Syracuse came into the ACC in 2013 with a reputation as a basketball and lacrosse power. Men's soccer was something of an afterthought with only
two NCAA Tournament appearances for a program that dates back to 1920, but the Orange has emerged as a national contender. No. 18 Syracuse defeated No. Virginia, 1-0, on Saturday night to improve to
8-1-0. The victory over the Cavs marked SU's first against a top five opponent since the Orange defeated Connecticut in 2000. Syracuse XI vs.
GK Alex Bono
Jr. Baldwinsville, N.Y. D Skylar Thomas
Sr. Pickering, Ont. D Jordan Murrell
Sr. Markham, Ont. D Tyler Hilliard
Jr. Atlanta, Ga. M Oyvind Alseth
M Liam Callahan
So. Amherst, N.Y.
M Juuso Pasanen
Jr. Finland M
Sr. Hollywood, Fla. M Julian Buescher
Fr. Germany F Emil Ekblom
So. Norway Skylar
, the 6-foot-3 senior, scored the only goal of the match in the 31st minute when Thomas soared into the box to put away German freshman Julian
's corner kick with a header.
"We scored on a restart and they didn't. It sounds almost too simple, but Virginia is a quality team," SU head coach Ian McIntyre
said. "Similar to Notre Dame, it was a fun match with a thin margin between winning and losing. Thankfully, tonight we came out on the good side."
goalkeeper Alex Bono
had four saves, including a stop on Virginia's Ryan Zinkhan
from inside the six-yard box, on his
way to his eighth shutout victory of 2014.
The game drew a crowd of 2,019, the second largest ever at the SU Soccer Stadium.