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Syracuse 2 - Boston College 0: Second half push keeps men’s soccer perfect

It also propels Orange to 12 point #OrangeEagle advantage

Syracuse vs Loyola Marymount
Steve Haller

The No. 5/3 Syracuse Orange went into this game perfect on the season and facing their first ranked test of the year. By the results, they passed with flying colors. The squad took on the No. 15/13 Boston College Eagles in an ACC match that was set to be a dogfight based on the two matches played last year. They left victors and still perfect, after two second half goals by Jonathan Hagman (2) and Kenny Lassiter (3).

The first half has been described as a rather droll affair on the scoreboard, but tensions rose as this rivalry looks to be budding into something to keep an eye on. The Orange pressed early, the Eagles countered towards the middle of the half, then things started to get chippy. The Daily Orange aptly summarized the physical play and timbre of the match. From all I can gather, the match was an old-school, Big East style battle.

The Orange have needed more of an identity since joining the ACC for soccer and they’ve had some real battles over the past few years, but this three game stretch with Boston College seems to be some of the most hotly contested, physical and emotional matches that they’ve been involved in. Seems to be a great recipe for turning BC (also a perennial quality team) into a real rivalry with a familiar foe.

As the second half progressed, Syracuse was able to push the tempo a bit and Hagman snagged his goal off another assist from Johannes Pieles, his third on the campaign. The Orange were able to continue to push the game, leading to the second goal of the match in the Chris Nanco took a pass from Sergio Camargo in the 74th minute and crossed it into the box for the Lassiter finish, all but ensuring the win.

The game maintained it’s chippy nature, leading to a hard elbow on Liam Callahan and second yellow card given to Boston College’s Younes Boudadi, sending him home for the remainder of the night.

I erroneously reported on this being the #OrangeEagle opener. In fact, our field hockey squad brought the Orange to the lead in the competition last week. This brought them to a 12-0 lead on the year. The Orange are back in action on Tuesday night. A long road trip to Cornell at 7pm awaits the squad as they look to snag their 8th win on the year.