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Faster Stronger Orange: An Interview with Syracuse W. Soccer’s Sydney Brackett & Kailee Coonan

The duo talk about the team’s outlook for 2019 after a difficult 2018 season


Welcome back to “Faster, Stronger, Orange”. With the 2019-20 Syracuse Orange athletics season starting last night we hope to once again shine a spotlight on some of the athletes and sports which don’t receive a lot of media coverage.

Last week I spent some time with Syracuse Women’s Soccer players Sydney Brackett and Kailee Coonan to talk about the outlook for the 2019 season. The Orange have a new head coach with Nicky Adams taking over the job last winter as the team looks to rebound from last year when they didn’t record an ACC win.

Sydney’s a senior forward who has been among the Orange’s offensive leaders the last three seasons and she tells how having an offensive-minded coach appeals to her. She also gives her perspective on the competition within the ACC and what this summer’s Women’s World Cup meant to her.

Kaliee is a redshirt sophomore returning from an injury which kept her out last season. She tells us what it’s like to be unable to help a team struggling to get wins and what she hopes we’ll see from the Orange this fall. I spent about fifteen minutes talking with Sydney and Kailee and found them to be honest about the team’s chances this season while at the same time optimistic for the program’s future. Hopefully you enjoy getting to know a little more about a sport that doesn’t receive a lot of attention.

Syracuse opened their 2019 season with a 1-0 win over the Colgate Raiders on Sunday night on the ACC Network. Their next game will be Thursday when they host the Siena Saints at the SU Soccer Stadium.

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