic Stadium after London 2012.It will be Beckham’s third loan switch since he moved to Los Angeles in 2007 after successive loan spells at AC Milan in the last two seasons. He is expected to be restricted to a role as a squad player at White Hart Lane but is eager to prove to England coach Fabio Capello that he is still capable of performing at the highest level.Beckham, who previously said he would only return to England to play for Manchester United, also feels an emotional pull to Tottenham because he grew up close to the area and his grandfather, a great influence on his career, was an avid Spurs supporter.Beckham’s imminent arrival signals the departure of David Bentley, the player who was once tipped as his successor in the England team but has failed to shine at Spurs since his £16.5 million move from Blackburn in July 2008.Birmingham, Newcastle, Fulham and Liverpool have all expressed an interest in the want-away 26-year-old.Tottenham would prefer to sell him on a permanent deal but are willing to accept a loan switch to make way for the arrival of Beckham. “Bentley wants to move on loan or permanently,” said Redknapp on Tuesday. “He has had a long spell without playing and it’s a pity.“It’s hard when you work hard and there’s no light near the end of the tunnel.”Robbie Keane and Giovani dos Santos are also expected to leave the club in January, both on permanent deals, and Redknapp has been told that incoming transfers are dependent on players leaving the club first.Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar is set to sign for the Londoners, as revealed by Goal.com UK last month, while Newcastle striker Andy Carroll remains at the top of the club’s wanted list.Source: Goal.com