USC suffered two heartbreaking comeback losses this weekend to Duke and San Diego, extending their losing streak to three games after starting the season with two victories.The 2-1 loss against the Toreros (3-3-0) on Sunday shocked and disappointed USC coach Ali Khosroshahin, who expected a better effort from his squad after a promising performance against No. 4 Duke (6-1-0) on Friday.“We needed to do better,” Khosroshahin said. “Duke is a top-5 program, and [San Diego] is a team that is battling to survive like we are.”The Women of Troy, who have focused on “winning the first five minutes” of each match this season, came out of the gates strong against the Toreros.In the eighth minute, junior midfielder Jordan Marada took a long shot from the left corner of the box that ricocheted in off the right post and into the net to put the Women of Troy up 1-0.USC would receive another golden opportunity to score just a few minutes later when the Toreros committed a handball in the box. In response San Diego keeper McKenna Tollack made one of her seven saves on the ensuing penalty kick, guessing correctly on senior Samantha Johnson’s attempt to keep her team’s deficit at one goal.In the 22nd minute, San Diego’s Sierra Ferreira found the equalizer on a centering pass deep in USC territory.The score held at 1-1 until the 70th minute, when the Toreros closely replicated their first goal on a boot by Mariah Butera.USC desperately tried to break through again, but despite outshooting San Diego 21-8, the Women of Troy failed to find the back of the net before time ran out.“We made some mental errors,” said goalie Caroline Stanley. “We feel disappointed today because we feel like we had it in our grasp and we kind of let it go.”The Women of Troy (2-3-0) followed a similar script against the Blue Devils on Friday, scoring an early goal before surrendering two scores in the second half.In the sixth minute, Marada blasted a corner kick into the box that found the foot of sophomore midfielder Alex Quincey, who tapped it in for a 1-0 lead against the top-ranked opponent USC had faced this season.The Women of Troy kept the lead through halftime, but the Blue Devils picked up the offensive pressure as soon as the second half began.In the 63rd minute, Laura Weinberg sent in a cross from the left side that Kim DeCesare knocked in to tie it up.Duke rallied for the go-ahead goal just moments later in the 70th minute. Weinberg sent in a corner kick to Gilda Doria at the near post, who flicked a header back to the far post that DeCesare netted for her second goal of the day.Duke goalie Tara Campbell made three big saves in the waning moments that clinched it for the Blue Devils.Despite disappointing losses they suffered this weekend, the Women of Troy are said they staying positive and viewing the setbacks as bumps in the road that young teams have to experience.“I think we started the game really well,” said junior defender Elizabeth Eddy. “Going forward, we just need to maintain that high energy throughout the second half.”“We’ve faced a lot of adversity, and it’s going to get easier,” Stanley said. “We have to remember that obstacles are stepping stones and not stumbling blocks.”The Women of Troy return to action next Sunday on the road against Cal-State Northridge (3-1-1).
Cathay Pacific adds fifth weekly Adelaide serviceCathay Pacific Airways is adding a fifth weekly flight to Adelaide from 2 December 2015. The move will see the airline increase its capacity on the route by 25 per cent and brings the weekly number of seats to 2,500.Nelson Chin, General Manager, Cathay Pacific Airways Southwest Pacific, said the increase is a direct response to high demand from both inbound and outbound passengers.“Since we introduced our new schedule in early April last year which provides better connections, particularly to the UK and Chinese destinations, we have seen demand surge,” he said. “Our flights have been very popular and we have seen increased numbers of tourists into Adelaide from mainland China, as well as South Australians taking advantage of the fast connections to China, Asia, London and North America via Hong Kong.“The fifth flight will depart Hong Kong on Wednesday night and depart Adelaide on Thursday morning, making Adelaide departures available on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, giving South Australian passengers more flexibility in their travel plans,” said Mr Chin.“We are also working closely with Tourism South Australia to promote the State in Hong Kong, mainland China and other key markets and this is proving to be a very good partnership,” he added.Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said the additional flight into Adelaide was excellent news for South Australia.“The State Government has been working extremely hard to create opportunities and shine the spotlight on our state. With events like the Tour Down Under, World Cup Cricket at the redeveloped Adelaide Oval, the Adelaide Fringe, Clipsal 500 Adelaide, Adelaide Festival and WOMADelaide, we are continuing to see visitors flood into SA.“Importantly, Cathay Pacific has very strong links with Europe and China – two of our key markets. In the recent State Budget, $35 million was allocated to market Adelaide and SA internationally and interstate, with a particular focus on China.“The additional flight will play a role in helping us reach our goal of 57,000 Chinese visitors by 2020 and build an $8 billion tourism industry by 2020,” he said.Mark Young, Managing Director, Adelaide Airport added: “The direct flights to Hong Kong, providing same day connections with mainland China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan, have proved very popular with travellers – as have the onward connections to London. It’s great news that Cathay Pacific will expand this service from later this year to meet growing demand.”The additional flight also means an increase in capacity for freight from South Australia.“In addition to extra passengers, we have also been carrying a lot more freight out of Adelaide, particularly fresh tuna to Japan, chilled fish to Hong Kong and Europe, as well as chilled meat to Frankfurt and Taiwan. An extra flight each week gives South Australian exporters an extra 15 tonnes in freight capacity,” Mr Chin added. Fly Cathay PacificSource = Cathay Pacific