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Syracuse 1, Virginia Tech 0: Orange net first win in weeks

The men’s soccer team halted its struggles -- at least temporarily

Steve Haller

Before the Syracuse Orange football team takes on the Virginia Tech Hokies today, the Orange “futbol” team had their own matchup with Tech last night.

The 10th-ranked Orange men’s soccer team defeated no. 15 Virginia Tech 1-0 last night at SU Soccer Stadium. Senior Sergio Camargo netted the match’s one and only score in the 64th minute.

Syracuse’s win is a welcome one as it breaks a four-game winless streak for the team coming on the heels of a program-best 8-0-0 start. They’re now 9-3-1 (3-2-1) on the year, but currently sit fourth in the Atlantic Division (out of six). SU is within shouting distance of second, however. Wake Forest’s 3-1-1 mark being just a half-game better.

Camargo, a transfer to the Orange program from Coastal Carolina, was thrilled to score the chance goal — his first for SU:

"It's been a long time coming. I've never been happier to score a goal. I haven't smiled that big in a while."

The senior connected after a miss by Jonathan Hagman. The shot was blocked and ricocheted to find Camargo, who buried it on a sliding shot from the ride side of the net.

Syracuse played a heavily attacking style on both ends of the pitch all game. The Orange got off 17 shots (seven on net) vs. Virginia Tech’s six (one on net). SU also committed 23 fouls. Camargo and Hagman led the team with four shots apiece.

Orange goalkeeper Hendrik Hilpert grabbed his seventh clean sheet of the season and 13th of his career. It was one of the easier efforts for him given the shut-down defense in front of him.

SU’s next game is a non-conference matchup at Hartford this coming Tuesday, October 18.