Women’s Soccer Loses to Virginia Tech 2-0 on Last Road Game of the Season
By Collin Davies | @DaviesCollin
CitrusTV Women’s Soccer Beat Reporter
Syracuse lost to Virginia Tech 2-0 this afternoon to close out their road games.
The Orange began the game with leading goal scorer, Chelsea Domond returning to the starting lineup. Her impact was seen from the jump. SU was able to possess in the attacking third, which helped lessen the load on the defense.
A season long narrative has been a game changing goal right before halftime. Virginia Tech was able to get that with a stunning goal. Gabby Johnson scored an Olympico goal in the 43rd minute. The goal bent in off the corner kick untouched.
15 minutes into the second half, things got worse for Syracuse. Shea Vanderbosch was sprinting out to stop a breakaway when she fouled a Hokie. After some confusion, the ref gave her a red card, and the Orange would be down to 10 women for the remainder of the game. Senior goalkeeper Michaela Walsh stepped in for the ejected player. It was her first time back in net since the UConn loss back in August.
Syracuse responded well afterwards, managing to get opportunities despite being down a player. One golden chance included a Domond 1v1 in which Lauren Hargrove made a fantastic kick save.
Virginia Tech scored the dagger in the 88th minute on a screaming shot from just eight yards out.
While the score line showed no offense for SU, they did pressure the Hokies. The VT GK finished with six saves. Most of those saves were difficult for her to make.
Now Syracuse moves to 8-7-2 with one game left. They’ll host NC State on Thursday night. A win would clinch their first season with over a .500 record since 2012.