Miles Robinson sets up Syracuse to win, 3-2, in overtime against St. John’s

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Each of Syracuse’s three goals on Sunday night either started or ended with an unlikely source. The first, off of a corner kick from the far right corner, deflected off a few players. Then it trickled to Kamal Miller, who shot toward the left post.On the field, players thought it was going in. From a distance, it looked like Miller had scored his first goal of the season. At first on the scorecard, he had.Only the ball was last touched by Syracuse defender Miles Robinson, who had stuck out his shin to slightly redirect Miller’s shot attempt. Robinson turned Miller’s ball, which would have likely reached the back of the net, into a surefire goal.“It just came off my shin,” Robinson said. “It wasn’t anything pretty.”It may not have been pretty, but the score put SU up 1-0 two minutes before halftime, sending the Orange into the locker room with a lead after a relatively quiet first half. At the half, the goal was attributed to Robinson after initially being marked down for Miller.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the next frame, Robinson scored again off a set piece. And in overtime, he chucked a well-placed overhead throw-in that set up the game winner. The sophomore’s two goals and assist powered No. 6 Syracuse (4-0) to a 3-2 double overtime win over St. John’s (1-1-1) Sunday night at SU Soccer Stadium.“He’s our defensive wall down there,” said sophomore midfielder Jonathan Hagman, who scored the game winning goal. “And when he can score, it’s fantastic for us.”Robinson halved his four-goal 2015 campaign on Sunday night alone, scoring twice on set pieces. His first, the shin redirection goal just before halftime, gave the Orange a lead it didn’t hold. Two St. John’s goals in an eight-minute span put Syracuse down by one. With nine minutes of regulation and Syracuse in a 2-1 hole, Miles Robinson scored again. Again, he was assisted by Kamal Miller.Liam Callahan nailed a corner kick from the far left corner. It was swatted by St. John’s goalie Andrew Withers and the ball flung to Miller, who headed it right to the 6-foot-2 Robinson. From the middle of the six-yard box, Robinson leapt over everybody and headed the ball over the goalie’s head, into the net to tie the game at two.“He’s good in the air,” said senior forward Chris Nanco, who leads the team with three goals. “That’s the thing — we trust him in the air.”In a game Syracuse had 11 corner kicks compared with the Red Storm’s two, the former beat its longtime Big East foe with corners. Both of Robinson’s goals stemmed from corner kicks and the goal he assisted on came from a set piece. Syracuse head coach Ian McIntyre said taking advantage of those gave the Orange the decisive edge Sunday night.“In these games, re-starts are an important part of scoring some goals,” McIntyre said. “And thankfully tonight the big fella (Robinson) helped us with a couple.”On Jonathan Hagman’s game-winning goal four minutes into the second overtime, Robinson originally was not set to throw it in. But he trotted to the sideline to take the ball before throwing an overhead strike to the middle. It was headed by a St. John’s player right to Hagman, who wound up and drilled a liner into the net for the win.“Our guys up front have scored some important goals for us,” McIntyre said. “But we haven’t had our defenders chipping in.”Until now. Comments Published on September 5, 2016 at 12:11 am Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21last_img read more

