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September 17, 2020
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MSOC : Syracuse breaks out with 2 early goals, holds on for 1st win of season

first_imgFederico Agreda threw his arms into the air and sprinted toward Dan Summers to celebrate. The two had just connected to give Syracuse a mark it reached just once all of last year. Agreda closed in on the net and drilled a shot into the net from short distance, off a header from Summers for his first career SU goal. The score broke the Orange out of its offensive malaise, giving the team its first multi-goal game since last October.‘We knew we had to come to this game ready to win,’ Agreda said. ‘We came off in the first minute just to pressure them. We did an amazing job doing that. Knowing the last game we couldn’t score and we had lost the game, the forwards and the midfielders, we knew they had to score.’After failing to score in its opening game of the season last week against Colgate, Syracuse’s offense notched two goals in the first half on Thursday en route to a 2-1 win over Canisius in the team’s home opener. The Orange (1-1) controlled the tempo from the start, and held off the Golden Griffins (0-3) for nearly 15 minutes after they scored on a penalty kick late in the second half. The two-goal cushion was all the Orange needed in just the second multiple-goal night in 19 matches under second-year head coach Ian McIntyre.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU scored its first goal in the 11th minute when Canisius goalkeeper Kareem Gray couldn’t hold onto a save off a corner and defender Skylar Thomas jumped up and headed the ball into the net. After pushing the lead to two goals a few minutes later, though, the Orange offense stopped attacking.McIntyre said his team needed to press harder for the third goal rather than simply try to prevent Canisius from scoring.‘If anything, it’s been a while since we’ve been out ahead so we kind of relaxed and allowed them to get back in the game,’ McIntyre said. ‘I think that’s something we’ll learn, that when we smell that we’re on top of a game, smell a little bit of blood in the water, we’ve got to go for that third goal a little bit more.’To match up with the Golden Griffins’ formation, Syracuse switched from a 4-3-3 to a 4-4-2. The change allowed SU to stretch across the field and attack from a wider range. It resulted in 16 total shots, a much better result than the three shots SU took against Colgate.The Orange had kept Canisius off the board until the 77th minute when the Orange was called for a penalty. Golden Griffins midfielder Jared Ott then knocked the penalty kick into the left side of the net past lunging SU goalie Phil Boerger.When the official made the penalty call, McIntyre slammed his hands to his side and barked at the referee. In previous games under McIntyre, it may have been enough to spell disaster for the Orange. But the two-goal lead gave Syracuse some room to breathe.‘I disagreed with the call. It was nothing personal,’ McIntyre said. ‘He’s in a better position than me. There were a couple of others that may have possibly gone our way. … Fortunately, tonight we had enough in the tank to hold on and kill the game off.’Senior Nick Roydhouse nearly scored the team’s third goal in the 89th minute, but his shot ricocheted off the crossbar and sailed over the goal.Before that opportunity, SU took a more conservative approach with the lead. And it made the game interesting down the stretch after Canisius cut the lead to one on the penalty kick.Roydhouse was impressed by the way the SU freshmen on the field managed to keep their composure in an unfamiliar situation, not allowing the Golden Griffins to complete a comeback.‘It was a new position for us. We haven’t been in the lead in a season game,’ Roydhouse said. ‘It was interesting to see how we react. We panicked a little bit, and we thought as long as we kicked the ball away then they’re not going to score.’With Syracuse’s poor offensive showing in the season opener, the team’s 2010 struggles on offense looked like they would continue into 2011.But two early goals on Thursday changed all of that. McIntyre sees this game as the one that could get his team moving in the right direction. If the offense can continue to produce, more wins will follow.‘Winning becomes a little bit of a habit, and hopefully we can start doing that,’ McIntyre said. ‘We had a poorer start last year, so it was nice to get that first win. And we’ll better because of tonight.’cjiseman@syr.edu Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 1, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_isemanlast_img read more

