Oct. 17, 2012
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Syracuse Orange scored two second half goals to post a 2-0 victory over Villanova in a BIG EAST clash played here today at the Soccer Complex. The loss is VU's first since Sept. 16 and first in conference play (10-3-2 overall, 2-1-2 BIG EAST). Syracuse is now 11-4-0 overall, 4-2-0 in the BIG EAST.
"Credit to Syracuse," stated Villanova head coach Tom Carlin. "They came in here playing with a lot of confidence after their win at USF and they were able to take us out of some things we are usually able to do. They played the better game today."
The two teams were scoreless through 45 minutes. Villanova owned an 8-6 edge in first half shots and the two goalkeepers, VU's John Fogarty and SU's Alex Bono each made two saves.
In the 55th minute Villanova thought it had gained the advantage when Kyle Soroka knocked one past Bono. But the play was ruled offside and the goal disallowed.
"We just didn't seem to be ourselves after that," stated Carlin. "The momentum seemed to shift to Syracuse and they were able to take advantage."
The Orange were able to snap the deadlock at 67:56. Lars Muller accepted a feed from Louis Clark and sent a header inside the right post to give Syracuse the critical first goal.
"We have been in the situation of needing a goal late before this season and been able to get it as we did against USF," said Carlin. "This time, we had some quality chances but weren't able to get what we needed."
The Wildcats pressed forward and had several near misses but Bono thwarted each of them. Then on a counterattack with just under two minutes remaining Jordan Vale sent a shot towards the net that Fogarty stopped initially. But in the ensuing attempt to push it out of harm's way, the ball rolled inside the right post at 88:10 to make it 2-0.
Now Villanova turns its attention to a Saturday evening match at Louisville. Today's contest completed a stretch of three straight at home for VU. After facing the Cardinals on Saturday, VU finishes up the final week of the regular season at Rutgers before hosting Pittsburgh in the finale on Oct. 27 as part of Homecoming Weekend at Villanova.
"That's the Big East," stated Carlin. "You have to learn to have a short memory because there is always a challenging opponent waiting for you. We'll get back to work, watch the tape, and learn from this one today."