Syracuse Loses Slugfest in Kent, Drop Third Straight
By Tom Russo
CitrusTV Women’s Soccer Beat Reporter
KENT, Ohio – Playing the averages, you couldn’t have gone three minutes without a referee blowing a whistle at Dix Stadium today. A whopping 31 fouls were called, to go with five offsides calls. Perhaps the only crazier stat is that at no point was a card issued.
Despite that litany of free kicks, along with nine corner kicks, the only goal in today’s match between Syracuse (2-3, 0-0 Atlantic Coast) and Kent State (1-3-1, 0-0 Mid-American) came through a good old-fashioned build-up.
Cameron Shedenhelm threw it in for the Golden Flashes. Maddie Holmes then spun around and set up Karly Hellstrom, who laced one across to the far post, beating Lysianne Proulx. The goal in the 22nd minute would prove to be the decider in the 1-0 victory.
The game itself though seemed to go on forever due to an unending stream of whistles. It was a chippy contest throughout with both teams watching their players hit the turf again and again.
Syracuse did manage to finally start putting shots in the direction of the goal, hitting double digits in shots for the first time since hitting the road. Accuracy remains a problem for the Orange though as only four of the 10 shots were actually on frame.
Meanwhile Lysianne Proulx continued to shine between the posts despite the team’s struggles around her. Proulx saw 16 shots from the Golden Flashes today, 6 of which were put on goal. Proulx’s five saves were probably the biggest highlights of the day for the Orange, as a few were more than spectacular.
Syracuse’s losing streak no goes to three, as after a 2-0 home start the Orange have yet to pick up a win on the road. They’ll look to change that and snap their losing streak as they close out this four-game road trip when they head down to Queens to meet St. John’s (1-5, 0-0 Big East).
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