Syracuse Outlasts URI Men’s Soccer In NCAA First Round

University of Rhode Island Press Release

 Schmidt (GK), Karterud, Kristiansen, Middrup, Benco, Zarokostas, Kolakofsky, Tamburini, Booth, Maddox, Akselsen
Substitutes: Trcka, Drayer

SYRACUSE (8-6-5)
 Miesch (GK), Sinclair, Norheim, Singlemann, Fulchar, Triantafillou, Ferrin, Raposo, Goldhar, Higgins, McDonald
Substitutes: Soerlie, Ricks, Archimede, Hawkins 

Scoring Summary
30:47 – URI – Tamburini (Kristiansen)
32:22 – SU – Archimede (Raposo)
42:04 – SU – Raposo (Soerlie)
69:24 – URI – Kolakofsky (Trcka)
86:02 – SU – Raposo (penalty kick)

How it Happened
An 87th-minute penalty kick for Syracuse doomed Rhode Island, as the Rams fell 3-2 in the opening round of the NCAA Championship.

As Rhody attempted to clear a ball in the box in the 87th minute, a Syracuse player was clipped and he sprawled to the ground, drawing the call. Ryan Raposo – who scored twice and added an assist – converted the penalty kick, providing the game-winner for the Orange.

Rhode Island drew first blood in the 31st minute when Filippo Tamburini was able to flick a Peder Kristiansen corner into the net. Tamburini positioned himself to get a foot on the perfect service from Kristiansen that got over the defense to the back corner.

Syracuse tied the score less than two minutes later. Luther Archimede got his head on a free kick from Ryan Raposo. It appeared that Rhody keeper Stefan Schmidt had the shot smothered, but the ball bounced up and just crossed the end line before Schmidt could knock it away.

The Orange took the lead in the 43rd minute on a highly questionable non-call. Severin Soerlie appeared to be several yards behind the Rhody defense when he took a through ball. With the benefit of extreme spacing, Soerlie carried the ball into the box and set up Raposo with a cross that needed just an easy touch to hit the back of the net.

The Rams battled back in the 70th minute, as Noam Kolakofsky got behind the Syracuse defense. The ball was sent into the box when Niklas Middrup headed it forward. Simon Trcka grazed the ball, helping it slip by two defenders to Kolakofsky, who buried the shot for the equalizer.

Unfortunately, Rhode Island did not have a final comeback. The Rams were unable to get any shots off after Raposo’s go-ahead tally.

Inside the Box Score

  • Syracuse advances to face #16 seed St. John’s in the second round.
  • The assist by senior Peder Kristiansen moved him into a tie with his head coach, Gareth Elliott, for fourth place on Rhode Island’s all-time list. Both finished their URI careers with 25 assists.
  • Junior Filippo Tamburini’s goal was his team-leading ninth of the season.
  • Noam Kolakofsky – who transferred to URI for his senior season – finished the year with five goals and five assists.
  • Rhode Island is now 5-12-2 all time at the NCAA Championship.
  • The Rams had a 10-8 edge in total shots, and a 7-4 advantage in shots on goal.
  • URI did not allow a corner kick in the game.