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DePaul Women’s Soccer vs Rutgers

Gametime: Noon on 10/05/2012

On chilly and damp day in Chicago’s Lincoln Park, DePaul’s women’s soccer team battled fellow Big East member Rutgers in a conference matchup. At DePaul’s wish field, the team came into play 7-6-1 and 2-3 in the Big East.

Suffering two Big East losses in a row, DePaul came into play looking for an important conference win against a Rutgers team 1-5 themselves in the Big East, but featuring Jonelle Filigno, herself a bronze medalist with Team Canada in the World Cup. Filigno would have the final say in the match.

DePaul suffered a 1-0 loss to Rutgers in Overtime. Filigno received a pass from teammate Cassie Inacio in the box and was able to kick it past DePaul goalie Megan Pyrz into the right corner of the goal. Pyrz had 4 saves before the killing blow, dropping her to 7-5-1 on the season.

DePaul head coach Erin Chastain acknowledged that stopping Filigno was part of DePaul’s game-plan. “We tried to be physical and prevent her from facing up and running at us because that’s where she’s really dangerous.”

503 fans were in attendance of the game, well over the average amount, due to the presence of Chicago Public School trip. Students from St. Clements, Finkl, Claremont, and Belmont-Craigin enjoyed the game, adding a level of energy and enthusiasm which showed.

DePaul’s team outplayed the Scarlet Knights for the first two periods, earning four more corners and 7 less fouls. They kept possession  ran harder, were more physical, but couldn’t find a way to score a goal.

One of DePaul’s best opportunities came during the 10 second countdown of the first period. DePaul had a clean breakaway, but Rebekah Roller was fouled with 6 seconds on the clock, resulting in free kick. The kick was deflected by Rutgers as the period came to an end.

The team and head coach Chastain knew they had squandered an opportunity. “We threw away a good opportunity we’ve got to go and and get wins” Chastain said.

Filigno scored her game-winner 38 seconds in the overtime period, leaving the crowd stunned at the sudden turn of events. Filigno’s fellow Knights rushed onto the field, many kicking and screaming in the joy of a game-winning goal.

DePaul is scheduled to play Seton Hall in their next match, who themselves are struggling in the Big East with a conference record of 1-6 for the Pirates. Head coach Chastain explained that it would be an important match, but that “Seton Hall is fighting for wins too.”

DePaul’s Briana Rice was impressive for most of the game, hustling up and down the pitch, but also being the most physically  dominating player on either team. She was fouled hard towards the end of the game, and was slow to get up, as play gradually became more chippy especially on the Rutgers side. Rainfall also increased in the second period as temperatures dropped to lows uncommon for early Fall.

Game Note:

3 minutes into the second period a Rutgers and Depaul player collided in a nasty collision in front of the DePaul goal. DePaul’s Sarah Gorden stayed down for a minute with what initially appeared to be a neck injury from the way she was holding her head. Shaken up, she was walked off the field under her own power. She would return a few minutes later after trainers checked her out. After the game, Gorden said she thinks she just punctured a nerve.


Activity 4: Journalism Storytelling

Great Online Sports Storytelling

In a world with a need for immediacy, ESPN and its affiliates delivers all the breaking news on every team in every major sports of interest in this country. Every possible opinion, angle, motive, injury, or replay is instantly available via social media, the internet, and television in a 24/7 news cycle. Sports writers are joined by countless bloggers (myself included), who will tell you just how bad Mark Sanchez is, or their take on Joe Paterno’s legacy.

Anyone can write a story about sports but only a few are actually gifted storytellers. While anyone can give you statistics and opinions, a sports storyteller digs deep into the heart of a subject, and captivates their readers with in depth features that few writers can pull off in this day and age. There is an art to telling a good story, and sports stories are no different. Here are some of the best stories and writers of today’s day and age that I have read.

Bill Simmons is the easy one, and one that I will get out of the way write away. Nobody can deny that this man is one of the most gifted writers alive. Not only is he witty, sarcastic, and engaging, but he is one of the most likable, unique and knowledgeable writers and person out there. This article written after the LBJ decision is a perfect example of Simmons providing a unique perspective and story that a reader is actually motivated to read from top to bottom.

A recent story following Sunday night’s Patriots-Ravens game on Torrey Smith. Every NFL writer picked up this tragic story, but it takes skill to integrate the love of the game into the realities of life, done well in a simple yet compelling story here.

An example of a very simple article covering the Lance Armstrong banning. The article is well written, concise, and captures in an organized fashion everything a reader would want to know.

Finishing with a classic, this is a pure, through and through, tennis article. If you are a tennis fan and were as captivated by the great Rodger Federer as I was back in his prime, than you will appreciate this article even more than the average reader. That being said, even if you are not a tennis fan, this is an amazing article providing fantastic insight, that is well organized and is a darn good story.


NCAA Basketball Tournament

PBS did a great job giving background information and providing an interactive look into the NCAA Basketball Tournament as well as its hypocrisies. The video provided was especially interesting, as was the line of questions presented to NCAA president Mark Emmert. There’s no denying it, the NCAA makes the majority of its money off the NCAA tournament off of huge television contracts and endorsements. Emmert himself is assumed to make a sizable six-figure salary, while the NCAA refuses to pay their athletes, even after they leave college. Many have an issue morally with the NCAA continuing to make money off of someone’s legacy and image long after they leave NCAA sports, while giving no royalties or a mere cent to these ex players.

In the ‘Legacy’ article, PBS gives you the figures, gives you the facts on what is going on, and even gives you insight from those in the industry, ex players, coaches, even recruiters. From this one thing is especially clear: There is money to be made, lots of it, and even at an early age players can be exploited and bled for every single cent of their value. Should athletes be paid? Maybe. Should it be based on the school you go to, a player’s performance, or even how far you get in the tournament? It’s a tricky idea, one that won’t be resolved soon, but it is definitely an issue that needs to be discussed.

Acknowledging that there is a disparity between the athlete and the facilitator is one thing, but to get to the heart of the issue we must also acknowledge that each program and athlete is unique and that there is no overarching solution or way to group all athletes together. The PBS article and our own discussions opens the door to finding answers, and this in all of it’s cliché meaning is half the battle.

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