first_img The Potters, who had not registered a Barclays Premier League victory since Boxing Day, were in control for virtually the entire contest and finally broke down their opponents’ stubborn resistance in the 67th minute when Huth nodded home a Glenn Whelan corner. Substitute Jerome then cracked the ball in with nine minutes of normal time remaining having taken the ball down neatly and turned his marker before Adrian Mariappa pulled one back with a header two minutes later for the Royals. Reading had a sniff with Mikele Leigertwood dragging an effort wide, but Stoke were soon back on the attack and Michael Kightly saw his shot blocked by Mariappa just before the half-hour mark after he had drifted past Ian Harte into the area. Adam Federici tipped over when Potters captain Ryan Shawcross tried to guide the ball in left-footed from a failed clearance, and Peter Crouch then looked to produce something similar to his spectacular goal last season against Manchester City – only to slice his attempted volley well off-target. Moments later the striker fashioned a much better acrobatic effort, chesting down Kightly’s cross, letting the ball bounce and then firing it goalwards with a scissors kick, bringing a good save out of Federici. Jon Walters won a corner with a deflected shot on the turn and it was delivered by Whelan to Huth, who crashed a header past Federici. Stoke looked to finish the job off but Matthew Etherington put his shot over the bar, and Adam Le Fondre – scorer of five goals in Reading’s recent unbeaten run – then began to cause problems. He had the ball in the net in the 74th minute, but referee Michael Oliver judged Pavel Pogrebnyak had handled before teeing Le Fondre up and the strike was disallowed. Jerome then capitalised on a Mariappa error, collecting the ball when the Reading defender misplaced a header from Shawcross’ long delivery, getting the better of Alex Pearce and smashing a strike into the net. The Royals hit back swiftly with Mariappa heading in Harte’s corner, but they could not salvage anything this time, with both sides having penalty appeals waved away in the closing stages. Robert Huth’s first goal of the season and a superb Cameron Jerome effort ensured Stoke returned to winning ways as Reading’s recent good run came to an end following a 2-1 result at the Britannia Stadium.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

first_img Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017 Latest Posts Bio Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017center_img Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. CARIBOU — Nick Bagley scored 16 points to lead the Ellsworth boys’ basketball team to a 52-45 win over Caribou on Tuesday.Caribou’s Dayne Savage led all scorers with 21 points for the Vikings.Dan Kelly scored eight points for the Ellsworth Eagles.MDI 80, Presque Isle 55This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe Mount Desert Island Trojans pulled away after a halftime stalemate at Presque Isle for their first win of the season on Tuesday.MDI’s Riley Swanson scored 15 points, and Aaron Snurkowski added 14.Ben Buckley led Presque Isle with 13 points, and Guerrette chipped in 10.Orono 52, Bucksport 36The Orono Red Riots reeled off 17 unanswered points to open the first quarter and never looked back, rolling to a 52-36 win over the Bucksport Golden Bucks on Saturday in Orono.Bucksport matched the Red Riots basket for basket the rest of the way, but the damage was done.Keenan Collett had 15 points and eight rebounds and Kamron Hines had 14 points and eight rebounds for Orono.Tyler Pye led the Golden Bucks with 10 points.Ellsworth 49, Presque Isle 38 Bruce St. Peter scored 12 points and pulled down eight rebounds to lead the Eagles over the Presque Isle Wildcats 49-38 on Monday night in Presque Isle.The Eagles fell behind early as the Wildcats took a 16-6 first-period lead. Ellsworth trailed 31-20 at halftime and 37-32 after three periods.But the Eagles scored 17 points in the final period while holding the Wildcats to a single point and notched their fifth win in six outings.Bryce Harmon had 10 points and four assists, Alex Braley chipped in with eight points, six rebounds and four assists and Nick Bagley added eight points for Ellsworth.Ben Buckley and Chase Norton had 11 points each for Presque Isle.GSA 61, Sumner 45 The GSA Eagles raced out to a 19-7 lead in the first period and never trailed as they rolled to a 61-45 win over the Sumner Tigers on Monday in Blue Hill.Kelsey Allen led the way with a game-high 27 points and Jarrod Chase chipped in with 10 points as the Eagles claimed their fifth win of the season.Sam Smith scored 14 points and Jordan Bernier added 13 for the Tigers.Caribou 60, MDI 56 After matching basket for basket for three periods, the Caribou Vikings edged away to take a 60-56 win over the Trojans on Monday in Caribou.Dayne Savage led the Vikings with 20 points, with teammates Ricky Shelton adding 14 and Colby Holdsworth 11.For the Trojans, Riley Swanson finished with 20 points, and Aaron Snurkowski added 11.Reporter Taylor Vortherms contributed to this reportlast_img read more

first_imgFreshman driver Orestis Apergi currently has 8 goals over five games so far this season. (Emily Smith | Daily Trojan)Following four impressive victories this past weekend at the Aggie RoundUp, the top ranked men’s water polo team looks to continue its dominance in Saturday’s match against No. 6 Pacific at Uytengsu Aquatic Center.The Trojans boast an undefeated record through 11 games, despite facing tough competition from teams such as No. 7 UC Santa Barbara and No. 8 UC Davis. The Trojan’s success in tournament play has come from the contributions of a variety of players. In last weekend’s game against UC Davis, 10 different players scored to propel the Trojans to a 16-9 victory. Freshman goalie Sam Krutonog has also been a standout for the Trojans. In their 10-3 win against UC Santa Barbara at the Aggie Roundup, Krutonog made a career-high 10 saves, resulting in his selection as MPSF Newcomer of the Week. Krutonog is the second consecutive Trojan to be nominated for this award after freshman driver Hannes Daube’s performance the previous week.Against Pacific, another challenging opponent, the Trojans seek to achieve the same focus, preparation and cooperative effort that propelled them to prior victories.“It’s a lot of mental preparation, watching a lot of game footage,” redshirt junior two-meter Sam Slobodien said. “We prepare every day in and out of the water for two or three hours. I just have to focus every day, watch game film, prepare mentally, physically, emotionally. We’re all there, we’ve trained all summer.”The Tigers, who are 5-3 on the season, are coming off of two back-to-back close losses in the Aggie RoundUp against No. 3 Cal and No. 7 UC Santa Barbara. Two of their losses this season have come against the Bears. The Tigers are led offensively by redshirt sophomore utility Luke Pavillard and junior attacker Engin Ege Colak. Ege Colak has remained one of the Tigers’ leading scorers since 2016, when he was selected as the 2016 Golden Coast Conference Newcomer of the Year.Securing a victory against this talented Pacific team is crucial for the Trojans, as they aim to defend their No. 1 spot in the NCAA rankings.“It would be huge,” said Slobodien of the opportunity to beat a top competitor. “It’s the first real matchup of the year. We’re really excited for it, and we just hope to play well. That’s what we do every time we go out there.”With so many talented players on the Trojans’ roster, the team is aiming to play cohesively and  take advantage of their opportunities to put up points.“We just have to be one as a team,” Slobodien said. “We have to play unselfishly and finish our high-percentage opportunities.”Slobodien also plays an important role as a leader of his team. “My goal is to get all of the guys behind us,” he said. “We all have one common goal and that is to win a national championship.”The match begins 1 p.m. Saturday at Uytengsu Aquatic Center.last_img read more