Coming off a pair of home victories last week against Indiana and Purdue, the Wisconsin women’s soccer team (5-4-3, 2-1-1 Big Ten) now looks to knock off No. 11 Minnesota (9-1-2, 4-0-0 Big Ten) in the annual border battle this Friday at 6 p.m. at the McClimon Center.But, extending the winning streak could be an uphill battle for the Badgers, as the conference-leading Gophers ended September on a six-game tear to take a two-point advantage over Northwestern in the early standings.Head-to-HeadThe Badgers visited Minnesota last season in their most recent matchup and ran away with a 4-1 victory, but it was also the program’s first win over the Gophers since 2010.Wisconsin’s Keys to VictorySet-Piece DefenseA notable improvement for the Badgers this season is the defense’s execution of corner and free kick clearances. Part of this can be attributed to the improved chemistry between keeper Caitlyn Clem and the rest of the backline.Clem took on seven corner kicks in the 1-0 victory over Purdue last week, and none of them posed a real threat. Similar poise will be needed Friday to shut down an aggressive Minnesota attack that has taken 84 corner kicks already this season.Aggression from the midfieldStill recovering from the loss of star forwards Cara Walls and Kodee Williams, the Badgers have turned to their attacking midfielders more often than not this season to put points on the board (11 of the 14 total goals scored have been scored by a midfielder). If Wisconsin wants to contend against a high-powered Gophers defense, they’ll need to find creative ways to give leading scorers McKenna Meuer (five goals) and Rose Lavelle (four goals) space to shoot in the attacking third.At this point of the season, the Gophers have given up just six goals to 106 shots (an opponent shooting accuracy of just 5 percent).Matchup to WatchMinnesota F Simone Kolander vs. Wisconsin G Caitlyn ClemThe team leader in assists for her first two seasons, Kolander has also proven her ability to find the net, leading the team with seven goals this season in an efficient 27 shots. Kolander comes into Friday’s contest on a five-game scoring streak. On the contrary, Clem has been on a dominant stretch of her own, saving 12 consecutive shots en route to a three-match shutout streak.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I’m not putting too much weight in that,” Roberts said of Puig’s rehab game. “We just wanted his defense. He’s healthy. Yasiel’s a guy that we play every day. He’s working hard and he’s going to have to work through it.”INJURY UPDATESClayton Kershaw played catch in the outfield at Dodger Stadium for five minutes from a distance of approximately 60 feet. That was a step in the right direction one day after the pitcher said he had no timetable to begin throwing. Roberts said it’s still too soon to know when Kershaw can begin throwing off a mound.Kershaw was placed on the 10-day disabled list Sunday with left biceps tendinitis.Justin Turner played a simulated game, allowing him to bat, field and run the bases at Dodger Stadium. The third baseman said he would do the same again Thursday. Turner said he still has “some boxes to check off” before he can return to the Dodgers, presumably next week during the team’s six-game trip to Washington D.C. and Miami.The biggest box?“This might sound weird but probably sliding because I slide with my left hand down,” Turner said. “Sometimes I put my left hand on the ground. I have to concentrate, make sure I don’t stick my hand on the ground and jam up my wrist. Hopefully, in these rehab games, I’ll be able to check that off and not think about that.”Turner hasn’t played since a pitched ball fractured a bone in his left wrist late in spring training.BULLPEN SHUFFLEThe Dodgers added a couple new bullpen arms. Left-hander Scott Alexander and right-hander Brock Stewart were recalled from Oklahoma City prior to Wednesday’s game. Right-hander Yimi Garcia was optioned to Triple-A, and left-hander Tony Cingrani was placed on the 10-day disabled list with what Roberts termed a “dead arm.”Cingrani was “taking a little bit longer to get loose,” Roberts said. “For us, it’s just to get ahead of it. He wanted to stay active and log innings for us. We felt that it was prudent to get ahead of it, give him 10 days, then be ready to go.”Alexander made four scoreless appearances at Triple-A, striking out five batters and walking only one in four innings. Stewart had been optioned to Oklahoma City on Monday to make room for starting pitcher Rich Hill.UP NEXTDodgers (RHP Walker Buehler, 