Syracuse Men’s Soccer Kicks Off Spring With Win
By Jared Johnston
CitrusTV’s Men’s Soccer Beat Reporter
For seemingly the first time ever, men’s soccer has had a spring season. It’s something that Head Coach Ian McIntyre has gotten his group used to, after a 2-1 win versus Hofstra to start the new segment of the season. During the fall, the Orange went 0-3-2, either tying, or losing games by one-goal margins. The pause has now given the team a chance to reflect on their mistakes, and build towards a better end.
Cuse stood at 1-3-2 heading into an away contest against the University of Albany, but had a chance to start on an impactful run of form. The Orange and the Great Danes both put up an equal fight, finishing with a final score of 1-1 through 90 minutes and 2 overtime periods.
Albany had 8 shots with 4 on target while SU posted 9 shots with 3 on target. The two sides kept each other disciplined, as there weren’t many outnumbered attacking situations.
Syracuse started off the scoring in the 12th minute, with Noah Singelmann tucking home a goal off an assist from Hilli Goldhar. The defender got his second goal, which gave Cuse a one goal lead for a substantial amount of time moving into the second half.
The pace of the game changed ultimately when Albany made a substitution in the 57th minute. They took of Bjarki, and brought on their leading scorer from last season, Austin DaSilva. The forward had 12 goals in 15 games in 2019, and his dominance through the center of the field showed early.
DaSilva got a shot on target in the 60th minute, synergizing the Albany offense to take on three more offensive tries, before finally getting on the board in the 85th minute. Forward Adam Aoumaich pushed a shot past the side of Russell Shealy, forcing the match into overtime.
There weren’t many great chances in overtime for any team until the second period. In the 105th minute, Albany conceded a free kick near the area, and the skipper Sondre Norheim guided the ball off the crossbar. Cuse sustained pressure for the rest of the overtime period, but it wasn’t enough to change the final 1-1 result.
The Orange now stand at 1-3-3 on the season, and play their next match at a neutral site in Buffalo. SU is set to face Bowling Green on February 23, with kickoff at 12:30 PM.
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