By Ben Spector
CitrusTV’s Field Hockey Beat Reporter
Syracuse (1-0, 0-0 ACC) officially opened up its Spring season earlier this afternoon. Yesterday, the Orange played Saint Joseph’s in a closed scrimmage, but today was the real deal. SU took down Saint Joseph’s (0-1, 0-0 A10) 4-1. Emily Streib made her first career start in goal for Syracuse.
The Orange finished the Fall season looking for more. The team lost in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament to North Carolina in overtime. However, in this game, SU came out hot. The Orange controlled most of the possession and were able to get some nice scoring opportunities. It was Saint Joseph’s who struck first though, as Emily Peters scored off a corner to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Peters’ goal did not stop the Orange from putting on the pressure. Three minutes into the second quarter, midfielder SJ Quigley scored on a scramble in front. Quigley only had two goals in nine games in the fall, the last one being on October 19th. Following the goal, the opportunities were few and far between. Syracuse and Saint Joseph’s went into the half a goal apiece.
The second half was all Syracuse. Charlotte De Vries scored from in tight to give the Orange the lead early in the third quarter, and SU never looked back. Late in the fourth quarter, Syracuse had not converted on five corners, but that quickly changed. Chiara Gutsche scored on the next two corners to secure the 4-1 victory. Syracuse plays Towson next Sunday at noon.
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