Syracuse Orange dominate Bears 3-0, increasing win streak to six games
Syracuse Orange best Bears 3-0, extending winning streak to six
The Syracuse Orange (7-1) continued its winning streak to six games on Sunday with 3-0 win over Cornell. The streak is tied for program history which was last achieved in the fall of 2000.
The rainy conditions were apparent and affected the players, but Syracuse prevailed with fundamental play on both ends of the field.
The Orange controlled possession early, with defender Jenna Tivnan defending well and directing her teammates near the goal.
Four minutes in, defender Kendyl Lauher pushed the ball up the sideline beating a Bears defender allowing forward Chelsea Domond to take a shot. It wouldn’t be her last of the afternoon. The attempt forced a corner kick, where the Orange scored after a header. However, the score was called offsides, much to the crowd’s dismay.
The wet conditions on the field were noticeable throughout the match. Players would often slip after making a save.
At the 18-minute mark, forward Erin Flurey scored on a penalty kick after being fouled in the box, good for her fourth goal of the season. She was put in scoring position by an excellently placed long feed from Tivnan.
After the Orange struck first, Cornell found a better rhythm and controlled the ball on Syracuse’s side of the field. The Orange defense stayed strong, however, and negated any opportunities to even have a shot on goal.
With just 60 seconds remaining in the half, Syracuse pushed the ball up the field. Domond made a move on the right sideline and crossed the ball perfectly to the left post, where midfielder Gianna Savella scored her first collegiate goal and the team’s second goal of the match with just 30 seconds left on the clock.
In the 60th minute, Flurey went down with a knee injury. Luckily, she could walk off the field under her own power.
After creating shots for her teammates throughout the contest, Domond was able to put the ball through the net herself in the 72nd minute as the entire Orange bench got up to celebrate together.
From there, ‘Cuse was able to ride to victory.
Overall, the Orange were dominant up and down the box score. ‘Cuse attempted 17 shots (nine on goal) compared to Cornell’s six (only two on goal), and the home team also tried five more corner kicks than the visiting Bears. Syracuse’s defense held strong in their defending third, allowing only one shot attempt inside the box — wide right.
The Orange look to continue their string of impressive showings against upcoming ACC competition. Syracuse has yet to face a rival team from their conference this year.
Head Coach Nicky Adams was disappointed that people were talking about the next matchup against Duke rather than the Cornell game. However, she has confidence in her team when they do face the Blue Devils.
“Whatever happens, happens, but this team is going to lay it out for sure,” Adams said.
Syracuse’s staunch defense was led by Tivnan, a vocal leader for the group who could often be seen giving directions to teammates and communicating with her coaches from the sidelines. Tivnan played for all 90 minutes against the Bears.
“It’s nice to have somebody that has been part of the program for all four years that I’ve been here and that is demanding excellence from everybody,” Adams said of Tivnan.
Orange defender Emma Klein said the team is excited for the upcoming inter-conference. This season brings new challenges along with less burden from Covid-19 protocols, she said.
Next up for the Orange is the much anticipated matchup with Duke. They host the Blue Devils at the SU Soccer Stadium on Friday at 7 p.m.