No. 1 Wake Forest defeats Syracuse, 1-0, after failing to win last 2 seasons

first_imgWake Forest junior Machop Chol raced down the right side of Syracuse’s penalty box before playing a ball across the center of the penalty area.Defender Dylan McDonald slid in for the block but was too late. Midfielder Simon Triantafillou tried to stop the ball with his outstretched foot, but he couldn’t. Demon Deacons’ striker Justin McMaster was all alone at the far post. As easy as his finish was to give Wake Forest the win, the Orange made life difficult for the nation’s No. 1 team the entire evening.One quality run behind SU’s defense, pass and finish proved the difference as No. 1 Wake Forest (6-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast) defeated Syracuse (2-2-3, 0-1-1 ACC), 1-0, on Saturday night in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The Orange had been a difficult foe for the WFU the past two seasons when the Orange played them to a draw in 2017 and beat WFU 2-0 in 2018. “You’re on the road against an elite team, you’re going to absorb pressure,” SU head coach Ian McIntyre said. “We worked extremely hard, I thought the front three and midfield block were excellent, we really limited their chances.”Outside of what McIntyre said was a 10-to-15 minute stretch where SU was under heavy pressure, SU’s effective and selective pressing and solid defending kept Wake Forest out of dangerous areas.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen starting goalkeeper Christian Miesch was called into action, he made the necessary saves, including one in the 87th minute when McMaster was in on goal at the top of the box. Miesch kept the Orange in the game with a diving save in the 51st minute and another routine save on a swirling long-range shot in the 84th minute. SU probed the WFU defense, but never broke through. senior Massimo Ferrin’s late free kick whipped into the waiting arms of Wake Forest goalie Andrew Pannenberg. Once SU went down, McIntyre opted to pull off Ferrin and midfielder Ryan Raposo, giving them one final rest and instructions before putting both on with striker Luther Archimede for the final minutes. “I wanted to get them a breather,” McIntyre said. “We left it all out there. They had a couple chances in the last minute in transition once we were throwing everything forward.”The Orange switched their formation, McIntyre said, and he wanted to inform them of the switch. Archimede and Ferrin tried to hold up the ball and spark counterattacks the entire night. They created half chances, but never had one the moment like WFU had earlier in the half to grab the lead. When midfielder Julio Fulcar received a pass 12 yards from goal, he was unable to bring it down to his feet without an incidental strike of his hand, nullifying the chance. In total, the Orange produced eight shots, but just one on goal and only two in the second half.“It’s how you then go and support those front guys,” McIntyre said. “If I was going to be critical of one thing, our final pass could have been a little bit sharper tonight.”SU sent more numbers forward late, but never generated a high-quality scoring chance. The best opportunity came for Archimede, whose left-footed shot in the final minutes skidded wide of Pannenberg’s post.Wake Forest’s defending pair of Michael DeShields and Nico Benalcazar shut down most of Syracuse’s attacks before they entered the penalty box, and while the Orange were mostly successful in negating the Demon Deacons’ attacks in the opening frame, one  cross won Wake Forest the game.“Our back four really limited their chances,” McIntyre said. “We out connected passes, just that final delivery and final pass selection was not quite good enough. I think we went toe-to-toe with one of the best teams in the nation.”The Orange will now travel to Colgate next to take on the Raiders on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.  Comments Published on September 21, 2019 at 10:45 pm Contact Anthony: amdabbun@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Pelosi, Syrian president talk despite White House gripes

first_imgDAMASCUS, Syria – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her delegation said they had frank words with President Bashar Assad and other senior Syrian officials here on Wednesday, pressing the president over Syria’s support for militant groups and insisting that his government block militants seeking to cross into Iraq and join insurgents there. Delegation members said they sought to persuade Assad to distance himself from Iran, Syria’s ally in the growing confrontation with the so-called quartet of moderate Arab states – Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates. They also said Tom Lantos, the head of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said he asked Assad how someone “of his intelligence and knowledge of the world could have common cause with President Ahmadinejad of Iran, who has denied the Holocaust and calls for the elimination of Israel.” Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Pelosi announced that she had conveyed a message to Assad from Israel’s prime minister, Ehud Olmert, that he was ready to negotiate for peace. Shortly afterwards, however, Olmert’s office issued a clarification of his message, insisting that, “although Israel is interested in peace with Syria, that country continues to be part of the axis of evil and a force that encourages terror in the entire Middle East.” To launch serious peace negotiations, the statement said, Syria must cease its support of terror, cease its sponsoring of the Hamas and Islamic Jihad organizations, refrain from providing weapons to Hezbollah and bringing about the destabilizing of Lebanon, cease its support of terror in Iraq, and relinquish the strategic ties it is building with the extremist regime in Iran. Members of the delegation said that among the issues they discussed was the case of the three Israeli soldiers being held by the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, which is supported by Iran, and the Palestinian group Hamas. In addition to Lantos, the delegation includes Reps. Henry A. Waxman of Los Angeles, Louise M. Slaughter of New York, Nick J. Rahall II of West Virginia, and Keith Ellison of Minnesota, all Democrats, as well as David L. Hobson, Republican of Ohio. The lawmakers said they also sought to emphasize Syria’s importance in bringing peace to Lebanon, Iraq, and the Palestinian territories. “We came in friendship, hope, and determined that the road to Damascus is a road to peace,” Pelosi told reporters after her meetings. Her visit has been strongly criticized by the Bush administration and dismissed by some in the Middle East as a play for domestic politics. At the White House on Tuesday, President George W. Bush told reporters that he saw little point in talking to Syria now.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more