Coming in hot off of their fourth-straight victory this Friday, the Syracuse Orange (7-1-2, 0-0-1 ACC) saw No. 20 Notre Dame (5-1-3, 0-0-1 ACC) come to town this afternoon for the team’s biggest test of the season thus far. It took 13 tries, but for the first time, the Fighting Irish won’t be heading home with a victory over the Orange. The teams drew to a 1-1 tie in double overtime to begin conference play.
Notre Dame got off to a fast start, controlling the ball for the majority of the first half. The Syracuse defense held their own, though, not allowing the Irish to score for the entirety of the first half and about seven minutes into the second. On the other side of the ball, Junior forward Eva Gordon found the back of the net in the 33rd minute off of a corner kick opportunity. Senior forward Stephanie Skilton headed the ball toward Notre Dame goalie Kaela Little and Gordon finished it off with the rebound of her own header to give the Orange a one-goal advantage.
Out of the 11 corners the Irish were awarded, one found forward Taylor Klawunder in the box which knotted the score at one. Senior defender Maddie Iozzi had a shot at blocking the ball once it got past junior goalkeeper Courtney Brosnan, but she swung and missed.
Freshman forward Sydney Brackett had an opportunity to give the Orange a 2-1 advantage near the end of regulation, but she shot the ball right into the path of Little who fell on top of it for the save.
Both goalkeepers made some crucial stops in extra time to keep the game knotted at one through both extra periods.
Syracuse may not have been able to chalk another one up in the “win” column, but they did one heck of a job against the 20th best team in the nation, and the road doesn’t get easier any time soon.
Players of the Match
- Eva Gordon, junior, forward: 5 shots, 3 shots-on-goal, 1 goal
- Taylor Klawunder (Notre Dame): 2 shots, 1 shot-on-goal, 1 goal
- Sydney Brackett, freshman, forward: 4 shots, 2 shots-on-goal
- Jennifer Westendorf (Notre Dame): 4 shots, 1 shot-on-goal
- Courtney Brosnan, junior, goalkeeper: 6 saves, 1 goal allowed
- Kaela Little (Notre Dame), goalkeeper: 5 saves, 1 goal allowed
The Orange will head down to South Carolina to face Clemson (7-2-0) this upcoming Thursday. The Tigers are coming off of a lopsided 9-0 victory over Presbyterian College. Kickoff is set for 7:00 pm ET.