Muller scores early goal as Syracuse holds off Cornell, moves to Round 2
ITHACA, N.Y. – Lars Muller scored in the ninth minute and Syracuse's defense recorded its 12th shutout of the season en route to a 1-0 win against Cornell on Thursday at Berman Field. The victory marks the first Orange win in NCAA tournament competition in program history.
"I am very proud of our guys to find a way to come into a difficult environment and record a result," SU head coach Ian McIntyre said. "We would also like to congratulate Cornell on a wonderful season."
The Orange quickly got on the board in the opening period, as it found chances early in the match. In the ninth minute, SU capitalized as Tyler Hilliard sent a well-placed cross into the box to Muller, who turned and fired past Cornell goalkeeper Rick Pflasterer into the left side of the net.
The Syracuse defense handled the rest as it continually turned away Big Red opportunities. Freshman goalkeeper Alex Bono recorded three saves en route to his 10th shutout of the season.
With the victory, the Orange advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament against VCU on Sunday.