Being competitive, a compact block. Attacking from the first defense and defending from the first striker. We try to play a combinatorial football although we adapt to the circumstances. In Second B you have to adapt by noses.Are you still excited about these games?Yes, all the matches. And this is very special. We have the most beautiful profession in the world. And I enjoy every game. We are authentic privileged. The question of when I’m going to retire is being asked continuously for four or five years. The day I see that I play little or that the physicist no longer responds to me, I will leave it.More than 20 years ago, you were an international under-20 …Yes. Now that we play against Valencia, I remember that I shared Selection with players like Farinós or Albelda.Counting the National Team, you have 850 matches. Zubizarreta holds the record, with 902, in all international categories and competitions. Will Caneda overcome it?That is already big words. The important thing is to enjoy what you are doing at all times. Valencia plays tomorrow against a 41-year-old center: César Caneda.Yes, I’m lucky that the coach trusts me a lot. How do you get to be playing even with my age? Well, training well, respecting breaks, taking care of meals … A little of all that and with some luck.The Cup puts him back in focus. With Mirandés, you scored the goal against Espanyol that gave the pass to the semifinals of a Second B team …That was one of the most beautiful things that football life gave me. A huge joy. But football is day to day. You don’t live from the past. And now we have another nice challenge.The champion arrives … but in low hours.Yes, I saw that Sunday lost 4-1. They will come wanting to make a blur and a new account, to take revenge. You never know. If they arrived after winning, they would be in good dynamics. And now they may want to recover from defeat.How can you beat Valencia?
For the second-straight year, Drake took home the league’s top pitching award as sophomore Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) was named the 2016 MVC Pitcher of the Year. Newman was also selected to the All-MVC First Team for the second-consecutive season. Rebekah Schmidt won the award in 2015. Drake will play its first game at the MVC Tournament, held in Carbondale, Ill., Friday, May 13 at 2:30 p.m. against the winner of Friday morning’s quarterfinal action between Evansville or Illinois State versus UNI. Every game of the MVC Tournament will be broadcast online via The Valley On ESPN3. Print Friendly Version CARBONDALE, Ill. – The Drake University softball team earned multiple Missouri Valley Conference honors on Wednesday night at the 2016 MVC Softball awards banquet. Newman, who was named the 2015 MVC Freshman of the Year, is having an outstanding sophomore campaign. She is 21-12 with a 2.96 earned run average with a program-record and league-leading 269 strikeouts. Newman recorded 10 or more strikeouts in a game 10 times this season. Smith is hitting .309 with seven home runs, nine doubles and 36 RBI. She has also pitched well in the circle with a 3-2 record and 31 strikeouts. Frank is batting a team-leading .354 along with slugging a team-high nine home runs with 29 runs batted in. Her 58 hits this season is the seventh-best single-season total in program history. Frank collected three MVC Newcomer of the Week awards in her first season. Sowa earned her third career All-MVC accolade also being named to the first team as a freshman and to the second team as a sophomore. This season, she is hitting .302 with a team-high 14 doubles and 39 RBI along with tallying one triple and six home runs. Sowa’s doubles and RBI totals are each tied for the fourth best single-season marks in program history. Rounding out Drake’s award winners is Alexander, who started all 52 games for the Bulldogs in the regular season. She is hitting .250 with a career-high five home runs and 24 RBI. Alexander started the first 15 games in center field before shifting to shortstop where she started the final 37 games. This is the second season for the MVC All-Defensive team, which is completed by the league coaches who nominate one player each. Joining Newman on the All-MVC First Team were freshman Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.), junior Megan Sowa (Gurnee, Ill.) and sophomore Kelsey Wright (Olathe, Kan.). Freshman Taryn Pena (Columbia, Ill.) and sophomore Kailee Smith (Murrieta, Calif.) were All-MVC Second Team honorees. Sophomore Tasha Alexander (Eddyville, Iowa) was picked to the MVC All-Defensive Team. In her first season, Pena is second on the team in hitting with a .340 batting average and has four home runs, 11 doubles and 34 RBI along with a team-high .467 on-base percentage. On Monday, Pena was named MVC Newcomer of the Week for the first time in her career after having a great final weekend of regular season play. Wright collected her first All-MVC honor after a great second season. Batting in the leadoff spot, she is hitting .324 with two triples, two home runs, 14 doubles, 24 RBI and 40 runs scored. Wright’s runs scored total is the fourth-highest single-season mark in program history and her doubles total ranks tied for fourth-best in program history.