Veteran coach Bradley Stewart believes the current Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association/FLOW Manning Cup and daCosta Cup competitions are gifted with talented players, but points to faulty thinking and decision-making for inconsistent performances and poor results.”Young players will one day play up here. Another day, they play down here. Until we can get the majority of our players to be thinking the same way, we are gonna have problems,” he said of teams in the competition.Stewart, a former assistant coach for the Reggae Boyz, is now in his second season in charge of Calabar High. Before that, he won the Walker Cup title at Jamaica College.The coach maintains that he is hopeful of Calabar’s chances this season, considering that about half of last year’s team have returned.He said Calabar’s strengths are coordination and passing, but again blamed inconsistent defending in games.The Red Hills Road-based school remains unbeaten with two wins and two draws, and lie in second place in Group A on eight points, two behind defending champions Jamaica College, who they drew 2-2 with in their first game this season.WEAKNESS AMONG TEAMS”What I would suggest is that consistency is not necessarily a strength of schoolboy players. When you look at St George’s College, they were able to beat a team 9-0 in the second match. They still won the [other] game, but by two goals against a team that is not regarded as championship contender,” assessed Stewart.He added: “When you look out in the country for example, Cornwall College demolished a team 8-1, then drew the other game 1-1. So there seems to be a inconsistency among young players – how they themselves see the game, how they see opposing teams. A lot of times, this factors into how they approach games.”The coach also criticised aspects of refereeing in the match where Calabar drew 1-1 with Clan Carthy High, which was played at the Alpha Boys’ football field last Friday.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Drake University women’s soccer team returns from a week off from game action on Tuesday night when it travels to UNI for Missouri Valley Conference play. First kick is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday night at UNI (7-5-2, 1-1-1 MVC), the Bulldogs are trying to secure their first MVC win this season. Drake suffered close defeats to Evansville and Indiana State in its first league games. Illinois State Live Stats UNI has just three regular season games, including two Valley contests, remaining after Tuesday night’s meeting. The Panthers are led in goals scored by Sarah Brandt’s five. Drake and UNI battled to a 1-1 draw last season in Des Moines. Print Friendly Version Story Links Following their two conference games this week, the Bulldogs visit Iowa State on Oct. 18 for a 7 p.m. game with the Cyclones. Illinois State (7-5-2, 1-0-1 MVC) travels to Chicago to play at Loyola Wednesday night. The Redbirds have not lost a game since Sept. 8 at then No. 24 Northwestern. ISU is 5-0-2 during that span with a big win at Indiana State (4-0) and a 1-1 tie against Missouri State Sunday afternoon. Lauren Koehl has a league-leading 10 goals this season. Drake rallied for a 3-2 win over Illinois State last season for its first win in the series since 2005. Drake has four MVC matches remaining this season as the Bulldogs look to carry over their defensive pressure from non-conference play to league action to help secure victories. Drake is 9-1-1 in non-conference games and has allowed just four goals while the Bulldogs have allowed four goals in their two MVC losses. Following Tuesday’s road game, Drake (9-3-1, 0-2-0 MVC) hosts Illinois State on Saturday, Oct. 15 for a 7 p.m. game. UNI Live Stats