SU women’s soccer comes up short in home opener against No. 1 UNC

SU women's soccer falls to UNC in home opener

Goalkeeper Lysianne Proulx’s strong performance wasn’t enough for the Orange to rally back from a two-goal deficit.
Published: October 16, 2020
Goalie Lysianne Proulx stops a shot on goal in Syracuse's 2-0 loss to UNC Thursday night.
Lysianne Proulx stops a shot on goal in Syracuse's 2-0 loss to UNC Thursday night. Proulx had a personal-best 14 saves, tying for the third-best save total in school history.

Falling to 0-4 on the season, Syracuse held the Tar Heels to only a two-goal win Thursday night after forcing a scoreless second half for the No. 1 ranked team in the nation.

Kicking off against a top-ranked team for only the second time in program history, Syracuse’s defense played a tight game with a solid effort from senior goalkeeper Lysianne Proulx. Proulx shattered her previous personal saves-per-game record of 10 by stopping 14 shots on goal in the loss against UNC.

With her new record, Proulx lands just three saves shy of the 17 saves-per-game team record currently held by Shannon Myers.

Hannah Pilley beats a UNC defender to the ball in Thursday night's home game against the Tar Heels.
Hannah Pilley beats a UNC defender to the ball in Thursday night's game against the Tar Heels.

Syracuse defender Jenna Tivnan commended Proulx on a game well-played.

“She makes game-changing saves and that’s what you want in a keeper,” Tivnan said.

Despite Syracuse’s strong defensive efforts throughout, the Orange offense struggled to penetrate the Tar Heels’ defense, only tallying a single shot on goal at minute 38 of the first half.

Head coach Nicky Adams had to give credit to North Carolina’s speed.

“North Carolina is number one for a reason,” Adams said. “And every single position they have, it’s fast.”

For the Tar Heels, freshman Talia Dellaperuta logged her first career goal just over 20 minutes into the first half and midfielder Libby Moore collected her first career goal in the final minutes of the starting half.

With the Orange still unable to log any points so far this season, Tivnan believes the team needs to work on their transitioning to better execute their game plans.

Syracuse looks to grab their first win of the season against No. 5 ranked Duke at 11 a.m. on Sunday.

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