2-0, 1.13 ERA) vs. Cincinnati Reds (RHP Tyler Mahle, 2-4, 4.35 ERA), Thursday, 7 p.m., SportsNet LA LOS ANGELES — It was about this time a year ago that the Dodgers called up a 21-year-old rookie from Triple-A and stuck him in the outfield. Manager Dave Roberts tempered expectations daily, reminding reporters that Cody Bellinger was only in the majors because of another player’s injury. By the end of the season, Bellinger was the National League Rookie of the Year. He never spent another day in the minors.Usually, it doesn’t work that way. Wednesday, it turned out the Dodgers’ front office wasn’t kidding when a 21-year-old rookie outfielder was demoted to Triple-A, and the injured veteran he replaced got his spot in the lineup back.Yasiel Puig started in right field and batted seventh against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Alex Verdugo was optioned to Oklahoma City, 11 days after he was first called up.“Alex came up and played well for us, played with some energy,” Roberts said. “He’s obviously a part of what we’re going to be doing. He came up because of an injury. Once Yasiel came back, to get Alex back down there playing makes sense.” Verdugo, the consensus top position player in the Dodgers’ farm system, batted .265 (9 for 34) with four doubles in nine games. That was not enough for him to displace Puig, Joc Pederson or Matt Kemp, who will start regularly.Rookie Tim Locastro is a versatile reserve who can play both middle infield positions as well as the outfield. Despite his limited exposure over the last week, Locastro will remain in the majors as a right-handed bench piece.“With Alex, you want a guy like him if he is here to be playing every day, not just to be a bat off the bench,” Roberts said. “Even if it’s just being here for another five days, that’s another 20-something at-bats down there, and if we need him we can recall him.”Puig’s batting average (.193), on-base percentage (.250) and slugging percentage (.250) were miserable when he landed on the DL with a sore hip and ankle. For the most part, those averages didn’t line up with his peripheral stats. Puig’s line-drive, ground-ball, and fly-ball rates were roughly on par with his past few seasons. His walk and strikeout percentages were close to his career averages, too.That suggests a fair amount of bad luck. Puig’s expected weighted on-base average (.300) badly outpaced his actual wOBA (.224), according to MLB’s Statcast technology. Roberts said the club considered delaying Puig’s activation after he went 0 for 4 in a rehab game with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga on Tuesday, but ultimately decided 10 days was enough.
“It’s hard for me. I lost my first son. I loved him,” Robert Arellano Sr. said, breaking into tears. He said he liked the plaque, which has a photo of Carlos and describes him as a “Former student of Garvey Schools, who gave his life in the defense of liberty in Iraq.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“Carlos Arellano represents a new face – a new immigrant face serving his country proudly,” Solis said. Arellano, 22, was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and got his U.S. citizenship last year. He was in combat during all three tours of duty he served in Iraq. Members of Garvey School District and the Rosemead City Council held the ceremony, during which they dedicated two myrtle trees and a plaque at the base of the flagpole to Arellano. “We will think of you each time we walk by this street,” said Virginia Peterson, superintendent of Garvey School District. Arellano attended Emerson Elementary and Garvey Intermediate, as well as Mark Keppel High School in Alhambra. Monterey Park Councilman Mike Eng announced he will donate a $500 scholarship for a Mark Keppel High School student in honor of Arellano. The Arellano family will help determine the qualifications for the scholarship. Garvey Intermediate students Nicholas Castillo and Isaac Valdez, both 14, helped Arellano’s father hoist the flag. ROSEMEAD – Robert Arellano Sr. remembers going to Garvey Intermediate School to watch his son Carlos graduate years ago. Arellano returned Wednesday for a different purpose. Arellano and two eighth-graders at the school raised a flag to half staff in honor of Marine Cpl. Carlos Arellano, who was killed Jan. 20 during a suicide car bomb attack in Haqlaniyah, Iraq, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. Rep. Hilda Solis, D-El Monte, dedicated the flag, which has been flown at the U.S. Capitol and will be given to the Arellano family.