Held Hostage: Sophomore Leads Women’s Soccer Over St. John’s
By Max Chadwick
Women’s Soccer Beat Reporter
SYRACUSE, N.Y.- The women’s soccer team (2-1-0) entered this Thursday’s matchup against St. John’s (1-2-0) fresh off a 2-1 victory on the road against another Big East foe, UConn. The Orange is now 2-0 against Big East opponents, shutting out the Red Storm 1-0. The Syracuse offense appeared stagnant against St. John’s early in the match. The Orange struggled to maintain possession early in the contest, but Kate Hostage proved to be a difference maker.
When the sophomore midfielder/forward entered the match in the 24th minute, the difference was dramatic. She applied pressure on the Red Storm defense, creating opportunities for herself and her teammates. Then, in the 27th minute, Syracuse had the opportunity it needed.
Hostage weaved her way into the box, drawing a penalty kick. There, she was dragged down by a St. John’s defender.
Red Storm goalkeeper, Meredith Reinhardt, started favoring the right side, daring Hostage to go left. Hostage fired to the right anyway, finding the top corner where Reinhardt’s outstretched arms couldn’t reach.
Hostage wasn’t the only member of the Orange to have an impressive game. Redshirt senior goalkeeper Jordan Harris had her first clean slate of her Syracuse career, with six saves. A shot by St. John’s senior forward Samie Scaffidi did get past Harris, but it rang off the left post.
The first home win of the season comes at a pivotal time as the Orange now have four-straight road games coming up. The first of which is a trip to Cambridge to take on Harvard next Thursday.
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