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Syracuse Men's Soccer: Week 3 Recap

The Orange took on the #1 team in the country, and went down on a 75th minute counterattacking header, while down a man. I'll take losing 1-0 to the defending national champs, when down a man late in the game while holding their own. Oh, and they routed Cornell 3-0 as well.

Ekblom vs Fordham (don't worry, I've got some new photos from last night...)
Ekblom vs Fordham (don't worry, I've got some new photos from last night...)
Steve Haller

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
The Cornell match was a great rebound for the Orange. They bounced back, controlled the pace, and took it to the Big Red from just after the opening kick. Cornell came out hard, pressing and pushing the pace. Within a few minutes, the Orange gained possession and imposed their will on the game, culminating in the scoring being opened by a strike from the top of the box by Juuso Pasanen in the 18th minute. Stamoulocatos switched the play across the box to Ekblom, who layed one up to the top of the 18 for Jusso to put home in Frank Lampard-esque style. The 21st minute saw the Orange take a 2-0 lead on a Nanco pass in the box to Ekblom for the finish. Bono finished with three saves on the night and took the Orange to 5-1-0 on the campaign.
  • 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.
POINTS GP-GS G A Pts Shots
Murrell, Jordan 4-4 1 2 4 5
Ekblom, Emil 4-4 2 0 4 13
Nanco, Chris 4-3 2 0 4 10
Perea, Nick 4-4 1 0 2 7
Cross, Louis 3-2 1 0 2 1
Team 4-0 1 0 2 0
Alseth, Oyvind 4-3 0 1 1 3