STAFF : Syracuse falls to Colgate 1-0 in season opener

first_img Comments Published on August 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm With five freshmen in the starting lineup, Syracuse took the field Saturday night looking to find ways to make up for its inexperience. But with youth comes growing pains, and the Orange fell to Colgate 1-0 on the road.For the entire first half, the Orange played solid defense and held the Raiders scoreless. It wasn’t until the 53rd minute that the Syracuse defense lapsed. Senior goalkeeper Phil Boerger couldn’t handle a save, the ball kicked back out in front of the net and Colgate freshman Jimmy McLaughlin put in the rebound for the only goal of the game.Syracuse’s offense did have some opportunities to score but couldn’t capitalize. Early in the game, junior Mark Brode missed a free kick. Then in the 79th minute, senior Dan Summers, a transfer from Hartwick College, sent a shot just past the right side of the goal. Late in the game, Boerger tried to set up his teammates by sending the ball into the Colgate box, but it was to no avail.Syracuse took only three shots in the game, compared to the Raiders’ 15. Colgate goalkeeper Grant Reed never even had to make a save. Boerger, who transferred to SU from Evansville University, made six saves to keep his team within reach of tying the game or taking the lead.Freshman forward Grant Chong and senior midfielder Nick Roydhouse were the other two members of the Orange to take shots.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEight players made their debuts for Syracuse, which started six freshmen in the second half. In what’s essentially a completely different team from the one that the Orange fielded last season, overcoming that youth and inexperience will be key for SU to have a strong season in head coach Ian McIntyre’s second year.Syracuse has its home opener Thursday night against Canisius at the SU Soccer Stadium at 7 p.m.Women’s soccerSyracuse’s third game of the season, at Colgate, was postponed on Sunday due to weather conditions caused by Hurricane Irene. The game is currently in the process of being rescheduled.The Orange (1-1, 0-0 Big East) will return to action Thursday against No. 10 Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass.SU split its first two games of the season at the Embassy Suites Kick-Off Classic in Fort Myers, Fla. The Orange dropped its season opener to Robert Morris 1-0 on Aug. 19 and defeated Florida Gulf Coast 1-0 two days later.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Pedro strikes on debut to clinch Chelsea’s first win of the season

first_img Pedro 1 Pedro scored 20 minutes into his Chelsea debut to help the ten-man Blues earn their first win of the season in a barnstorming encounter at West Brom.Thibaut Courtois saved James Morrison’s penalty before the Spaniard opened the scoring with the aid of a deflection.Diego Costa capped a flowing counter attack to double the visitors’ lead before Morrison’s half volley pulled a goal back for the Baggies.Cesar Azpilicueta notched his first Chelsea goal to restore the Blues’ two-goal lead and, despite captain John Terry’s dismissal and Morrison’s second after the break, Jose Mourinho’s side hung on to claim a morale-boosting victory.The high intensity of the game was set in the early stages, and the Baggies should have gone ahead after the lively Callum McManaman was tripped inside the box by Nemanja Matic.Morrison went for power from the spot, duly sacrificing placement and making it easy for Courtois to save with his legs on his return from a one-match ban.With Morrison smarting from his miss, Chelsea delivered a sucker punch through Pedro’s first goal in English football after a fine interchange with Eden Hazard.The Blues then doubled their lead after a brilliant breakaway involving Azpilicueta and Willian before Pedro turned provider for Costa to slide in at the back post.Morrison halved the arrears and made up for his poor penalty with a sweetly struck volley but Azpilicueta was on hand to restore the two-goal lead just seven minutes later with a cool finish.After the break, the rollercoaster game took another twist when Terry, following a difficult week in which his selection came under scrutiny, was shown a straight red card for clumsily felling Salomon Rondon when the Venezuelan was through on goal.The sending off tipped the momentum firmly in the favour of the hosts, and Morrison was on hand again to grab a goal back with a clever header from McManaman’s perfect cross.Costa and substitute Radamel Falcao were both wasteful as the visitors looked to guarantee the three points, while Rondon and McManaman went close at the other end.Serge Gnabry, on loan from Arsenal, looked bright in a brief cameo for the Baggies but they couldn’t make the numerical advantage count as Mourinho’s men held out.last_img read more