Three thoughts from SU soccer vs. Seton Hall

SU holds off late Seton Hall charge to win its Big East opener.

The Orange, now 7-2 on the season, defeated the Seton Hall Pirates in their Big East opener tonight by a score of 1-0. Freshman midfielder Jordan Vale was able to get on the opposite end of a corner kick in the 26th minute to beat the Pirate goaltender for the only goal of the night.

1. This offense has the potential to be special...

The majority of the game was spent in the Seton Hall end as the Orange put constant pressure on the Pirates back line. Honestly, Seton Hall was lucky that they only lost by one goal. If it weren't for a stellar performance by goalie Michael Kuzan, it could have been a far worse defeat. For SU, it started early and often as seniors Louis Clark and Ted Cribley had their fair share of shots. The Orange finished with 15 shots on goal and 14 corner kicks. They completely dominated the game, and SU continues to show that it has the ability to score with any team they play against.


Photo by Emily Shearing

2. No Bono, no problem...

With starting goalie Alex Bono suspended for the game due to a red card against Cal State Fullerton, Coach Ian Mcintyre turned to redshirt freshman, Andrew Coughlin, from Baldwinsville. For the first three quarters of the game, Coughlin didn't have a whole lot to do, as he'd only see one shot at halftime, but when SU needed him to play big, he did. In the last 15 minutes of the game, Seton Hall began to pressure the SU defense. Off of a free kick in the 68th minute, the ball fell to the feet of a Seton Hall attacker inside the box, but Coughlin came up with his biggest save of the night as he was able to get a hand on the ball to deflect of the post. So while he only faced seven shots, he stepped right in for the suspended Bono with another SU shutout. 

3. SU will challenge for the Big East crown...

In the Orange's last year in the Big East before they move to the ACC, they look poised to challenge for the Big East title. With its powerful offense, consistent defense and a standout goalie, SU has little weaknesses. After a difficult season last year, McIntyre has his team playing inspired and explosive soccer.


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