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Tuesday, Oct 22, 2019 at 8:41 pm

Syracuse dominates SUNY Morrisville 11-0

By Nick Kuzma

CitrusTV Men’s Soccer Beat Reporter

With about 30 minutes to go in Syracuse’s match against SUNY Morrisville, head coach Ian McIntyre called on Mickey Watson.

The grad student had never played a minute for the Orange until Tuesday’s match when Syracuse (6-4-4, 1-3-2 Atlantic Coast) shut out SUNY Morrisville (2-11-2. 1-6-1 North Eastern) 11-0.

Watson dreamed of playing for Syracuse since he was in eighth grade, but it was not an option for him until this season.

He began his collegiate career at Loyola, where he was a three-year starter before he had a season-ending injury his senior year. Watson finally got his shot at playing for SU when McIntyre recruited him.

After Tuesday’s game, Watson was emotional, seeing his dream finally realized.

“After the game, I kind of stood around on the field for a little bit,” said Watson. “Just because, it was a moment that I want to cherish forever, and I think when I look back at my playing career, those 30 minutes, it’s gonna have a special place in my heart.”

The game itself was not competitive, as the score indicated.

Ryan Raposo scored three goals, notching his second hat trick of the season while Luther Archimede got his first and second goals of the year.

“We treated it the way you respect your opponent is to give them your best shot and we did that today,” McIntyre said.

This game was scheduled less than a week ago in an attempt to make up for the Albany game that was cancelled on Oct. 1. Coach mentioned that Syracuse tried to find a Division I opponent but couldn’t on such short. This is likely because teams are in the middle of conference play and did not want to add a game against SU.

He was very appreciative of SUNY Morrisville for agreeing to play the Orange.

“We got out of this what we were looking for,” McIntyre said.

Next up for the Orange, they head back to ACC play when Syracuse hosts No. 23 NC State (8-3-3, 3-2-1 Atlantic Coast) on Saturday. This will be the last home game of the regular season for the ‘Cuse, so they will celebrate senior day.

Kickoff between the Orange and th Wolfpack is scheduled for 7 p.m. at SU Soccer Stadium

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