It was a history-making afternoon.
The Syracuse Orange Men's Soccer team is heading to the NCAA College Cup for the first time ever. In a day where there was the renewal of the Georgetown rivalry, Hopkin's first game as coach and Dino Babers being hired as our football coach, I'd say there's some history being made all over today.
The Orange took down the Boston College Eagles, a team that they'd lost to to close the regular season, in the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament. Overall the Orange looked to be in control, earning corner after corner, controlling the pace of play and forcing an astounding nine save, most of them quite quality, from BC keeper Alex Kapp. If you saw the run of play, the 1-0 scoreline would have surprised you. Kapp stood on his head much of the second half, including a sequence where the Orange took six almost consecutive corners.
The Orange eventually broke through on a set piece. It was one of the 14 corners they had on the day. Liam Callahan swung in a great ball to the box. None other than the scoring machine himself, Ben Polk put the ball in the back of the net for his 12th on the season and his most important yet. The history making goal pushes this Orange squad farther than it has been in program history and continues their unbeaten streak, extending it through the ACC Tournament and the NCAA to seven games on the trot.
Looking forward, we will face our old friends from this year, the #2 Clemson Tigers, who advanced in penalties over the #10 ranked Maryland Terrapins. On the other side of the bracket, the #1 Overall Seed Wake Forest Demon Deacons, fell 2-1 to the #8 Stanford Cardinal and star Jordan Morris. They advance to face the #4 Akron Zips, who netted the golden goal in double overtime to decide their fate and bring them past the #12 Creighton Blue Jays.
Here's to the boys making some history and hopefully continuing this crazy little run they're on.
EDIT: Corrected the brackets and upcoming games with results.