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Friday, Sep 10, 2021 at 10:29 pm

Women’s Soccer Keeps Record Chase Intact vs. Cornell

On Senior Night, Syracuse women’s soccer battles Cornell for the sixth time in program history. The Orange were undefeated in their previous five meetings.


Neither Syracuse nor Cornell women’s soccer cracked the scoreboard, even after double overtime, at the Syracuse University Soccer Stadium Thursday night, resulting in a zero-to-zero finish.


The sixth match against the Big Red in program history, the Orange recorded their first draw of the season, moving to 4-1-1.


Physicality is the main headline after the final whistle; Syracuse keeper Lysianne Proulx collided with Cornell midfielder Evanthia Spyredes, Syracuse midfielder Pauline Machtens dove to attempt a header on net, and Cornell midfielder Sophie Weeter shoved Syracuse defender Zoe Van de Cloot after a foul call she did not like.


Orange defender Natalie Weidenbach found herself at the center of numerous scrums on defense. She said her main objective was to keep the ball away from the net. She said, “My goal this game, specifically just for me, was to deny service from my side, and that helps [Proulx].”


She continued, “I think everyone goes in with that mindset that we don’t want them playing balls in and having [Proulx] have to make dramatic saves. You know, we’re doing our best to make her job easier.”


The Orange missed numerous chances on offense, sending nine shots, only four of which went on goal. Additionally, they took 10 corner kicks, but were unable to capitalize.


Syracuse head coach Nicky Adams explained that Cornell forced their hand as far as strategy. She said, “You know I give Cornell a lot of credit because they eliminated one of our major strengths and we were really having a hard time playing through the midfield.”


Cornell maintained a little more accuracy than the Orange as they recorded six shots, four of which went on net.


However precisely the Big Red shot the ball, they also made more marks on the penalty sheet with 14 to the Orange’s 11. The referees issued zero cards during the match.


Syracuse heads to Storrs for their next match this Sunday at UConn (3-2-0). They kickoff at 1 p.m.