Syracuse Struggles Offensively, Loses to #11 Penn State 4-0
By Max Chadwick
Women’s Soccer Beat Reporter
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA — Syracuse hoped a thrilling 1-0 win over Northeastern would help it as it traveled to Happy Valley to take on 11th ranked Penn State. The Nittany Lions, however, had other plans. SU (3-3, 0-0 ACC) was dominated by Penn State (4-2, 0-0 Big Ten) to a 4-0 loss.
The Orange offense couldn’t get anything going against the Nittany Lions defense. SU registered just two shots on goal, while PSU had eleven. Penn State also kept the ball in the Syracuse end seemingly all game, as the Nittany Lions had 10 corner kicks while the Orange could not record a single attempt a single corner. Syracuse also played sloppier than Penn State, picking up 8 fouls while PSU only had 4. The Nittany Lions had a balanced scoring attack, with four different players scoring, with two coming in each half.
One of the biggest questions of the season has been who will replace one of Syracuse’s all-time greatest goalkeepers in Courtney Brosnan in net. That question remains unanswered as sophomore Lysianne Proulx and redshirt senior Jordan Harris each played a half, allowing two goals each. Proulx did win the saves battle, as she had four stops while Harris had three. Coach Phil Wheddon will likely keep giving both keepers equal playing time until he can find a definitive starter.
Syracuse drops back to .500 on the season, and will conclude its four-game road trip on Sunday against Colgate. The Red Raiders are currently 1-2-2 on the season. That game is scheduled for 1pm in Hamilton, New York.
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