Syracuse Held Scoreless Once Again, Fall to Notre Dame 2-0

Sunday, Oct 04, 2020 at 3:03 pm by Sports Editor

By Trey Redfield

CitrusTV Women’s Soccer Beat Reporter

It was the same script, but a different story for Syracuse Women’s Soccer today, as the Orange fell to the Irish in South Bend, 2-0. Syracuse falls to 0-3, while the Irish improve to 3-1, winning their last three straight in the Atlantic Coast Conference. 

The Orange offense was non-existent from first to final whistle. Notre Dame put up 11 shots on goal compared to Syracuse’s zero. That was not the only thing the Irish controlled. They led the corner kick category by a large 11-1 margin. 

The lone positive to look at after this matchup was Orange goalkeeper Lysianne Proulx. The senior from Montreal snagged nine saves for Syracuse, almost tying her career high once again at ten. 

It took awhile for the scoreboard to be active, but that does not take away from the fact that Notre Dame was in control for both halves. The Irish put up eleven shots in the first half, but it took until the 43rd minute to strike gold. Midfielder Brooke VanDyck’s amazing cross inside the box to forward Kiki Van Zanten was enough to sneak by Proulx for the game’s first score.

The second half was a very similar storyline for Syracuse. While they only put up three more shots, the closest opportunity came from midfielder Stephanie deLaforcade in the 78th minute. A great punt by Proulx set up a great run for forward Meghan Root. Root’s pass to deLaforcade was successful, but her shot was saved by Irish goalkeeper Mattie Interian. 

Notre Dame finished off Syracuse in the final minute. A miscommunication by Proulx and defender Alina Miagkova at the top of the box was interrupted by Kiki Van Zanten to net in her second goal of the game and her sixth on the year.

Though Nicky Adams’s squad is streaking once again in the wrong direction, they won’t have to travel for three weeks. The downside is that the competition only gets harder. Syracuse returns home next Thursday, October 15, to face the nation’s top-ranked North Carolina. The last time the Orange took on the Tar Heels was 2018, when North Carolina steamrolled Syracuse, 7-1. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. | @Trey_Redfield