21st century cracks: Oyón follows in the wake of Villa

first_imgAlex Oyón (Gijón, 2003) is one of those footballers who are almost from their cradle. “My mother with four years he pointed me to play in the Ronces so that he would stop breaking figures in the living room of my house ”, tells this young Asturian who with only 17 years old has become one of the great promises of Sporting.He has always had two soccer passions: Sporting, the first, the club of his heart. And then, admiration for the Barcelona game. With these references, his goal is to emulate his two idols: David Villa and Messi. At the moment, he follows with firm step the path that the first one made. Sporting, aware that many greats follow him, has renewed him until 2022. He arrived at Mareo in 2011-12, in Benjamin B, and in no case do they want him to leave for another team before winning first with the red and white jersey.He is a technical striker, who is unbalanced and makes very good marks when he has room behind the center backs. In Gijón they have great faith that in the medium term he will be an important player in the first team. In fact, next year should already debut if it maintains its current progression. With the economic crisis that will hit football after the coronavirus, teams with strong quarries, such as Mareo, must exploit their resources to have a competitive advantage over other rivals. And in Gijón they have a jewel with Álex Oyón…last_img read more

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Celtics rout Bucks in Game 7, advance to play 76ers

first_imgBoston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) celebrates a basket with fans during the second quarter of Game 7 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks in Boston, Saturday, April 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON — Al Horford and Terry Rozier scored 26 points apiece, and even Giannis Antetokounmpo tipped in a basket for the Celtics on Saturday night to help Boston beat Milwaukee 112-96 in Game 7 of their first-round series and eliminate the Bucks and the Greek Freak from the playoffs.Horford had eight rebounds, Rozier had nine assists and Jayson Tatum added 20 points for the Celtics, who rode the home-court advantage to win all four games in Boston and advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals for the second straight year.ADVERTISEMENT They will meet the Philadelphia 76ers, with Game 1 in Boston on Monday night.Khris Middleton scored 32, Eric Bledsoe had 23 and Antetokounmpo had 22 points and nine rebounds for the Bucks. Milwaukee has advanced from the first round of the playoffs just once since 1989, losing nine straight playoff series since Ray Allen, Glenn Robinson and Sam Cassell brought George Karl to the Eastern Conference finals in 2001.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownPlaying in their NBA-record 31st Game 7, the Celtics improved to 20-4 at home and 23-8 overall in best-of-seven clinchers. It was the second Game 7 at the TD Garden this week, with the Boston Bruins beating the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night to advance in the NHL playoffs.Tatum had nine points in the first, when the Celtics scored 15 straight points — including a tip-in by Antetokounmpo into the Boston hoop — and 20 of the last 22 to end the quarter with a 30-17 lead. Milwaukee scored 11 in a row at the beginning of the second to make it a two-point game, but Boston answered with nine in a row to make it 41-30. Bledsoe has been unpopular in Boston this series because of a trash-talking back-and-forth with Celtics point guard Terry Rozier. Rozier mistakenly referred to him as “Drew Bledsoe” — confusing him with the former New England Patriots quarterback — early in the series.Since then, Bledsoe has pretended he doesn’t know who Rozier is. Celtics fans joined in by chanting “Who is Bledsoe!” in the first half. And during a fourth-quarter break, the scoreboard showed a video of Drew Bledsoe holding up one of his Patriots jerseys and proclaiming himself “the original Bledsoe.”TIP-INSBucks: Have an 0-18 record in playoff series in which they’ve lost the first two games. They are 2-8 in Game 7s. … Bledsoe picked up a technical foul in the first quarter after complaining about a foul call. … C John Henson missed his fifth straight game with a sore back.Celtics: Injured players Gordon Hayward, Kyrie Irving and Daniel Theis were all at the game. Theis, who has been out since March 11, recovered enough from left knee surgery to ditch his crutches for the first time on Friday. … Also in the crowd: Red Sox owner John Henry and Patriots owner Robert Kraft. … Red Sox manager Alex Cora and a bunch of players also filed into a pair of luxury suites after their game ended. … Boston was 4-for-5 from 3-point range in the third. … Rozier’s 26 points were a career playoff high.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Celtics led 50-42 at the half despite going 1-for-12 from 3-point range. Horford had 14 points and seven rebounds at the break, and Bledsoe had 12 points for the Bucks.Milwaukee cut the deficit to three points early in the third but Boston scored 11 of the last 15 points in the quarter.HAMMY TIMEJaylen Brown limped off to the locker room late in the second quarter, then came out to test his sore right hamstring just before the start of the second half. But he left the floor and went back into the tunnel; after riding the stationary bike for a few minutes and getting checked out in the locker room, the team said he was available to return, but he did not.BLEDSOE AND BLEDSOEADVERTISEMENT Warriors’ Stephen Curry sitting out Game 1 against Pelicans P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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IPED records 7% growth in loan portfolio

