Mark Konezny-US PRESSWIRE
For the first time in the history of their program, the Syracuse Orange men's soccer team won an NCAA Tournament game on Thursday, defeating the Cornell Big Red 1-0.
Senior Lars Muller scored the game-winner in the 10th minute and the Orange held on to give Cornell only their second loss of the season. With the win, the Orange advance to a November 18th date with No. 14 VCU at 7:00p.m.
The winner of that game will play the winner of Georgetown and Charlotte. But let's not get ahead of ourselves. Let's savor this win first and foremost:
"It was an outstanding, hard-fought national tournament game," SU head coach Ian McIntyre said. "I am very proud of our guys to find a way to come into a difficult environment and get a result tonight. "I'd also like to congratulate Cornell on a wonderful season."
Syracuse now has 13 wins on the year, the 2nd most in school history behind the 1986 team.
Cornell outshot the Orange 17-10 but the defense held strong all night. Cornell's Daniel Haber, the NCAA's third-leading goal scorer and Ivy League Player of the Year, was held scoreless.
As for the VCU match, tickets can be purchased online at VCUathletics.com or by phone at (804) 828-7267.