September 16, 2020
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Syracuse’s struggles in final third, set pieces in 1-1 tie against Yale

first_img Published on September 6, 2019 at 10:00 pm Contact KJ: kjedelma@syr.edu | @KJEdelman Facebook Twitter Google+ Luther Archimede put his hands on top of his head. The freshman thought he’d done it — solving a Syracuse offense that lacked quality in the final third all night. He thought he had his first goal, a game-winner in double overtime with 90 seconds left. That would’ve been something. But they thought wrong. Archimede took off after a Massimo Ferrin corner kick too fast, ultimately offside. His hands slowly rolled down his face, now in disbelief. There would be no game-winning goal after 110 minutes of play. Just a tie.“In a long, hard fought game, that would’ve been a big one to get,” Ferrin said. In regulation, then a pair of 10-minute overtime periods, Syracuse (1-1-1) combated its high-octane offense with Yale’s physical defense. As SU’s offensive opportunities piled up, so did Yale’s yellow cards. The Orange had more time of possession, 10 more shots, 12 total corner kicks — but its final third “lacked composure,” said head coach Ian McIntyre. The Orange played a better offensive game for most of Friday’s contest. But open shots were lofted too high, goalies dominated set pieces. A game-winning finish never came. Syracuse spent 55 minutes trying to recover from a costly equalizer from the Bulldogs to no avail, ending the two’s first matchup in 34 years with a 1-1 tie. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We huffed and puffed and didn’t create enough chances,” McIntyre said.Gavin Lidell | Contributing PhotographerYale mis-hits, errant throw-ins and soft clears gave a Syracuse final third that’s struggled early in games this season the chances it needed to pull ahead. But hard fouls and six yellow cards slowed its offense down. Near-goals were only coming from Syracuse, though, as Yale’s only real moment to score of the half came 12 seconds into the game. Sophomore Hilli Goldhar’s shot in the middle of the box 18 minutes in went directly at Yale goalkeeper Elian Haddock and hit off his gloves. No one was there for a rebound.When a cross toward the Bulldogs keeper came again in the 34th minute, he did the same — knocked it out of his sight. But Simon Triantafillou saw it coming his way. Instead of going for a quick strike, the junior midfielder hesitated for a second, eyeing Haddock. The goalie went left and Triantafillou’s ball went right, straight into the net. As dark clouds at kickoff made their way above SU Soccer Stadium and rain ensued, the wet conditions coincided with a rejuvenated Yale offense to start the second period. The Bulldogs started to win the aerial battle and on one possession eight minutes into the second half, a Yale forward got past a pair of SU center backs. A cross from the left drew goalkeeper Christian Miesch left and after a Yale rebound, another cross rose too high for the SU goalkeeper. After hitting the crossbar, the ball trickled into the back of the net. “I have to watch the goal we conceded,” McIntyre said. “I was a little disappointed by it.”For the rest of the second half, Syracuse’s offense, which started to regroup after conditions settled, would need to score again to pull off a game it deserved to win. Its best chances started on set pieces. Corners came in bulk and got the Orange closer to the net than it could on the ground. Yet, they couldn’t convert a single one.“12 corner kicks is a lot,” Triantafillou said. “…We have to be better with those. They’re free, they’re free chances.”Fouls and stoppages interrupted SU’s offensive flow and sometimes came with heated exchanges. McIntyre called it “wham bam soccer.” Final passes came from time-to-time, like one to freshman Brian Hawkins from six yards out. But the finishes didn’t — Hawkins’ attempt of a shot made it almost to the other side of the field, away from any of the action.With three minutes left in regulation, Ryan Raposo flicked a ball to Ferrin as two Bulldogs converged, halting their momentum. The senior striker was alone, one-on-one with Haddock. Ferrin aimed top left. It went onto SU’s practice fields instead.“I knew exactly what I wanted to do but made poor connection,” Ferrin said of 87th minute shot that went high above the net.After a near-goal off a free kick flipped possession to SU in the first overtime, senior Matt Orr was awarded a free kick of his own. He placed the ball high and right, but Haddock jumped to it, tipping the perfectly placed ball toward spectators on the hill behind the net.The thought of Archimede’s potential game-winner crossed the mind of some postgame. Ferrin said he couldn’t see it as he flicked the ball in, but it seemed close. McIntyre thought there wasn’t many others to mention — “there’s not enough of those to talk about, though,” he said.When the clock hit all zeroes for a third time — this one officially deciding the game — freshman Noah Singelmann lay flat on his back, hands covering his face. His team had 55 minutes to recover and blew all of its opportunities.  Commentslast_img read more