first_img– approved $3B in loans for 2018The Institute of Private Enterprise Development (IPED) has reported a seven per cent growth in its gross loan portfolio at the end of 2018, with $3.008 billion recorded last year compared to $2.806 billion in 2017.IPED Chairman Komal SamarooDuring 2018, IPED processed and disbursed some 4091 loans at the value of $2.663 billion compared to 4218 loans at $2.684 billion in 2017. This, according to the agency, is a decline of three per cent and one per cent in number and value respectively.Meanwhile, the total number of loans outstanding as at December 31, 2018 decreased to 3938; that is, a three per cent decline from the 4064 loans in 2017.IPED Chairman Komal Samaroo, addressing the Annual General Meeting (AGM) said, “IPED continues to be a pillar in the growth and development of the ordinary man and woman in their quest of owning their own businesses.”The financial agency went on to reveal that the overall quality of the loans portfolio has recorded a marginal improvement with Portfolio at Risk (principal balance of loans in arrears for more than 30 days as percentage of gross loans) being 16.16 per cent in 2018 compared to 18.35 per cent in 2017. It added too that non-performing loans, as a percentage of gross loans, improved from 10.2 per cent in 2017 to 9.8 per cent last year.Furthermore, IPED disclosed that data obtained from loan applications processed in 2018 indicates that micro and small businesses supported by IPED employed approximately 8627 persons.In fact, it was noted that of the total applications processed last year, loans to female principal borrowers were 33 per cent, a decline from 35 per cent in 2017. Additionally, youth borrowers also decreased by one per cent when compared to the six per cent recorded in 2017, while borrowers without real estate collateral also took a plunge with 72 per cent last year against 76 per cent in 2017.Founding Chairman Yesu PersaudNevertheless, IPED in a statement said despite challenges experience, its financial position has strengthened over the past year and continues to be stable. “The year 2018 came with its fair share of challenges but vigilance, strategic decision-making and innovation has allowed us to emerge with satisfactory results,” the financial institution stated.To this end, IPED boasts of an eight per cent growth of its total assets, that is, $3.720 billion last year against $3.498 billion in 2017. This, it said, is financed by $3.267 billion in 2018, compared to $3.221 billion the previous year, of accumulated funds and surpluses.Meanwhile, total liabilities increased to $454 million, representing a 63 per cent hike from $278 million at December 2017. The agency also revealed that it drew down a loan of $200 million from Demerara Bank Limited and $41 million from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in 2018. These, it noted, were used to fund the growth of the loans portfolio.In addition, IPED noted that its financial performance improved last year with a total surplus of $102.5 million, against $85.7 million in 2017, that is, an increase of $16.8 million or 19.6 per cent. The total interest income for the year was $539 million compared to $512 million in 2017, an increase of $27 million or five per cent. It added that total investment and other income was peg at $57 million at the end of 2018, compared to $55 million the previous year. This presents an increase of $2 million or four per cent; while the total expenses for 2018 were $490 million compared to $479 million in 2017, an increase of $11 million or 2.3 per cent.On the other hand, Samaroo also announced at the AGM that founding Chairman Yesu Persaud, had retired from the board in January.“His leadership and sterling contribution over 32 years to the development and growth of IPED, an institution focused on improving the livelihoods of micro and small business entrepreneurs, will not be forgotten,” Samaroo said of his predecessor.IPED is a not for profit organisation but manages its financial affairs to ensure that the institution is sustainable and self-sufficient. All surpluses will be used to enhance our outreach to micro and small businesses in 2019 and thereafter.last_img read more

