The Syracuse Orange men’s soccer team is headed to the Sweet 16 after a 3-0 win over Dartmouth in the NCAA Tournament this weekend. Despite a cold and snowy day in Syracuse, the Orange were able to outlast the Big Green. Sergio Camargo had two goals on four shots, while Chris Nanco had the third goal of the day. Hendrik Hilpert wasn’t tested a ton, but did chip in four saves on the afternoon.
SU got the scoring started early, as Nanco put one in the back of the net in the seventh minute off a deflection from Dartmouth goalkeeper James Hickok. It was Nanco’s team-leading seventh goal of the season. Camargo scored his first goal 17 minutes later to make it 2-0 before the break. He’d tally his second in the 59th minute to effectively put the game away as the weather worsened.
Though Syracuse out-shot the Big Green 13-7, Dartmouth did have ample dangerous opportunities. They had five corners in all, versus one for the Orange. Still, SU was able to stop nearly all of those without a shot even occurring.
Eighth-seeded Syracuse (12-3-4) will face the ninth-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels (12-3-3) on Sunday, November 27. The winner will face either Providence or Creighton for a chance at the College Cup. SU was potentially done a major favor by Providence this weekend when they knocked top-seeded Maryland out of the tournament, clearing the way for the Orange to beat UNC and an unseeded team to return to the College Cup.
In their lone meeting this season, the Heels and Syracuse played to a 0-0 draw. SU is 0-2-2 in their last four games vs. UNC, dating back to the 2013 season.
Check out Steve’s match gallery below, and congrats to the Orange for their third consecutive Sweet 16 trip.