Winless from their first four games in the ACC, Syracuse needed a result last week.
Thanks to the exploits of the latest TDS Men’s Player of the Week, they did.
Midfielder Ryan Raposo scored a hat trick in Chapel Hill, as the Orange erased a 3-1 deficit, scoring three goals in the game’s final 17 minutes to come away with their first conference win of the 2019 season.
The goals were Raposo’s first of 2019 since September 8, when he scored a goal and had an assist against New Hampshire.
Player of the Week: Ryan Raposo, Syracuse
Before we turn the page to tomorrow's match against UConn, take a 👀 at the highlights from the come-from-behind win at UNC. pic.twitter.com/exaTLoFDmn— SU Men's Soccer (@CuseMSOC) October 14, 2019
Check out some of the other top performances from around men’s DI Soccer below.
Team of the Week: October 7-13
GK Patrick Schulte, Saint Louis – A bright start to the campaign continued for Saint Louis, which beat George Mason and La Salle. Schulte made three saves against the Patriots and four versus the Explorers in 2-0 victories. The freshman has lived up to his status as a top recruit.
D Jack Maher, Indiana – The sophomore anchored a pair of shutouts last week, as IU continued to take control of the Big Ten regular season race. He played 110 minutes in a 0-0 draw against Kentucky mid-week, and kept Michigan’s attack at bay in a 1-0 victory over Michigan on Sunday.
D Noah Billingsley, UC Santa Barbara – Back from international duty with New Zealand Under-23s, Billingsley picked up where he left off as the Gauchos’ strong season kept up. Last week, Billingsley helped lead a back line to two shutouts, and notched a hat-trick of assists against Cal State Fullerton.
M Charlie Sharp, Western Michigan – Sharp has been in and out of the starting lineup this season at WMU, and made the most of his time last week. He nabbed the winning goal in a 3-2 defeat of Oakland, earning him a start on Sunday in the MAC regular season opener against West Virginia, where he also scored a goal.
M Bruno Lapa, Wake Forest – It was a huge break out performance for Lapa, who had a goal and assist in a 5-0 home win against High Point. He was at it again in a critical ACC matchup, scoring twice, including the game-winning goal in a 3-1 road win over NC State.
M Mohamed Conde, Florida International – The senior midfielder setup a pair of goals in FIU’s 3-2 win against FGCU. He came off the bench on Sunday and contributed in a huge way, scoring the game-winning goal against Kentucky.
M Ryan Raposo, Syracuse – Now with seven goals and three assists on the season, Raposo snapped his goal-less drought at the perfect time for the Orange. Four games are left in the season for Syracuse to solidify their NCAA tournament resume.
F Liam Butts, Penn State – The Nittany Lions could’ve hung their heads after giving up a late goal five minutes from the final whistle against a ten-man Northwestern. However, Butts popped up to score his second goal of the game on Saturday, an overtime game-winning goal.
F Jonathan Estrada, California – With three goals and an assist, Estrada helped the Golden Bears to a win and a draw against San Diego State and UCLA respectively. He tallied twice in a 4-0 romp of the Aztecs, and again in a wild 3-3 tie with the Bruins.
Honorable Mention: F Kimarni Smith (Clemson), F Rodney Michael (UC Santa Barbara), F Leo Novaes (Saint Louis), F Achara (Georgetown), F Jorge Gonzalez (SIUE), M Knut Ahlander (SMU), D Alejandro Saez (UNC Wilmington), M Gino Vivi (UCF), M Brandon Knapp (St. John’s(m)), F O'Vonte Mullings (FCGU(m)), D Felicien Dumas (Notre Dame), GK Arie Ammann (Penn State), F Miguel Berry (San Diego)