The Orange (1-2-0) faced their toughest test of the young season Friday versus No. 18 St. John's (3-0-0) at the SUSoccer Stadium. Coming off of a tough 1-0 loss to Providence last Sunday that saw several Syracuse chances squandered, the ladies were set to go up against their first ranked opponent of 2015.
St. John's had previously beaten Stony Brook and Towson before heading to Syracuse. At Stony Brook, the Red Storm kept the Sea Wolves at bay. Senior forward Rachel Daly found the back of the net in the 81st minute. Diana Poulin, junior goalkeeper, had two saves in net to help secure the 1-0 win. In their first home game, St. John's didn't score until the 60th minute off of senior midfielder Shelby Halasz' foot. Katie DeVault, the net minder for the game, had two saves to keep Towson scoreless in another 1-0 Red Storm victory.
Head Coach Phil Wheddon's team was in need of some offensive production after a dismal outing the last game. In the first half, both Syracuse and St. John's saw a combined 10 shots on-goal blocked or just wide. It wasn't until the opening minutes of the second half that the Red Storm were true to their nickname, and a flurry of shots finally led to a goal, Rachel Daly's second of the season. It came off of a deflection by Courtney Brosnan. Syracuse had several opportunities, particularly in the last 11 minutes, to tie things up, but all came up empty. Brosnan had four saves on the day, preventing any further scoring from the opposition.
- Rachel Daly - 5 shots, 2 shots on-goal, 1 goal
- Diana Poulin - 4 saves, 0 goals
- Courtney Brosnan - 4 saves, 1 goal
The Orange will face the UAlbany Great Danes (1-2-0) Sunday in their second game of the New York Challenge Cup. Syracuse looks to get another win on the season against a more even opponent.