Senior forward Leah Pruitt (center) celebrates by embracing her teammates after scoring a goal in the 2017 season. (Emily Smith | Daily Trojan)After their 1-0 victory on the road against UC Irvine to start the season on Aug. 16, the Women of Troy will face off against Cal Poly for the home opener on Friday, Aug. 24 at 3 p.m. On Sunday, the Trojans will travel to Malibu for a 1 p.m. matchup against the Pepperdine Waves.It was a hard-fought battle for the Trojans at UC Irvine, but they managed to claim the victory. UC Irvine won the Big West Conference last season, and came in ranked first in the conference during preseason. To claim this victory on the road is an impressive feat for the Women of Troy and a solid way to start the season.“Today was a really tough battle against Irvine, they played extremely well,” head coach Keidane McAlpine said. “It’s exactly what we needed to start the year. We showed some toughness and got the goal that we needed in front of a great crowd on the road and found a way to win.”Redshirt junior Natalie Jacobs was the key player for the Trojans against the Anteaters as she netted the only goal of the game. Jacobs recently joined the Women of Troy as a transfer student from Notre Dame, where she led her team in goals in 2017. The goal was special for Jacobs not only because it helped the team win, but also because it occurred on her birthday. “Actually, I prayed, before [the goal], I’m not even kidding!” Jacobs said. “And then Leah sends a perfect ball, and I kind of blacked out for a second, and then it went in.”The goal came off of an assist from senior forward Leah Pruitt. Pruitt will play an important role for the Trojans this season, as she has already scored 10 goals and has assisted on 12 more in her career. She was a part of the 2016 team which won the national championship, and earned All Pac-12 second team honors last season.In the team’s first game of the weekend, the Women of Troy will host Cal Poly at McAlister Field at 3 p.m. on Friday. Cal Poly, ranked eighth in the Big West preseason coaches poll, had a goalless draw against Marquette last Thursday. The Mustangs are coming off of a 7-9-3 season last year, but the Trojans have yet to beat the Mustangs in their last three matchups. Senior defender Chelsea Barry is a player to watch for Cal Poly in Friday’s game. The talented defender was named to the Big West Preseason All-Conference team, and will look to lead her team from the back this season. She will try to keep a clean sheet against the Women of Troy on Friday and stop players like Pruitt from creating any chances at goal.Following the match against Cal Poly, the Trojans will face their toughest test of this young season as they travel to Pepperdine on Sunday for a 1 p.m. game. The Waves were ranked 18th in the preseason polls after winning back-to-back WCC titles and making the second round of the NCAA tournament last year. However, Pepperdine is yet to meet its potential this season, having been shut out against both Kansas and Texas Tech.Senior Hailey Harbison is expected to lead the Waves in this game. She was named the West Coast Conference Defender of the Year last year and this season, was named to the watch list for the MAC Hermann Trophy, the most prestigious award in women’s collegiate soccer, given to the best player in the nation. Trojans will look to continue their strong start to the season as they aim for another deep postseason run.
John O’Callaghan – BallyporeenRobbie Kiely – Carbery RangersAlan Campbell – Moyle RoversAlan Maloney – Rockwell RoversMartin Dunne – Moyle RoversJosh Keane – Golden KilfeaclePeter Acheson (Capt.) – Moyle RoversBrian Fox – Éire Óg AnnacartyKevin O’Halloran – PortroeConor Sweeney – BallyporeenPhilip Austin -BorrisokaneTipp FM will have live coverage of the match from shortly before 2 o’clock on Sunday afternoon. This is the side that chosen by Liam Kearns and his selectors:Evan Comerford – Kilsheelan KilcashColm O’Shaughnessy – ArdfinnanJimmy Feehan – KillenauleCiarán McDonald – Aherlow
Perched atop the Keangnam Landmark72 from the 62nd to 71st floors, InterContinental Hanoi Landmark72 is now welcoming guests to enjoy one of its 359 rooms.The capital’s newest hotel is within the wider Landmark72 complex, which comprises retail, commercial and entertainment offerings, including a variety of meeting spaces ranging from 70 to 920 square metres. It is situated close to some of Hanoi’s major landmarks and attractions such as Hanoi Museum, Vietnam National Convention Centre, Garden Shopping Centre and the headquarters of many Vietnamese multinational corporations. The hotel is less than 40 minutes from Noi Bai International Airport.The hotel’s rooms include 34 suites, all offering views of the city skyline through floor-to-ceiling windows from the 62nd to the 70th floors. Club InterContinental guests can also enjoy exclusive access to the Club InterContinental Lounge on the hotel’s 71st floor, one of the largest in South East Asia. Club InterContinental guests can start the day with à la carte breakfast, enjoy all day refreshments, take an afternoon tea service as well retreat for evening canapés and drinks while soaking in the view of Hanoi from over 300 metres above the city.Commenting on the hotel opening, Leanne Harwood, Vice President, Operations, South East Asia and Korea, IHG, said: “Hanoi is truly a booming travel destination in the region, with double-digit year-on-year growth in international arrivals and attracting over four million visitors in 2016 alone. Opening our second InterContinental hotel in Hanoi puts us in even better position to offer top-notch luxury accommodation for travellers in the country.”“The launch marks an exciting time for IHG and for the InterContinental brand as we have made history by welcoming guests to the highest hotel in Vietnam. The InterContinental brand has been offering luxury travel for over 70 years, and we are looking forward to our guests experiencing the sophistication of the InterContinental life at the new InterContinental Hanoi Landmark72,” she said.MICE boostHarwood added that the capital’s MICE profile is boosted by the new hotel opening. The new hotel’s MICE offering comprises of meetings spaces, totalling 2861 square metres with eight function rooms ranging from 70 to 920 square metres. The hotel boasts one of Hanoi’s largest pillar-less ballroom that accommodates up to 1000 people, which is complemented by the largest ballroom foyer (1020 square metres) in Hanoi.Sky-high diningThe hotel’s enviable sky-high location has rocketed Hanoi’s restaurant and bar scene to new heights. Located on the 62nd floor are the hotel’s showpiece restaurants and bars including 3 Spoons, Hive Lounge, Q Bar and Stellar.John Kim General Manager, InterContinental Hanoi Landmark72, said: “The InterContinental Hanoi Landmark72 is one of the most impressive InterContinental hotels in the region. Our position at the Landmark72 lets us offer the finest facilities and amenities for both business and leisure travellers to truly experience the glamour of the InterContinental life and we are confident that the hotel will soon become one of the city’s icons of modern luxury travel.”Furthermore, InterContinental Hanoi Landmark72 guests will benefit from IHG’s latest connectivity offering, IHG Connect, which makes its regional debut in Vietnam. Recently launched in the US, IHG Connect delivers a faster and more reliable hotel Internet guest experience by combining increased bandwidth and cloud-based Wi-Fi technology. A key component of IHG Connect is the auto recognition feature for IHG’s loyalty members, where guests only need to sign in once to access hotel Wi-Fi at all IHG Connect-enabled hotels. They will automatically be connected for all future visits.