Syracuse Victorious in its First ACC Game
Syracuse victorious in its first ACC Game
By Christian De Guzman
RALEIGH, N.C. — NC State must really hate playing against Syracuse.
The Orange defeated the Wolfpack on Friday by a score of 2-0 in Raleigh. The Syracuse goals were scored by Chris Nanco on a penalty in the 16th minute and an Oyvind Alseth olimpico off a corner in the 74th minute.
Sophomore midfielder Jonathan Hagman was brought down in the box by an NC State defender, and Nanco pushed NC State goalie Alex McCauley the wrong way as slotted the penalty home for his fourth goal of the year.
Senior captain midfielder Oyvind Alseth finally got his name on the scoresheet with his wonderful goal straight from the right corner. It may have looked like freshman Johannas Pieles got his head on the ball, but replays showed that no one touched the ball on the great strike from Alseth. This is the second game in a row that an Orange player has scored a fantastic goal. Hagman scored a game-winning goal off a half volley against St. John’s on Sunday.
The offensive production of Syracuse continues to grow. With Friday’s games, Cuse has now scored 13 goals in 5 games. The trio of Chris Nanco, Johannas Pieles, and Kenny Lassiter have accounted for 8 of those goals.
The veteran defense also continued its strong performance to start the season. SU now has only conceded 3 goals in its first 5 goals. Sophomore goalie Hendrik Hilpert has also recorded 3 clean sheets, tying him for the conference lead. Syracuse’s goal difference of 10 is also second in the ACC.
Syracuse continues to hold its perfect record as well as potentially improving on its number 6 ranking. With Friday’s win, the ACC could very well hold the top 4 spots in the national rankings.