Syracuse Ties No. 2 Florida State in Double Overtime
By Nick Petraccione
After 110 minutes of play that included two overtimes, Syracuse women’s soccer tied second-ranked Florida State 1-1.
“That was a great team performance,” said Syracuse head coach Phil Wheddon. “I couldn’t be more proud. The way [we] came through and executed was tremendous.”
Although it’s not a win in the record books, this could be Syracuse’s best result of the season. It shows they can play with the best competition in the country.
After losing to Virginia Tech on Thursday 2-1 because of an own-goal in the 87th minute, Syracuse responded with a great effort on both sides of the ball.
Motivated by Thursday’s result, the Orange came in ready to play against the Seminoles.
“Against Virginia Tech the result was really tough for us,” said starting goalie Courtney Brosnan. “I thought that was some of the best soccer we played all year. So we were trying to take that tough result and move forward and keep playing that same soccer. I thought we did a really good job of bringing that into today against a really tough team.”
Brosnan finished the game with a career-high 15 saves, while facing a total of 27 shots from the ‘Noles. With her performance today, she moves into fourth place on Syracuse’s all-time saves list with 217.
Wheddon says Brosnan’s presence in the net has been a huge factor in the team’s success.
“I’ve said it all along, she’s one of the best goalkeepers in the ACC,” said Wheddon. “The number of shots on goal shows Florida States efficiency and for her to come up big like that is a massive boost.”
Brosnan was a game-time decision leading up to the match. In the first half of Thursday’s contest against Virginia Tech, she injured her right shoulder, almost taking her out of the game. But she stayed in and even made a crucial penalty kick save late in the second half.
This is the second overtime game Syracuse has played against a ranked team this season. In mid-September, the Orange went to double overtime with 20th ranked Notre Dame. They drew the Fighting Irish 1-1. SU is now 1-0-2 this season in overtime matches.
Syracuse plays Pittsburgh next on Sunday October 16th at 1 p.m. at home.