SU women’s soccer loses 4-2 to Niagara at home
SU soccer falls to Niagara
The Syracuse women’s soccer team suffered its first loss of the season Thursday, 4-2 to the Niagara Purple Eagles.
The strike came after multiple early corner kick opportunities for the Orange. Pressure on Niagara’s defense prevented the Purple Eagles from entering SU’s offensive zone for much of the first half.
“I thought the first 15 minutes were really good,” SU head coach Nicky Adams said. “To get that goal off of something that we’ve been building on from every game was really important.”
That was until Niagara capitalized on a cross of their own. A well-placed touch pass from Annie Ibey slipped behind Syracuse’s defense and danced from Florence Vaillancourt’s foot into the back of the net.
“I’m really disappointed in our response,” Adams said. “After we got one, we really wanted to create more momentum and let them feel the pressure.”
“Our attacking unit needed to do a better job of defending from the front,” Adams said. “We didn’t split the field and keep them on one half.”
In the second half, Root and Rauch applied pressure to Niagara’s defensive zone. A Root shot bounced off of the left post, and Rauch earned a hard-fought corner kick.
But a lead pass from Niagara’s Ashley LoFranco found a streaking Vaillancourt, who hit the right side of the net for her third goal of the game.
“She put herself in some dangerous positions when we were transitioning and caught us,” Adams said. “She did a really good job, credit to that kid.”
Niagara’s Djenaba Thiam struck not long after that and spread the score to 4-1. In the final minute, Syracuse senior defender Natalie Weidenbach scored off of a corner kick, tallying a 4-2 score that stood in the Purple Eagles’ favor.
“We have to learn from tonight,” Weidenbach said. “Obviously, we have to correct the mistakes we made but we can’t dwell on it.”
The Orange plays at SU Soccer Stadium again at 1 p.m. Sunday against Eastern Michigan.