How Shea Vanderbosch Broke the 100 Save Mark

Thursday, Oct 19, 2023 at 1:11 pm by Sports Editor

By: Hudson Ridley | @Hudson_Ridley


While the 2023 season hasn’t gone to plan for Syracuse women’s soccer, the impressive performances from goalkeeper Shea Vanderbosch are set to break program records. On Saturday Vanderbosch broke the 100-save barrier early on in a game versus Pitt. Now her total sits at 108 with three games still to play. So how did Vanderbosch get to that 108? Let’s take a look at some of her biggest moments from the season.


Delaware – 5 Saves


In a back-and-forth game with the Blue Hens, Vanderbosch was nearly the difference. An early well-played goal by Delaware set SU back. Had the Orange generated offensive pressure in the game, Vanderbosch’s performance in the net would’ve been enough to get points.


Auburn – 8 Saves


The first game for the Orange at SU soccer stadium brought the tough test of Auburn. The Tigers were relentless in attack taking 16 shots, which at that point was the most against SU on the season. Vanderbosch staved off eight shots, but in the end, it was just one too many as the Orange fell 2-1.


Fairfield – 5 Saves


Five saves might not jump out on the stat sheet, but Shea’s performance stopping breakaways was the difference between a loss and a draw. The sophomore’s positioning on each breakaway helped slow down the attack and kept the Stags scoreless for her second shutout of the season.


Florida St. – 16 Saves


Vanderbosh’s game against the Seminoles was historic. A program second place 16 saves was one thing. But the fact that those saves kept SU in the entire game against the number four team in the nation, despite being outshot 32-2 is another. 


Wake Forest – 12


The goalkeeper’s performance against a ranked Wake Forest team was arguably her most important to date. Facing 29 shots Vanderbosch stepped up and made 12 saves only allowing two goals. At the other end of the field, SU scored twice on the Demon Deacons and held on for a tie. The team’s first points in the ACC this season, thanks in large part to the performance of Vanderbosch.


Going forward Shea is in prime position to break the program record of 134. With 108 saves right now and three games left to do it, Vandeerbosch would need to make just over eight saves a game to stay on pace, right now she averages 9.4 in ACC play.


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