Syracuse Dominated by #3 North Carolina 7-1
By Max Chadwick
CitrusTV Women’s Soccer Reporter
SYRACUSE, N.Y.- Syracuse (3-11, 0-6 Atlantic Coast) entered Sunday looking to snap its eight-match losing streak. Unfortunately for the Orange, its toughest test of the season awaited it. No. 3 North Carolina (11-2-1, 6-0) dominated Syracuse to a 7-1 victory, marking SU’s ninth-straight loss. The Orange haven’t won since September 2.
The seven goals Syracuse allowed was the most it’s allowed all season yet, but did register a career-high 11 saves against the Tar Heels. SU head coach Phil Wheddon was especially impressed by Harris’ performance.
“Obviously allowing seven goals looks bad on paper,” Wheddon said. “However, she made some incredible saves and I thought she played phenomenally tonight.
Harris also played a full 90 minutes for the first time since September 20th when Syracuse lost 3-0 to Boston College. Normally, she and sophomore Lysianne Proulx would each play a half. However, Proulx suffered a hip injury against No. 23 North Carolina State on Thursday. After the game, Proulx was seen on crutches.
“Lysianne got an X-Ray but she has yet to get an MRI,” Wheddon said. “I have no idea when or if we will be able to get her back this year.
Once again, the Syracuse offense struggled mightily. Syracuse recorded just one shot on goal all game, a goal by Meghan Root, the first of her career. Through six ACC contests, Syracuse has been outscored 22-4. The Orange also rank last in the ACC in goals per game with 0.69 goals per game.
With the loss, Syracuse falls to 3-11 on the season. SU has an entire week off before taking on Notre Dame at SU Soccer Stadium on Saturday at 6 p.m. The Fighting Irish are 6-8 on the season and 2-4 in conference play.
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