In her final season, Emily Heslin continues to lead Minnesota’s midfield

first_imgMinnesota averaged 2.16 goals per match during the 2017 season. So far in 2018, Minnesota has averaged 1.18 goals per match. Minnesota’s defense has allowed only 0.82 goals per match, compared to 0.89 goals per match last season.Head coach Stefanie Golan said Heslin embodies the team’s spirit.“She’s one of the first ones out all the time [in practice],” Golan said. “She will put in an unreal amount of work day-to-day. Even when you go through simple, mundane technical training, she does it at game speed without you having to say anything to her.”Heslin said Fiedler is not only her best friend, but someone who has made her a better player.“She helps to hold me accountable and show me moments where I don’t necessarily see something,” Heslin said. “She will give me opportunities to fix a problem and give me those solutions that I might need.”Heslin has scored five goals in her career, three of which came last season. Perhaps the most important goal of her career came in the 2016 Big Ten Championship game on Nov. 6, 2016. Heslin scored the game-winning goal in Minnesota’s 2-1 victory over Rutgers, clinching Minnesota’s first Big Ten title in 21 years.Golan said Heslin is someone that other players can learn from.“Everybody can look to [Heslin] to see how it should be done,” Golan said. “You can never look at her and say she’s not doing what she’s supposed to do. She does it and then some.” In her final season, Emily Heslin continues to lead Minnesota’s midfieldHeslin has started in all 11 matches this season. Erik NelsonSeptember 27, 2018Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintMidfielders are responsible for both leading the offensive attack and defending, but midfielder Emily Heslin prioritizes defense in her style of play.Heslin has recorded only one point this season. She assisted on April Bockin’s second goal of the match in Minnesota’s 4-0 win over North Dakota State on Sept. 7.Heslin said she watched older Minnesota midfielders and learned how to play the position from them.“I was lucky to get minutes my freshman year to try and gain that understanding by doing it and building off of that every year since,” Heslin said. “I’ve embraced the role for what it is and being that anchor defensively doing whatever the team needs me to do.”Heslin is best friends with midfielder Molly Fiedler, whom she met during her freshman year of high school. Both played on the club team Minnesota Thunder Academy before joining the Gophers in 2015.Fiedler said Heslin is a strong leader in the locker room. Heslin is co-captain this season along with fellow senior Emily Peterson.“Any time she says something, it carries a lot of weight whether its encouraging or needing more out of people,” Fiedler said. “On the field, she leads by example. She is the epitome of Gopher soccer.”Heslin said the Gophers have always prided themselves on defense, even when the offense can’t score many goals.“This year’s no different in that we take it seriously,” Heslin said. “I don’t think it’s that we’re not creating the chances [on offense]. As long as we keep our defense strong and keep creating opportunities, eventually the goals will come.”last_img read more

Ilongga lifts Petron past Generika in Superliga

first_imgMANILA – Aiza Maizo-Pontillas flashed her vintage form anew as the Petron Blaze Spikers cruised to a 25-21, 25-14, 25-20 win over Generika-Ayala Lifesavers in the 2019 Philippine Superliga Invitationals at the San Juan Arena. Negrense Bernadeth Pons of Petron Blaze Spikers evades the defense of Generika-Ayala Lifesavers’ Jamie Lavitoria for a drop shot. PSL PHOTO The Passi City, Iloilo native unloaded 14 points to go along with 15 digs on Monday night while Negrense Bernadeth Pons finished with 14 markers. Meanwhile, reigning champion F2 Logistics Cargo Movers vented its ire on Marinerang Pilipina Lady Skippers, 25-14, 25-17, 25-11, to tie the Lifesavers in Pool B with 1-1 win-loss slate. “Yung mga attacks nila kailangan maging ready both blockers and floor defense naming, at service pia riin,” said Blaze Spikers head coach Shaq Delos Santos. “Kailiangan improve pa nang improve and ma-maintain talaga namin ‘yung ganung klase ng laro.” Frances Molina, Mary Remy Palma and Cherry Rondina combined for 18 markers while veteran Angel Legacion contributed 18 excellent sets. Victorinara Galang delivered 17 points off 14 kills and three blocks while Mary Joy Baron and Kim Dy chipped in 12 points apiece. Desiree Cheng added nine markers and 13 digs. With the win, the Blaze Spikers moved up to 2-0 in Pool B. Blaze Spikers was last year’sSuperliga runner-up. In the other match, Foton Tornadoes finally tasted a win. It dominated PLDT Home Fibr Power Hitters, 25-21, 25-20, 25-18. Ilongga Shaya Adorador paced theassault with 15 points laced with nine excellent reception and six digs./PNlast_img read more