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SU Men's Soccer Defeats UConn 4-0 to Improve to 12-1-0

by Wade Holdraker
October 16, 2014
STORRS, C.T. — The No. 2 Orange (12-1-0) defeated Connecticut (4-7-2) on Tuesday, Oct. 14 by a score of 4-0 following four unanswered, second-half goals by Syracuse. The win is the eighth in a row for the Orange which is tied for the longest winning streak in program history. The 1982 Syracuse Orange won eight straight as well
The Orange controlled the majority of the match in terms of ball possession, not allowing the Huskies to record a single shot on net. In the last 10 minutes of the first half, Syracuse recorded three shots and earned a corner. Freshman midfielder Julian Buescher (Duelmen, Germany) was the focal point of the pressure, recording two shots, one that flew just over the cross bar in the 41st minute.
The Orange opened the second half of play with a clear sense of determination and precision. Less than five minutes in, Chris Nanco (Brampton, Ontario, Canada) capitalized on the pressure the Orange was creating and beat his defender into the box before chipping the ball over the goalkeeper into the net for his fourth goal of the season. The Jordan Murrell (Markham, Ontario, Canada) to Tyler Hilliard (Atlanta, Ga.) corner kick threat has proved to be quite effective as of lately. Just five minutes after Nanco’s goal, Hilliard extended the Orange lead, burying a deflection after Murrell corner kick in the 54th minute for the third time in two matches.
The momentum was entirely in Syracuse’s favor at this point. In the 59th minute, Murrell lined up to take another corner kick, which found Hilliard who put a shot on net that was knocked away by UConn goalkeeper Scott Levene. However, Senior captain Skylar Thomas (Pickering, Ontario, Canada) was in the right place at the right time and finished the opportune rebound into the back of the net.
In total, the first 15 minutes of play in the second half included three goals, seven shots and four earned corners for the Orange.
Noah Rhynhart (Albany, N.Y.) entered the game for the Orange in the 70th minute, and immediately challenged the UConn defense. In the 82nd minute, Rhynhart received the ball with some open space and used some dazzling footwork to beat get by a defender and unleash a shot past the keeper, giving the Syracuse the 4-0 advantage it would carry until time expired.
Scott Levene played all 90 minutes in goal for the Huskies, finishing the match with four saves. Ethan Vanacore-Decker led the UConn attack with three shots. The Huskies outshot the Orange 7-6 in the first half of play.
Syracuse continues its road trip as the Orange takes on ACC rival Louisville on Saturday, Oct. 18th at 7:30 p.m.
Match Facts: With a victory on Saturday against Louisville, the 2014 Orange will break the school record for the longest winning streak with nine consecutive wins. It is currently tied with the 1982 squad with eight. The 1982 squad finished their season 17-3-2 and as BIG EAST champions … The ACC record for fewest goals allowed in a season was set by Maryland in 1956 when they allowed just six goals in 10 matches. The Orange have allowed just three in 13 matches.

 

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