After a blowout loss at the hands of Clemson, Syracuse Orange women’s soccer was looking to rebound, but Miami would see to it that wouldn’t happen.
The first half was reassuring for the Orange as they kept the Hurricanes at bay. The only lapse in the defense came when a shot by senior midfielder Gianna Dal Pozzo hit the post and senior forward Gracie Lachowecki was right there to receive the ricochet, which junior Syracuse goalkeeper Courtney Brosnan jumped on for the save.
Miami really started to gain momentum in the second half. Junior forward Ronnie Johnson broke through the scoring with her goal in the 72nd minute. Dal Pozzo took the free kick, passed it to Shannon McCarthy who then headed it to Johnson for the finish.
The Orange tried to tie the game up at one twice, on shots by senior forward Stephanie Skilton and freshman forward Carolin Bader but were unsuccessful.
Johnson almost scored her second goal of the game in the 79th minute but was stopped by Brosnan on the attempt.
Lachowecki gave the Hurricanes a two-nil advantage in the 81st minute with an assist from Dal Pozzo on a long ball.
Miami outshot Syracuse 19-6 overall, and 15-5 just in the second half. The Orange had the advantage in corner kick opportunities but were unable to capitalize on any of them. Brosnan ended up with five saves on the day, despite giving up two goals.
Syracuse falls to 7-3-2 overall, and 0-2-1 in the ACC. With the win, Miami moves to 7-4-0 and 2-1-0 in conference play.
Players of the Match
- Ronnie Johnson, Miami, Junior, Forward: 4 shots, 2 shots-on-goal, 1 goal
- Gracie Lachowecki, Miami, Senior, Forward: 3 shots, 2 shots-on-goal, 1 goal
- Gianna Dal Pozzo, Miami, Senior, Midfielder: 1 shot, 2 assists
Syracuse travels to Durham, N.C. to face Duke (7-2-2, 2-0-1 ACC) in the last leg of their three-game road trip next Sunday. The Orange and Blue Devils are set to kick off at 1 p.m. ET and the game will be streamed on ACC Network Extra.