Syracuse Soccer: Orange advance to College Cup, seek first national title

Syracuse soccer (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)
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The Syracuse soccer men’s team is heading to the College Cup, after defeating the Vermont Catamounts, 2-1, in the quarterfinals match. This will be the second time in program history that the Orange have reached the College Cup, as the program seeks its first men’s national title in school history.

Syracuse would start the game with a goal in the 11th minute, as sophomore forward Curt Calov would curve his kick at an angle that would find its way to the back of the net. Vermont would come back and tie the game at one each before halftime.

The game’s final goal that would lead to a Syracuse soccer victory would come from senior forward Levonte Johnson, who would score off an assist from sophomore forward Nathan Opoku, while attacking the box before halftime.

Syracuse soccer is heading back to North Carolina for a chance at a national championship spot.

Syracuse soccer head coach Ian McIntyre was quoted saying that he was “Just very proud of the guys,” as he told the ESPN+ broadcast. “To go on this run of tournament games … We started at our home field on a Thursday in August a long time ago, and here we are playing at the soccer stadium in December.”

Syracuse soccer is the highest-remaining seed in the NCAA championship, as they came into the tournament as the No. 3 seed with a 17-2-4 record, with their last loss coming off the hands of Cornell on October 4th.

The Orange will now head back to Cary, North Carolina, where they won the ACC championship against the Clemson Tigers last month, to take on the Creighton Bluejays in the national semifinals on Friday, Dec. 9th, at 6 pm, and the game will be broadcast on ESPNU.

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