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Encana completes sale of Montney midstream assets

first_imgTotal cash consideration to Encana is approximately $461 million. Veresen Midstream is a 50/50 partnership of Veresen Inc. and affiliates of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P (KKR).Under the terms of the agreement, Veresen Midstream will provide gathering and compression services to both Encana and the CRP under separate fee-for-service arrangements in areas of mutual interest within the Montney resource play.Veresen Midstream has agreed to undertake up to $5 billion of new midstream expansion within the area, while Encana will continue to operate the related facilities and lead future infrastructure construction on behalf of Veresen Midstream.- Advertisement -Veresen Midstream, however, will oversee all commercial and other ownership activities.“By unlocking value from these assets, we can redirect capital to strategic upstream opportunities, enhance our financial flexibility and maintain involvement in facility construction and operatorship in one of our strategic growth areas,” writes Renee Zemljak, Encana Executive Vice-President, Midstream, Marketing & Fundamentals.The transaction includes existing infrastructure comprised of gas gathering and compression facilities in the Dawson Creek area – consisting of approximately 500 kilometres of pipeline and 675 million cubic feet per day of compression.Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgGardai in Buncrana are investigating an attempted break-in at a local jeweler’s shop and also another “associated incident.”Gardai believe the incident happened around 2am on Saturday morning last at Crossan’s Jewelers at Lower Main Street in Buncrana.An alarm was activated and nothing was taken during the attempted heist. Garda Inspector David Murphy told Donegal Daily the investigation is still ongoing and cannot disclose too much information at this stage.“We are still in the middle of out investigation and because of operational reasons, we cannot say too much.“There was an attempted break-in to Crossans and also an associated incident.“We would appeal to any taxi-drivers or people who were out socialising at the time of this break-in to contact us if they noticed anybody acting suspiciously,” he said.    GARDAI INVESTIGATE ATTEMPTED BREAK-IN AT JEWELERY SHOP was last modified: December 11th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:break-inbuncranaCrossan’s Jewelerylast_img read more



first_imgOne of the “A” rated energy efficient new houses at Rann Mor Meadow, Letterkenny.An innovative and exciting new building project, of ‘A’ rated energy efficient homes is well-underway in Letterkenny and is the first of its kind in the town.The wonderfully designed modern homes have unsurprisingly attracted a significant amount of interest from potential homeowners.It’s been well documented over the last number of months that the property market is making a significant recovery in Ireland for the first time since the collapse of the economy. However, there are suggestions that while the property market is certainly on the road to recovery in Dublin, there’s been little activity outside of the capital.But that belief is being disregarded with the exciting and innovative new project at Rann Mor Meadow in Letterkenny well underway.The project is also giving the local construction industry in the county and the local economy in general a huge lift.The location of Rann Mor Meadow is fantastic, it’s located just off the Rahan Road, and is only a few minutes drive from Letterkenny. The homes are located on an elevated site that provide absolutely wonderful views of Letterkenny.GDC (Ireland) Limited are building the 59 modern homes, that incorporate a whole range of energy efficient features that really make them stand out.GDC (Ireland) has established a stellar reputation over the years for their excellence in building quality homes and consistently setting new standards and thoroughly completing their development.They’ve shown great initiative and fortitude to design these wonderful new homes against a backdrop of one of most difficult periods in the construction industry in Ireland.Managing Director Daniel Doherty also added, that there are very few of this standard and specification of houses anywhere in the country. Daniel told Donegal Daily, “Phase one of the homes is currently under construction, they include solar panels, triple glazed windows, extra thick cavity block walls with added insulation, supreme air tightness, and heating control zones.“With combined condensing oil fired central heating, and a solid fuel back boiler stove linked to the central heating system, this all leads to huge savings in energy costs over the lifetime of these houses, he added.These innovative and exciting new houses will undoubtedly raise the bar when it comes to energy efficient homes in Donegal. This is now what people want and expect and we are here to give it to them.The project also signifies that there is real signs of the economy picking up again, and any increase in activity in the construction sector has a real spin-off for the local economy. “House prices have plummeted since the Celtic Tiger days, but there is now a growing realisation that this is a very good time to buy with considerable value in the marketplace.“Three bedroom semi-detached “A” rated BER energy efficient houses at Rann Mor Meadow are available at just €122,500 in phase 1, he concluded.Such is the quality and innovation of the Rann Mor Meadow development, that at a starting price of €122,500, it’s little wonder that these homes are already attracting such a huge interest among potential homeowners.For further information contact: GDC (IRL) LTD Property Developers on 074 93 84700, email: info@gdcirl.com or visit www.gdcirl.com or http://www.gdcirl.com Sherry Fitzgerald 0n 074 9122211, email: property@sfr.ie or visit www.sfr.ie or visit http://www.sfr.ieINNOVATIVE NEW HOUSE BUILDING PROJECT IN LETTERKENNY CREATING “A” RATED ENERGY EFFICIENT HOMES was last modified: October 14th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessFeaturesnewslast_img read more



