Tough Breaks for SU in 2-1 Loss to Miami.
By Hudson Ridley | @Hudson_Ridley
Syracuse women’s soccer came up short in a 2-1 loss to Miami in South Florida on Friday.
In the Orange’s first ACC test of the 2023 season, an own goal and a highlight reel score were the only things separating them from the Hurricanes.
In recent weeks SU’s offense has come out firing. The game plan in the early goings has generated shots on net, and Friday was no different. The Orange got three straight scoring chances before the 12-minute mark while keeping a large share of the possession. Erin Flurey did a majority of the early damage, commanding the left wing and creating solid chances.
Soon after, it was a familiar story. The opportunities dried up and Miami took control of possession. However, it would take a while before the scoreline saw a change. In the 43rd minute, a low cross was played into the box. In an attempt to disrupt it, Kylen Grant stuck a foot out and tipped the ball into the back of the net putting the Hurricanes up one.
Shortly after the half, Miami would strike again. Gianna Angelillo fired an off-balance rocket into the top left corner past Shea Vanderbosch. With the Hurricanes up two, they were content to park the bus. SU continued having a tough time breaking through. The Orange finally got on the board after picking up a penalty in the 88th minute. Erin Flurey slotted it home in the bottom right corner to notch her third score of the season and avoid a shutout in the process.
Conference play won’t get any easier for Syracuse. Miami has consistently been in the cellar of the ACC. The Hurricanes were the only team in the conference that SU had a winning record against, until yesterday. Now the Orange will play host to fourth-ranked Florida State on September 21st, with an even tougher ACC slate looming.
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