Heading to Chapel Hill to play a soccer match has never been an easy task. Especially when the North Carolina Tar Heels are ranked #2 in the nation. The #22 Syracuse Orange attempted to do just that last night. Unfortunately for the Orange, UNC rode two late goals to rally for the victory in a game that Syracuse seemed to control early.
Syracuse was the better team early, controlling the pace of play in the first half. Miles Robinson put the Orange ahead in the 23rd minute, connecting on a header off of Liam Callahan cross. Oyvind Alseth had the hockey assist of the set piece. Syracuse continued to put pressure on the Tar Heels for the remainder of the first half, recording seven shots and forcing four saves from UNC keeper James Pyle.
The Orange started the second half strong with a few attempts, but ultimately gave up the equalizer in the 74th minute. The winner came in the 83rd minute off a poor clearance by the defense. From all accounts, the Orange had some solid attempts but couldn't finish off the second goal, proving just too much in the long run.
The loss moves the Orange to 8-3-1 (2-2-1) on the year. They return to action this Tuesday up on the Hill at SU Soccer Stadium against Bowling Green.