By D.E. Connors
|Photo Courtesy of Aaron Katchen|
This summer’s Women’s World Cup created a buzz about a sport that doesn’t usually have much buzz. The USA team continued its run to the championship game with a mix of creative playmaking, dazzling finishes and great goaltending. Despite losing in the finals, the deed was done - the women became America’s sweethearts (particularly Alex Morgan and Hope Solo).
At Syracuse, the women’s soccer program does not get the fanfare they deserve. But after such support was shown for USA and soccer in general this summer, we at OSS were hoping we could parlay this into more support for our own women’s team. If these quick tidbits don’t get you over to the SU Soccer Stadium, I don’t think anything will.
Top Five Reasons to go to a Syracuse Women’s Soccer game:
1) They’re better than you think - They haven’t performed particularly well in the tough Big East lately - they were 3-6-2 last season - but they still managed a respectable 3-3-3 record out of conference. Record aside, these women are big, athletic, strong and extremely skilled. The Orange should improve on last year’s record and move up in the Big East.
2) Relaxed environment - Is there anything better to do on a nice, fall afternoon than watch beautiful women playing a beautiful game? You won’t have to worry about people yelling at you to stand up and scream - a constant at football and basketball games - you can just go, sit back, and enjoy.
3) You’ll fall in love - with the players and the game. These girls work their asses off for the right reasons - not because they’re on television or want an entourage. The same things that kept you glued to the TV when USA was playing in the World Cup - creativity, togetherness and probably Alex Morgan’s attractiveness - will be on display at the SU Soccer Stadium. Morgan won’t be there though, I lied.
4) We’ve got some studs - Junior Tina Romagnuolo and senior Casey Ramirez are the two most distinguished players on the squad. Romagnuolo made All-Big East Second Team and Casey Ramirez was given the award for top defensive player on SU for the second consecutive year. Megan Bellingham has been hindered with injuries the last couple years but provides the Orange with some scoring punch. Alyscha Mottershead is another standout for the SU. She’s started every game of her career. Rachel Blum, Brittany Anghel, Cecilia Borgstrom and Kayla Afonso will all look to build off of strong freshman campaigns as well. This is the most talent that coach Phil Wheddon has had here at SU.
5) It’s free - Description needed?