Syracuse earns 2nd ranked win of the season against No. 15 Florida State

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 24, 2019 at 4:29 pm Contact Arabdho: armajumd@syr.edu | @aromajumder Libi Mesh’s racket lay on court No. 5 between the baseline and service line. She’d dropped it there before going to the net to shake hands with her opponent, and as she returned to pick it up, her hands covered her mouth to control her emotions. Her loss had put Syracuse down 3-1 against Florida State, on the brink of a sixth-straight loss to a ranked opponent.About an hour later, Sofya Golubovskaya’s racket lay in a similar position to Mesh’s on court No. 2. She too had dropped it. But Golubovskaya did so to embrace her teammates that were all lined up on the neighboring court, watching as she clinched No. 32 Syracuse’s (11-6, 4-4 Atlantic Coast) come-from-behind, 4-3 win against No. 15 Florida State (14-4, 6-2) on Sunday at Drumlins Country Club.“My mindset was to stay composed on the tight points and to not rush,” Golubovskaya said. “I think I did a great job of following that.”SU dropped the doubles point, losing at all three spots, but Miranda Ramirez and Golubovskaya both said the Orange played well in doubles, which allowed them to easily refocus for singles.Ramirez and Gabriela Knutson started the day in a light, joking mood, which they’ve said helps them play better. But when they gave up a break midway through the set and eventually dropped the match at first doubles, Knutson began to wave her arms in frustration after FSU winners and biting her fingernails nervously. It culminated in her bouncing her racket off the ground after hitting a backhand too long on match point, and as she walked to the bench, her lips were tightly pursed.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt didn’t take Knutson long to start smiling again, though. The No. 40 ranked singles player was the first to finish, beating No. 26 Carla Touly, 6-4, 6-0, for her third-straight ranked win.“I think she was still in a good spot, she still played really well,” Ramirez said about Knutson. “She was very confident in her singles, so I trust her too.”Susie Teuscher | Digital Design EditorFSU responded with wins at fourth and sixth singles. Mesh only won three games in her match, and Sonya Treshcheva, playing her first singles match since Feb. 3, fell 6-4, 6-1. Dina Hegab’s straight set win at fifth singles was the start of the Orange’s comeback. Soon after, No. 90 Ramirez was on the verge of clinching a third point for SU. She took a second set tiebreak, 8-6, after winning the first set, 6-2. Ramirez said her opponent started playing much better in the second set, putting pressure on her, but having played in these situations before, the SU junior finished the match.On court No. 2, Golubovskaya dropped the first set, then battled back with a forehand winner to take the second frame, 6-4, prompting strength and conditioning coach William Hicks to cheer, “Great work Sofya, great work.”The Russian sophomore said the turning point of her match came at one-all in the third set with Oparenovic up 40-0. Golubovskaya came back to win that game, but as the set continued, it remained tight, and neither player gave up breaks or many break opportunities. By this time, Ramirez had finished her tiebreak, and she also walked over to court No. 3 to watch Golubovskaya play.Corey Henry | Staff PhotographerAssociate head coach Shelley George sat on Golubovskaya’s bench, discussing her game plan and telling her to stay calm, and head coach Younes Limam and volunteer assistant coach Len Lopoo stood with the other players, cheering, but not advising Golubovskaya. On the other side of the net, the Seminoles had a coach at Oparenovic’s bench, while their head coach, Jennifer Hyde, was also giving instructions to the Slovenian senior.Normally reserved, Limam began to encourage his players to start a “Let’s go Orange” chant as the players got ready to serve, which echoed through the enclosed Drumlins space. At one point, the chair umpire raised his arm to signal silence and had to turn behind him to the players to quiet them.“We were so stressed,” Ramirez said about watching from the sideline. “I watch her match just as if I’m playing a match too. We support her fully, back her fully, we have all the nerves that she has too.”At 4-4, Golubovskaya got into Oparenovic’s service game. At 0-15 and 0-30, Limam pumped his fist and leaned in Golubovskaya’s direction, and after a backhand winner to create triple break point, the sophomore reciprocated and turned to the SU players and coaches on the sideline. Oparenovic survived the three break points, though, and held at deuce off a Golubovskaya unforced error, causing the SU sophomore to throw her racket to the ground and kick it while yelling in Russian.The next Oparenovic service game, it was the FSU senior’s turn to show frustration. A double fault gave Golubovskaya triple break point again, and Oparenovic kicked a ball at the back curtain. This time, Golubovskaya secured the break, and Emmanuelle Salas was the one covering her mouth on the sideline before joining Touly in biting her fingernails. The next game, Golubovskaya had three match points but needed just one. A wide serve was returned out by Oparenovic, and SU had completed the comeback.“I was hearing only my teammates, that’s what I was focusing on,” Golubovskaya said. “I didn’t try to listen to what the other team was saying. … It was amazing, they helped me so much.”Limam’s hands-off approach, as seen in how he handled watching Golubovskaya’s clinching match, hasn’t led to much success against ranked opposition, unlike FSU’s more instruction-heavy method. The Seminoles have five ranked wins to the Orange’s one, but on Sunday, it was SU that came out on top. Not much changed, Ramirez said, just a few points here and there. Golubovskaya attributed it to not having anything to lose.“We just went there and we competed,” Golubovskaya said. “We did our best today, and on every single court, girl’s just left everything. I think that’s what changed.”It was also just the second time this season the Orange have come back after losing the doubles point, the first against ranked opposition. At the start of the day, it was FSU’s composure and lack of negative emotion compared to the SU’s racket throwing and arm waving that gave the Seminoles a lead.By the end of it, the roles had reversed, and while Golubovskaya and Oparenovic both dropped their rackets at the end of the match, only one kicked it on the ground. The other was celebrating. Commentslast_img read more