first_imgThe pole placed in middle of the footpath in Annagry.A West Donegal county councillor is fuming after a pole was erected in the middle of a footpath in the village of Annagry.Councillor Micheal Mac Giolla Easbuig says he simply cannot understand how permission was given for the pole to be placed there.He said the pole is hazard for wheelchair users and parents with prams. “If you are a wheelchair user, you will find it impossible to use this footpath in Annagry.“I think it’s just not acceptable that some members of our community cannot do what the rest of us take for granted, like use a footpath through a village.“It’s also a hazard for parents with buggies as they are forced into the road to get around it,” he said.Councillor Mac Giolla Easbuig said he raised the issue with the council more than a year ago but still nothing has been done about it. “I’ve been raising this issue with the Council over this last year and a half and still they haven’t re-located it. Myself and others believe this to be totally and utterly unacceptable. I will keep fighting to get the council to move on this for I believe it’s an issue of disability discrimination,” he fumed.COUNCILLOR’S OUTRAGE OVER PLACING OF POLE IN MIDDLE OF FOOTPATH was last modified: April 25th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AnnagrycouncildonegalpoleVILLAGElast_img read more



first_imgNaomh Columba 02.01.2011Many thanks to everyone who attended last Thursday night’s annual dinner dance. The event was a great success, and we wish to thank everyone who helped out, and in particular Owen Doherty for the brilliant disco. Well done to all the players who received awards, and to the minor team of 1986 on the 25th anniversary of their county success. Thank you also to Pat Walsh, who attended on behalf of the county board.Please note that the club AGM is set for Sunday, January 15th, at 1.30pm in the clubhouse. Everyone is most welcome. The third annual Stars in Their Eyes event will take place on Saturday, February 4th, in Meenaneary Community Centre. The acts have been finalised, and participants will be announced in the coming weeks. Anyone wishing to help out at the event is asked to contact Caitríona Nic Seoin or Noel Ellis. Níor bhaineadh lotto na seachtaine seo caite, agus tá duaischiste de €6500 anois ann. Ba iad na huimhreacha a piocadh ná 15 20 24 30. Cuireadh duaiseanna aitheantais chuig na daoine seo a leanas: Gary Byrne, Coinn na Coilleadh. Fergal O’Gara, Cill Chartha. Chris Doherty, Mín an Aoire. Geraldine Byrne, An Caiseal. Mags Byrne, Teileann. Guímid bliain úr faoi mhaise oraibh go léir, agus súil againn go n-éirí go geal libh in 2012! The club wishes you all a very happy and successful 2012, and thank you for your continued support.GAA: NAOMH COLUMBA GAA NOTES was last modified: January 3rd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAAGAA: NAOMH COLUMBA GAA NOTESlast_img read more



first_imgKelly’s Restaurant at Mountain Top in Letterkenny is now seeking applicants for our very popular Diner.Applicants must be willing to work in a high pressured environment, be a fast mover, be flexible and willing to work evenings & weekends!Various positions available including Kitchen Porters, Cooks & Service Team Members. Applications will ONLY be accepted via post or personally with a current c.v to The Manager, Kellys Diner, Mountain Top, Letterkenny. JOBS: POPULAR RESTAURANT SEEKING NEW STAFF was last modified: July 19th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:KellysMountain Toplast_img read more


