|Posted on September 28, 2012 at 12:15 AM|
Good morning and a quick update from the Syracuse University men’s soccer office as we prepare for our BIG EAST home opener against Seton Hall on Saturday night (7:00 p.m.) at the SU Soccer Stadium. We look forward to welcoming Coach Echeverry and his skillful Seton Hall team to Syracuse and the boys are excited to kick off our BIG EAST Conference play. It should be a terrific game and I hope that our vocal fans will be out in force to cheer on our SU team. Our supporters really make a huge difference and I know that the boys are anxious to return home after beingon the road for the past four games.
We have enjoyed a great week of practice and the boys are working hard to continue to grow and improve as a team. The boys take tremendous confidence from an excellent start to the campaign although we all know that BIG EAST Conference play is the bread and butter of our season. We realize that we face a stern test on Saturday evening but the boys are excited to embrace this challenge and we will work very hard to make our supporters proud. Games like this one on Saturday evening are the reason why we are here at Syracuse University! Bring on Saturday night and I hope to seemany of you out at the SU Soccer Stadium.
On Monday morning we returned from our trip to Las Vegas, NV during which we went 1-1 in the UNLV/ Nike tournament. Overall I was very happy with the trip and our two performances. It was also a fantastic opportunity for the boys to spend some time with one another on the road and also the chance for the boys to experience (the PG rated version) of Las Vegas.
On Friday evening we defeated a very talented UNLV team 1-0 through a goal from Stefanos Stamoulacatos and we demonstrated a real resolve to hang on against the host school. I was very pleased with the way we imposed our style of play on the game and we thoroughly deserved the hard earned victory. On Sunday we competed valiantly but unfortunately we were on the wrong end of the 3-1 defeat to Cal State Fullerton. The boys worked very hard although I did think that we run out of gas a little bit towards the end of the contest. West Coast trips can be difficult propositions (especially when you are playing in the desert!) and we will certainly take many positives from these two road games.
In other news I would like to congratulate Lars Muller who has been recognized as the Syracuse University Orange Scholar-Athlete of the Week and I would also like to take this opportunity to wish our women’s SU soccer team all the very best as they compete against Louisville and Cincinnati this weekend.
Well that about does it for now as we finish preparations for training today and tomorrow night’s game. I look forward to chatting again soon and please remember that additional updates can be found at Inside the 18.
We truly appreciate your support of the program and please keep cheering on the boys!
Categories: SU Men's Soccer Updates