Machtens’ goal enough for 1-0 win over Binghamton

SU soccer tops Binghamton 1-0

A first-half goal propels the Orange over the Bearcats.
Published: September 3, 2021
Syracuse Women's Soccer Sophomore sprints down the left wing versus Binghampton on 9/2/21.
Syracuse sophomore Hannah Pilley sprints down the left wing on Thursday night.

The Orange protected home field Thursday night with a 1-0 victory over the visiting Binghamton Bearcats. With the win, the Syracuse women’s soccer team improved to 3-1 on the season and extended their win streak to two games.

In the early going, both sides traded punches with scoring opportunities off of corner kicks. Syracuse’s back-line stamped their imprint on the contest from the opening kick. SU allowed Binghamton to play the majority of the first 20 minutes in their half but did not surrender any shots on goal.

In the 24th minute, freshman attacker Pauline Machtens gave the Orange their first goal, a score that would later prove decisive. Machtens found the net for her first collegiate goal off a ricocheted ball from Binghamton midfielder Victoria McKnight.

While Syracuse could not capitalize on further opportunities, they owned a commanding 14-0 shots on goal lead for the first half. They built on that number in the second frame.

Syracuse Women's Soccer Freshman Pauline Machtens celebrates her early goal on 9/2/21.
SU women's Soccer freshman Pauline Machtens celebrates her early goal.

The overall time of possession favored Syracuse slightly, but the corner kicks and shots margin continued to grow as the game progressed. The Orange continued to pressure the Bearcats goal by completing almost twice as many passes in the opposing team’s territory.

SU dominated subcategories and pace of play, repeatedly playing like the better team. Graduate goalkeeper Lysianne Proulx registered her second shutout of the 2021 season in net for Syracuse.

Next, the Orange will face a hardy defensive foe Sunday away from home. The New Hampshire Wildcats have only surrendered three goals in four games.

Syracuse Women's Soccer team celebrates in their only goal in their win versus Binghampton on September 2nd, 2021.
The Syracuse women's soccer team celebrates the lone goal in their win versus Binghamton.