ONEONTA, N.Y. – The Orange scored three goals in the first period, and the SU men’s soccer team (5-1-0) defeated St. Bonaventure, 5-0, on Sunday, Sept. 9 at Elmore Field to finish Mayor’s Cup competition undefeated for the first time since 2008. The Orange extends its winning streak to three matches, and has notched its fifth win faster than any SU side in program history since 1996, when SU started its season 7-1-0.
“It was a great result today,” SU head coach Ian McIntyre said. “Coming off a good performance on Friday, our guys were really focused. We showed resilience and took our chances. It was hard work, but, collectively, we were superb.”
SU did not wait long to find the back of the net. In the 26nd minute, senior Louis Clark (Brighton, England) found freshman Stefanos Stamoulacatos (Camillus, N.Y.), who made a terrific move and fired it low past St. Bonaventure goalkeeper Bobby Diaz.
Senior Lars Muller (Brandenburg, Germany) added to the Orange advantage, when he received a cross from Ted Cribley (Sheffield, England) and fired it to the back of the net. Muller followed three minutes later with another tally, as Stamoulacatos gathered a goalie giveaway and played it to Muller for his second goal of the match.
Junior Tony Asante (Bronx, N.Y.) picked up the scoring brigade in the second period, when he received a through ball from freshman Jordan Vale (Auckland, New Zealand) and beat Diaz for his fifth goal of the season in the 75th minute.
One minute later, Cribley tallied SU’s final goal of the match as he finished off a short pass from freshman Juuso Pasanen (Steinhausen, Switzerland).
SU freshman goalie Alex Bono (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) made a career high five saves to record his fourth shutout of the season. Diaz gathered four saves for St. Bonaventure (0-5-0).
The Orange applied consistent pressure throughout the match, as SU outshot the Bonnies, 18-5.
Syracuse is back in action when it visits Las Vegas, Nev. for the UNLV Nike Invitational from Sept. 14-16. The Orange faces UNLV on Friday, Sept. 14 at 10 p.m. and Cal State Fullerton on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 1:30 p.m. Peter Johann Memorial Field will play host to both matches.
Match Notes: With Monday’s 6-0 victory against Colgate and Friday’s 4-0 win versus NJIT, the Orange has recorded more than three goals in three consecutive games for the first time since 2001 … During that season, SU captured wins versus Villanova (4-1), Pittsburgh (4-1) and Army (4-2) … Syracuse improved its road record to 3-0-0 … The Orange notched its 20th series victory against the Bonnies, improving its series record to 20-1-1 … Asante has scored goals in four consecutive matches … Stamoulacatos’ goal was a career-first … Pasanen’s assist was his first career point.