The Syracuse Orange took a tough road trip down to visit the Virginia Cavaliers on Friday night. They were able to walk away with a point on the road in the ACC, drawing UVA 2-2 on the evening. The matchup between two top sides was the ACC opener this season for both the Orange and the Wahoos.
After making the trip down to Charlottesville, the Orange (3-0-2) looked to open things up off the bat and broke through in the twelfth minute. Tajon Buchanan, drew a penalty after cutting across the top of the 18 yard box and being taken down. Junior transfer Hugo Delhommelle stepped up to the spot and drilled it home past the Virginia keeper for his first on the year.
Later in the first half, sophomore keeper Hendrik Hilpert was able to keep Virginia off the board, as Pablo Aguilar gets stonewalled on a penalty kick. Joe Bell was cleared out by Kamal Miller after he received a nice give and go from his teammate. He acquiesced to Aguilar on the spot, who couldn’t convert and the teams went into the break with the Orange ahead 1-0.
The second half, UVA came out strong, with Aguilar converting from outside the box in the 61st minute to tie the game up. The Orange ended up going down in the 74th when Jean-Cristophe Koffi’s screamer from distance put the Hoos ahead. Both goals seemed to come from missed assignments through the central midfield.
The Orange came good in the 83rd minute when Jonathan Hagman received a nice ball in from Johannes Pieles inside the 18. He was able to slot it high past an onrushing UVA keeper for the equalizer for his third on the year.
After the goal, UVA went down to ten men, having their Hermann Award candidate, Edward Opoku sent off with a second yellow. The Orange couldn’t capitalize, and took the game to extra time, where despite looking the better side, the match ended in a draw.
Overall a very solid effort from the squad and they head into the next four game home stand undefeated. The Orange host the Oregon State Beavers on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. up at the Syracuse Soccer Stadium, followed by a huge ACC top-10 matchup Friday night against the No. 8 Louisville Cardinals.