Women’s Soccer Adds Nine Student-Athletes for 2019 Season

first_img2019 Drake University Women’s Soccer Class on Why They Chose Drake”I committed to Drake because of the outstanding academics and the standout soccer program. It was a great fit from the team and coaching staff, to the professors and classes. I know Drake will help me achieve my goals both on and off the soccer field.” Meghan Brown Brown is a forward from Chatfield, Minn., who is a member of the Minnesota Eclipse club. She is enrolled in Minnesota’s Virtual Academy to be able to travel to the Twin Cities for club soccer, therefore she does not play high school soccer. Brown has played ODP and competed at the ECNL level in the past. She is the co-captain of her team, which is ranked 83rd in the country. The team has a 23-8-2 record, won three tournaments, placed in two other tournaments and are the second-best team for their age group in the state. Her father, Daniel, played football at Hamline University.    “Vianey brings a big presence with her size and strength, an important tool in the college game. She’s a fantastic shot stopper in key moments of games, but ultimately, it’s her work ethic to train hard day in, day out that sets her apart from the rest. As a reliable and dependable person and athlete her leadership that will bring comfort to her backline.”Taylar O’Sullivan, Head Coach Legends FC Goertzen is another member of the Minnesota Eclipse club. She is a midfielder from Woodbury, Minn., who played four seasons for East Ridge High School. During her senior year, Goertzen was a team captain for East Ridge, which advanced to the sectional final. She was named East Suburban All-Conference as a junior when her team qualified for the state tournament. Her sister, Brenley, is a cross country and track and field student-athlete athlete at UC Berkley. Lopez, who is from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., is the lone goalkeeper of the 2019 class. She is a member of the Legends Football Club and played two seasons of soccer for Los Osos High School. Lopez was a member of the U-15 Girls National Team Camp in 2015 and US Soccer Training Center invitee in 2016. In 2017, Lopez was named a girl’s DA Standout. Panther, a midfielder, is a teammate of Jones with the Puma Football Club and at Olathe East High School. She is a captain for Olathe East and been selected second team all-state and First-Team All-Sunflower League the past two seasons with her senior to come in the spring of 2019. “Bulldog women’s soccer will love having Erika in the program. She brings a tremendous skill set, high soccer IQ, powerful shot, exceptional speed and athleticism, and a passion to compete hard every day. Erika loves the game, has a habit of making big plays, and she’s an incredibly supportive teammate who will represent the best of Drake soccer both on-and-off the field.”Dave Ashley, Co Head Coach White Bear Lake High School “Olivia is calm, composed defender whose left foot is similar to a sniper rifle. Her left foot has the power to strike from distance and the precision to hit a target the size of a dime. When Olivia gets the ball, opponents should be on high alert as all her teammates are viable options, no matter the distance or obstacles that are in her way. There is no doubt she is a threat when she has the ball, but she is also a very good defender. She has the athleticism to stay with fast, quick forwards while at the same time the size and strength to hold her own against big, post forwards. Drake fans you can always expect Olivia to have a positive attitude and a big smile on her face.”Daryl Brazeau, Head Coach Iowa Rush Townley, a defender, is a member of the Minnesota Eclipse club with Brown and Goertzen. She is from White Bear Lake, Minn. and earned four varsity letters for White Bear Lake Area High School and served as a team captain her senior season. Townley scored 16 goals her final two seasons and was picked to all-state and all-conference teams both seasons.  “I committed to Drake because it has an amazing soccer program and education program as well. The atmosphere at Drake is very welcoming and makes me feel comfortable. Although it’s far from home, I still feel part of a family. It is a very good fit for me.” Vianey Lopez What They Are Saying About the 2019 Drake University Women’s Soccer Class”Meghan has been a corner stone for building Eclipse Select Minnesota. She has shaped the culture on-and-of the field and set the standard for our younger players. Drake is getting a special player in Meghan Brown.”Andy Kaasa, Executive Director Eclipse Select Minnesota “If you are looking for a player that will grind every time she steps on the field in practice, and every game, you found it in Chloe! Chloe brings energy that will carry the team, and when you think she is done, she makes additional run to finish off the opponent! Drake family will be proud to have Chloe, and I’m looking forward to see her play collegiate level of soccer.”Vladimir Roganovic, Head Coach Puma Futbol Club “Rachel is a true leader, a player that will give her best every time she steps on the field. Get ready to see one very talented fast player that is confident when dribbling in order to create opportunities in the final third of the field. Drake community is getting a quality player, and I’m looking forward to follow her success with the team.”Vladimir Roganovic, Head Coach Puma Futbol Club  “I chose