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Syracuse men’s soccer Matchweek 1 Recap

Go west, young Orange!

Steve Haller

This past weekend marked the opening of the 2018 Syracuse Orange men’s soccer season. The Orange took a road trip to the West Coast, traveling to face the Oregon State Beavers for the season opener, then the Portland Pilots for the second game of the campaign.

Syracuse took the field with a few new faces in the lineup when kicking off against the Beavers. Len Zeugner, the transfer from Boston College, made his debut at the back. Massimo Ferrin (UAB Transfer) and Ryan Raposo (true freshman), both joined the starting XI for the season kickoff as well.

Early in the contest, Syracuse grabbed the lead on a cheeky lob from Tajon Buchanan, to Severin Sorlie at the back post in the fourth minute. The Orange continued to control possession and the game through the half, but gave up an OSU penalty in the 60th minute, leading to the equalizer.

Quickly enough, freshman Ryan Raposo made his presence felt, slotting home the eventual game winner on a deflected shot to the back post. Both goal scorers netted their first of the year, and first of their Syracuse careers, with Syracuse starting the year on the right foot, 1-0-0.

From there, the lads headed north to Portland, to take on a talented Pilots squad who is currently receiving votes in the national Top 25 polls. Prior to the match, Nike HQ was gracious enough to allow the squad to train at their facility.

Game two of the season, the team looked to set up in the familiar 3-5-2/3-4-3 of Coach McIntyre. The back three consisted of Norheim, Miller and Zeugner. The midfield of Breitenmoser, Hagman, Delhommelle and Ricks, and the front line of Ferrin and Soerlie supporting Tajon Buchanan.

The Orange again took the lead in the first half, this time on the boot of Buchanan, slotting it bottom left to gain the advantage. The Pilots came back after the half and equalized in the 58th minute, then took the lead for good in the 76th off of a penalty, handing the Orange their first loss on the year.

SU finished their road trip 1-1-0, with some valuable true road experience for a team still gelling and finding itself. With a little better work in the offensive third, this squad looks to be have some potential to win some matches.

The home opener for the 2018 season is this Sunday, September 2 at 6 p.m., up at SU Soccer Stadium. The matchup against Hofstra should be another test. The Pride open their season on Thursday away against Colgate.