The Orange opened the match quick, scoring in the fifth minute to take the lead 1-0. Taking advantage of a corner kick, Syracuse’s Hugo Delhommelle served in a curling ball to Sondre Norheim, who put away the header to put the Orange ahead.
Throughout the first half, the Orange continued to knock on the door, outshooting the Wolfpack 9-2, but nothing was able to break through. Ryan Raposo, the freshman winger. took one off the post that would have been the cushion goal. Throughout the match, the Syracuse forwards, including Tajon Buchanan, Massimo Ferris, Severin Soirle, and Raposo, combined for eleven of the seventeen Orange shots. The squad definitely had their chances but didn’t quite convert.
The second half opened pretty well in the Orange’s favor. While there were no new scores early on, Syracuse controlled the pace of play and put a few on frame and around the goal. NC State was constantly absorbing and dealing with the pressure, often breaking out of the press, with David Loera being the cornerstone of the counter. The #10 for the Wolfpack is quick, shifty and knows how to pick a pass. He repeatedly looked dangerous, more so than the team did during actual build up play.
It looked as if Syracuse was going to escape with three points on the road in-conference for the first time in yhe last two seasons. Unfortunately NC State drew a foul just outside the 18 with less than a minute to play. Brad Sweeney, the Wolfpack set piece specialist put a postage stamp goal past a diving Hendrick Hilpert to equalize.
Both teams pushed a little in the extra time periods, but ultimately a draw was the result. A point on the road in the ACC is never a bad thing, but it has to sting a little how it occurred. The Orange return to conference action Tuesday, at Clemson at 7pm. This game is the makeup from the hurricane cancelled match earlier in the season. It will be televised on ESPN+.