ITHACA, N.Y. - Lars Muller scored in the ninth minute, and the Orange defense recorded its 12th shutout of the season, as the SU men's soccer team (13-6) held on to defeat No. 11 Cornell, 1-0, on Thursday, Nov. 15 at Berman Field. The victory marks the first Orange win in NCAA Tournament competition in program history.
"I am very proud of our guys to find a way to come into a difficult environment and record a result," SU head coach Ian McIntyre said. "We would also like to congratulate Cornell on a wonderful season."
The Orange quickly got on the board in the opening period, as it found chances early in the match. In the ninth minute, SU capitalized as Tyler Hilliard sent a well-placed cross into the box. Muller turned, and fired past Cornell goalkeeper Rick Pflasterer into the left side of the net.
The Syracuse defense handled the rest, as it continually turned away Big Red opportunities. Freshman goalkeeper Alex Bono recorded three saves en route to his 10th shutout of the season. The Orange back four, anchored by Chris Makowski, turned in another stellar performance for SU.
With the victory, the Orange advances to the second round of the NCAA Tournament when it will travel to 14th-seeded VCU on Sunday, Nov. 18. Match time is set for 7 p.m. at SportsBacker Stadium.
Game Notes: The Orange's 13 wins are the most victories for the program since the 1986 SU side recorded 16 victories â?| Syracuse has now recorded 12 team shutouts, the most clean sheets in a season since the Orange posted 13 in 1982 â?| SU has now defeated Cornell eight times in the last ten tries â?| Muller recorded his sixth goal of the season â?| It was Hilliard's first career assist.