Clemson spoils season finale for Syracuse women’s soccer
SU women's soccer falls to Clemson in season finale
In the final match of the season for the Syracuse Women’s soccer team Thursday night, the Orange were shutout 3-0 by the Clemson Tigers. With the loss, Syracuse’s record moved to 3-15-0 on the season and 0-10 in the ACC Conference.
The game was dominated by the Tigers as two early goals in the first ten minutes of the game appeared to have caught Syracuse’s defense off guard. The first goal was scored by Mariana Speckmaier off a Sam Staab corner kick in the 7th minute of play. Two minutes later Clemson’s relentless offense got the ball to Brooke Power, who found the back of the net to increase the lead to 2-0.
The final goal was scored by Alana Hockenhull in the 87th minute to put the game out of reach for the Orange.
It was the final game for two of Syracuse’s players: seniors Drina Domic and Jordan Harris. Domic saw the field briefly in the first half and then in the final minutes of second half. Harris, a transfer from the University of Arkansas, played all 90 minutes in the net and recorded 9 saves. Harris finishes with 73 saves for the season.
The Orange struggled to find any offensive rhythm tallying zero shots in the first half and just four in the second half. Syracuse’s best scoring opportunity was off a corner to the head of junior defender Taylor Bennett, but it was easily corralled by Clemson goalkeeper Sandy Maciver.
Syracuse head coach Phil Wheddon mentioned the team has faced a lot of adversity this season. Due to a number of early injuries, SU was tasked with replacing players on both sides of the field and in goal. Wheddon spoke highly about this exceptionally young team that was forced to adapt due to multiple injuries.