Heartbreak in the Bluegrass State: Syracuse Falls to Louisville 1-0
By Max Chadwick
CitrusTV Women’s Soccer Reporter
LOUISVILLE, K.Y.- Syracuse (3-8 overall, 0-3 Atlantic Coast) entered Sunday’s game against Louisville (9-1, 3-0) on a five-game losing streak. For 89 minutes, it looked like that streak might be snapped. The Orange and Cardinals were knotted at zero with less than a minute left, and a game seemingly destined for overtime. Then, with just nine seconds left, Louisville’s Brooklyn Rivers raced into the box, met a cross and buried it home for her sixth goal of the season and give the Cardinals their fourth straight win.
Syracuse has yet to score a goal against an ACC opponent this season. The Orange has now been outscored 8-0 in the three conference games it’s played so far. SU had just three shots on goal today, while Louisville had 11. One potential reason for Syracuse’s offensive struggles has been the absence of leading scorer Kate Hostage, who has been sidelined for the last two games with an ankle injury.
On the other end of the field, the goalkeeper position remains a debate for Syracuse. Jordan Harris started the game and had a career night. The redshirt senior posted a season-high seven saves in the first half. Surprisingly, SU head coach Phil Wheddon stuck to his gameplan and started Lysianne Proulx in the second half despite the outstanding play of Harris. The redshirt sophomore saved three shots, but she did allow the only goal of the game.
Syracuse will look to snap its six-game skid next Saturday as it travels to Miami. The Orange has never lost seven games in a row and the Hurricanes are currently 3-6-2 on the season. Kickoff for next Saturday’s game is set for 7 p.m.
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