Orange soccer no longer an afterthought

[SYRACUSE: Men] 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. Virginia
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 So. Norway
M Liam Callahan
So. Amherst, N.Y.
M Juuso Pasanen
Jr. Finland
M Nick Perea Sr. Hollywood, Fla.
M Julian Buescher Fr. Germany
F Emil Ekblom So. Norway

Skylar Thomas, 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 Buescher'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."

Junior 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.
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