SYRACUSE, N.Y. –
Freshman Ryan Raposo
scored with 1:03 remaining to give the Syracuse men's soccer team a 2-1 win against Villanova at the SU Soccer Stadium on Wednesday, Aug. 15. The Orange are now 2-0 in their preseason scrimmages.
"It was nice to find a way to win that game," Syracuse head coach Ian McIntyre
said. "It didn't feel like a preseason game. It was two good teams. This was a good test for both groups. We will learn a lot about putting ourselves in these kinds of competitions."
Syracuse took an early lead when senior Hugo Delhommelle
converted a penalty kick in the sixth minute. The Orange were the more dangerous team in the first half but couldn't add to their advantage.
Villanova scored the equalizer in the 62nd minute off a free kick from the left side. The match appeared to be headed for a tie before Raposo recorded the game winner. The play was set up by sophomore Tajon Buchanan
, who played the ball forward to Raposo on the left side of the box. He put his shot past Wildcats' goalkeeper Carson Williams into the right corner of the goal for the 2-1 final.
Syracuse recorded 10 shots and seven corner kicks, while Villanova had just two shots and one corner.
The Orange go on the road to face Connecticut on Saturday, Aug. 18 in their final scrimmage before officially opening the 2018 season at Oregon State on Friday, Aug. 24.
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