MSOC : Syracuse doomed by wasted opportunities in double-overtime loss to Villanova

first_img Comments Published on October 26, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Rachel: [email protected] Syracuse threw all of its numbers forward, trying to score the game’s first goal on a corner kick for the win. But with just less than a minute left in the second overtime, the ball was cleared out of the Villanova box and the Wildcats counter attack was underway.Matt Margiotta streaked down the field and broke free, getting open to receive a pass as he sprinted toward the SU goal. With 44 seconds left, Margiotta put a shot past Syracuse goalkeeper Phil Boerger, who came charging out of the net to try and make the save.A stunning game-winner, one even more disappointing for Syracuse after it missed many game-winning opportunities on its offensive end.‘Yeah,’ SU midfielder Ted Cribley said, pausing to digest the defeat. ‘It’s a tough loss. We thought that we deserved to win. Sometimes that happens. And we sort of just have to bite our lip and get on with it.’The Orange (3-11-1, 1-6-1 Big East) blew prime scoring opportunities in its 1-0 double overtime loss on a rainy Wednesday night in front of 281 fans at SU Soccer Stadium. The game-winning goal for Villanova (6-7-4, 3-4-1 Big East) would not have even been needed had SU converted on one of its 20 shots first.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse now finds itself in a must-win game at DePaul on Saturday if it hopes to extend its season by making the Big East tournament.Coming off a win against Cincinnati in which it scored a season-high four goals, SU struggled to find the back of the net Wednesday. And though the game’s only goal was the difference in SU’s loss, the Orange could have avoided any overtimes had it scored on any of its multiple set pieces throughout the game.But every chance the Orange got was turned away by Villanova goalkeeper John Fogarty.‘Their goalkeeper pulled off some good saves,’ SU head coach Ian McIntyre said. ‘On another night, maybe we score a couple. I think we had good chances, played some good stuff and sometimes you give credit to another team.’SU midfielder Nick Roydhouse, one of SU’s top scoring threats, had multiple chances to score the go-ahead goal. With just under 14 minutes to go in regulation, Cribley came down the field and got a foul call in his favor.The foul set up a free kick for Roydhouse, who placed the ball in the center of the field and stared toward the goal. But his shot didn’t go in.There were also several instances when Cribley positioned himself well and used his speed to get an open field, but he too could not convert.Cribley said SU just needed to get one goal and the offensive rhythm from the Cincinnati win would be back.But it never happened.‘I think the game against Cincinnati the other night proved that we are capable of really putting in the performance when we get chances to finish,’ Cribley said. ‘Tonight we were expecting and hoping that that would happen again. Sometimes it doesn’t work.’Boerger had multiple saves that got the Syracuse crowd on its feet and kept the Orange in the game. But the offense couldn’t produce.In both overtimes, the Orange came out on the offensive on both sides of the ball. In the second overtime, SU had back-to-back corner kicks that were not successful. Roydhouse sent a strike to Lars Muller the first time, but Muller couldn’t get it done. Nick Perea passed in the next one, but again, SU couldn’t convert.The back-and-forth between Villanova and SU was constant, as evidenced by the 20 shots taken by both teams. And Villanova finally ended it when Margiotta put away his breakaway opportunity.McIntyre said this game doesn’t have a huge effect in the standings, and he talked with his team after the game to explain his rationale for throwing its numbers forward at the end.But the loss is still bothersome to the senior Roydhouse, the team captain who played in his final home game of his SU career.‘I should have scored,’ Roydhouse said. ‘I should have won the game for us at the end.‘Losing is never fun. So right now, everyone’s a little bit let down. I feel like we had the chances to win the game. It was our own fault that we didn’t score. Their keeper made a couple good saves, but they’re chances that we should be putting away. Last game we did. This game we didn’t.’[email protected]center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Gentle Clowns to engage lesser-known Dirty Birds in match-up of the century

first_imgA wise man once said, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.”This is true, but there is such a thing as free rent, if you’re unfortunate enough to find yourself employed at the Dirty Bird.Imagine how easy it would be, you might think, to run a newspaper without any overhead. The wonders and triumphs that must come along with this liberty! This paper surely must be stupendous, one would understandably be excited to read.Unfortunately, that burden to be virtuous and keen falls on the Gentle Clowns. Who, despite facing the real-world obstacle of ‘rent’ (look it up Cardinal readers), have maintained a level of excellence unmatched even by those living pompously in the belly of Vilas.This basic difference pervades into every level, including the sports Twitter [email protected] (please follow), is a masterclass in wit and charm and is a delight to all those who love the Badgers.The counter-part, I daresay, is just the opposite. It provides viewers of football games with updates of what they already watched, one minute after they’ve seen it — sort of like telling the future, except it’s in the past.These Clowns, composed of the highest degree and combination of talent, ~humility~ and drinking prowess, have taken it upon themselves to defeat the Dirty Bird on the gridiron.This game is more than just a silly contest. It’s a meeting of acrimonious world views, a test of wills and just the latest chapter in the never-ending battle of good vs. evil — which is why we have assembled the most noble of Clowns to fight this worthy fight.What we lack in preparation and/or knowledge of who will be playing what position, we make up for in the amount of correctly spelled names I shall now recount.The bourgeois of the Herald is made up of Matt O’Connor, Peyton David and Lucas Johnson — all of whom are great at reading and even better at opening the door of the office for the rest of the staff.The editors are a rag-tag group of relentless journalists prepared to fight tooth-and-nail for the Herald cause.The News editors are Molly Liebergall, Abby Doeden, Emilie Cochran, Parker Schorr, Hibah Ansari, Grady Gibson, Gretchen Gerlach, James Strebe and Mackenzie Christman.What can I say about this fine group that hasn’t already been said by their friends and families to them on their respective birthdays?Anyway, solid squad those News people.Now we have the feature editors. Haidee Chu, Aly Niehans, Nicole Ki and Kristin Washagan, the four of whom really put the Feat. in Features, because they’re all incredible rappers that commonly hop in on other’s flows.The opinion desk, ruled solely by Abigail Steinberg, who has many opinions, has captained a gorgeous sea vessel after her first mate fell prey to pirates, never to be heard from again.Tolu Igun and Ben Sefarbi, the muses of the Herald, power the Arts section to be the No. 1 place to go to read interviews with Steven Spielberg, or to read about fucking — whichever floats your boat.There is also a sports section, which is run beautifully by Danny Farber and boy-wonder Will “Hopes He Didn’t Offend Anyone Too Much By This Article Because Everyone On Both Papers Is Wonderful” Stern.See you out there Dirty Bird. May the Hamms flow like water through the streets of Madison and through the hearts of all in attendance.NOTE: THE HERALD DOES NOT CONDONE INJECTING HAMMS INTO YOUR HEART, USE YOUR MOUTH.last_img read more