The Syracuse Orange men’s soccer team decided to give us another #CardiacCuse moment this weekend, needing a extra time golden goal in order to tally the win over St. John’s Red Storm on Sunday night. There’s no doubt that sophomore Miles Robinson took home the Man of the Match honors, tallying two goals and an MLS assist on the evening. The victory wouldn’t have been as sweet as a draw though and Jonathan Hagman made sure of the win with his extra time strike that saw the Orange through.
Syracuse was a bit shaky early in the match, put on their heels by the Red Storm and not really making quality decisions when playing out of the back. In particular, one incident involving Jan Breitenmoser heading a questionable ball back across goal and a few strange passes by the centerbacks. St. John’s got a few good looks in, but the play of the first half rarely left the midfield.
When it did it was the Orange pushing. Johannes Pieles was able to get into the eighteen in the 25th minute but was denied what seemed a sure penalty opportunity. Chris Nanco had an opportunity that couldn’t be controlled and ended with a handball after an impressive run. Louis Cross just missed a beautiful header off the crossbar that had beaten the keeper. Basically the Orange were knocking at the door but couldn’t convert.
Towards the end of the half, the Orange pushed and were able to break through off of one of their eleven corners on the evening. Oyvind Alseth took the short corner but immediately whipped the ball into the box for the big men who came up for the setpiece. It was parried by the keeper and dropped to Kamal Miller, who put a good volley to it. Initially thought to be his goal, Miller may or may not have had it on target (I think it was) but it deflected off of Robinson’s leg for the first of the match.
After halftime, St. John’s put the Orange on the back foot, controlling some play and forcing Hendrik Hilpert into action. He made an absolutely highlight-reel save in the 55th minute off of a beautiful free kick over his wall. Unfortunately the corner that he forced was the one that Syracuse failed to mark the man on their back post during, leading to the Red Storm equalizer. The ball was served into the back post for Alistair Johnston who ran clear onto it, slotting it home with the volley. Soon after, on a bit of a broken play and confusing time with two balls on the pitch off a throw in, Harry Cooksley curled an absolutely “magisterial” ball into the upper 90. Hilpert went full extension but there wasn’t anything that could be done.
The Orange finished off regular time scoring with Miller finding Robinson again for the finish. A long corner resulted in Kamal heading the ball back across goal, with Robinson in the right place to challenge the keeper and head the ball over the line.
The aforementioned Hagman scored his winner after the Orange controlled the remaining regular match and extra time. The score was off a throw in by Robinson to the head of Johannes Pieles who nodded it on for Hagman to finish for his first career goal.
Overall a game that I’m sure the Orange and Coach McIntyre will take some new film away from and find some things to work on, but they found a way to win and that’s what you need to do.
The Orange start ACC action this weekend, traveling to NC State for a Friday, 7pm kickoff. It hasn’t been announced whether they will pick this up with ACC Digital Network.