Women’s Soccer Continues to Struggle, Massive Loss at Clemson

Lysianne Proulx performing a goal kick at Clemson during the 8-0 loss on Thursday night, Oct. 21.
Thursday, Oct 21, 2021 at 9:08 pm by Sports Editor

A 8-0 loss is never in the Syracuse women’s soccer game plan, however Thursday night, playing as the home squad, Clemson’s offensive output showed early and did not tire.


Tigers’ forward Maliah Morris opened up the scoring in the 23rd minute on a pass from her sister, defender Makenna Morris. Not even a minute later midfielder Hal Hershfelt doubled the score with a sliding play on the goal line.


Hershfelt would score again. Defender Abby Hanks also knocked through a pair of goals.


After just the first half, the orange and purple led 5-0.


The Orange faced a major problem with possession.


Registering just two shots on goal throughout the match, the Cuse front line saw little action. None of the Clemson keepers put in too much exercise with starter Hensley Hancuff facing two shots in that first half, second-string Halle Mackiewicz facing zero, and third-string Ally Lynch also facing zero shots.


The Tigers next host the Louisville Cardinals.


Prior to Thursday night, S.U. had not surrendered more than five goals in a match. They dropped two in a row 5-0 to ranked opponents: No. 1 Florida State on the road and No. 2 Virginia at home.


After drawing with Cornell 0-0 on Thursday, Sept. 9, speculation arose that Syracuse keeper Lysianne Proulx might break the school’s single-season shutout record of eight, set in 2000 by Katie Karlander.


The Orange are 0-9-0 since that match and they have now been shutout 8 times on the season, including the Cornell match.


The Cuse next heads out to North Carolina State on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. The Wolfpack stand at 7-7-2, and they fell to Wake Forest 1-0 Thursday night.


Prior to that loss, N.C. State had won three matches in a row, including victories at Duke and Louisville, squads that already beat Syracuse this season.


Jameese Joseph leads “The Pack” in scoring with seven goals on the year, putting her just outside the top-10 in the A.C.C. in scoring.


Syracuse has not beaten N.C. State since 2015, dropping three in-a-row to the red and black.