Saturday night, under the lights, defending National Champions in town, Syracuse had a big test.
Overall, I'd say they passed. They didn't come away with any points. Moral victories are crap. I know the lines, and I'm not trying to make excuses for the team, but they played toe to toe with one of the best teams in the nation, outshot them, had better looks and only ended up losing on a header after Skylar Thomas got sent off for a necessary professional foul on a Notre Dame player on a breakaway. This right after Oyvind Alseth wrecked the woodwork with the Orange's best scoring opportunity of the game. Syracuse held the advantage in shots 13-12 and a ridiculous number of corners at 15. The game was pretty well up and down, no team really dominating. The Orange forced Notre Dame into a shell after the go-ahead goal, but were unable to come up with anything. Bono finished the game with a season high seven saves.
"This is a team (Notre Dame) that's handled us pretty easily the last couple of years. This was a different soccer match. It could have gone either way. Just in that moment - one service, one set piece - that was the diference."
- Coach Ian McIntyre
- The record for attendance was set on Saturday at 2,442. It was good to see a bunch of folks out supporting the squad.
- Syracuse, even with the loss moved up in the polls to #14 on the new week.
- Cuse TV recap and interview with Coach McIntyre
- Bono's fifth clean sheet of the year takes him to second all time on the SU list.
- The Orange next take on Clemson away on Saturday.