Syracuse University Magazine

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Memorable Fall

The Syracuse University men’s soccer team registered one of its most unforgettable seasons in program history this fall. Under fifth-year head coach Ian McIntyre, the Orange was ranked among the top five teams nationally since early October and attained its first-ever No. 1 ranking in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division I poll on November 4. The squad was co-champion of the ACC’s Atlantic Division, advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three seasons, and posted a 16-4-1 overall record­—its first 16-win season since 1986 and one win short of the program’s single-season record for victories (17) set in 1982. The ACC honored McIntyre as its Coach of the Year and goalkeeper Alex Bono ’16 as Defensive Player of the Year. After receiving a ninth seed and an opening-round bye in the NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship, the Orange defeated Penn State, 2-1, in the second round on November 23 at the SU Soccer Stadium. In a third-round showdown on November 30 in Washington, D.C., the Orange fell, 2-1, in overtime to eighth-seeded Georgetown. “Today is a day to be very proud of the program and what we accomplished this year,” McIntyre said.


Sophomore forward Emil Ekblom (14) moves the ball downfield in a 3-0 victory against Cornell at SU Soccer Stadium. Head coach Ian McIntyre (above) fires up the Orange in an early season outing against Niagara University.

Photos courtesy of SU Athletics