Last time I checked in, the squad was 4-2 (0-2) after taking down a ranked Connecticut squad and was on a bit of a roll. Since that time, the Orange have chalked up their first ACC win against Duke, 2-1, down in Durham, NC. They also dispatched UMass in a non conference game with a scoreline of 3-0. This past Saturday evening, Virginia came to town and took down the Orange 2-0, leaving the boys at 6-3 (1-3) on the season.
The Duke match was a hotly contested affair, with some excellent goalkeeper play in the first half, followed by goals abound in the second. Duke opened the scoring immediately after the halftime whistle blew. The Orange responded in the 61st minute, as Emil Ekblom tallied the equalizer. Chris Nanco followed this up with the eventual game winner in the 75th. Alex Bono walked away from the contest with four saves in his five shots on goal faced.
Massachussetts came into the city last Wednesday, looking for victory. They left giving up three goals to three different Orange-men. Nick Perea started off with a header in the 31st minute off of a Jordan Murrell service to make it 1--0. Stephanos Stamoulacatos knocked a deflection home in the 43rd to up the scoreline and Juuso Pasanen headed home another beutiful service from Murrell for the last tally on the day.
Against UVA, the Orange weren't able to put much of anything together. A record crowd, reported at 1,803 came out to watch the ACC match. The Cavaliers were able to stifle the offense of the Orange and only allow two shots on the day (one on goal). Bono kept the Orange in it, and hopes alive, making five saves on the night, but it was for naught, with the Orange dropping their third of the year. All three losses have been at home, to ACC teams.
The Orange play tonight at the Stadium, 7pm vs Binghamton. The Bearcats shouldn't be too much of a test, but feel free to swing out, say hello or even catch the game on TWC Sports, as it's being televised.