Drake because I’ve been attending soccer camps at Drake with coach Horner since I was old enough to go. I fell in love with coach and the Drake soccer program. When it came time to decide where I wanted to play at the next level, Drake became a reality for me.” Eva Steckleberg “Delaney is an original member of Eclipse Select Minnesota and she embodies everything we stand for. She is a leader on and off the field. She will be a dynamic player whose ability to read the game allows her to make explosive plays.”Andy Kaasa, Executive Director Eclipse Select Minnesota DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s soccer program has added nine student-athletes for the 2019 season, head coach Lindsey Horner announced Friday, Nov. 16. Joining the Bulldogs next year are Meghan Brown (Chatfield, Minn.), Delaney Goertzen (Woodbury, Minn.), Chloe Jones (Overland Park, Kan.), Vianey Lopez (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Rachel Panther, (Overland Park, Kan.), Eva Steckelberg (Ames, Iowa), Olivia Thoen (Ames, Iowa), Erika Townley (White Bear Lake, Minn.) and Audrey Vidmar (St. Paul, Minn.) “Eva is a fierce competitor, hates to lose. She is a defensive mid that creative, flashy, soft attacking mids fear playing against. After you have played against Eva your shirt is probably ripped, you have a couple bruises, you will definitely look forward to an ice bath. She is a tenacious defender, but is also great on the attacking side of the ball. She plays well with her back to goal, is great at linking the back third with the attacking third. She will even get involved on corners and head in a couple of goals per season. One thing Drake fans can expect from Eva is she will give you 100 percent all the time.”Daryl Brazeau, Head Coach Iowa Rush The final member of the 2019 class is from Vidmar, who is from St. Paul, Minn. A defender, she is a member of the Minnesota Thunder Academy club and was a three-year starter for De La Salle High School. Vidmar was a team captain her senior season when she helped De La Salle win their first-ever conference title behind an undefeated record in conference play. She was named first team all-state her final season and garnered all-conference honors all four years of high school.  “I committed to Drake because of its strong academics, school size and the amazing soccer program. I immediately knew the team dynamics and high-level of play were a great fit for me. I am excited to become a Bulldog.” Audrey Vidmar Steckelberg is a defender from Ames, Iowa, who is a member of the Iowa Rush club. She has earned back-to-back First Team All-State honors, including being named to multiple teams during her junior campaign, for Gilbert High School. Thoen is another defender from Ames, Iowa, who is teammate of Steckelberg’s with the Iowa Rush club. She has lettered three seasons for Ames High School and helped the Little Cyclonesqualify for the state tournament all three seasons, including winning a state title in 2017. Thoen has collected consecutive Central Iowa Metro League Honorable Mention honors the past two seasons.   “I committed to Drake not only because of the size and location, but also the amazing coaching staff. It felt like the best school to further my soccer career and academics from the very start. When I came onto campus the first time, the atmosphere showed me that being a Bulldog would be the best fit for me.” Chloe Jones Jones is a defender from Overland Park, Kan., who is a member of the Puma Football Club. She has played three seasons for Olathe East High School with her senior campaign to come in the spring of 2019. Jones earned First Team All-Sunflower League as a junior and helped Olathe East win the Sunflower League as a sophomore.  “I chose Drake because of the variety of opportunities and the supportive community. Along with the perfect size and amazing academics, Drake’s exciting atmosphere was one that I knew I wanted to be a part of immediately after visiting campus. The team’s chemistry and high intensity was exactly what I was looking for and it felt like the perfect environment to continue my soccer career.” Rachel Panther “I chose Drake because of the positive atmosphere and it has a great program for my intended major. When I was on my visit, I witnessed a team that had tremendous chemistry and had the drive to win unlike others.” Olivia Thoen”I committed to Drake because I knew the camaraderie between the players and coaches was something special. The size of the school felt right to me and the team’s drive to achieve was something I knew I wanted to experience.” Erika Townley “I chose Drake because I wanted to attend a school with high academic standards as well as a program that allowed me to play high level soccer. I instantly fell in love with the team, coaching staff and the environment they have created. I could see myself as a Bulldog.” Delaney Goertzen “Audrey is a phenomenal defender! She has all the qualities of a top defender; speed, size, excellent in 1v1s, excellent in the air. With the ball, she has excellent technique and has the ability to deliver pinpoint accurate passes over distance. She is a complete soccer player. But most importantly, she is a great person and a great teammate and Drake is lucky to have her.”Dave Alberti, Head Coach Minnesota Thunder Academy ECNL Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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