He may only be a freshman, but Ben Ramin is no stranger to Syracuse soccer.The Ramin family has been connected to the program for years. Ben’s father, Peter, played at SU from 1979 to 1980, while his uncle, Greg, played for the Orange from 1979 to 1982.Continuing the soccer tradition played a key role in Ben’s decision to come to Syracuse.“When originally I was making my decision I thought it would be cool to follow in my father’s footsteps,” Ramin said, later adding that while it wasn’t the deciding factor in his decision, “it was an added plus.”Ramin is a product of C.W. Baker High School in nearby Baldwinsville, where fellow freshmen Alex Bono and Andrew Coughlin also called home. They all attended high school together. Ramin stood out in his senior year, tallying 16 goals and eight assists.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAt C.W. Baker, his teammates noticed his work ethic.“He works really hard on and off the field every single day,” Bono said. “It pays off for him. He’s a good player because of it.”Not only has the work paid off for Ramin, but for his high school teammates as well. Ramin attributes part of his success to the fact that his C.W. Baker teammates were able to push one another in high school competition.“Being able to compete with them on a daily basis helps me be at a higher level,” Ramin said. “And we really push each other to be as good so we are all prepared for the high intensity of Division-I soccer.”Head coach Ian McIntyre has taken notice of Ramin’s dedication.“He wears his heart on his sleeve,” McIntyre said. ”He’s a tremendously hard-working individual.”Ramin’s work ethic landed him at Syracuse, where he is one of the members of a recruiting class that is unprecedented at SU. The class is ranked 14th nationally, the highest ranking for a recruiting class in Syracuse soccer history.While many could not fathom this quick of a turnaround for the SU soccer program following an abysmal 3-12-1 record in 2011, Ramin and the rest of the class saw an opportunity to change the culture of the program.They did exactly what they set out to do.Syracuse, with major contributions from the freshmen, soared to 12-6-0 this year, with a 5-3-0 record in the Big East.“This is our goal as a class coming in as freshmen to really help turn around the program,” Ramin said of his teammates.Ramin was not a major contributor this season. He only logged 108 minutes and scored his only goal in Syracuse’s 6-0 rout of Colgate back on Sept. 3.With a wealth of talented players contributing early in their collegiate careers, Ramin will only add more firepower to the Orange as it gets ready to prepare for the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2013.McIntyre sees a bright future ahead of the young star.“He’s a physical player, and we feel that he can score goals,” McIntyre said. “His best years are ahead of him.” Comments Published on November 15, 2012 at 12:03 am Contact Danny: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook Twitter Google+
Salomon Rondon scored the winner just after the hour mark.Midfielder Juan Mata was sent off in the first half of the match.It means they stay three points adrift of the Champions League places in the table.
Chelsea have issued a plea to fans to keep their support ‘positive’ in Sunday’s Capital One Cup final against Tottenham amid worries of potential anti-Semitic chanting.Tottenham have long historical links to London’s Jewish community and the Blues admit that fixtures between the clubs have “historically brought a deeply unpleasant and unwanted level of anti-Semitic abuse” from a “small minority”.The issue of anti-Semitism against Spurs came back to the fore this week when a video filmed by a passenger on the London Underground appeared to show West Ham supporters chanting anti-Semitic songs before Sunday’s 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane.Chelsea have stressed that any supporter found to be taking part in discriminatory chanting this weekend at Wembley will be dealt with severely.”Sunday’s Capital One Cup final against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley promises to be a passionate and exciting match with both sets of supporters contributing to an excellent occasion,” a statement on the Blues’ official website read.”After consultation between the Metropolitan Police and both clubs, we would like to remind supporters of their responsibilities on the day. “For a small minority, this game has historically brought a deeply unpleasant and unwanted level of anti-Semitic abuse, which has no place in football or anywhere in society. As such, we urge everyone to keep their support positive.”Opposition supporters using terms as a form of identity is no excuse for abusive chanting or behaviour. The club asks that all supporters realise such actions cause huge offence to those around them.”If we receive evidence that supporters have engaged in anti-Semitic or any other form of discriminatory chanting or behaviour, we will take the strongest possible action, including supporting criminal prosecution.”Chelsea fans have been in the spotlight since the club banned five supporters from Stamford Bridge following an incident which saw a a black commuter pushed off a Paris Metro by fans who chanted a racist song ahead of the Blues’ Champions League clash with Paris St Germain.”Recent events in Paris have seen Chelsea fans united in their contempt for a mindless few,” the statement continued. “Chelsea is proud of the diversity within our club and our vision embraces equality regardless of race, gender, sexuality, disability or religion. We all share the common cause of supporting our team.”