Spring is a time for rejoicing. Things born anew. The flowers bloom, the snow melts and the Syracuse Orange soccer players take to the pitch again. College soccer allows for six games to be played in the spring of each year. Talk about changing the schedule and the season is picking up steam more and more, but that's a topic for another time. The Men's Soccer team released their spring schedule this week and it looks to be a doozy.
2015 SYRACUSE SPRING MEN'S SOCCER SCHEDULE
- Fri., March 20 – at Rochester Rhinos, 1 p.m.
- Sat., March 28 – vs. Ottawa Fury FC (at St. Lawrence University), 4 p.m.
- Sat., April 4 – Vaughan SC, 2 p.m.
- Sat., April 11 – Siena, 2 p.m.
- Sat., April 18 – Herkimer County Community College, 2 p.m.
- Thu., April 23 – Colgate, 7 p.m.
"The boys have been working extremely hard in practice and they are looking forward to testing themselves against some very strong competition. We have a young squad and it is a wonderful opportunity for our guys to gain experience and stake claims for important roles on the team as we continue to evolve as a group."
The squad starts off with a test against two professional teams, in the Rhinos (USL-PRO) and the Ottawa Fury (NASL). These should be quite the test and will serve as warmups for the pro sides while giving a tough run to the Orange. Both of these matches will be road tests, leading to a four game home stretch.
Vaughan SC (Ontario) will head to the hill on April 4, followed by some New York neighbors in Siena, HCCC (JUCO) and Colgate. Those four games will be played at SU Soccer Stadium.
HCCC is historically one of the best JUCO soccer programs in the country, having won the national title 10 times in the last 21 years. We also have a few transfers from that program in Korab Syla and Ben Polk, the 12th member of the recruiting class this year.
Vaughan SC is the former club team of new recruit Kamal Miller.
So for those looking for the Syracuse "spring game" -- looks like you're only a week or so away from some football after all...