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Syracuse 2, Delaware 0: O’Neill scores twice in Orange win

Junior defender Alanna O’Neill was able to find the back of the net for the first time in two years to lead Syracuse yesterday afternoon in the rain.

Alanna O’Neill (center) celebrates with Maddie Iozzi (13) and Stephanie Skilton (22) after her first goal.
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The Orange Syracuse (1-0-1) saw their first victory of the season come to fruition at the S.U. Soccer Stadium yesterday when Delaware (0-2-0) came into town. The Blue Hens had just come off of a heartbreaking loss to Villanova on the road and were ripe to right the ship. The Orange had other plans.

Much like in their game against Colgate last Friday, Syracuse controlled the pace from start to finish, firing off 18 shots, and seven on goal, in the process. Unlike Friday’s contest, though, it took until almost 10 minutes into the second half for Syracuse to see any scoring. The goal came from junior defender Allana O’Neill, her first one since her freshman campaign. Her classmate, forward Alex Lamontagne, tapped the ball she had received from freshman Sydney Brackett in the box that connected with the streaking O’Neill who blasted it by goalkeeper Kailyn Rekos.

O’Neill would score again in the 70th minute on a Taylor Bennett rebound off of the crossbar on a perfectly-timed header.

Delaware couldn’t seem to find any momentum, only managing to get one shot on goal, which Courtney Brosnan was easily able to snag. Mother Nature was the more formidable opponent than the Blue Hens this time around, as the rain steadily fell throughout the game. It didn’t phase the four freshmen who started as they all were able to get at least one shot toward Rekos.

Players of the Match

  • Alanna O’Neill, junior, defender: 3 shots, 2 shots on goal, 2 goals
  • Alex Lamontagne, junior, forward: 4 shots, 2 shots on goal, 1 assist
  • Kailyn Rekos, Delaware, goalkeeper: 2 goals allowed, 5 saves

Up Next

Syracuse will face Army (0-1-0) this coming Friday in their second-straight home game. It’s “International Students Day” in which the university’s students from overseas will be recognized in some way during the match.

If you’re in the area, kickoff is set for 3:00 pm ET, so go and support the ladies! The men’s season opener against UMass is set to follow at 7:00 pm ET.